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Federal Register Summary for the Week of 1-5 November 2004

AGRICULTURE

Nominations for Membership on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods

AGENCY: Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), USDA.

ACTION: Correction.

SUMMARY: The Food Safety and Inspection Service published a document in the Federal Register on October 22, 2004, concerning Nominations for Membership on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods. Correction: In the Federal Register of October 22, 2004, Volume 69, Number 204, on page 62017, in the first paragraph and SUMMARY, the following sentence should have appeared: "Persons from State and Federal governments, industry, consumer groups, and academia, as well as all other interested persons, are invited to submit nominations''. Please note that "consumer groups'' and "all other interested parties'' had been inadvertently omitted from the sentence that originally appeared. The Agency is publishing this corrected notice and will accept nominations 30 calendar days from the date of the publication of this corrected notice.

This corrected notice announces that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting nominations for membership on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF). Nominations for membership are being sought from individuals with scientific expertise in the fields of epidemiology, food technology, microbiology (food, clinical, and predictive), risk assessment, infectious disease, biostatistics, and other related sciences. Persons from State and Federal governments, industry, consumer groups, and academia, as well as all other interested persons, are invited to submit nominations. Members who are not Federal government employees will be appointed to serve as non-compensated special government employees (SGEs). SGEs will be subject to appropriate conflict of interest statutes and standards of ethical conduct.

DATES: The nominee's typed resume or curriculum vitae must be received by December 4, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Ms. Karen Thomas, Advisory Committee Specialist, USDA, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Room 333 Aerospace Center, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-3700.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Karen Thomas, Advisory Committee Specialist, at the above address or by telephone 202-690-6620 or FAX 202-690-6634.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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COMMERCE

Omnibus Notice Announcing the Availability of Grant Funds for Fiscal Year 2005; Addendum Additional Programs; National Sea Grant College Program; Ballast Water Technology Demonstration Program and National Strategic Initiative in Aquatic Invasive Species Research and Outreach

AGENCY: National Sea Grant College Program, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice; extension of deadlines.

DATES: For the Ballast Water Technology Demonstration Program, the application deadlines are as follows: Full proposals must be received by the National Sea Grant Office by 4 p.m. e.s.t. on November 30, 2004.

For the National Strategic Initiative in Aquatic Invasive Species Research and Outreach, the application deadlines are as follows: Full proposal must be received by a state Sea Grant Program (or by the National Sea Grant Office in the case of an applicant in a non-Sea Grant state) by 4 p.m. (local time) on November 16, 2004. State Sea Grant Programs are to forward all full proposals received by the above deadline to the National Sea Grant Office by 4 p.m. e.s.t. on December 1, 2004.

ADDRESSES: The full notices can be found at: link.
link.

SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) publishes this notice to extend the application deadline for the Ballast Water Technology Demonstration Program and the date by which Sea Grant Programs must forward received applications for the National Strategic Initiative in Aquatic Invasive Species Research and Outreach to the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO). This extension is being granted to ease the transition to electronic grants submissions through the Grants.gov portal. The deadline for applications from PI's to the state Sea Grant Office (or to the National Sea Grant Office in the case of an applicant in a non-Sea Grant state) for the National Strategic Initiative in Aquatic Invasive Species Research and Outreach program remains the same.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dorn Carlson, 301-713-2435 ext. 123; e-mail: Dorn.Carlson@noaa.gov. For questions regarding electronic submissions contact Jonathan Eigen at 301-713-2438 ext. 188 or jonathan.eigen@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NOAA publishes this notice to extend an application deadline for the Ballast Water Technology Demonstration Program and the National Strategic Initiative in Aquatic Invasive Species Research and Outreach initiated by the NSGO. The original solicitation of applications was published in the Federal Register on July 14, 2004 (69 FR 42132).

For the Ballast Water Technology Demonstration Program, NOAA announces that the date by which all full proposals must be received by the National Sea Grant Office has been changed from November 16, 2004 to November 30, 2004.

For the National Strategic Initiative in Aquatic Invasive Species Research and Outreach, the date by which full proposals must be forwarded by State Sea Grant Programs to the National Sea Grant Office has been changed from November 23, 2004 to December 1, 2004. The reason for these changes is to aid the PI's and the Sea Grants programs in the transition to electronic grant submission through Grants.gov. All other application deadlines remain the same.

The Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) notice has been modified to reflect these changes. In addition, the FFO has been amended to allow proposal submission to these two programs electronically through http://www.grants.gov.

This program is excluded under E.O. 12372.

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Availability of Grant Funds for Fiscal Year 2005; Sea Grant B The Oyster Disease Research Program

AGENCY: National Sea Grant College Program, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice; Extension of Sea Grant Programs Forwarding Applications.

SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) publishes this notice to extend the date by which Sea Grant Programs must forward applications for the Oyster Disease Research Program to the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO). The submission date for forwarding applications has been changed to allow more time for the Sea Grant programs to forward proposals to the National Sea Grant College Office. This extension is being granted to ease the transition to electronic grants submissions through the Grants.gov portal. The application deadline for PI's to the state Sea Grant program remains the same.

DATES: Full proposals must be received by a state Sea Grant Program (or by the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) in the case of an applicant in a non-Sea Grant state) by 4 p.m. (local time) on November 16, 2004. State Sea Grant Programs must submit to the NSGO all full proposals by 4 p.m. EST on December 1, 2004.

ADDRESSES: The full notice can be found at: http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/%20DOC/NOAA/GMC/11417Oyster%25%2026%23032%3BDisease063004


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathan Eigen, 301-713-2438 ext. 188;

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NOAA publishes this notice to extend an application deadline for the Oyster Disease Research Program initiated by the NSGO. The original solicitation of applications was published in the Federal Register on June 30, 2004 (69 FR 39417).

The date by which the state Sea Grant Office must forward full applications to the National Sea Grant Office has been changed from November 16, 2004 to December 1, 2004 to allow more time for the Sea Grant programs to forward proposals to the National Sea Grant College Office.

This extension is being granted to ease the transition to electronic grants submissions through the Grants.gov portal. The application deadline for PI's to the state Sea Grant program remains the same.

In addition, the FFO has been modified to permit the submission of Electronic Applications through the Grants.gov Web site.

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National Sea Grant Review Panel

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Sea Grant Review Panel. The meeting will have several purposes. Panel members will discuss and provide advice on the National Sea Grant College Program in the areas of program evaluation, strategic planning, education, communications and extension, science and technology programs, and other matters as described below:

DATES: The announced meeting is scheduled during two days: Wednesday, November 17, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, November 18, 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

ADDRESSES: On November 17th, St. Gregory Hotel, 2033 M Street, Northwest, Washington, DC 20036. On November 18th, Sea Grant Association Office, 1201 New York Avenue, Northwest, 4th Floor Conference Room, Washington, DC 20005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Francis M. Schuler, Designated Federal Official, National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 11837, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, (301) 713-2445.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Panel, which consists of a balanced representation from academia, industry, state government and citizens groups, was established in 1976 by Section 209 of the Sea Grant Improvement Act (Public Law 94-461, 33 U.S.C. 1128). The Panel advises the Secretary of Commerce and the Director of the National Sea Grant College Program with respect to operations under the Act, and such other matters as the Secretary refers to them for review and advice. The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

2 p.m.-6 p.m.
2 p.m.--Welcoming and Opening Remarks.
2:15 p.m.--Executive Committee Report.
2:30 p.m.--National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) Director Report.
3:30 p.m.--NOAA Research Update.
4 p.m.--Break.
4:15 p.m.--Communications Report Discussion.
5:30 p.m.--NOAA's Program Planning, Budget and Execution System.
6 p.m.--Adjourn.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

9 a.m.-3 p.m.
9 a.m.--NOAA's Climate Change Science Programs.
9:30 a.m.--NOAA's Coastal Programs and the Integrated Ocean Observing System.
10 a.m.--Update/Recommendations from Program Evaluation.
10:30 a.m.--Congressional Committee Updates.
11:30 p.m.--Lunch.
12:30 p.m.--Universities and the Ocean Commission Report.
1 p.m.--Ocean Commission Report--Developing a Sea Grant Strategy: A
Panel Discussion.
2 p.m.--NSGO Staff Updates.
2:45 p.m.--Wrap-Up.
3 p.m.--Adjourn.

This meeting will be open to the public.

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Hydrologic Research

AGENCY: National Weather Service (NWS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

ACTION: Notice and request for proposals.

SUMMARY: This program represents a NOAA/NWS effort to create a cost-effective continuum of basic and applied research through collaborative research between the Hydrology Laboratory of the NWS Office of Hydrologic Development and academic communities or other private or public agencies which have expertise in the hydrometeorologic, hydrologic, and hydraulic routing sciences. These activities will
engage researchers and students in basic and applied research to improve the scientific understanding of river forecasting. Ultimately these efforts will improve the accuracy of forecasts and warnings of rivers and flash floods by applying scientific knowledge and information to NWS research methods and techniques, resulting in a benefit to the public. NOAA's program is designed to complement other agency contributions to that national effort. The Office of Hydrologic Development requests that interested organizations prepare a pre-proposal, to be followed by a full-proposal. Pre-proposal submission is required in order to submit a full proposal.

DATES: Pre-proposals must be received by the NWS no later than 3 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, December 17, 2004. A notice of the review results will be sent, encouraging or discouraging full proposal submissions. The due date for the full proposal submission will be contained in the notice.

ADDRESSES: Pre-proposals may be submitted through electronic e-mail to Pedro.Restrepo@noaa.gov. Pre-proposals submitted in hard copy must be submitted by postal mail, commercial delivery service, or hand-delivery to Pedro Restrepo, NOAA/NWS; 1325 East-West Highway, Room 8346, phone number 301-713-0640, ext. 210; Silver Spring, Maryland 20910-3283. Full proposals should be submitted through Grants.gov APPLY, however, full proposals may be submitted in hard copy and sent to Pedro Restrepo, NOAA/NWS; 1325 East-West Highway, Room 8346, phone number 301-713-0640, ext. 210; Silver Spring, Maryland 20910-3283. The full text of the funding opportunity announcement for this NWS program can be accessed via the Grants.gov FIND Web site: http://www.grants.gov This announcement will also be available at the NOAA Web site: http://www.ofa.noaa.gov/%7Eamd/SOLINDEX.HTML. or by contacting the program official identified in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Pedro Restrepo by phone at 301-713-0640 ext. 210, or fax to 301-713-0963, or via Internet at Pedro.Restrepo@noaa.gov.


SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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DEFENSE

Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board; Meeting

AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

SUMMARY: In accordance with 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), announcement is made of the forthcoming meeting. The meeting is open to the public.

Name of the Committee: Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board (EAB).

Date: November 19, 2004.

Location: Adam's Mark Buffalo/Niagera Hotel, 120 Church Street, Buffalo, New York 14202 (716) 845-5100.

Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Norman Edwards, Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC 20314-1000; Ph: 202-761-1934.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Board advises the Chief of Engineers on environmental policy, identification and resolution of environmental issues and missions, and addressing challenges, problems and opportunities in an environmentally sustainable manner. The EAB will visit the Buffalo area prior to the meeting to gain a better perspective of the water resources issues and challenges in the region. The public meeting will, however, focus on general issues of national significance rather than on individual project or region related topics. The intent of this meeting is to present an opportunity for the Chief of Engineers to receive the views of his EAB. Time will be provided for public comment. Each speaker will be limited to no more than three minutes in order to accommodate as many people as possible within the limited time available.

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EDUCATION

National Assessment Governing Board; Meeting

AGENCY: National Assessment Governing Board; Education.

ACTION: Notice of open meeting and closed meetings.

SUMMARY: The notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the National Assessment Governing Board. This notice also describes the functions of the Board. Notice of this meeting is required under section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. This document is intended to notify members of the general public of their opportunity to attend. Individuals who will need special accommodations in order to attend the meeting (i.e., interpreting services, assistive listening devices, materials in alternative format) should notify Munira Mwalimu at 202-357-6938 or at Munira.Mwalimu@ed.gov no later than November 5, 2004. We will attempt to meet requests after this date, but cannot guarantee availability of the requested accommodation. The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities.

DATES: November 18-November 20, 2004.

Times

November 18

Committee Meetings
Assessment Development Committee: Closed session--12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.;
Reporting and Dissemination Committee: Open session--12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.;
Ad Hoc Committee on NAEP 12th Grade Participation: Open session--2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.;
Executive Committee: Open session--4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Closed session 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

November 19

Full Board: Open session--8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Committee Meetings
Assessment Development Committee: Open session--10 a.m. to 12 p.m.;
Committee on Standards, Design, and Methodology: Open session--10 a.m. to 12 p.m.;
Reporting and Dissemination Committee: Open session--10 a.m. to 12 p.m.;

November 20

Full Board: Open session--9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Park Hyatt Washington, 1201 24th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20037.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Munira Mwalimu, Operations Officer, National Assessment Governing Board, 800 North Capitol Street, NW., Suite 825, Washington, DC 20002-4233, telephone: (202) 357-6938.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry (ATSDR) announce the following committee meeting:

Name: Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC), National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances andDisease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR).

Time and Dates: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., November 18, 2004, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., November 19, 2004.

Place: CDC Headquarters facility, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30333.

Status: Open to the public for observation, limited only by the space available. The meeting room accommodates approximately 100 people.

Purpose: The Secretary, and by delegation, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Administrator of the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, are authorized under section 301 (42 U.S.C. 241) and section 311 (42 U.S.C. 243) of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, to (1) conduct, encourage, cooperate with, and assist other appropriate public authorities, scientific institutions, and scientists in the conduct of research, investigations, experiments, demonstrations, and studies relating to the causes, diagnosis, treatment, control, and prevention of physical and mental diseases and other impairments; (2) assist States and their political subdivisions in the prevention of infectious diseases and other preventable conditions and in the promotion of health and well-being; and (3) train State and local personnel in health work. The Board of Scientific Counselors, NCEH/ATSDR provides advice and guidance to the Secretary, HHS; the Director, CDC and Administrator, ATSDR; and the Director, NCEH/ATSDR, regarding program goals, objectives, strategies, and priorities in fulfillment of the agencies' mission to protect and promote people's health. The Board provides advice and guidance that will assist NCEH/ATSDR in ensuring scientific quality, timeliness, utility, and dissemination of results. The Board also provides guidance to help NCEH/ATSDR work more efficiently and effectively with its various constituents and to fulfill its mission in protecting America's health.

Matters To Be Discussed: The agenda items for the meeting on November 18-19, 2004, will include but are not limited to an update on future initiatives; update on NCEH/ATSDR consolidation and accomplishments; reports on the Program Peer Review and the Community and Tribal subcommittees and the Health Department Workgroup; update on NCEH/ATSDR strategic priorities; report on social/behavioral sciences at NCEH/ATSDR; a review of the ATSDR Draft Dioxin Soil Policy Guidelines; and a presentation on the Emergency Preparedness and Response activities at NCEH/ATSDR.
Agenda items are tentative and subject to change.

For Further Information Contact: Individuals interested in attending the meeting, please contact Sandra Malcom, Committee Management Specialist, NCEH/ATSDR, 1600 Clifton Road, Mail Stop E-28, Atlanta, GA 30303; telephone 404/498-0003, fax 404/498-0059; e-mail: smalcom@cdc.gov. The deadline for notification of attendance is November 12, 2004.

The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities for both CDC and the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for ToxicSubstances and Disease Registry.

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National Institutes of Health

Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority

Part N, National Institutes of Health, of the Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority for the Department of Health and Human Services (40 FR 22859, May 27, 1975, as amended most recently at 68 FR 10743, March 6, 2003, and redesignated from Part HN as Part N at 60 FR 56605, November 9, 1995), is amended as set forth below to reflect the elevation of the NIH Ethics Office from the Office of Management, Office of the Director, NIH, to the Office of the Director, NIH.
Section N-B, Organization and Functions, under the heading Office of the Director (NA, formerly HNA) is amended as follows:Under the heading Office of the Director (NA, formerly HNA), insert the following: NIH Ethics Office (NAT, formerly HNAT). (1) Develops and administers the NIH policies for implementing the government-wide conflict of interest statutes and regulations, the HHS supplemental conflict of interest regulations, and HHS and NIH policies; (2) provides ethics policy guidance, training, and advice to: (a) The ICs' ethics staffs, (b) Office of the Director, NIH, staff, and (c) employees whose Deputy Ethics Counselor (DEC) is the NIH DEC; and (3) coordinates the NIH response to requests from Congress, the Inspector General, DHHS and/or the Office of Government Ethics.

Delegations of Authority Statement

All delegations and redelegations of authority to officers and employees of NIH that were in effect immediately prior to the effective date of this establishment and are consistent with this amendment shall continue in effect, pending further redelegation.

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NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

NASA Advisory Council, Space Science Advisory Committee; Meeting.

AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION: Notice of Meeting.

DATES: Monday, November 15, 2004, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 16, 2004, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Wednesday, November 17, 2004, 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

ADDRESSES: Newport Beach Marriott, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Marian R. Norris, Office of Space Science, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-4452.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting will be open to the public up to the capacity of the room. The agenda for the meeting includes the following topics:

--Associate Administrator's Directorate Status Report and Discussion.
--Science Management Processes.
--Committee Reorganization Planning.
--Division Program Status Reports.
--Presentation of Subcommittee Reports.
--Earth Science Research Strategy.

It is imperative that the meeting be held on these dates to accommodate the scheduling priorities of the key participants. Visitors to the meeting will be requested to sign a visitor's register.

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NASA Space Science Advisory Committee, Astronomical Search for Origins and Planetary Systems Subcommittee; Meeting

AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration announces a meeting of the NASA Space Science Advisory Committee (SScAC), Astronomical Search for Origins and Planetary Systems Subcommittee (OS).

DATES: Monday, November 8, 2004, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Tuesday, November 9, 2004, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

ADDRESSES: Inn and Conference Center, University of Maryland, 3501University Boulevard East, Adelphi, Maryland 20783.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Eric P. Smith, Science Mission Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358-2439, eric.p.smith@nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting will be open to the public up to the seating capacity of the room. The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

Universe Division News/Update.

NASA Roadmapping Progress.

James Webb Space Telescope Update.

Deep Space Network Future Plans.

Astronomy and Physics Working Group.

Terrestrial Planet Finder Update.

It is imperative that the meeting be held on these dates to accommodate the scheduling priorities of the key participants. Visitors will be requested to sign a visitor's register.

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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Notice of Intent to Seek Approval to Revise and Extend an Information Collection

AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to request clearance of this collection. In accordance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13), we are providing opportunity for public comment on this action. After obtaining and considering public comment, NSF will prepare the submission requesting that OMB approve clearance of this collection for no longer than 1 year.

DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received by January 3, 2005, to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 295, Arlington, VA 22230; telephone (703) 292-7556; or send e-mail to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1 (800) 877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday. You also may obtain a copy of the data collection instrument and instructions from Ms. Plimpton.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
Title of Collection: Follow-up Research on Undergraduate Research Opportunities (URO-2).

OMB Number: 3145-0121.

Expiration Date of Approval: April 30, 2006.

Type of request: Intent to seek approval to revise and extend an information collection for one year.

Abstract: Follow-up Research on Undergraduate Research Opportunities (URO-2).

Proposed Project: The National Science Foundation (NSF) manages a number of programs that provide meaningful research experiences for undergraduate students. This suite of programs includes: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), both the Site and Supplement components; Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI); the undergraduate research components in several of NSF's large research centers programs, e.g., Engineering Research Centers (ERC) Programs, Science and Technology Centers (STCs); and several institution-wide resources development programs in which undergraduate research experiences are often one component.
These Programs provide a wide range of US undergraduate students with opportunities to conduct hands-on research under the mentorship of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty in various types of higher education institutions, including small liberal arts colleges, minority-serving institutions, research universities, as well as non-profit institutions in which science or engineering research is conducted.
The purpose of the proposed evaluation is to follow-up on undergraduate participants in research experiences supported by NSF who were surveyed in 2003. The 2003 survey collected information about why participants chose to participate in research, the nature of the research activities, effects of research on participants knowledge, skills, confidence, awareness, and academic and career interests and aspirations. The proposed survey will provide information about participants' current academic and employment status (in 2003, most of the respondents were in their senior year of college) and participants' current perceptions of the effects of their undergraduate research experiences on their career and academic decisions. The survey database will be linked to that of the 2003 survey to assess differences on a number of dimensions, including NSF program, academic major, type of academic institution, and sex and race/ethnicity of the participant. Use of the information: NSF and others who design undergraduate research programs will be able to use the information to help design programs that meet the needs of different kinds of students in different kinds of settings.
Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 30 minutes per response.

Respondents: Individuals.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 2900.

Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 1450 hours--2900 respondents at 30 minutes each.

Frequency of response: One time.

Comments: Comments are invited on (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information on respondents; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond.

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President's Committee on the National Medal of Science; Notice of Meeting

In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting:

Name: President's Committee on the National Medal of Science (1182).

Date and Time: Tuesday, November 23, 2004, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Place: Room 1235, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA.

Type of Meeting: Closed.

Contact Person: Mrs. Susan E. Fannoney, Program Manager, Room 1220, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: 703/292-8096.

Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice and recommendations to the President in the selection of the 2004 National Medal of Science recipients.

Agenda: To review and evaluate nominations as part of the selection process for awards.

Reason for Closing: The nominations being reviewed include information of a personal nature where disclosure would constitute unwarranted invasions of personal privacy. These matters are exempt under 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(6) of the Government in the Sunshine Act.

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STATE

U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Notice of Commission Establishment

The Department of State Announces the Establishment of the U.S. National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, which will operate pursuant to the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), will provide recommendations to the Secretary of State and to the U.S. Mission to UNESCO in Paris. The primary focus of the recommendations will relate to the formulation and implementation of U.S. policy towards UNESCO on matters of education, science,
communications, and culture. In its efforts to uphold and promote human rights, tolerance, and learning worldwide, the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO is necessary and in the public interest.

To contact the commission, please call (202) 647-6081 or e-mail DCUNESCO@state.gov.

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