'Just Ask'

Blogger Prof-like Substance says that serving on a National Science Foundation panel can be as simple as just asking to do so. Prof-like says that when he began his tenure-track position, he phoned a PO at NSF to express interest in serving on a review panel. "In the next round I was asked," he says.

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