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NSF-funded ACM Turing Awardees: A Look at 50 Years of Computing's Greatest Visionaries

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:06

This year marks 50 years of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the highest distinction in computer science, often regarded as the "Nobel Prize of Computing." Since 1966, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has recognized on an annual basis individuals who have contributed lasting and major technical accomplishments to computing.

The name of the award recognizes Alan M. Turing, who is often credited as a key founder of the field of artificial intelligence. More than half of the 65 ...
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NSF offers opportunity for media to deploy to Greenland

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:00

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting proposals from media professionals to visit Greenland and report on scientific research in the Arctic supported by NSF's Office of Polar Programs.

Competitive proposals must include the following:

• A documented ability to reach the widest possible U.S. audience across a variety of platforms (broadcast, print, web and social media).

• A solid field plan that indicates how the outlet will clearly and ...
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The National Science Foundation and making

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:41

Discoveries often begin with the initiative of a student, a young person, an educator, an entrepreneur, or anyone with the drive to make something new. The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds science and engineering research and technological innovation built on the creativity and imagination of individuals such as these.

Now, modern-day tinkerers of do-it-yourself technology, known as makers, are driving a new era of American innovation. Makers cross all age, ...
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Dawn Tilbury begins appointment to head NSF Engineering Directorate

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:00

Today, Dawn Tilbury begins her appointment to lead the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Engineering (ENG), which supports engineering research and education critical to the nation's future and fosters innovations that benefit society.

Tilbury comes to NSF from the University of Michigan (U-M), where she is a professor of mechanical engineering and served as associate dean for research in the College of ...
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Third NSF Community College Innovation Challenge rewards top entries

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 09:54

Teams from Texas and Colorado received first and second place awards, respectively, in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC).

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) co-sponsors the annual event, which fosters students' interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers by asking them to offer creative solutions to real-world ...
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Researchers gauge impact of "Maker" job opportunities for underserved teens

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 00:00

3-D print shop helps answer crucial questions about engaging youth in STEM through after-school jobs
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Emerging biotech with potential to improve US health care on display at 2017 International BIO Convention

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 16:14

Small businesses and startups funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) will display emerging biotechnology at the 2017 BIO International Convention Innovation Zone June 19-22 in San Diego.

More than 20 NSF-funded projects will exhibit in a space dedicated to early stage companies with new biomedical technologies and products, including ...
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Crystals once deep inside a volcano offer new view of magma, eruption timing

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 14:00

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Volcanologists are gaining a better understanding of what's going on inside the magma reservoir that lies below New Zealand's Mount Tarawera volcano. They're finding a colder, more solid place than they thought, according to research published today in the journal Science.

It's a new view of how ...
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Slow earthquakes in ocean subduction zones shed light on tsunami risk

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 14:00

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Understanding "slow-slip" earthquakes on the seafloor -- seismic events that occur over a period of days or weeks -- is giving researchers new insights into undersea earthquakes and the subsequent creation of tsunamis. Through an ocean discovery program supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), ...
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Solar Eclipse 2017 Media Event

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 15:10

NSF will join several federal agencies and science organizations June 21 for two back-to-back briefings organized by NASA to provide important solar eclipse viewing safety, travel and science information.

For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will cross the nation Aug. 21. During the eclipse, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is funding research to learn more about the sun and space weather, including a citizen science project that will capture data about the sun ...
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National Science Foundation brings 'awesome' science to Awesome Con

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 13:41

Stand back Wonder Woman, Doctor Who and Bruce Wayne. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is bringing some of its own superheroes to Awesome Con D.C. 2017. Hands-on demos of NSF-funded science and talks about the science behind superheroes and superhuman science are sure to be as dazzling as some participants' costumes. NSF Director France Córdova will also participate in a roundtable discussion on women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics ...
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Media invited to Capitol Hill as students, lawmakers meet for NSF Community College Innovation Challenge

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 10:00

On June 14, media are invited to join members of the House and Senate on Capitol Hill as they meet this year's finalists in the third annual Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC).

Every year, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) invite teams from across the country to submit innovative solutions grounded in science, technology, engineering and ...
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Generation Nano Challenge

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 09:57

NSF and NNI aim to promote an understanding and appreciation of nanotechnology and STEM careers in high school students by inviting them to design an original superhero with nanotechnology-enabled gear.
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NSF announces 2017 winners for Generation Nano: Small Science, Superheroes

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 11:57

Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), named the first- and second-place winners, as well as the People's Choice winner, for the second annual Generation Nano competition.

Generation Nano challenges high school students to imagine novel superheroes who use the power of nanotechnology -- technology on the scale of a nanometer, or 1 billionth of a ...
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Decomposing leaves are surprising source of greenhouse gases

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 11:00

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Scientists have pinpointed a new source of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that's more potent than carbon dioxide. The culprit?

Tiny bits of decomposing leaves in soil.

The new discovery, led by Michigan State University (MSU) researchers and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is featured ...
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LIGO detects third black hole merger

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 14:57

Statement from National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France Córdova regarding news that researchers at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detected gravitational waves from a third pair of merging black holes 3 billion light-years away -- the farthest distance yet.

This is exactly what we hoped for from NSF's investment in LIGO: taking us deeper into time and space in ways we couldn't do before the detection of gravitational waves. In ...
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Nearly 300 NSF-funded startups and small businesses to demo emerging technologies

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 10:00

Startups and small businesses with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will demonstrate pre-market technologies on June 5-6 in Atlanta. From bacteria-grown bricks and clear solar panels to custom ...
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Atmospheric scientists conduct field experiment to study wind flow over complex mountain terrain

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 06:00

Over the past month, researchers have descended on Portugal's Vale Do Cobrão near the Spanish border to study the valley's wind flow patterns.

The international project, known as Perdigão after the closest town, is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and involves more than 50 atmospheric scientists. They're working to better understand how wind moves over variable terrain.

The project began on May 1 and will continue until June 15.

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In a drought, over-irrigated lawns lose 70 billion gallons of water a year

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:53

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In the summer of 2010, Los Angeles lost about 100 gallons of water per person per day to the atmosphere through evaporation, mostly from overwatering of lawns and trees.

Lawns accounted for 70 percent of the water loss, while trees accounted for 30 percent, according to a study published today in the ...
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National Science Foundation presents FY 2018 budget request

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:30

National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France A. Córdova today publicly presented President Donald J. Trump's Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 NSF budget request to Congress.

The FY 2018 NSF budget request of $6.65 billion reflects NSF's commitment to establishing clear priorities in areas of national importance and identifying the most innovative and promising research ideas that will yield the highest return on investment for the nation. It supports fundamental research that will ...
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