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National Science Foundation presents the President’s FY 2020 budget request

1 hour 10 min ago

Today, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released details of the President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Budget Request to Congress, which includes a proposed level of funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Detailed information will be available on NSF's website.

NSF Director France Córdova issued the following statement:

Under the President's FY2020 budget request, NSF will ...
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Media call: NSF Fiscal Year 2020 budget request

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 16:58

Media are invited to join a 30-minute call about the President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 National Science Foundation (NSF) budget request to Congress.

The call will include information on the new budget proposal, the details of which are expected to be released on March 18, 2019. NSF staff will answer questions and speak to how agency investments in fundamental science and engineering research will continue to support the nation's economy, security and global ...
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Penguins... And More!

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 11:16

The National Science Foundation manages the U.S. Antarctic Program, which coordinates all U.S. scientific research (including penguin research!) on the southernmost continent and in the Southern Ocean.
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NSF Prize Competitions

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 11:11

NSF welcomes members of the public to help solve science, technology, engineering and math challenges by submitting ideas and solutions for a chance to win prizes.
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Using light to move wireless data faster

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 01:00

Computer science team lights up faster, more secure data transmission to meet future demands
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Modernization of NSF’s logistics hub in Antarctica ready to move forward

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 14:47

The National Science Board (NSB) has authorized the National Science Foundation (NSF) to move forward with the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science (AIMS) project. AIMS is planned as a 10-year undertaking to overhaul McMurdo Station into an energy- and operationally efficient platform from which to support world-class science. Through its Office of Polar Programs (OPP), NSF manages the U.S. Antarctic Program, which funds and facilitates the nation's scientific endeavors on ...
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The krill factor in ocean mixing

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 01:00

Engineers investigating impact of krill swarms on ocean mixing, and possibly global climate
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Antarctic research vessel to deliver ailing individual to British research station

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 18:20

Acting on the advice of medical experts, National Science Foundation (NSF) officials have directed the NSF-chartered research vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer to put ashore a person in need of a level of care not available aboard the ship. The Palmer, which is at sea in Antarctic waters, will divert to the British Antarctic Survey's Rothera Station.

After arriving at Rothera, the patient will be flown to Punta Arenas, Chile.

The Palmer is on a first, ...
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Upgraded LIGO to search for universe's most extreme events

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 20:00

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is awarding Caltech and MIT $20.4 million to upgrade the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), building upon the agency's four-decade investment, which has totaled more than $1 billion to date. Funded through a cooperative agreement, Advanced LIGO Plus will increase the volume of deep space the observatory can survey by as much as seven times. This investment is part of a joint international effort in collaboration with UK ...
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Expert panel to discuss next generation gravitational wave detector

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 18:41

Media invited to expert panel discussing next generation gravitational wave detector

NSF and UKRI to host conversation on future directions for LIGO research

Media are invited to attend an expert panel discussion on gravitational wave detectors and the future of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel on Feb. 14. The National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.K. Research and Innovation (UKRI) ...
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Statement on executive order to maintain American leadership in artificial intelligence

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 17:07

President Donald J. Trump is expected to sign an executive order Feb. 11, titled "Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence." The order aims to promote sustained investment and innovation in artificial intelligence (AI), enhance access to resources for AI research, and train a next-generation AI research workforce. National Science Foundation (NSF) Director ...
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NSF selects Joanne Tornow to head its Biological Sciences directorate

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 10:30

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected Dr. Joanne Tornow to serve as head of the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO).

Tornow has served with NSF for nearly two decades, with a career that has ranged from program management to the highest levels of NSF leadership and strategic development. Her work at NSF has been marked by a focus on accountability, and on supporting cross-disciplinary, convergent research that draws on the strengths of scientists and engineers ...
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Research immerses HBCU undergrads in biomedical engineering

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 01:00

Center for Biomechanical & Rehabilitation Engineering lab inspires STEM careers by focusing students on helping the elderly
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West Antarctica ocean drilling expedition will reveal climate history in region with significant ice loss

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 16:36

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet in the Amundsen Sea off Antarctica could play a pivotal role in future sea level rise, but many questions remain unanswered, scientists say.

Now, researchers taking part in an international ocean drilling expedition funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and international partners are on Antarctica's remote Amundsen Sea looking for clues through an analysis of the ice sheet's history.

Led by researchers at the University of Houston and ...
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Media call: NSF post-shutdown Q&A

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 17:48

Media are invited to join a 30-minute call to learn about how National Science Foundation (NSF) activities were affected by the funding lapse.

The call will include updates on impacts, including rescheduling panels and extending deadline proposals. While NSF is still evaluating the full impact of the funding lapse, staff will speak to immediate actions already taken to ensure critical funding reaches members of the scientific and engineering research ...
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NSF announces awards for soft robotics research

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 11:00

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is investing $20 million in 10 research awards to push forward the frontiers of engineering research in soft robotics.

"Configurable, strong, mobile robots could safely explore environments too hostile for humans, such as disaster zones and the deep ocean," said Dawn Tilbury, NSF's assistant director for Engineering. "They could allow unprecedented extension of human perception and action to places we've only dreamed about, opening up vast ...
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NSF Apps

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 17:05

Whether you're a teacher, student or just fascinated by science, the NSF Science Zone app will ignite your imagination. If you want the latest news, interviews and discussions about science, technology, engineering, and math, the Science360 Radio app is for you. Learn more about NSF's apps for iOS and Android mobile devices.
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Two contract employees die in Antarctica

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 13:41

Two fire technicians at the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station in Antarctica have been pronounced dead following an incident at a generator building that powers a radio transmitter near the station.

The incident, which still is under investigation, occurred on Dec. 12 local time (McMurdo Station keeps New Zealand time).

NSF is not releasing any personal information about the deceased at this time. Their next of kin have been notified.

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Number of doctorates awarded by US institutions in 2017 declined slightly

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 15:00

U.S. institutions awarded 54,664 research doctorate degrees in 2017, a slight decline from the number awarded in 2016, according to the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED), an annual census of research degree recipients that provides data for the Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities report.

The report, published by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) within the National Science Foundation, ...
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