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Statement on Award of Cooperative Agreement for Management and Operations of Arecibo Observatory

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:09

Richard Green, director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Astronomical Sciences, and Paul Shepson, director of the NSF Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, issued the following statement.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is pleased to announce that beginning Feb. 22, the University of Central Florida (UCF) will start formal transition activities to take on the operations and management of NSF's Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. NSF is ...
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NSF announces changes to overseas offices

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:49

Rebecca Keiser, head of the Office of International Science & Engineering (OISE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) issued the following statement.

The National Science Foundation is committed to international cooperation in science, engineering and education research. We value our international partnerships around the globe and recognize that the most challenging science requires international cooperation.

NSF is changing to a new ...
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New, forward-looking report outlines research path to sustainable urban systems

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 14:06

Find related stories on NSF's Environmental Research and Education (ERE) programs at this link.

In 1950, fewer than one-third of the world's people lived in cities. Today more than half do. By 2050, urban areas will be home to some two-thirds of Earth's human population.

"This scale and pace of urbanization has never been seen in human history," states a new report, ...
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National Science Foundation presents FY 2019 budget request

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 13:13

Today, President Donald J. Trump's Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget request for the National Science Foundation (NSF) was presented to Congress. More information on the FY 2019 budget request is available beginning today from the White House Office of Management and Budget.* NSF Director France ...
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Leading cloud providers join with NSF to support data science frontiers

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 16:41

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is providing nearly $30 million in new funding for research in data science and engineering through its Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA) program.

NSF's awards are paired with support from Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Microsoft Azure, which have each committed up to $3 million in cloud resources for relevant ...
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State of US science enterprise report shows US leads in S&E as China rapidly advances

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 11:32

According to the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Science and Engineering Indicators2018 report released today, the United States is the global leader in science and technology (S&T). However, the U.S. global share of S&T activities is declining as other nations -- especially China -- continue to rise.

The National Science Board (NSB) is the ...
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Scientists present new long-term ecological research results at annual ocean sciences conference

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 07:00

Are the U.S. East Coast's salt marshes healthy? How do sea ice patterns affect penguin populations in Antarctica? What diet do blue whales off California specialize in? Is every El Niño the same?

As the oceans continue to change in unprecedented ways, the annual Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM) has become an important venue for exchanging new insights into these and other questions about marine ...
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Study shows wetlands provide landscape-scale reduction in nitrogen pollution

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 12:00

Find related stories on NSF's Environmental Research and Education (ERE) programs at this link.

In agricultural regions such as the U.S. Midwest, excess nitrate from crop fertilizer makes its way into rivers and streams through subsurface drainage channels and agricultural ditches.

High nitrate concentrations in waterways can be harmful to ecosystems and human health, ...
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Cloud seeding for snow: Does it work? Scientists report first quantifiable observations

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 10:04

For the first time, scientists have obtained direct, quantifiable observations of cloud seeding for increased snowfall -- from the growth of ice crystals, through the processes that occur in clouds, to the eventual snowfall.

The National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported project, dubbed SNOWIE (Seeded and Natural Orographic Wintertime Clouds -- the Idaho Experiment), took place from Jan. 7 to March 17, 2017, in and near Idaho's Payette Basin, located approximately 50 miles north of ...
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CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service recognizes first hall of fame recipients

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 17:42

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program today announced its inaugural class of SFS Hall of Fame recipients, recognized for making outstanding contributions to cybersecurity.

The SFS Hall of Fame received nominations from more than 60 universities. The three members of the first class are Josiah Dykstra, Mischel Kwon and Steven Hernandez. NSF made the announcement ...
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Winter road salt, fertilizers turning North American waterways increasingly saltier

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 16:00

Find related stories on NSF's Environmental Research and Education (ERE) programs at this link. Also find related stories on NSF's Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program site.

Across North America, streams and rivers are becoming saltier, thanks to road deicers, fertilizers and ...
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NSF makes first awards through Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 11:00

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued the first awards through its Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Program), which is designed to enhance undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).

"For decades, NSF has worked to provide members of ...
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NSF awards nearly $5.7M to defend America’s cyberspace

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 10:02

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently gave the nation's cybersecurity professionals a boost with the inclusion of four new universities into its CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program.

NSF awarded nearly $5.7 million, with an expected total of almost $16.6 million over the next five years, to universities in Indiana, Maryland, Louisiana and Texas. The schools will ...
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Future consumer technology from NSF at CES 2018 Eureka Park

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 08:41

Nearly 20 small businesses funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) will showcase their early stage technologies at the 2018 CES, a global conference that unveils up-and-coming consumer technologies.

The companies will be featured at the Eureka Park Marketplace, an area of CES dedicated to pre-market technologies born from fundamental science and engineering innovation.

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NSF supports declaration of International Brain Initiative

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 16:12

The National Science Foundation (NSF) joins with other U.S. federal agencies and international partners in its support for a declaration to create an International Brain Initiative.

Representatives from the United States, Australia, Europe, Japan and Korea made the declaration at the Australian Academy of Science in Canberra, Australia last week. The ...
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NSF announces James Ulvestad as Chief Officer for Research Facilities

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 08:37

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is pleased to announce that James S. Ulvestad will serve as the agency's first Chief Officer for Research Facilities (CORF), a position created in recognition of the critical role research infrastructure plays in science and engineering.

"For almost seven decades, NSF has helped build the research infrastructure that allows the United States to be a world leader in discovery and the generation of new knowledge," said NSF Director France A. ...
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Massive East Antarctic Ice Sheet has history of instability

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 14:00

The East Antarctic Ice Sheet locks away enough water to raise sea level an estimated 53 meters (174 feet), more than any other ice sheet on the planet. It's also thought to be among the most stable, not gaining or losing mass even as ice sheets in West Antarctica and Greenland shrink.

But new research, led by The University of Texas at Austin and the University of South Florida (USF) and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), found that the East Antarctic Ice Sheet may not ...
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Six-decade-old space mystery solved with shoebox-sized satellite called a CubeSat

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 14:00

A 60-year-old mystery about the source of energetic, potentially damaging particles in Earth's radiation belts has been solved using data from a shoebox-sized satellite built and operated by students. The satellite is called a CubeSat.

Imagine a fully instrumented satellite the size of a half-gallon milk carton. Then imagine that milk carton whirling in space, catching never-before-seen glimpses of atmospheric and geospace processes.

CubeSats, named for the roughly ...
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Dust on the wind: Study reveals surprising role of dust in mountain ecosystems

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 15:00

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Trees growing atop granite in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains rely on nutrients from windborne dust more than on nutrients from the underlying bedrock.

This surprising finding resulted from a study led by University of Wyoming (UW) scientists. The research was funded by the National Science Foundation ...
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NSF statement on latest LIGO-Virgo detection of binary black hole merger

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 14:13

Scientists supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced the detection of the merger of two relatively "light" black holes, 7 and 12 times the mass of the sun, respectively, at a distance of about 1 billion light-years. NSF'sLaser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) made the detection in June. LIGO is funded by NSF and operated by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The black hole ...
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