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Rita Rossi Colwell, recipient of the Vannevar Bush Award and former NSF director. The National Science Board (NSB) is pleased to announce that Rita Rossi Colwell, distinguished university professor at the University of Maryland College Park and at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, senior advisor and chairman emeritus at Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc., and founder and chairman at CosmosID, Inc., will receive the 2017 Vannevar Bush Award.
The Vannevar Bush Award honors truly exceptional lifelong leaders in science and technology who ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=241766&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 10:10

Waterman metal The National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced changes in eligibility requirements for the Alan T. Waterman Award, which annually recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by NSF.
Scientists 40 years of age or younger, or up to 10 years post Ph.D., now may be nominated for the award. Previous requirements mandated nominees be 35 years or younger or up to seven years post Ph.D.
These new criteria take effect with the ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=191685&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 11:24

Sun illustration From flowers’ microscopic cells to thunderstorms called supercells, researchers funded by NSF are studying the science of spring. NSF peers into what makes spring such a vibrant--and sometimes dangerous--season. More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/spring/?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51
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Post date: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 11:24

The National Science Foundation (NSF) today recognized Baratunde "Bara" A. Cola of the Georgia Institute of Technology and John V. Pardon of Princeton University with the nation's highest honor for early career scientists and engineers, the Alan T. Waterman Award. This marks only the second time in the award's 42-year history that NSF selected two recipients in the same year.
Bestowed annually, the Waterman Award recognizes outstanding researchers age 35 and under in NSF-supported ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=191610&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 11:24

T. rhadinus" hspace ="4" vspace="2" border="0" align="left"/> Scientists have long wondered what the earliest dinosaur relatives looked like. Most assumed they would resemble miniature dinosaurs, about the size of chickens, and walk on two legs.
The discovery of Teleocrater rhadinus, however, has forced scientists to reassess their ideas. Based on a fossil unearthed in southern Tanzania, these early relatives were carnivorous animals that measured approximately 7-10 feet long, with long necks and tails. Rather than walking on two legs, ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=191546&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 11:24

Scientists gather around a set of beakers. Based on per-employee cost, U.S. companies spent 77 percent more on R&D in the U.S. than outside the U.S. U.S. companies spent $73 billion on research and development (R&D) performed outside the United States in 2013, according to a new report by the National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.
The total represented 18 percent of U.S. companies' total R&D performance. These same companies spent $323 billion on R&D performed within the United States in 2013.
Almost 50 ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=191611&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 11:24

Antarctica's Cotton Glacier Microbes in streams flowing on the surface of glaciers in the Arctic and Antarctic may represent a previously underestimated source of organic material and be part of an as yet undiscovered "dynamic local carbon cycle," according to a new paper published by researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The cycle, they argue, could become a significant global source of carbon as temperatures rise worldwide and microbial activity increases.
An international ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=191512&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 11:24

Department of Defense research obligations decreased slightly. Federal funding for research and development (R&D) and R&D plant (facilities and fixed equipment) totaled $131.4 billion in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, a 1 percent decrease from the previous year, according to a new report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES).
NCSES reported that within the R&D total, research obligations -- a category of transactions including orders placed, ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=191588&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 11:24

screen shot of a robot drawing NSF-funded research aiming to making it easier for humans to work directly with a robotic partner in applications such as physical therapy Full story at https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/roboticcontrol.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51This is an NSF News item.

Post date: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 11:24

Map of the U.S. displaying grantee locations. Today, 156 early career engineering faculty begin a five-year journey that will take them to the frontiers of fundamental engineering research.
Supported by grants from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Engineering Directorate, each researcher will set out with at least a $500,000 award and a plan to make advances in engineering. Their work will cover fields ranging from smart materials and advanced robotics to secure communications.
"Resilient infrastructure, abundant ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=191436&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 11:24

France Córdova, NSF Director(Clarification:) This week, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) begins a 10-day attempt to capture the image of the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. The EHT derives its extreme magnifying power by connecting widely spaced radio dishes across the globe into an Earth-sized, virtual telescope. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has been a longtime supporter of the EHT program, which is receiving a considerable boost in sensitivity and resolution through ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=191568&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 11:24

A researcher performs calibrations on the Sandia Lightning Simulator. The nation's 42 federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) reported spending $18.5 billion on research and development (R&D) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, their first rebound after several years of declining or flat expenditures, according to a new report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES).
The FFRDCs are privately operated R&D organizations that are exclusively or ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=191499&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 11:24

A seafloor hydrocarbon seep is one location where self-mutating microbes were previously found.Related stories on NSF's Dimensions of Biodiversity program are available online.
Researchers have discovered that previously unidentified microorganisms have a genetic element that enables them to self-mutate. What's more, these organisms are so plentiful they dramatically expand the diversity of the tree of life.
"This discovery reveals how rapid evolution happens in some of ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=191443&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 11:24

Today, Popular Science magazine and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announce the winners of the 15th Annual Vizzies Challenge, celebrating the use of visual media to artfully and clearly communicate scientific data and research.
The competition recognizes the best photographs, videos, illustrations, interactive apps, and posters and graphics produced by academic researchers, artists or hobbyists.
"Congratulations to all of this year's winners, and for everyone ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=191453&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 11:24

From flowers' microscopic cells to thunderstorms called supercells, researchers study spring. From flowers' microscopic cells to thunderstorms called supercells, researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) are studying the science of spring. Now, in time for Earth Day, a new NSF special report -- April Showers Bring...The Science of Spring -- looks at what makes spring such a vibrant, and sometimes dangerous, season.
NSF supports studies of such diverse spring subjects as the bloom of plant ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=191505&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 10:25

CCIC Logo Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), named 10 finalists for the third annual Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC).
CCIC fosters development of crucial science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) innovation skills in students at community colleges by challenging them to propose innovative, STEM-based solutions to complex, real-world problems.
"For the third year in a row, ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=191589&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Monday, April 10, 2017 - 14:27

Past LSS funding has produced breakthrough discoveries in such areas as the causes of crime.NSF Law and Social Sciences program issues new awards
Grants support research into crucial social issues
Critical societal issues ranging from violent crime to the operation of the U.S. legal system demand the best available data and analysis for effective policymaking and an informed citizenry. With that in mind, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded more than $5 million to fund 23 projects and four workshops through its Law and Social ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=191073&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Friday, February 24, 2017 - 09:27

NSF INCLUDESFrance Córdova is the director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). To read more posts from the director, check out her Notes from the Field blog.
Last year, NSF issued its first grants for NSF INCLUDES, a major addition to our portfolio of programs seeking to broaden participation in science and engineering (S&E). In January, I had a chance to meet with the recipients of those grants at our first meeting ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=191145&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 15:21

The WMPD report is part of NSF's congressionally mandated mission to broaden participation in science and engineering. The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) today announced the release of the 2017 Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering (WMPD) report, the federal government's most comprehensive look at the participation of these three demographic groups in science and engineering education and employment.
The report shows the degree to which women, people with disabilities and ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=190946&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 13:23

Stereotypes can influence educational and career paths. Women account for more than half the U.S. population, but only 30 percent of those employed as scientists and engineers in the country. Researchers are investigating several possible factors that contribute to this disparity -- including the societal stereotype that associates intellectual talent more closely with men than women, according to a ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=190924&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 15:21

researcher explaining the brain wave read-out to child participant New test uses brain's electrical activity to pinpoint reading challenges early, increasing chances for success in school Full story at https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/brainprints.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51This is an NSF News item.

Post date: Monday, January 23, 2017 - 17:40

chemical sensor More than 20 small businesses funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) will showcase their early stage technologies at the 2017 CES, a global conference that unveils up-and-coming consumer technologies.
The companies will be featured at the Eureka Park Marketplace, an area dedicated to pre-market technologies born from fundamental science and engineering ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=190639&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Monday, January 23, 2017 - 11:36

Chicago nodes diagram New urban-scale smart city technology acts as a fitness tracker for livability Full story at https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/arrayofthings.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51This is an NSF News item.

Post date: Monday, December 5, 2016 - 12:30

The new awards aim to improve and advance STEM learning and prepare a diverse STEM workforce. To continue to achieve nationwide excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has invested $61 million in new awards.
The awards, made through the NSF Education and Human Resources Directorate (EHR) Core Research Program (ECR), focus on projects that help the educational community understand, explain and address challenges in STEM learning and participation. EHR funded a total of 67 ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=190509&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 14:34

The three new AGEP alliances consist of 14 partner universities. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced $5.9 million in funding for three new alliances consisting of 14 partner universities as part of NSF's Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program. Each award is for five years and will support the alliances as they develop, reproduce, implement and study models that can transform pathways for historically underrepresented minorities to careers as professors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=190088&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 09:38

Focus areas for awards include the intersection of food, water and energy. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is pleased to announce the most recent awardees for the NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program, designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, potentially transformative models for graduate education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
"Innovative and interdisciplinary approaches will be key to tackling tomorrow's scientific challenges, and today's STEM graduate students will need to ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=190074&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 12:34

Joan Ferrini-Mundy, NSF assistant director for Education and Human Resources, addresses awardees. This year, the White House honored 213 recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). In September, those awardees traveled to Washington, D.C., where leaders in science, technology, education and mathematics (STEM) congratulated them in person.
"By virtue of receiving a PAEMST award, each of you is recognized as a model for your colleagues, an inspiration to your ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=189970&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 10:03

smart and connected communities From autonomous vehicles to flash flood alert systems, technology transforms how people lead their daily lives and how local cities and communities function.
Last September, the Administration launched the National Smart Cities Initiative to help communities tackle local challenges and improve city and municipality services. Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) -- the lead federal agency in the effort -- announced more than $60 million in Smart Cities-related grants for ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=189882&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 14:42

CS education As the lead federal agency responsible for building the research knowledge base for Computer Science (CS) education, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is pleased to announce more than $25 million in awards since the administration's CS for All initiative launched just seven months ago.
These ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=189793&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 14:42

CS education As the lead federal agency responsible for building the research knowledge base for Computer Science (CS) education, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is pleased to announce more than $25 million in awards since the administration's CS for All initiative launched just seven months ago.
These ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=189793&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Monday, September 19, 2016 - 09:53

NSF INCLUDES awardee Marco Hatch The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued its first-ever awards for the NSF INCLUDES program, a comprehensive initiative to enhance U.S. leadership in science and engineering by broadening participation in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
NSF INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) aims to improve access to STEM education and career pathways at the ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=189706&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Monday, September 12, 2016 - 11:20

lobster and dye flume The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded 18 grants to multidisciplinary teams from across the United States to conduct frontier research focused on neural and cognitive systems. Each award provides a research team with up to $1 million over two to four years.
The awards fall within four research themes:

Post date: Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 16:40

Princeton research team Betsy Levy Paluck has always been interested in how societies find ways to reject violence and prejudice. That curiosity led her to Princeton University, where she works as a researcher, and then to the halls of New Jersey's middle schools, to see whether social psychological theory could help students stamp out bullying and other forms of conflict.
To make that happen, her research team relied on an unusual set of partners: students, including those identified by their classmates as ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=189630&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 15:54

Creating a sense of belonging helps keep women in STEM -- but teachers might not realize that need. Many women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have faced a common experience at some point during their college days -- they walked into a classroom and found that they were among a small handful of women in the class, or even the only one.
That kind of experience has the potential to make a talented, motivated student feel out-of-place, and compel her to search for more inclusive academic environments, according to Nilanjana Dasgupta, a psychology ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=189603&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Friday, August 26, 2016 - 12:06

Community College Innovation Challenge Many real world problems can be solved with STEM-based solutions. NSF invites teams of community college students to identify key problems and propose innovative solutions in this national contest. More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/communitycollege/?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51
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Post date: Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 16:33

Po-Shen Loh and student Po-Shen Loh loves math. He doesn't say that outright, but he doesn't have to, either.
His first brush with the Math Olympiads was in 1994, when he was a sixth grader. That year, the International Math Olympiad was held in his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, and he read about it in the local paper. A team of six from the U.S. won, something that wouldn't happen again until 2015 -- by which time Loh was serving as its coach.
The International Math Olympiad started in 1959, with ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=139149&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 01:45

virtual reality Whether through support for researchers designing new 3-D printing and additive manufacturing technologies or for educators developing new methods for hands-on, exploratory learning, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has contributed significantly to development of the U.S. maker movement.
One NSF-supported researcher at the forefront of this movement is Ben Shapiro, assistant professor of computer science at ATLAS Institute, University of ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=138995&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 14:29

mobile maker center mockup During the 2016 Week of Making, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded five, new, early-concept grants to enable the future of do-it-yourself technological innovation known as making, and to catalyze new approaches in STEM learning.
NSF’s ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=138994&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 11:28

Joan Ferrini-Mundy, assistant director for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Fou The 2016 National Week of Making, an event with significant potential for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, starts today.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds millions of dollars in making-related research each year across fields, from ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=138981&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Friday, June 17, 2016 - 16:43

a man holding and talking to a baby Just like early exposure to any other language, early exposure to sign language will support learning language later, whether it's sign or spoken Full story at https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/visualperception.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51This is an NSF News item.

Post date: Monday, June 13, 2016 - 13:16

Photo of Andrew Williams instructing girls using the Choreographe visual programming environment Survey after survey has shown a lack of women engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. It's an utterly human problem, but one group of eighth-grade girls recently experimented with a way to address at least one aspect of it -- with robots.
The students, participating in a program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) called ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=138790&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 14:49

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Post date: Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 10:27

illustration showing a bubble filled with faces of people Crowdsourcing has brought us Wikipedia and ways to understand how HIV proteins fold. It also provides an increasingly effective means for teams to write software, perform research or accomplish small repetitive digital tasks.
However, most tasks have proven resistant to distributed labor, at least without a central organizer. As in the case of Wikipedia, their success often relies on the efforts of a small cadre of ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=138580&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 16:12

woman holding a baby touching a screen Symbols don't always have to be part of the equation to understand math, according to cognitive neuroscientist Elizabeth Brannon.
Brannon started her research studying monkeys to understand how non-human animals think about numbers, and whether they can perform basic arithmetic tasks. She now studies human infants at her University of Pennsylvania lab, looking to see how they learn math skills ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=138447&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 14:14

The 2nd annual NSF Video Showcase is taking place on May 17th - 23rd, 2016. Click on the image below to learn more about the event and how you can particpate! 

Post date: Friday, April 22, 2016 - 07:44

earth day infographic The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports research across all fields of science and engineering, from astronomy to zoology. Much of it has a role to play in helping us better understand  -- and protect -- our environment. In honor of Earth Week, we're sharing stories of NSF-supported research with an environmental focus, from across the disciplines NSF funds. The infographic above describes just a few of examples, ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=138354&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 15:42

Sarah Laszlo prepares a subject to measure brain activity using electroencephalography (EEG). A wonderful thing about basic research is its tendency to produce advances researchers hadn't anticipated. Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah Laszlo, for instance, found her early childhood learning studies took an unexpected jump into the worlds of security and identity verification.
Laszlo's research at Binghamton University, State University of New York, uses electroencephalography (EEG) to measure children's brain activity as they learn to read. Through collaboration with colleagues, ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=138315&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 09:41

MTBI students at poster session The students see math in everything. The obesity epidemic. The effects of second-hand smoke. Prison reform. Political ads.
They ask: Can we model these populations? Can we reveal what factors make a difference, and what happens when they change?
And, above all: Can I use math to help solve these problems?
"They are determined to solve an important problem," says Carlos Castillo-Chavez, mathematical biologist at Arizona State University (ASU) and executive director of ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=138291&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 11:22

Friday April 29, 2016 from 11-12 pm Pacific / 2-3 pm Eastern

Across age, context, and culture, children produce an extraordinary array of behaviors—speech, gestures, visual exploration, facial expressions, motor actions, and social interactions. Video captures much of the richness and complexity of children’s behavior. The Databrary project (databrary.org), funded in part by NSF's REESE program, capitalizes on the potential of video to accelerate the pace of discovery in developmental science. Databrary provides the software, infrastructure, and policy framework to enable sharing and reuse of developmental research videos.

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Post date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 09:24

wrist sensor Researchers develop a range of new sensors and other tools to gauge emotional responses and behavior of children with developmental disorders Full story at http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/affectivecomputing.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51This is an NSF News item.

Post date: Monday, April 4, 2016 - 13:03

child and robot Parents want the best for their children's education and often complain about large class sizes and the lack of individual attention.
Goren Gordon, an artificial intelligence researcher from Tel Aviv University who runs the Curiosity Lab there, is no different.
He and his wife spend as much time as they can with their children, but there are still times when their kids are alone or unsupervised. At those times, they'd like their children to have a companion to learn and play ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=137895&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Friday, March 18, 2016 - 12:10

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Post date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 18:01

Student and teacher NSF-funded research is building the necessary foundations for implementing rigorous and engaging computer science education. A wide range of resources, including instructional materials and support for teachers and schools, have been prototyped across the U.S. More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/csed/index.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51
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Post date: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 10:13

High school teacher and students in computer class Computer science has become a new basic skill, essential in order to excel in an increasingly computational and data-intensive world.
However, access to computer science (CS) at the K-12 levels remains limited. CS is taught in less than 25 percent of U.S. high schools. Rural and high-need schools are even less likely to offer it. Moreover, in schools that do offer CS, students of color and girls often participate in very low numbers.
But this is changing through a groundswell ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=137529&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 06:29

a fruit fly on a ball Multidisciplinary team investigates brain function during social interaction, down to each neuron Full story at http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/socialbrains.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51This is an NSF News item.

Post date: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 15:03

Since 2011, the National Science Foundation has sponsored a series of regional workshops that focus on the National Research Council reports, Successful K-12 STEM Education: Identifying Effective Approaches in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education. The next workshop in this series, STEM Smart: Lessons Learned from Successful Schools, will take place on Monday, February 1, 2016, in San Francisco, CA.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together educators, administrators, researchers, policy-makers, and others to share their work and experiences related to standards-based instruction in science. Through plenary panels and interactive sessions, participants will become familiar with research-based instructional materials and issues related to curriculum development and implementation.

Registration for this event is currently open. Please share this information with people within your network that might be interested in attending. There is no registration fee. For more information about the event, including the meeting agenda, session descriptions, and presenter bios, visit: http://successfulstemeducation.org/events/1510.

Please direct any questions to successfulstemed@edc.org.

Thanks,

STEM Smart Staff

Post date: Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 08:26

                                       Advancing STEM for All

We invite you to present at the second interactive, online video showcase event, which will take place on May 17th - 23rd 2016

Last year's online showcase, attracted over 20,000 unique participants and has received accolades from NSF program officers. Your participation will make this year's event equally successful in sharing of work across NSF programs and with the public at large, and also in promoting reflective collegial discourse.

Share your cutting edge work by creating a 3-minute video. See deadlines below. Visit http://stemforall2016.videohall.com for updates.

This event is led by MSPnet in collaboration with CADRE, CIRCL, CAISE, STELAR, CS10K Community, and ARC resource centers.

Important dates to keep in mind:

  • Registration for the event will begin February 2nd. Registration is mandatory for participation.
  • Videos must be submitted by April 28, 2016. They must be less than 3 minutes long and have sound that is audible.
  • Interactive event will take place May 17th - May 23rd.

This year's theme is broadening participation and increasing access to quality STEM and CS experiences. Although not all videos need to specifically address the theme, we encourage doing so. We invite videos from projects that are in their early stages of development as well as those that are more "mature." Videos should illustrate your intervention, innovation, and discuss the project's impact (or potential for impact for new projects).

To see the last year's showcase website, visit:
http://resourcecenters2015.videohall.com/

Have questions? Email contact@stemforall.videohall.com

 

Post date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 14:42

STEM+Computing (STEM+C) Solicitation Discussion Webinars (Open to the public)
Join Arlene deStrulle and Jan Cuny as they address the National Science Foundation's STEM+Computing (STEM+C) Program Solicitation.
These webinars are for Principal Investigators interested in conducting research and development on the Integration of Computing in Other STEM Disciplines; Advancing Computer Science in K-12, and Expanding Research on Broadening Participation in Computer Science.

To RSVP, click on one of the dates below:
                November 23, 2015 3:00 PM (Eastern)
                December 14, 2015 3:00 PM (Eastern)
                December 15, 2015 2:00 PM (Eastern)
                December 16, 2015 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Please share this invitation with interested colleagues. These webinars are free and open to the public. For full announcement and more information: http://hub.mspnet.org/index.cfm/announce/show/id-296
 

Post date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 11:16

screenshot of cybersecurity special report Cybersecurity is one of the defining issues of our time. Can we keep our networks, devices and critical systems open, safe and secure, while maintaining personal privacy? How do we develop tomorrow's cybersecurity solutions?
Fundamental research plays a key part. Cutting-edge, National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported social and technical cybersecurity research--as well as education and ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=136588&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 10:11

chart and numbersThe United Nations Statistical Commission celebrates the fifth annual World Statistics Day today. Over 60 countries have joined together to coordinate activities based on the theme of "Better data. Better lives." The National Science Foundation funds multiple research projects aimed at fostering new statistical methods and strengthened statistical systems. This article is one of two published for World ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=136637&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 01:31

Please join the STELAR Center for a webinar about ways to measure student interest and motivation in informal settings on Thursday, October 29, from 3-4pm Eastern Time

Description:

One of the keys to having youth pursue STEM careers is developing their personal interest in science and technology.  Often, hands-on activities in out-of-school contexts provide diverse youth with low-pressure, non-academic environments in which they can explore their interests more freely than they may be able to in a school setting.  However, unlike tests which can measure student knowledge in STEM domains, measuring student interest and motivation requires different considerations.

In this webinar, hear from current ITEST projects about the strategies, tools and technologies they use to measure youth interest and motivation in STEM in such settings.  In addition, projects' findings, challenges, and lessons learned regarding measuring interest in STEM will be discussed.

Presenters:

  • Karen Yanowitz, Arkansas State University
  • Sukey Blanc, Creative Research and Evaluation, & Tara Cox, Franklin Institute  

To register for the event, visit:  http://stelar.edc.org/events/stelar-webinar-measuring-student-interest-a...

Post date: Friday, October 16, 2015 - 09:55

man and child look at a rain gauge in a driveway So you want to be a citizen scientist? The National Science Foundation (NSF) has got you covered.
NSF supports citizen science and crowdsourcing efforts across all areas of science, whether your passion is to scan the night sky, explore your own backyard or play video games.
Projects such as these are highlighted at a White House Forum on Citizen Science and ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=136445&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 15:38

man with computer doing eye-tracking experiment The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today the latest round of innovative, international research projects that support the agency's mission--to advance the frontiers of science and engineering--and forge robust collaborations with scientific expertise around the world.
The 17 new awards, totaling more than $69 million, are made through NSF's Partnerships in International Research and ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=136248&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Friday, September 25, 2015 - 17:37

collage of images showing a forest, water and solar panels The nation is at an environmental crossroads, states a report released today by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (AC-ERE): America's Future: Environmental Research and Education for a Thriving Century: A 10-year Outlook.
Climate change in the Arctic, urban growth in Phoenix, West Coast fisheries affected by El ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=136041&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 10:01

We invite you to apply to attend Cyberlearning 2016: Designing for Deeper, Broader, and More Equitable Learning, which will take place January 25-26, 2016 at the Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, VA. See the Call for Participation to learn more and to complete the online application.

Call for Participation and Application To Attend:

http://circlcenter.org/events/cyberlearning-2016/call-for-participation/

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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

Cyberlearning 2016: Designing for Deeper, Broader, and More Equitable Learning January 25-26, 2016, Westin Arlington Gateway, Arlington, VA

We invite you to apply to attend Cyberlearning 2016: Designing for Deeper, Broader, and More Equitable Learning, which will take place January 25-26, 2016 at the Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, VA. Approximately 150 leading researchers along with students, educators, designers, industry experts, and other stakeholders will work together for two days at Cyberlearning 2016 to accelerate the community's collective work and impact. Cyberlearning 2016 builds upon three prior successful meetings in 2015, 2014, and 2013, which inspired the community to identify issues of common interest and ignited joint efforts among participants.

Informed by the learning sciences, cyberlearning is the design and use of innovative technology to create effective new learning experiences that were never possible or practical before, making learning opportunities deeper, more equitable, and more broadly available. Together, we will seek to address important questions and issues, such as:

  • How can cyberlearning help empower the next generation of diverse learners?
  • How can we create innovative technologies that draw upon sound theories of learning through productive collaborations among researchers, designers, learners, and formal and informal educators?
  • How can we foster an inclusive design community that balances real world problems and settings with promising cyberlearning approaches?
  • How can we integrate contributions from multiple research projects for broader impact (e.g., combining our theories or combining our tools into a common infrastructure)?

Cyberlearning 2016 will feature 3-4 stimulating keynotes as well as opportunities to engage in a variety of formats, such as:

  • Interacting around project work in a round table, poster/demo gallery, or video showcase,
  • Growing professional knowledge in an expertise exchange, either sharing your expertise or learning from other attendees.
  • Meeting new colleagues via networking activities,
  • Participating in working group discussions that synergistically tackle one of the four key issues,
  • Developing ideas and recommendations for next steps for the Cyberlearning community,
  • Opportunities to share information through a legislative visit to your congressperson.

We encourage participation from researchers with NSF projects with a cyberlearning theme as well as teachers, informal educators, foundation program directors, technologists, designers, graduate students, and other stakeholders. In particular, the application encourages researchers with projects to nominate a non-Principal Investigator "buddy" (such as an educator, student, or a leader at an institution that serves diverse learners) who could jointly attend the meeting and enrich our deliberations. Travel expenses will be reimbursed for a limited number of buddies.

Cyberlearning 2016 is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and hosted by the Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning (CIRCL). There is no cost to attend the event, but attendees must book and pay for their own travel and hotel. Participants are expected to commit to the 2 full days of the meeting. Preference for in-person attendance will be given to applicants who offer to share tangible insights and to be actively involved before, during, and after the meeting. For those who cannot attend in person, portions of the meeting will be webcast to allow some virtual participation.

Please complete the online application to be considered for attendance and to assist us in meeting planning. Note that this is an application to attend; responses will help us determine the final list of attendees. You will be notified separately if you have been accepted to attend. Space is limited, so applications must be received by October 1, 2015.

Apply to Attend Cyberlearning 2016

https://edc.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1H6NHPlxPEKJo9f

The CIRCL Team and Cyberlearning 2016 Program Committee

Meeting Co-Chairs:

Jeremy Roschelle, SRI International

Wendy Martin, Education Development Center

Program Committee:

Lauren Goldenberg, New York City Department of Education, Research & Policy Support Group Natalie Harr Ylizarde, 2013-2015 NSF Einstein Fellow and doctoral student, University of Maryland Andee Rubin, TERC and Cyberlearning 2015 Co-Chair Kemi Jona, Northwestern University Matthias Hauswirth, University of Lugano, Switzerland Margaret Hennessey, North Carolina State University Mike Eisenberg, University of Colorado, Boulder Kip Glazer, Kern High School District, California Stephanie Teasley, University of Michigan and CIRCL Advisor June Ahn, College of Information Studies and College of Education, University of Maryland

+ members of the CIRCL team

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Subscribe to the CIRCL Newsletter: http://circlcenter.org/newsletter/

 

Post date: Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 12:55

animation of brain cells How does sleep affect individual memories? How do brain cells connect to form meaningful networks? How is a word like "chair" conceptualized in the mind?
To support potentially transformative research in neural and cognitive systems, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded 16 grants to multidisciplinary teams from across the United States.
Each award brings together scientists and engineers from diverse fields to investigate brain-related mysteries. The awards fall ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=135926&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 11:12

animation character Sulley from Monsters University with modelling grid This summer, visitors to the Museum of Science, Boston will be inspired by the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters, with the world premiere of The Science Behind Pixar.
This interactive 10,000-square-foot exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar's award-winning films to the big screen.
The Science ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=135497&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Friday, July 17, 2015 - 16:36

students in SMART Summer program with robots in a lab NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering kicks off its Summer of STEM today. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are the focus, with both teachers and students gaining new opportunities for learning and development. Many of the projects announced today are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Susan Singer, NSF's director of the Division of Undergraduate Education, joins NYU School of Engineering President and Dean Katepalli R. Sreenivasan and other officials to ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=135643&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 10:56

Baby in brain scannerThe following is part two in a series of articles titled "Amazing Discoveries About How Infants Learn," describing how infants acquire knowledge and what influences their social and thinking skills as they mature. Part one is available on the NSF website.
Infants take in the sounds of various languages indiscriminately until about 8 months of age, when their brains start to focus only on the ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=135548&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 10:39

visualization showing solar plasma Interacting with Earth's magnetic field A 24-minute, high-resolution science documentary about the dynamics of the sun that features data-driven visualizations produced by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign debuts tonight at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum in Baton Rouge before rolling out to more than a dozen planetariums and science centers around the world.
"Solar Superstorms" was produced as part of a project called ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=135550&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 17:38

students working on computer Media are invited to Capitol Hill on June 17 to to meet the 10 winning teams of the Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC). Live demonstrations will give attendees a chance to explore and interact with their creative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based approaches to addressing real-world problems, such as water contamination, emergency response and energy needs.
The National Science ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=135389&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 19:11

students and teacher working on a computer in a class The College Board and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are announcing an extension of their partnership to support teachers and schools in offering the new Advanced Placement (AP®) Computer Science Principles course in the fall of 2016.
Although most U.S. students use information technology on a regular basis, only a small fraction of them have the opportunity to take ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=135335&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 14:00

kids with a magnifying glass Preschoolers engaged, teachers enthusiastic about moving math and science to the head of the class Full story at http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/connect4learning.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51This is an NSF News item.

Post date: Friday, May 15, 2015 - 17:16

image showing two hearts Today the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced two, five-year, center-scale awards totaling $8.75 million to advance the state-of-the-art in medical and cyber-physical systems (CPS).
One project will develop "Cyberheart"--a platform for virtual, patient-specific human heart models and associated device therapies that can be used to improve and accelerate medical-device development and testing. The other project will combine teams of microrobots with synthetic cells to perform ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=135105&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 10:48

scientist working in a lab The number of research doctorate degrees awarded by U.S. institutions in 2013 grew by 3.5 percent over the previous year, a single-year increase that has only been exceeded twice in the past two decades, according to a new report from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES).
The report, Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities: 2013, ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=134980&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 13:06

report cover Revisiting STEM Workforce. Does the United States have a "glut" or "shortage" of STEM workers? It's a question that has long permeated policy conversations about the U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. But is this the right question to ask?
Revisiting the STEM Workforce, a new report by the National Science Board (NSB), offers insights about long-standing workforce debates and seeks to catalyze ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=134866&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 11:13

Image showing a neuron with a ray of light and the text photo gallery To a large degree, your brain is what makes you... you. It controls your thinking, problem solving and voluntary behaviors. At the same time, your brain helps regulate critical aspects of your physiology, such as your heart rate and breathing.
And yet your brain--a nonstop multitasking marvel--runs on only about 20 watts of energy, the same wattage as an energy-saving light bulb.
Still, for the most part, the brain remains an unknown frontier. Neuroscientists don't ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=134653&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Monday, April 13, 2015 - 09:47

two girls with crayons, a robot and cubes Playgrounds are popular spaces for young children to play and learn. They promote exploration of the physical environment and motor and social skill development, allowing young children to be autonomous while developing core competencies.
Playpens, by contrast, corral children into safe, confined spaces. Although they are mostly riskfree, there is little opportunity for exploration and imaginative play.
From a developmental perspective, the playground promotes a sense of ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=134768&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Friday, April 10, 2015 - 18:19

PI Janice Gobert received an Honorable Mention from AERA for her "Outstanding Contribution to Research in Cognition and Assessment" in part for her NSF-funded (REAL and DR K-12) work on the assessment of science skills using log files generated by intelligent tutoring systems. You can read an interview with Dr. Gobert about her research interests that was conducted as part of the award by clicking here.

Post date: Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 07:56

researchers with a microscope The number of college graduates in the United States nearly doubled between 1993 and 2013, according to a new report from the National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.
The report details that the number of graduates with degrees in science and engineering (S&E) fields grew faster than the number of those with other types of degrees. ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=134726&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 11:56

Research by REESE PIs Thomas Moher, Kurt Squire, and Marina Bers are among the Cyberlearning-themed projects highlighted in a Huffington Post blog at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/aaron-dubrow/7-cyberlearning-technolog_b_6...

Post date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 12:07

NSF logo The National Science Foundation has developed a plan outlining a framework for activities to increase public access to scientific publications and digital scientific data resulting from research the foundation funds. More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/public_access/index.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51
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Post date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 12:11

open sign Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF), announced its continued commitment to expand public access to the results of its funded research through the publication of its public access plan, Today's Data, Tomorrow's Discoveries. NSF's public access is intended to accelerate the dissemination of fundamental research results that will advance the frontiers of knowledge and help ensure the nation's future ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=134478&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 09:10

REESE PIs Anne Churchland and Alexandre Pouget just published an article in the Journal of Neurophysiology that presents findings from their NSF-funded project Empirical Research - Collaborative Research: A Bayesian Approach To Number Reasoning. The article can be found at http://jn.physiology.org/content/early/2015/02/27/jn.00787.2014.

Post date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 10:11

Nadkarni explains tree biology to medium security inmates at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center. When most people think of prominent women in science, Barbie doesn't usually cross their minds. This is hardly surprising since Barbie has long been known for primping rather than for publishing. But the Barbie doll--one of the most popular dolls ever produced--remains an important role model for the behavior and appearance of young girls all over the world.
Barbie goes up a tree
That's why ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=134417&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 17:49

wheat plants How can we support agricultural productivity around the world? How can we develop public health models that leverage social data, health data and environmental data? What are best practices to ensure the stewardship of research data today and tomorrow?
Solutions to these and other critical challenges are being advanced through the sharing and exchange of research data. To increase data sharing and overcome the critical challenges associated with making data accessible, an ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=134372&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Monday, March 9, 2015 - 17:09

a robot in a lab working with a person MIT roboticists are developing smart assembly line robots that will learn from experience working alongside humans Full story at http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/robotcolleagues.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51This is an NSF News item.

Post date: Monday, March 2, 2015 - 18:38

laser In an effort to better promote discovery science and engineering to a wider range of audiences, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has launched three new multimedia communications vehicles: a video interview series with NSF-funded scientists and program officers; a conversational style feature article; and a video weekend wrap-up of NSF-funded science news.
"Communicating the importance of public investment in fundamental research is something we do every day," said Dana Topousis, ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=134291&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 15:12

Bacillus subtillis colony" hspace ="4" vspace="2" border="0" align="left"/> Materials science and engineering research thrives in collaborative environments, and now we have 12 more examples of how the National Science Foundation (NSF) helps ensure creative, inclusive environments where progress can be made in this diverse scientific discipline.
NSF today announced awards for 12 Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs) for multidisciplinary work that covers all areas of material science, fostering active university, national laboratory, ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=134203&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 16:54

Poster of Hippocampal Neurons with seahorse like shapes Today the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Popular Science magazine announced the winners of The Vizzies.
The awards mark completion of the first NSF and Popular Science challenge collaboration that celebrates the use of visual media to clearly and accessibly communicate scientific data and research. NSF has led the competition for more than a decade under a different name: the ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=134201&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 16:45

word clouds At the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) this week in San Jose, Calif., National Science Foundation (NSF) staff and NSF-funded investigators will present results and insights representing the full scope of science, from graduate education to the biochemistry of extremophiles. One of the world's best-known scientific gatherings, the AAAS meeting this year has as its theme, "Innovation, Information, and Imaging."
Below is a sampling ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=134168&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 18:27

NSF logo National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France A. Córdova will present President Obama's fiscal year 2016 NSF budget request to Congress at 3:30 p.m. EST on Monday, Feb. 2, at NSF's headquarters, 4201 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Va.
Credentialed media will have an opportunity for interviews with Córdova immediately following her presentation. Detailed information about the FY16 budget request will be available on Feb. 2 on NSF's ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=134014&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 11:23

a robot doing laundry People typically consider doing the laundry to be a boring chore. But laundry is far from boring for artificial intelligence (AI) researchers like Siddharth Srivastava, a scientist at the United Technologies Research Center, Berkeley.
To AI experts, programming a robot to do the laundry represents a challenging planning problem because current sensing and manipulation technology is not good enough to identify precisely the number of clothing pieces that are in a pile and the number ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=134035&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 23:19

NSF budget request graphic Today, National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France A. Córdova outlined President Obama's fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget request to Congress for NSF. The FY16 request calls for $7.7 billion for NSF, an increase of $379 million over FY15, which is an increase of 5.2 percent.
The budget request includes support for new approaches to research on sustainability, global climate, the food-energy-water nexus, cognitive ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=134032&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Monday, February 2, 2015 - 14:01

woman at chalkboard When academic communities send the message that raw brilliance, or a high level of innate intellectual aptitude, is required for success, these messages combine with cultural stereotypes to decrease that community's diversity.
That's what Sarah-Jane Leslie, a professor of philosophy at Princeton University, and Andrei Cimpian, a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, want faculty to know from their newly published research on gender imbalance in ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=133857&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 15:11

The CL15 event is being held by the Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning on January 27th and 28th.   The complete program is available online at http://circlcenter.org/events/cyberlearning-2015/.  In-person registration is now closed but several exciting keynotes and talks are being webcast!  Register for virtual participation at http://learningtimesevents.org/circl2015/. 

 

Post date: Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 12:33

Banded sedimentary rocks in the Willwood formation in Wyoming The rate at which carbon emissions warmed Earth's climate almost 56 million years ago resembles modern, human-caused global warming much more than previously believed, but involved two pulses of carbon to the atmosphere, researchers have found.The findings mean that the so-called Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum, or PETM, can provide clues to the future of modern climate change. The good news: Earth and most species survived. The bad news: It took millennia to recover ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=133603&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 09:43

Danielle Bassett Danielle Bassett has an unusual take on studying the brain.Bassett, the Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, a physicist by training, specializes in studying complex systems, that is, systems made up of individual pieces that interact with each other in complicated ways--materials, for example. "When you look at the particles that make up materials, you can see the different forces that the ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=133584&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Friday, December 19, 2014 - 08:40

SciGirls with a butterfly Real-world STEM adventures inspire millions of girls through the power of media Full story at http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/scigirlstv.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51This is an NSF News item.

Post date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 09:37

children playing A strong foundation in computer science--being able to apply foundational concepts, methods and tools--is required to excel in an increasingly digital and computational world. The National Science Foundation (NSF) leads the nation in supporting the development and teaching of rigorous and engaging computer science (CS) courses. In addition, NSF has a strong commitment to ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=133577&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Monday, December 8, 2014 - 15:33

professor and teacher in a class The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) kicked off Computer Science Education Week today with an event in Washington, D.C., celebrating new commitments and partnerships among the Federal government, school districts, nonprofits, foundations, private industry, and others that will expand access to, and student learning in, computer ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=133570&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Monday, December 8, 2014 - 12:31

students working in class The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 9.2 million jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are anticipated in 2020, and 4.6 million of them will be in computing. However, less than 2.4 percent of college students graduate with a degree in computer science, and among these students only a limited portion are women and underrepresented minorities. To address the challenge of making computing coursework more engaging and accessible for all students and to ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=133571&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Monday, December 8, 2014 - 12:31

mathematical formulas In an American culture that suggests that some people are "just no good at math," it's easy to forget that an understanding of mathematics is an essential gateway to college completion and to achievement in science, technology and engineering. Yet, many students enter college poorly prepared in mathematics. Consider that:

Post date: Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 11:50

teenager learns about marine ecology at the New York Aquarium. Where did you have some of your earliest experiences with science? Was it a trip to a planetarium that gave you a new awareness of Earth's place in the universe? An aquarium show that taught you about a vast ecosystem beneath the surface of the ocean? Or maybe a science museum, where the chance to see and touch fossils ignited an interest in dinosaurs?With young people spending about 80 percent of their time outside of school, there are opportunities to take advantage of learning ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=133508&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 11:31

Cyber-physical systems Cyber-physical systems integrate sensing, computation, control and networking into physical objects and infrastructure, connecting them to the Internet and to each other. NSF is a leader in supporting advances in the fundamental knowledge and tools to make cyber-physical systems a reality. More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/cyber-physical/?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51
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Post date: Monday, November 17, 2014 - 18:29

The EHR Core Research (ECR) program has just issued a new Program Announcement (NSF 15-509<http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15509/nsf15509.htm>).   Please peruse our new Announcement and join us for one of the informational webinars.

  • November 17, 2014 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • November 25, 2014 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
  • December 5, 2014 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • December 8, 2014 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

ALL TIMES ARE BASED UPON EASTERN TIME ZONE

Go to the ECR Event website (http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=133271&org=EHR) for information on accessing the webinars.  Registration for the webinars is not required.

Post date: Monday, November 17, 2014 - 08:12

Broader impacts special report Scientific progress comes in all shapes and sizes. Disparate fields, researchers and methods united by one thing: potential. Every NSF grant has the potential to advance knowledge and benefit society--what we call broader impacts. More at http://www.nsf.gov/od/iia/special/broaderimpacts/?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51
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Post date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 14:34

broader impacts improving society special report Each year, the National Science Foundation (NSF) receives about 50,000 proposals for research funding in all fields of science and engineering from all corners of the country. NSF distinguishes among the proposals through a competitive review process built on two criteria: intellectual merit and broader impacts--will the research advance knowledge and will it benefit society?Today, NSF released a special report to showcase ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=133319&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 14:34

illustration showing a city, roads and people On the day of the meeting of the nation's top cyber-physical systems researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the agency launched a Special Report spotlighting the agency's investments in this critical area. Cyber-physical systems (CPS) integrate sensing, computation, control and networking into physical objects and infrastructure. Examples of cyber-physical systems include autonomous cars, aircraft ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=133267&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 08:31

Artist's reconstruction of the huge groundhog-like animal that once lived on Madagascar. Paleontologists have discovered an almost complete skull of a previously unknown mammal that likely resembled a large modern-day groundhog and lived alongside dinosaurs.The species, found on Madagascar, is shaking up theories of early mammal evolution and diversity. Stony Brook University paleontologist David Krause led the research team, which reports its findings in today's issue of the journal Nature. The new fossil mammal is named Vintana sertichi. ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=133092&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 11:17

Please join the STELAR Center for a webinar about working with diverse participants in STEM programming on Thursday, November 20, at 3pm Eastern time

Description:

A challenge to successfully delivering STEM education programming is the continued participation of diverse program participants, who may face social or external pressures or barriers in their immediate environment that may limit their attendance. During this webinar, we will hear from ITEST projects that are developing innovative program models to successfully work with youth from underrepresented communities in authentic STEM learning experiences. 

Presenters:

  • Sally Stevens with the iSTEM Project will share strategies for engaging rurally located Native American and Hispanic youth in STEM.
  • Michael Evans with Studio STEM will share how their project is using fundamental concepts in energy conservation and sustainability to engage rural Appalachian middle grade students. 
  • Anika Ward and Joseph Adamji with Bits-2-Bites will share findings and lessons learned for recruiting and engaging youth from diverse backgrounds from their project on using computational thinking to address nutrition and food justice issues.

To register for the event, visit:  http://stelar.edc.org/events/stelar-webinar-strategies-increasing-divers...
 
Questions? Email stelar@edc.org.
 

Post date: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 10:41

Dear Colleague,

Please join NSF program officers and CIRCL staff for an informational webinar on the current NSF Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies solicitation. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, November 4th from 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET.

Register for this webinar:
https://jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_9sIYTJtIjiL0DKl

More information about this webinar is available below and at http://circlcenter.org/nsf-cyberlearning-solicitation-webinar/

After registering, you will receive a follow-up email with webinar access details.

We hope you can join us.

The CIRCL Team

Post date: Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 13:44

people walking In 2012, knowledge intensive (KI) services industries--business, finance and information--produced $3.4 trillion in value-added output, more than one-fifth of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), and employed 18 million workers. Data are from a new report released today by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.KI services industries and the smaller high-technology (HT) ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132977&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 09:28

STEM Ed Resource graphic It just became a lot easier for educators, students, parents, policymakers and business leaders to learn more about national trends in education and jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).The National Science Board (NSB) today released an interactive, online resource featuring new and updated data and graphics about STEM education and workforce in the U.S. and providing facts on topics such as student ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=133138&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 08:53

Marcus Raichle For many years, the focus of brain mapping was to examine changes in the brain that occur when people are attentively engaged in an activity. No one spent much time thinking about what happens to the brain when people are doing very little. But Marcus Raichle, a professor of radiology, neurology, neurobiology and biomedical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, has done just that. In the 1990s, he and his colleagues made a pivotal discovery by revealing how a specific ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=133010&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Monday, October 20, 2014 - 13:15

Color image of neurons Today the White House announced its continued support for The BRAIN Initiative and revealed new commitments from non-federal agencies as part of the call to action to advance brain research. Government leaders also highlighted the progress that has been made since the initiative was ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132882&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 09:08

Join CIRCL on Nov 4 for an informational webinar on the current NSF Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies solicitation. For more information and to register, go to http://circlcenter.org/nsf-cyberlearning-solicitation-webinar/.

Post date: Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 08:23

SURE Robotics student programmer Underrepresented students are more likely to pursue graduate school after summer undergraduate research experience Full story at http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/surerobotics.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51This is an NSF News item.

Post date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 17:55

computer generated spyral model of geodynamo used for benchmark codes The ability to collect and analyze massive amounts of data is rapidly transforming science, industry and everyday life, but what we have seen so far is likely just the tip of the iceberg. Many of the benefits of "Big Data" have yet to surface because of a lack of interoperability, missing tools and hardware that is still evolving to meet the diverse needs of scientific communities.One of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132880&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 09:58

photo of wind turbines and solar panels Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) launches its Community College Innovation Challenge. In this contest, NSF is challenging students enrolled in community colleges to propose innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based solutions to perplexing, real-world problems. An incentive: Teams submitting top ideas will receive professional coaching and cash prizes.More than 40 percent of U.S. undergraduates are enrolled at community colleges. Groups ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132689&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Friday, September 26, 2014 - 11:26

James Hewlett holds a black bear cub One day in 2001, a colleague from the conservation program at Finger Lakes Community College stopped biology professor James Hewlett in the hall with a question: "Do you know whether you can tell the sex of a red tailed hawk from a blood sample?" Hewlett didn't know, but decided to put several of his students on it. It was an opportunity to conduct research that his students, and indeed most community college students at the time, rarely if ever had."I ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132818&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 10:59

CADRE, the support center for the DR K-12 program, is pleased to announce an upcoming webinar on the Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development, a joint report by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The webinar will feature a 45 minute presentation led by Edith Gummer, followed by Q&A as time allows. 

DATE: Monday, September 29th

TIME: 3 PM Eastern Time

REGISTER TODAYhttp://cadrek12.org/webinar-registration-csariommon-guidelines-education-research-and-development

Access details will be provided in the registration confirmation email. Note that space is limited and registration is first come, first served. The slides and a recording of the presentation will be made available for those who are unable to attend.

Post date: Monday, September 22, 2014 - 09:51

stromatolites Center for Chemical Evolution is tracking ancestors of RNA and DNA Full story at http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/chemicalevolution.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51This is an NSF News item.

Post date: Monday, September 15, 2014 - 12:43

Woman scientist. A new National Science Foundation (NSF) report says the 2013 unemployment rate for individuals with research doctoral degrees in science, engineering and health (SEH) fields was one-third the rate for the general population aged 25 and older--2.1 percent versus 6.3 percent.According to the report, an estimated 837,900 individuals in the United States held SEH research doctoral degrees in 2013, and nearly 735,900 of them ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132687&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Friday, September 12, 2014 - 18:19

Lab work According to a new report from the National Science Foundation (NSF), federal funding for basic research performed at universities and colleges decreased 0.3 percent between fiscal years (FYs) 2011 and 2012.Three broad fields of science in basic research performed at universities and colleges declined between FY 2011 and FY 2012. Computer sciences and mathematics decreased $75 million, life sciences decreased $55 million, ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132580&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 16:51

an Exploring Computer Science class "Exploring Computer Science" boosts female student participation in L.A. school district to double the national average Full story at http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/intotheloop.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51This is an NSF News item.

Post date: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 07:37

U.S. 3-d map and test tubes According to a new National Science Foundation (NSF) report, nearly half of the research and development (R&D) paid for and performed by companies in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia in 2011 was performed in five states: California, Washington, Texas, Massachusetts and Michigan.Overall, companies performed $239 billion in R&D paid for by their own company expenses in the U.S. in 2011. Large ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132482&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 15:39

illustration showing S&E Indicators app and android The National Science Board (NSB) today announced the launch of Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI) for Android. The new app joins the existing and recently updated SEI App for iPad. Both free apps provide users with access to the full ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132468&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 09:38

Children taking a test. What is it about the human mind, as opposed to those of other animals, that makes it able to comprehend and reason about complex concepts such as infinity, cancer or protons?That is what National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research conducted by Harvard University professors Susan Carey and Deborah Zaitchik seeks to find out.The two investigators are leading a new project that explores how children develop understanding of abstract concepts over time, specifically in ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132270&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 00:01

Researcher collecting coral samples Six jurisdictions have received Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1 awards from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).The $20 million awards will bolster science and engineering academic research infrastructure in the U.S. Virgin Islands and five states: Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota. Each five-year award will support fundamental research; science, technology, engineering and ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132253&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 11:39

The Vizzies visualization challenger open The National Science Foundation and Popular Science launched its new partnership as co-sponsors of the foundation's long-running Visualization Challenge, now called The Vizzies. The competition, which runs through Sept. 30, 2014, aims to recognize some of the most beautiful visualizations from the worlds of science and engineering."We are excited about this new partnership. We love showcasing visualizations and featuring them is a major way we've distinguished ourselves ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132231&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Monday, August 4, 2014 - 08:31

diagram showing how real-time adaptive low-dose CT-scan enabled by customized computing works A "valley of death" is well-known to entrepreneurs--the lull between government funding for research and industry support for prototypes and products. To confront this problem, in 2013 the National Science Foundation (NSF) created a new program called InTrans to extend the life of the most high-impact NSF-funded research and help great ideas transition from lab to practice. Today, in partnership with Intel Corporation, NSF announced the first InTrans award of $3 million to a ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132053&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:52

 1991 and 2011 In 2011, U.S.-located companies spent $29.6 billion for extramural (purchased and collaborative) research and development performed by domestic and overseas organizations, according to statistics from the Business R&D and Innovation Survey. This amount includes contract or otherwise purchased R&D ($24 billion) and payments to R&D collaborators ($5.6 billion). Most of these extramural R&D expenditures involve domestic providers and partners.The amount that U.S.-located ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132109&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 18:12

Cora Marrett Cora B. Marrett announced that she will resign her position as Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) effective Aug. 24."Cora Marrett has served NSF and the nation with distinction. Under her leadership, the foundation strengthened its merit review process and increased its efforts to broaden and increase the next generation STEM workforce. Cora's unwavering support of NSF's mission and her stewardship in challenging times are widely appreciated," said NSF ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132081&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Friday, July 18, 2014 - 14:36

physics professor with undergraduates In May, the Minerva Academy named Harvard University physicist Eric Mazur the inaugural recipient of its $500,000 Minerva Prize for Advancements in Higher Education. In particular, the announcement recognized Mazur's dedicated role in the development of an innovative teaching practice known as "peer instruction." Since Mazur first conceived of peer instruction, the Division of Undergraduate ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132055&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 17:24

two visitors working at the Tinkering Social club Today the first White House Maker Faire highlights youth, entrepreneurs and others across the country who use scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) skills to empower themselves by designing and making just about anything. Many of the organizations and technologies featured at the faire are supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).Part of the tech ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=131769&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 14:31

NSB logo Each year, the National Science Board (NSB) honors leaders with remarkable contributions and public service in science and engineering through its Vannevar Bush and Public Service Awards. Nominations for the 2015 honorary awards are now open until Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. NSB's Vannevar Bush Award is named after the gifted visionary and dynamic public servant who was behind the creation of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award honors life-long leaders who ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=131797&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 11:30

infographics cover Today the National Science Foundation (NSF) released a robust toolkit that includes new videos, infographics, fact sheets and brochures that describe NSF investments in fundamental research and how they contribute to the nation's science and engineering enterprise. "NSF's toolkit offers a range of information about the vital work of the Foundation in a compelling way using modern communications methods," said NSF's ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=131813&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Friday, June 20, 2014 - 13:19

On June 9 and 10, 2014, more than 100 investigators, innovators, researchers, and educators convened for a summit at the University of Wisconsin, Madison to identify and communicate major advances in learning with technology. Participants presented findings from diverse NSF projects, yet a common message emerged from the summit: the importance of highlighting new images of what learning looks like. - See more at: http://www.sri.com/blog/national-cyberlearning-summit-features-major-advances-learning-technology

Post date: Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 13:27

a circuit with batteries and switch 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, ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=131770&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 15:41

Young museum visitors use a paint set of acids and bases to learn about pH. In the Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, a group of young people is making tiaras--light-up tiaras. Using copper wire, a soldering iron, batteries and LED lights, they use trial and error to build the kind of design they want. In the process, they start to figure something out. If you want all your lights to ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=131761&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 12:41

children assembling test circuits Engineering is enjoying a moment, thanks to the maker movement, a cultural phenomenon that encourages everyday citizens to design, build and create. "Making encompasses everything from electronics and robotics to woodworking and traditional arts and crafts," says Pramod Khargonekar, assistant director for Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF), "and the movement is poised to change the way we think about engineering--from where it happens to who can do ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=131735&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 12:41

NSB logo President Barack Obama has announced his intent to appoint six new members to the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and advisor to Congress and the President on science and engineering policy. John Anderson (Illinois Institute of Technology), Roger Beachy (University of California, Davis), Vicki Chandler ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=131762&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 12:18

owl monkeys If there were a competition for "best father" in the animal kingdom, owl monkeys might very well win.Why? Because father owl monkeys provide most of the care needed by their young--carrying them almost all the time, even when chased by predators. By contrast, caregiving from owl monkey mothers to their young is limited almost exclusively to nursing.Devoted dadsConsidering the high prevalence of "deadbeat dads" and even "cannibal ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=131720&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 17:26

The second Cyberlearning Summit was held June 9-10 in Madison, WI. All talks were webcast, and recordings are available at http://learningtimesevents.org/circl/live-webcast-schedule/. Talks included topics such as: The role of teachers in cyber-enabled classrooms, Deep Learning, and Playful Environments. 

Learn more about the Summit here:

http://circlcenter.org/events/cyberlearning-summit-2014/

And see the detailed Summit program here:

http://circl.sri.com/archive/2014/summit/Summit2014-Program.pdf

Post date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 15:34

An NSF-funded workshop entitled, Developing Intelligent Agents for Early STEM Learning, was held at Northwestern University on June 2. A recording of the webcast can be viewed at: http://mediaportal.northwestern.edu/Mediasite/Play/48c88bc3f4f640a2a3dbc6056d725ebc1d

This workshop was part of a 5-year NSF REESE grant (Grant # DRL-1252146) to Drs. Rebekah Richert, Sandra Calvert, and Ellen Wartella to examine the role of young children’s relationships with media characters in their learning of STEM content and their developing STEM literacy. The goal of this workshop was to foster communication among experts in multiple disciplines, including developmental psychology, communications, media studies, information and computer sciences, and education, with a focus on promoting early STEM learning and literacy through the development of avatars that are engaging and effective for young children. 

The workshop was held on Monday, June 2, 2014 from 8:30am to 5:00pm (CST) at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL).  The agenda included: 

10:45am – 12:00pm
Panel  1: Overview of STEM Skills and Literacy in Early Childhood

1:30pm – 2:45pm
Panel 2: Considerations in Creating and Designing Intelligent Agents

2:45pm – 3:00pm
Break

3:00pm – 4:15pm
Panel 3: Understanding Effective Parent and Teacher Support of Early STEM Literacy

 

Post date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 08:23

International flags. The number of citizens and permanent residents enrolled in science and engineering (S&E) graduate programs in the United States declined in 2012, while the number of foreign students studying on temporary visas increased, according to new data from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The 1.7 percent drop in U.S. citizens and permanent residents was countered by a 4.3 percent increase in enrollment of foreign S&E graduate students on temporary visas. Overall growth ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=131508&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 14:57

Slide collage and words Funding as Fulcrum--NSF & the I/UCRC Program Archimedes didn't invent the lever, but he explained the principles that underlie the tool. Likewise, the National Science Foundation (NSF) didn't originate the idea of using funding as a fulcrum, but with the Industry and University Cooperative Research (I/UCRC) program, the agency has discovered an effective model for financing emerging research areas at a relatively low cost.Over the course of more than 40 years, by making small investments in dozens of I/UCRC centers, NSF has ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=131407&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Monday, May 19, 2014 - 14:41

cover of Indicators report The newly updated, online, interactive state data tool allows policymakers, educators and other users to discern trends in education, science and research in each of the 50 states. This free resource supplements the state data in the 2014 Science and Engineering Indicators report, the premier source of information and analysis of the nation's position in science and engineering education and research. The biennial report is published by the National Science Board, the policy making ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=131441&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 14:17

undergraduates in biology class A significantly greater number of students fail science, engineering and math courses that are taught lecture-style than fail in classes incorporating so-called active learning that expects them to participate in discussions and problem-solving beyond what they've memorized.Active learning also improves exam performance in some cases enough to change grades by half a letter or more--so a B-plus, for example, becomes an A-minus.Those findings are from the largest and most ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=131403&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 11:17

NSB report cover Excessive regulations are consuming scientists' time and wasting taxpayer dollars, says a report released today by the National Science Board (NSB), the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation and advisor to Congress and the President. "Regulation and oversight of research are needed to ensure accountability, transparency and safety," said Arthur Bienenstock, chair of the NSB task force that examined the issue. "But excessive and ineffective requirements ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=131273&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 11:53

Collage of images showing a fish, an electric pole, a scientist and a girl participating in EPSCoR Investing in basic research in science and engineering yields positive economic benefits for America and for the state or region that hosts each project. This is the underlying value of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, known as EPSCoR. NSF EPSCoR promotes strategic investments in science and engineering programs that build research and development capacity in 31 ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=131272&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 17:47

NSB logo The National Science Board (NSB) appreciates the historic strong commitment of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and to the research that NSF supports. In the face of global challenges to our Nation's scientific leadership, NSF must maintain an unwavering focus on enabling scientific breakthroughs and on supporting the next generation of scientists. These scientists' discoveries will underpin the health of the United States long ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=131218&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 13:07

2014 USA Science and Engineering festival Robots that go where none have gone before, smart apparel that gives wearers directions, health updates, and rehab, and exhibits that uncover the mysteries of bogs, spiders and tsunamis will be on display this weekend. In Washington, D.C., at the third USA Science & Engineering Festival, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will showcase a broad range of NSF-funded projects that reflect the diverse research NSF supports across all fields of science and engineering. Exhibits and ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=131181&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 15:48

Image of fruit fly brain with nerve cells. On the first anniversary of President Obama's BRAIN Initiative announcement, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has launched a new portal at NSF.gov/brain dedicated to the agency's brain research-related funding opportunities and news. "NSF-supported researchers explore the brain from all angles--from atoms to thoughts ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=130987&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 13:42

3-D view of stained hippocampus NSF aims to enable scientific understanding of the full complexity of the brain, in action and in context, through targeted, cross-disciplinary investments in research, technology and workforce development. Learn about NSF’s cross-foundational activities in brain research including the BRAIN Initiative. More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/brain/?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51
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Post date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 13:42

Adam Booth is shown doing research in Norway. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced this year's recipients of Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF). The graduate students awarded the GRF in 2014 represent a diverse group of scientific disciplines and come from all states and the District of Columbia, as well as commonwealths and territories of the United States. They are also a diverse group of individuals. Among the 2,000 awardees, 1,069 are women, 382 ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=130974&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 16:32

Federal S&E obligations to universities and colleges drop by 11 percent in FY 2011. In fiscal year (FY) 2011, federal agencies obligated $31.4 billion to 1,134 academic institutions for science and engineering activities, according to a new report from the National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.The FY 2011 obligations represent an 11 percent decrease in current dollars from federal obligations to academic institutions for science and engineering activities in FY 2010. In FY 2010, federal obligations were $35.3 billion to ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=130888&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 18:02

Engineering diagram Industry-sponsored, academic research leads to innovative patents and licenses, says a new analysis led by Brian Wright, University of California, Berkeley professor of agricultural and resource economics.The finding calls into question assumptions that corporate support skews science toward inventions that are less accessible and less useful to others than those funded by the government or non-profit organizations.The analysis, based on a study of two decades of records from ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=130814&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 16:57

Cora Marrett  at a lectern National Science Foundation (NSF) Acting Director Cora Marrett presented President Obama's fiscal year (FY) 2015 Budget Request to Congress for NSF today.The FY15 Budget Request for NSF of $7.3 billion supports investments in fundamental research across all scientific disciplines, engineering and education that continue to enhance our national economy, security and quality of life. The budget request represents an increase of about 1 percent over the FY 2014 appropriation of $7.2 ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=130728&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Monday, March 17, 2014 - 10:35

It turns out kids can understand complex scientific concepts--like natural selection--beyond what anyone would have expected. To demonstrate this, Boston University cognitive developmental psychologist Deborah Kelemen and her co-researchers created a 10-page picture storybook about pilosas, a group of fictional mammals with long trunks. Full story

Post date: Friday, March 14, 2014 - 09:03

NSF headquarters building The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a new strategic plan in concert with the President's Budget Request to Congress for NSF in fiscal year 2015.The plan, titled, "Investing in Science, Engineering and Education for the Nation's Future," sets goals to guide the agency through 2018.This is the first year that all federal agencies were required to simultaneously submit revised ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=130783&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 12:34

Fay Lomax Cook The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected Fay Lomax Cook to serve as assistant director for the Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE). SBE's mission is to promote the understanding of people and their lives by supporting research that reveals basic facets of human behavior and helps provide answers to important societal questions and problems. SBE works with other disciplines to ensure that basic research and solutions to problems build on the best ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=130732&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 15:16

graphic illustration with the text Fiscal Year 2015 budget request National Science Foundation (NSF) Acting Director Cora Marrett presents President Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget request to Congress for NSF at 11:00 a.m. EST on Monday, March 10, at NSF's headquarters at 4201 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Va.Marrett's briefing will follow up on President Obama's speech today describing the government-wide FY15 budget. The FY15 budget request for NSF of $7.3 billion supports investments in fundamental research across all scientific disciplines, engineering ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=130667&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 17:39

Youth Radio's Sayre Quevedo, working on his story Media project teaches young people to investigate science stories as reporters, develop apps as programmers Full story at http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/youthradio.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51This is an NSF News item.

Post date: Monday, March 3, 2014 - 07:42

Horizon Research, Inc. (www.horizon-research.com) announces the release of the Briefing Book for the 2012 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education.  The Briefing Book is a compilation of several hundred ready-to-use PowerPoint slides displaying results from the study.  Slides are organized in the following categories:

  • Teacher Background and Beliefs
  • Professional Development
  • Science and Mathematics Courses
  • Instruction
  • Instructional Resources
  • Factors Affecting Instruction

The Briefing Book can be accessed at http://www.horizon-research.com/2012nssme/research-products/briefing-book/.

Post date: Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 08:07

student and teacher at computer Kimberly A. Scott and Kevin Clark are among 10 educators and innovators being named STEM Access Champions of Change at the White House during an event on Feb. 26 to honor individuals working to support and accelerate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) opportunities for African American students, schools and communities. The event will be live-streamed. Scott, Women and Gender Studies associate professor in the School of Social ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=130611&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 17:34

researchers looking at 3-D images of ancient Egypt Wonder how we'll be using the Internet in five to 10 years? Take a look at Kansas City and Chattanooga, where experiments in high-speed networking are taking shape. Today's Internet networks typically move data at a few to a few hundred megabits per second. However, next-generation networks can carry traffic at greater than a gigabit per second--a speed-up of ten to a hundred times. These gigabit networks have incredible potential, but require applications (apps) that can take ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=130401&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Monday, February 10, 2014 - 14:54

Cover of 2014 Science and Engineering Indicators report. The United States' (U.S.) predominance in science and technology (S&T) eroded further during the last decade, as several Asian nations--particularly China and South Korea--rapidly increased their innovation capacities. According to a report released today by the National Science Board (NSB), the policy making body of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and an advisor to the President and Congress, the major Asian economies, taken together, now perform a larger share of global R&D ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=130380&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 13:11

Densley packed nucleic acids bound to the surface of a nanoparticle. Today the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the journal Science named 18 winners, honorable mentions and People's Choice awardees in the highly acclaimed International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge.The challenge, in its 11th year, was created to exemplify the old axiom: A picture is worth a thousand words. It celebrates the long tradition of using various types of illustrations to communicate the complexities of science, engineering and technology for ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=130352&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 13:11

Partha Mitra is contributing to the construction of the first 3-D map of the mouse brain. Our understanding of the brain is still downright rudimentary compared to our understanding of other organs. To revolutionize brain science, President Obama in April 2013 announced the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, which is co-led by the National Science Foundation (NSF).But even before BRAIN was created, NSF had a long history of funding innovative basic research ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=130383&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 10:01

closeup image if a researcher's hand working with a sample in a petri dish A recent survey from the National Science Foundation (NSF) found that the nation's 39 federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) spent $17.4 billion on research and development (R&D) in fiscal year (FY) 2012. These data reveal a slight decline from the $17.8 billion spent in FY 2011.Between FY 2010 and 2012, one-time, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funding boosted R&D expenditures ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=130308&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Monday, February 3, 2014 - 11:37

researcher in a lab The National Science Foundation recently released a report titled Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities: 2012, unveiling important trends in U.S. doctoral education.The American system of doctoral education is widely considered to be among the world's best, as evidenced by the large and growing number of international students who choose to pursue doctoral degrees at U.S. universities each year. Many of these students are ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=130222&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Monday, February 3, 2014 - 11:37

Digging into data challenge banner Ten international research agencies, including the United State's National Science Foundation (NSF), recently announced the winners of the third Digging into Data Challenge.The Digging into Data program gives research teams the ability to develop new insights, tools and skills in innovative social science and humanities research using large-scale data analysis.Fourteen teams representing Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States will receive grants to ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=130188&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Monday, February 3, 2014 - 11:37

A U.S. Department of Education-funded study of a math-enrichment program featuring such characters as the Cat in the Hat and Curious George showed that the 10-week program boosted early mathematics skills for 4- and 5-year-olds from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Post date: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 23:12

Medicated adhesive patches have become a preferred method of delivery for everything from nicotine to hormones to motion sickness medication.Drexel University researchers are trying to expand the possibilities of this system--called transdermal delivery--with the help of a cleverly designed delivery vehicle and an ultrasonic "push," or pressure from sound waves. The advantage of transdermal drug delivery is the ability to regulate the release of medication into the ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=129821&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 23:06

In the U.S., almost half of all undergraduate students are educated at community colleges. The most recent data show that about 40 percent of community-college students represent the first generation in their family to attend college. Eighteen percent are Hispanic, 15 percent are Black, and 12 percent are students with disabilities.The community college environment reflects not only demographic changes in the population, but also changes in the economy. As less-skilled jobs are less ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=129793&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 04:46

All organisms begin life as a microscopic cluster of cells. What happens next, as they develop, is a source of endless fascination for scientists. "How do you go from just a ball of cells into an organism that has a shape, and fingers, toes and brain?" says Traci Stevens, associate professor of biology at Randolph-Macon College. "Cells have to move during development. How do they do it? What is involved? How does that ball of cells become an organized ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=129804&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 02:30

Big questions linger as the U.S. Department of Education unveils its second annual look at results of the federal School Improvement Grant program.

Post date: Monday, December 2, 2013 - 23:12

The Texas board of education has given preliminary approval to dropping Algebra 2 as a requirement for high school graduation.

Post date: Monday, December 2, 2013 - 23:12

A fresh round of global test data shows students in more countries outperform U.S. 15-year-olds in math, reading, and science compared with 2009 results.

Post date: Monday, December 2, 2013 - 23:12

A fresh round of global test data shows students in more countries outperform U.S. 15-year-olds in math, reading, and science compared with 2009 results.

Post date: Monday, December 2, 2013 - 23:12

According to recent survey results published by the National Science Foundation (NSF), university spending on research and development (R&D) in all fields totaled $65.8 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2012. After adjusting for inflation, higher education R&D declined by 1 percent in FY 2012. This represents the first constant-dollar decline since FY 1974 and ends a period of modest growth in higher education R&D during ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=129738&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 15:45

The combination of globally distributed computing power and innovative analysis methods is now a proven formula for the discovery of new once-elusive pulsars.Scientists from the Max Planck Institutes for Gravitational Physics and Radio Astronomy together with volunteers from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the United States discovered four gamma-ray pulsars in data from the Fermi ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=129680&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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Post date: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 08:00

The Texas Board of Education gave preliminary approval Thursday to dropping Algebra 2 as a requirement for high school graduation, over the objections of critics who say the state is watering down its academic standards.

Post date: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 23:11

The long-simmering battle over teaching evolution in Texas boiled over at a late-night meeting, as the Board of Education extended preliminary approval of new science books for use in classrooms across the state but held up one biology text because of alleged factual errors.

Post date: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 23:11

Biotechnology companies such as Genentech, Ambion and Life Technologies rely on specially trained workers to keep their research and development (R&D) labs and their manufacturing processes running smoothly. Biotechnicians may grow cells for use in drug development, analyze DNA or monitor biofuel production. The unique equipment and techniques used in the biotech field has often required companies to provide on-the-job training to new employees. However, an innovative center at ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=129672&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=clickThis is an NSF News item.

Post date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 04:17

The Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning (CIRCL), led by SRI International in partnership with EDC and NORC, is a new center for all cyberlearning projects. Please subscribe to our newsletter (http://circlcenter.org/newsletter/) for information about cyberlearning events, opportunities, and resources. Visit http://circlcenter.org for more information.

Post date: Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 08:33

A few jurisdictions are seeing big gains in 4th and 8th grade math and reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, but results still lag for some states and student groups.

Post date: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 23:11

Results of the 2013 national assessments in math and reading show more students scoring at proficient levels.

Post date: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 23:11

Principals' decisions on which grade to place older immigrant English-language learners entering U.S. schools for the first time can impact ELL's math achievement, a study finds.

Post date: Monday, October 28, 2013 - 23:10

Horizon Research, Inc. (www.horizon-research.com) just released several new reports from the 2012 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education, including a series of reports describing the status of science/mathematics teaching at the different grade levels (e.g., elementary science, middle school mathematics, high school physics). You can find the reports here:

http://www.horizon-research.com/2012nssme/research-products/reports

The 2012 National Survey is the fifth in a series of surveys dating back to 1977. The study provides current data on essential elements of the K-12 science and mathematics education system in the United States, including:

  • Instructional/assessment practices of science and mathematics teachers, and how well these align with current understanding of learning.
  • Factors that shape teachers’ decisions about content and pedagogy.
  • Characteristics of the science/mathematics teaching force in terms of race, gender, age, content background, beliefs about teaching and learning, and perceptions of preparedness.
  • The most commonly used textbooks/programs, and how they are used.
  • Formal and informal opportunities science/mathematics teachers have for ongoing development of their knowledge and skills.
  • How resources for science/mathematics education, including well-prepared teachers and course offerings, are distributed among schools in different types of communities and different socioeconomic levels.

 

Post date: Friday, October 25, 2013 - 09:30

Some standardized tests in New York public schools will be eliminated, state Education Commissioner John King has told superintendents in a surprising announcement that cites "a variety of pressures" that may have hurt instruction. The move comes after years of criticism from teachers, parents and other detractors, some of whom said it still fell short.

Post date: Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 23:10

A federal study linking the math and science results from the 2011 TIMSS and NAEP reports shows where all 50 states stand compared with education systems globally.

Post date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 23:10

A study finds achievement in states such as Massachusetts and Vermont exceeds all but a handful of nations, while traditionally lower-performing states are much further back in the pack.

Post date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 23:10

A study finds achievement in states such as Massachusetts and Vermont exceeds all but a handful of nations, while traditionally lower-performing states are much further back in the pack.

Post date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 23:10

REESE PI Debbie Denise Reese is proud to announce that the Selene videogame created by the CyGaMEs project at the Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling Jesuit University has earned top honors in the games and apps category of the International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge, a highly competitive contest jointly sponsored by NSF and Science magazine. This latest competition received more than 200 entries from 18 countries. In Selene: A Lunar Construction Game, players learn difficult geological concepts like accretion, differentiation, impact cratering and volcanism by applying these science concepts through gameplay that helps players move toward the game's final goal of building the Earth's Moon. Players construct the Moon, then blast it with impact craters and flood it with lava to experience how our Moon formed and changed over time. All through the game Selene tracks each player's behavior to measure learning and the player's response to the game environment. You can learn more about Selene and the CyGaMEs project here.

Post date: Monday, February 4, 2013 - 08:25

The workshop, “Pre-Service Teacher Education and Mathematics Knowledge for Teaching among Future Primary and Secondary Teachers: Learning to Work with Data from an International Investigation using TEDS-M,” will be held October 5–7, at The Teacher Education and Development International Research Center at Michigan State University. The workshop will involve international data from the Teacher Education Study in Mathematics (TEDS-M), a study of the policies, programs, and outcomes of mathematics pre-service teacher education in 17 countries. The workshop will examine the theory and practice of teacher education and specifically mathematics teacher education and its impact as an important dimension of teacher quality. To register, email Shawn Rayon at: rayonsha@msu.edu. More info is available at http://teds.educ.msu.edu/meeting-information/.

Post date: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 12:24

This NCEE Technical Methods Paper compares the estimated impacts of the offer of charter school enrollment using an experimental design and a non-experimental comparison group design. The study examined four different approaches to creating non-experimental comparison groups ordinary least squares regression modeling, exact matching, propensity score matching, and fixed effects modeling. The data for the study are from students in the districts and grades that were represented in an experimental design evaluation of charter schools conducted by the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 (For more information, see: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/pubs/20104029/.

Post date: Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 11:35

This NCEE Technical Methods Paper compares the estimated impacts of an educational intervention using experimental and regression discontinuity (RD) study designs. The analysis used data from two large-scale randomized controlled trials—the Education Technology Evaluation and the Teach for America Study—to provide evidence on the performance of RD estimators in two specific contexts. More at http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/pubs/20124025/.

Post date: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 10:18

Teaching children about spatial measurement is crucial in understanding the physical world and for practical application, such as being able to measure objects accurately. REESE researchers are working to help elementary-school students better comprehend basic measurement skills by analyzing curricula used for teaching spatial measurement. More at http://nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=123020&org=NSF.

Post date: Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 11:40

The Condition of Education 2011 summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available data. The 2011 report presents 50 indicators on the status and condition of education. The 2011 edition includes indicators in five main areas: (1) participation in education; (2) learner outcomes; (3) student effort and educational progress; (4) the contexts of elementary and secondary education; and (5) the contexts of postsecondary education. To access the e-Book, please visit
http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2011033.

Post date: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 10:50

The Common Education Data Standards Initiative announced today the release of Draft 1 of Version 2 of the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS). Comments are due August 15.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) leads the CEDS development with the guidance, input and participation of a broad range of education stakeholders. Version 1 of CEDS was released in September 2010. The first draft of Version 2, released today, includes additional elements of interest to both K12 and postsecondary stakeholders. The second draft of Version 2 is scheduled to be released for public comment in the fall of 2011.

Post date: Monday, July 18, 2011 - 14:34

New state-level data on statewide student data systems, college and career readiness, charter schools, and kindergarten requirements are now available on the State Education Reforms website. The website, which draws primarily on data collected by organizations other than the National Center for Education Statistics, compiles and disseminates data on state-level education reform efforts in five areas: 1) Accountability, 2) Assessment and standards, 3) Staff qualifications and development, 4) State support for school choice and other options, and 5) Student readiness and progress through school. To view the site, please visit http://nces.ed.gov/programs/statereform/

Post date: Friday, July 8, 2011 - 11:18

The InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards, a state-led effort, represent clear expectations about what all teachers should know and be able to do if they are to improve achievement of our next generation of students and are intended to set the foundation for educators, states, and policymakers to achieve their education reform goals.

Post date: Friday, May 6, 2011 - 15:30

The National Center for Education Statistics has just released the results of the 2009 High School Transcript Study, performed by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The full text of the report is available at:
http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2011462. NAEP is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics within the Institute of Education Sciences.
 

Post date: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 12:27

The Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) at the National Academies has posted video and slides from their recent REESE-funded workshop "Lessons Learned from Large-Scale Reforms in K-12 STEM Education."

 

Post date: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 09:31

Fri Feb 11 2011
West Virginia Public Broadcasting tonight features the Selene videogame and the MoonWorld virtual environment created by the Center for Educational Technologies. See story at http://selene.cet.edu/?page=news&id=86.
 

Post date: Friday, February 11, 2011 - 14:32