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Report: In 2015, US institutions awarded most doctorates ever recorded

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 13:26

U.S. institutions in 2015 awarded 55,006 research doctorate degrees, the highest number ever reported, according to the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED), an annual census of research degree recipients.

The report, published by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), supplies data and analysis for a vital U.S. economic interest: the American system of doctoral ...
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Solar science: Exploring the power of our closest star

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 17:21

It's the year of the Great American Eclipse--an opportunity to bring "solar science" into the spotlight. As Earth’s nearest star, our energy-rich, brilliant sun and its volatile atmospheric disturbances can interfere with our own planet's power grids and communications systems. But NSF-funded science looks at ways to learn more from the sun and how we can further harness its power...during an eclipse and beyond!
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NSF-funded researchers demonstrate advanced network applications at 2017 Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:19

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has long been a leader in supporting research that has formed the basis for smart and connected communities, pushing sensor and networking capabilities beyond today's Internet of Things (IoT) to next-generation technologies able to revolutionize our lives in smart communities across the nation.

This week, hundreds of researchers, community leaders and innovators will converge at the 2017 ...
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NSF-funded ACM Turing Awardees: A Look at 50 Years of Computing's Greatest Visionaries

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:06

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

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

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:00

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

Competitive proposals must include the following:

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

• A solid field plan that indicates how the outlet will clearly and ...
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Dawn Tilbury begins appointment to head NSF Engineering Directorate

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:00

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

Tilbury comes to NSF from the University of Michigan (U-M), where she is a professor of mechanical engineering and served as associate dean for research in the College of ...
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Researchers gauge impact of "Maker" job opportunities for underserved teens

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 00:00

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

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 16:14

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

More than 20 NSF-funded projects will exhibit in a space dedicated to early stage companies with new biomedical technologies and products, including ...
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Third NSF Community College Innovation Challenge rewards top entries

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 13:15

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

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) co-sponsors the annual event, which fosters students' interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers by asking them to offer creative solutions to real-world ...
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Crystals once deep inside a volcano offer new view of magma, eruption timing

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 14:00

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

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

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 14:00

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