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NSF awards $2.8 million grant to develop advanced ocean and atmosphere simulator

News From NSF - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 06:00

Can Earth's complex ocean-atmosphere system be mimicked in a laboratory? The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $2.8 million to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) in La Jolla, California, to construct just such a replica.

The new Scripps Ocean Atmosphere Research Simulator (SOARS) will accurately duplicate ocean conditions, capturing the interactions of wind, waves, microbial marine life and chemistry in a laboratory setting.

With SOARS, scientists will ...
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How to scale our capacity to offer high-quality CS Education – CRA Education Committee

ComputingEd - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 07:00

What a great idea!  The CRA Education Committee has created a website of practices to help CS departments manage “Generation CS.”  It includes projects from Google’s CS Capacity Awards.

Although different institutions, large and small, are experiencing the enrollment increases in different ways, many programs are already operating at or beyond their maximum capacity. To help departments and faculty deal with this capacity crunch, this Scaling Capacity website is intended to provide a platform for sharing technological and pedagogical interventions for addressing capacity challenges. These practices are not designed to be ‘one size fits all’, but rather offer a variety of solutions derived from specific university needs.This intervention list includes recipients of Google’s CS Capacity Awards and other self-nominated programs.

Source: Scaling Capacity – CRA Education


Tagged: computing education, Generation CS, undergraduate enrollment

Dimensions of Biodiversity FY2018

News From NSF - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 14:23

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NSF, NIH and USDA make new awards to combat infectious diseases

News From NSF - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 11:00

Preventing outbreaks and controlling the spread of infectious diseases requires knowledge about how pathogens move through populations, and the factors that can keep them contained. To that end, the National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), provided over $15 million through the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID) program to fund eight new projects looking at how ...
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Open Research Questions in Computing Education, 2017 Edition

ComputingEd - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 07:00

When I last taught the Computing Education Research question class in 2015, we generated a list of open research questions (see post here).  We’ve got even more students this time in the class, so our list of questions is even longer.  We tried to cluster them, so similar questions should be near each other

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Open Research Questions

What areas/findings of CS education research transfer to online learning? What doesn’t work the same?

Would more students pursue CS if it was incorporated into other introductory classes (different domains)?

Would more collaboration in two CS classes help reduce the defensive climate?

Do certain spoken languages allow for more effective learning of computing? If so, which ones?

Why don’t girls/minorities enter CS classes even if offered at their K12/undergrad school?

In underrepresented communities, is CS education a priority? If not, why not?

Does learning computing earlier quicken abstract reasoning?

How can you tell if a middle-schooler is learning computational thinking? What is computational thinking, operationally?

How can we get the attrition rate to decrease in CS education? Do we offer fewer jobs in industry? Force more people to teach CS? How do retain CS teachers?

Would teaching testing strategies from CS1 increase code writing skills?

Would undergrads be better programmers if they used weakly-typed languages before using strongly-typed languages?

Would students be better programmers if they learned ML or R first? Or if they learned to diagram programs first?

Can short informal CS Ed interventions (e.g., in museums, public spaces, etc.) have any effect on CS learning and/or self-efficacy and/or attitudes towards computing?

How can teach undergraduate students how to better understand documentation? Should we explore creating language documentation specific to intro classes?

How does learning functional vs. procedural programming first effect development of computational literacy?

How can we increase diversity in online CS education?

What kind of Community of Learners gravitates towards online education?

How can we make informal computational learning accessible to a wide audience?

Is it a positive or negative thing to have different forms of education for different communities within CS?

Would a computing course focused on creative activities have better recruitment/retention of diverse students?

Does physical computing engage students in a different way than traditional programming?

How do computational scientists think about code differently than computer scientists?

Can we teach computing to an elderly community of learners?

Would more diversity in Maker and Tinkerer spaces increase the diversity in CS?


Tagged: computing education research

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for NSF 18-507 (Replaces NSF 16-503), National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

News From NSF - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 21:21

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Public Comment: These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) refer to program solicitation NSF 18-507.


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Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*)

News From NSF - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 19:05

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NSF selects Anne Kinney to head Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate

News From NSF - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 15:47

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected Dr. Anne Kinney to serve as head of the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), which supports fundamental research in astronomy, chemistry, physics, materials science and mathematics

Kinney has more than 30 years of leadership and management experience in the astronomical community. Since 2015, she has been serving as chief scientist at the W. M. Keck Observatory, which hosts the world's largest optical and ...
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NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

News From NSF - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 14:40

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Public Comment: These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) refer to program solicitation NSF 18-507.


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National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

News From NSF - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 14:40

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Document Number: nsf18507
Public Comment: Please refer to NSF 18-019 for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to this program solicitation.


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NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

News From NSF - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 14:40

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