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NSF Arctic & Antarctic Press Releases
Image representing Arctic & Antarctic Earth's polar regions may seem like mirror images. But each is a unique environment with features we are still trying to understand, and each affects the rest of the globe.

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Public Release: 21-Nov-2017
NSF-funded scientists to present on long-term ecological research
The thin veneer of Earth's surface that stretches from the top of the forest canopy to the base of bedrock is known as the 'critical zone.' It's where fresh water flows, rock turns to soil and life flourishes.

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 16-Nov-2017
2017 AGU Fall Meeting
NSF-supported scientists present research
Find related stories on NSF's Critical Zone Observatories.

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 16-Nov-2017
NSF makes new awards to advance Science of Learning
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $8.2 million through its Science of Learning program to fund 24 new projects that will advance theoretical insights and fundamental knowledge of learning principles, processes, environments and constraints.

Contact: Stanley Dambroski
sdambros@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 15-Nov-2017
Shape of Lake Ontario generates white-out blizzards, study shows
A 6-foot-wide snow blower mounted on a tractor makes a lot of sense when you live on the Tug Hill Plateau. Tug Hill, in upstate New York, is one of the snowiest places in the Eastern US and experiences some of the most intense snowstorms in the world. This largely rural region, just east of Lake Ontario, gets an average of 20 feet of snow a year.

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 9-Nov-2017
NSF awards $2.8 million grant to develop advanced ocean and atmosphere simulator
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, Calif., 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.
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Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 2-Nov-2017
NSF investments aim to address growing cybersecurity challenge
Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced $74.5 million in funding for foundational research and education that aims to address the growing cybersecurity challenge. This investment, through the NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program, is critical to achieving a safe, secure, resilient and trustworthy cyberspace, including associated critical infrastructure such as the energy grid and transportation systems.
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Contact: K. Silverman
ksilverm@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 23-Oct-2017
How much water flows into agricultural irrigation?
Irrigation for agriculture is the largest use of fresh water around the globe, but precise records and maps of when and where water is applied by farmers are difficult to locate. Now a team of researchers has discovered how to track water used in agriculture.

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 23-Oct-2017
GigaScience
A fresh look at fresh water: Researchers create a 50,000-lake database

Countless numbers of vacationers spent this summer enjoying lakes for swimming, fishing and boating. But are they loving these lakes to death?


Contact: Cheryl Dybas
703-292-7734
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 13-Oct-2017
NSF announces $19.5 million in awards
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has long been a leader in supporting fundamental research to equip US cities and communities with more responsive and adaptive technologies and services. Today, NSF's Smart & Connected Communities (S&CC) program announces its first round of awards totaling approximately $19.5 million. This funding will support 38 projects involving researchers at 34 institutions across the nation.
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Contact: Kim L. Silverman
ksilverm@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 11-Oct-2017
EarthScope's Transportable Array now spans Alaska, the last frontier

Seismic station A19K, itís called, and itís now at the edge of an abandoned airstrip far above the Arctic Circle. The nearest population center is 127 miles northeast in Utqiaġvik (formerly known as Barrow), the northernmost city in the United States. What a way to celebrate Earth Science Week, Oct. 8-14, 2017.


Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 11-Oct-2017
2017 Sveriges Riksbank Prize
The 2017 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel has been awarded to Richard H. Thaler of the University of Chicago 'for his contributions to behavioral economics.' Thaler's research incorporates findings from psychology into the analysis of economic decision-making. Examples include the examination of extreme sensitivity to losses relative to gains on financial decisions and how perceptions of fairness affect consumers' purchase decisions and limit the ability of firms to change prices.

Contact: Stanley Dambroski
sdambros@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 11-Oct-2017
NSF issues awards for new Materials Science and Engineering Centers
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued eight new 2017 Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) awards that will drive cutting-edge science and engineering. Totaling $145 million, these six-year grants will support innovative work in materials science and help train the next generation of materials researchers.

Contact: Aya Collins
acollins@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 11-Oct-2017
Funding will help our understanding of how storms form
It was August 25, and Hurricane Harvey's intensifying winds were moving onshore in South Texas, bringing torrential rains. No one yet knew that Harvey would eventually swamp Houston in flood waters. Nor that a short time later, powerful Hurricane Irma would do the same in many parts of Florida. Nor that little more than a week after Irma, Hurricane Maria would devastate Puerto Rico.

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 5-Oct-2017
Statement on the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017
The Nobel Assembly has awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Jacques Dubochet of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, Joachim Frank of Columbia University and Richard Henderson of MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, United Kingdom 'for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution.' The National Science Foundation (NSF) supported Frank through several awards over the course of three decades. NSF also provided funding for US research collaborations with Dubochet.

Contact: Rob Margetta
rmargett@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 3-Oct-2017
NSF-funded LIGO pioneers named 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics laureates
Three scientists who led the development of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) have won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work detecting gravitational waves -- ripples in space and time created by the motion of massive objects in the universe.

Contact: Sarah Bates
sabates@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 2-Oct-2017
Statement on the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2017
The Nobel Assembly has awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to Jeffrey C. Hall and Michael Rosbash of Brandeis University and Michael W. Young of Rockefeller University in New York for 'their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm.'

Contact: Robert Margetta
rmargett@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 27-Sep-2017
Physical Review Letters
LIGO and Virgo observatories jointly detect black hole collision
This discovery is the first observation of gravitational waves by three different detectors, marking a new era of greater insights and improved localization of cosmic events now available through globally networked gravitational-wave observatories.
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Contact: Amanda Hallberg Greenwell
agreenwe@nsf.gov
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Public Release: 26-Sep-2017
Lost continent of Zealandia: Scientists return from expedition to sunken land
After a nine-week voyage to study the lost, submerged continent of in the South Pacific, a team of 32 scientists from 12 countries has arrived in Hobart, Tasmania, aboard the research vessel JOIDES Resolution.

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 20-Sep-2017
NSF funds 30 faculty research fellowships through new EPSCoR initiative
New awards from the National Science Foundation's Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) will provide 30 non-tenured researchers with fellowships, partnering them with premier research centers and enhancing their ability to work at the frontiers of science and engineering.
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Contact: Rob Margetta
rmargett@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 19-Sep-2017
Scientific Reports
Changes in non-extreme precipitation may have not-so-subtle consequences
Extreme floods and droughts receive a lot of attention. But what happens when precipitation -- or lack thereof -- occurs in a more measured way?

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 19-Sep-2017
NSF issues new EPSCoR awards, investing in science and engineering across nation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded five jurisdictions nearly $20 million each through the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), which builds research and development capacity in states that demonstrate a commitment to research but have thus far lacked the levels of investment seen in other parts of the country.


Contact: Rob Margetta
rmargett@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 14-Sep-2017
NSF awards $14.7 million for research to deepen understanding of Earth's biodiversity
Symbiotic bacteria -- microbes that have close and long-term relationships with their "hosts" -- are everywhere on Earth: in soil, in coral reefs, in humans.

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
703-292-7734
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 13-Sep-2017
Business R&D funding increased 4.4 percent from 2014 level
Businesses spent $356 billion on research and development (R&D) performed in the United States in 2015, a 4.4 percent increase over the $341 billion spent in 2014.

Contact: Stanley Dambroski
SDAMBROS@nsf.gov
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 13-Sep-2017
Four new NSF Engineering Research Centers will advance US health, energy sustainability
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has invested nearly $80 million in four new Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) to create novel technology platforms to address national challenges in health and energy sustainability.

Contact: Sarah Bates
sabates@nsf.gov
703-292-7738
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 13-Sep-2017
NSF awards $18.7 million in natural hazards research grants
Hurricane Harvey: It dropped a record-breaking 50-plus inches of rain across parts of Texas and left behind widespread, devastating floods. Following in Harvey's wake, Hurricane Irma has spun another path of destruction.

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
cdybas@nsf.gov
703-292-7734
National Science Foundation

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