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Public Release: 20-May-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Researchers find that Earth may be home to 1 trillion species
Earth could contain nearly 1 trillion species, with only one-thousandth of 1 percent now identified, according to the results of a new study.

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

Public Release: 20-May-2016
President Obama honors early career scientists with top White House award
President Barack Obama today named 105 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, granting them the US government's highest award for scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers. The National Science Foundation nominated 21 of the awardees.

Contact: Rob Margetta
rmargett@nsf.gov
703-292-2663
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 20-May-2016
Virginia Tech researchers in the Antarctic discover new facets of space weather
A team of National Science Foundation-supported researchers at Virginia Tech discovered new evidence about how the Earth's magnetic field interacts with solar wind, almost as soon as they finished installing six data-collection stations across East Antarctic Plateau last January.

Contact: Peter West
pwest@nsf.gov
703-292-7530
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 20-May-2016
Science Advances
Natural regeneration of tropical forests helps global climate mitigation and forest restoration
Climate scientists have long recognized the importance of forest conservation and forest regrowth in climate mitigation and carbon sequestration -- capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. But the detailed information required to make accurate estimates of this potential has remained elusive.

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

Public Release: 20-May-2016
Federal science and engineering funding for academic institutions sees first increase in 5 years
Federal agencies obligated $30.8 billion to 996 academic institutions for science and engineering activities in Fiscal Year 2014, the most recent year for which such information is available, a 6 percent increase over the previous year and the first increase in such funding since FY2009.

Contact: Rob Margetta
rmargett@nsf.gov
703-292-2663
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 11-May-2016
CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Crowd-augmented cognition
Crowdsourcing has brought us Wikipedia and ways to understand how HIV proteins fold. However, most tasks have proven resistant to distributed labor, at least without a central organizer. Aniket Kittur of Carnegie Mellon University has designed crowdsourcing frameworks that combine the best qualities of machine learning and human intelligence, allowing distributed groups of workers to perform complicated cognitive tasks. He presented two prototype systems at the Computer-Human Interaction conference in San Jose this week.
National Science Foundation, Bosch, Google

Contact: Aaron Dubrow
adubrow@nsf.gov
703-292-4489
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 4-May-2016
National Science Board Meeting
Vannevar Bush, Public Service and Waterman awardees to present research at NSB meeting
The winners of the National Science Board's (NSB) Vannevar Bush Award and Public Service Award and the winner of the Alan T. Waterman Award will present their work during the NSB meeting on May 5, 2016. Presentations will be open to the public at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Virginia and viewable via a live webcast.

Contact: Aaron Dubrow
adubrow@nsf.gov
703-292-4489
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 29-Apr-2016
Science
Newly discovered baby Titanosaur sheds light on dinosaurs' early lives
Long-necked sauropod dinosaurs include the largest animals ever to walk on land, but they hatched from eggs no bigger than a soccer ball.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 29-Apr-2016
Nature
Scientists map brain's 'thesaurus' to help decode inner thoughts
What if a map of the brain could help us decode people's inner thoughts? Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have taken a step in that direction by building a 'semantic atlas' that shows in vivid colors and multiple dimensions how the human brain organizes language. The atlas identifies brain areas that respond to words that have similar meanings.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Aaron Dubrow
adubrow@nsf.gov
703-292-4489
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 29-Apr-2016
Global Biogeochemical Cycles
Evidence points to widespread loss of ocean oxygen by 2030s
Climate change has caused a drop in the amount of oxygen dissolved in the oceans in some parts of the world, and those effects should become evident across large parts of the ocean between 2030 and 2040, according to a new study led by researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 29-Apr-2016
Geophysical Research Letters
What lies beneath West Antarctica?
Three recent publications by early career researchers at three different institutions across the country provide the first look into the biogeochemistry, geophysics and geology of Subglacial Lake Whillans, which lies 800 meters (2,600 feet) beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Peter West
pwest@nsf.gov
703-292-7530
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 21-Apr-2016
AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Outwitting poachers with artificial intelligence
Human patrols serve as the most direct form of protection of endangered animals, especially in large national parks. However, protection agencies have limited resources for patrolling. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Army Research Office, researchers are using artificial intelligence (AI) and game theory to solve poaching, illegal logging and other problems worldwide, in collaboration with researchers and conservationists in the U.S., Singapore, Netherlands and Malaysia.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Aaron Dubrow
adubrow@nsf.gov
703-292-4489
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 20-Apr-2016
2016 AAAS Annual Meeting
Computers play a crucial role in preserving the Earth
Cornell University computer scientist, Carla Gomes, and an interdisciplinary team of programmers, theorists, applied mathematicians, economists, biologists and environmental scientists have helped create a new field, computational sustainability, addressing challenges that computer scientists have not traditionally handled. Together, they have tackled a range of issues from wildlife management to poverty-reduction.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Aaron Dubrow
adubrow@nsf.gov
703-292-4489
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 13-Apr-2016
USA Science and Engineering Festival
NSF hosts 26 hands-on exhibits at largest US science and engineering festival
Augmented reality sandboxes, mammoth robotic sculptures, the science of guitars, and actor Wil Wheaton's crowning of winners from the National Science Foundation (NSF) competition, Generation Nano: Small Science, Superheroes, are just a few NSF activities that visitors can experience at the fourth USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., April 15-17, 2016 the nation's largest science and engineering festival.

Contact: Bobbie Mixon
bmixon@nsf.gov
703-292-8070
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 6-Apr-2016
NSB announces Public Service Award recipient
Today the National Science Board announced that Sea Education Association would be bestowed with its 2016 Public Service Award. This esteemed award honors exemplary public service in promoting public understanding of science and engineering. SEA is the sole recipient of the Public Service Award this year.

Contact: Brandon Powell
bjpowell@nsf.gov
703-292-2769
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 1-Apr-2016
NSF awards 2016 Graduate Research Fellowships
The National Science Foundation has named 2,000 individuals as this year's recipients of awards from the Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Contact: Rob Margetta
rmargett@nsf.gov
703-292-2663
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 1-Apr-2016
NSF awards $35 million to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to continue operating IceCube Neutrino
The National Science Foundation today announced that it has renewed a cooperative agreement with the University of Wisconsin-Madison to operate the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a massive particle detector buried deep in the ice beneath the South Pole.

Contact: Peter West
pwest@nsf.gov
703-292-7530
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 1-Apr-2016
Science Advances
California drought patterns becoming more common
Atmospheric scientists have found that California's highest temperatures are almost always associated with blocking ridges, regions of high atmospheric pressure than can disrupt wind patterns -- including one known as the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge. The Triple R, as it's called, is also linked with California's drought.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 1-Apr-2016
Report: US institutions awarded most doctorates ever recorded in 2014
The 54,070 research doctorate degrees awarded by US institutions in 2014 represent the highest total ever recorded in the 58-year history of the Survey of Earned Doctorates, (SED) an annual census of research degree recipients.

Contact: Rob Margetta
rmargett@nsf.gov
703-292-2663
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 1-Apr-2016
Number of science and engineering graduate students up in 2014
The number of science and engineering graduate students at US academic institutions rose by 3 percent between 2013 and 2014, owing largely to a 13.1 percent increase in foreign graduate enrollment. According to a new report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, (NCSES) in 2014 a total of 587,161 students were enrolled in masters' or doctorate programs in science and engineering (S&E), up from a comparable number of 570,300 the previous year.

Contact: Robert J. Margetta
rmargett@nsf.gov
703-292-2663
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 28-Mar-2016
Nature Geoscience
Ocean temperatures predict US heat waves 50 days out
The formation of a distinct pattern of sea surface temperatures in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean can predict an increased chance of summer heat waves in the eastern half of the US up to 50 days in advance.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 24-Mar-2016
NSF funds new $5.9 million Arctic data center at the University of California, Santa Barbara
The National Science Foundation has made a five-year, $5.9 million award to a national partnership, led by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California, Santa Barbara, to develop and curate a new archive for Arctic scientific data as well as other related research documents.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Peter West
pwest@nsf.gov
703-292-7530
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 23-Mar-2016
Community college teams propose ways to improve natural resource sustainability
The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), has named 10 finalists for the second annual Community College Innovation Challenge, which fosters the development of crucial innovation skills among students.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Robert J. Margetta
rmargett@nsf.gov
703-292-2663
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 22-Mar-2016
Conference on Integrated Observing and Assimilation Systems for Atmosphere, Oceans and Land Surface
Weather and Forecasting
Predicting severe hail storms
Researchers working on the Severe Hail Analysis, Representation and Prediction (SHARP) project at University of Oklahoma used the Stampede supercomputer to gain a better understanding of the conditions that cause severe hail to form, and to produce hail forecasts with far greater accuracy than those currently used operationally. The model the team used are six times more resolved that the National Weather Service's highest-resolution official forecasts.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Aaron Dubrow
adubrow@nsf.gov
703-292-4489
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 22-Mar-2016
National Science Foundation invests in a clean water future
Today, at the White House Water Summit, the National Science Foundation joins other federal agencies to emphasize its commitment to a sustainable water future. Access to affordable clean water is vital for energy generation, food cultivation and basic life support. With drought pressure and population demands, water is an increasingly precious resource.

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

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