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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

Public Release: 22-Mar-2016
Nature Geoscience
Human-driven carbon release rate unprecedented in past 66 million years
The earliest measurements of Earth's climate using thermometers and other tools start in the 1850s. To look further back in time, scientists investigate air bubbles trapped in ice cores, expanding the scope of climate records to nearly a million years. But to study Earth's history over millions of years, researchers examine the chemical and biological signatures in deep-sea sediments.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 16-Mar-2016
PLOS Currents: Outbreaks
Potential Zika virus risk estimated for 50 US cities
The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is spreading the virus in much of Latin America and the Caribbean, will likely become increasingly abundant across much of the southern and eastern United States as the weather warms, according to a new study led by mosquito and disease experts at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 14-Mar-2016
AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-16)
Robot learning companion offers custom-tailored tutoring
The Personal Robots Group at MIT developed a socially assistive robot called Tega designed to serve as a one-on-one peer learner in or outside of the classroom. Testing the setup in a Boston area preschool, the researchers showed Tega can learn and improve in response to the unique characteristics of students. The team reported its results at the 30th Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, in February.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 9-Mar-2016
All we are is dust in the interstellar wind
Cosmic dust is not simply something to sweep under the rug and forget about. Instead, National Science Foundation-funded astronomers are studying and even mapping it to learn more about what it might be hiding from us, where it comes from and what it's turning into.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Sara Dwyer/Ivy Kupec
ikupec@nsf.gov
703-292-8796
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 9-Mar-2016
Accelerating discovery in materials science
A new Materials Innovation Platforms (MIPs) program that aims to significantly accelerate materials research and development has made its first awards, to Penn State University and Cornell University.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Ivy F. Kupec
ikupec@nsf.gov
703-292-8796
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 7-Mar-2016
30th Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Meeting
Fighting food poisoning in Las Vegas with machine learning
Computer science researchers from the University of Rochester have developed an app for health departments that uses natural language processing and artificial intelligence to identify likely food poisoning hot spots. Las Vegas officials recently used the app, called nEmesis, to improve the city's inspection protocols. The team presented the results of the trial at the 30th Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence in February.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Intel Science and Technology Center for Pervasive Computing

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

Public Release: 29-Feb-2016
Climatic Change
In grasslands, longer spring growing season offsets higher summer temperatures
Grasslands across North America will face higher summer temperatures and widespread drought by the end of the century, according to a new study. But those negative effects in vegetation growth will be largely offset, the research predicts, by an earlier start to the spring growing season and warmer winter temperatures.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 25-Feb-2016
Science
New insights into the seasonality of Amazon's evergreen forests
NSF-funded researchers uncover synchronized patterns of leaf growth and death in the Amazon, which can help build better climate and ecosystem models.

Contact: Jessica Arriens
jarriens@nsf.gov
703-292-2243
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 24-Feb-2016
National Science Foundation and Popular Science announce 2016 Vizzies winners
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and Popular Science magazine today announced the winners of the 2016 Vizzies, awards that celebrate the use of visual media to clearly and accessibly communicate scientific data and research.

Contact: Bobbie Mixon
bmixon@nsf.gov
703-292-8485
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 22-Feb-2016
Global Change Biology
Increasing drought threatens almost all US forests
Forests nationwide are feeling the heat from increasing drought and climate change, according to a new study by scientists from 14 research institutions.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 19-Feb-2016
Seeking Zika: Where and when will Zika-carrying mosquitoes strike next?
Zika: the virus has emerged as a major public health threat that's rapidly spreading through South and Central America and the Caribbean.
National Science Foundation

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

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