Deep Dive with Alvin: 7 Things to Know Before You Go

Don’t even think about bringing the whole family. NSF-funded deep-sea submersible Alvin, allows researchers to observe and collect data for more than two-thirds of the ocean floor. With Alvin’s help, NSF-funded researchers will continue to discover and understand the secrets of the deep. Check out the things you need to know before you go on … Continue reading Deep Dive with Alvin: 7 Things to Know Before You Go

Meeting the power of catastrophic environmental events through education

Doppler radar destroyed by Hurricane Maria / Photo credit: Luis Suárez In 2017, Hurricane Maria plowed through Puerto Rico and devastated the island’s infrastructure, causing widespread power and telecommunication outages. The devastation and suffering led faculty at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) to brainstorm ways to prevent future damages from natural events such as … Continue reading Meeting the power of catastrophic environmental events through education

NSF-funded researchers well represented among 2019 Nobel prize winners

The 2019 Nobel Prizes have been announced, and, once again, researchers who have received NSF funding are among the Nobel laureates. Half the share of the physics prize went to James Peebles. Two of the three winners in chemistry -- John B. Goodenough and M. Stanley Whittingham -- have received funding from NSF. And the … Continue reading NSF-funded researchers well represented among 2019 Nobel prize winners

Structure and infrastructure: Preparing for next-gen optical astronomy

Today’s night skies may be similar to those that Galileo Galilei observed in the 1600s, but that is where the state of optical astronomy’s similarities end. Since Galileo first recorded his observations of the Moon, Jupiter and the Milky Way in a 1610 edition of The Starry Messenger, telescopes have grown, adaptive optics have allowed … Continue reading Structure and infrastructure: Preparing for next-gen optical astronomy

Not too big, not too small: Mid-scale Research Infrastructure awards may be “Goldilocks” research support

Auroras play over the South Pole Telescope. Credit: Dr. Keith Vanderlinde Goldilocks et al. would be ideal applicants to the National Science Foundation Mid-scale Research Infrastructure (Mid-scale RI) program as the awards are not too big, and not too small – just right. As one of the NSF’s 10 “Big Ideas” introduced in 2016, Mid-scale … Continue reading Not too big, not too small: Mid-scale Research Infrastructure awards may be “Goldilocks” research support

10 ideas to help your kids learn and achieve their goals

Research supported by the National Science Foundation has improved our understanding of how kids learn -- not only in classrooms, but also in informal environments like at home, where they are likely prowling around your house saying, "I'm bored" at ever-decreasing intervals. Some of this research has led to takeaways that you may be able … Continue reading 10 ideas to help your kids learn and achieve their goals

The cutting EDGE of genomics

The Enabling Discovery through Genomic Tools (EDGE) program seeks to deepen our understanding of the relationship between genomes and phenomes Researcher Amy Hastings collects data on milkweed. 2017 EDGE program / Credit: Anurag Agrawal, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University One of the greatest impediments to advancing humankind's understanding of the relationship between genomes and phenomes, … Continue reading The cutting EDGE of genomics