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Y2K logo November 24, 1999 Highlights
Poll Shows Continuing Decline in "Y2K" Concern
Astronomers Find Evidence for the First Planet Seen Orbiting a Pair of Stars
New Awards Connect Higher Education and K-12 Classrooms
NSF Awards $6 Million to Help Minority Schools Prepare for Advanced Computer Networks
Bayer/NSF Award Addresses Critical Need to Link Youth and Community


Image of asteroid's moon October 12, 1999 Highlights
Astronomers Sight an Asteroid's Moon
NSF Approves District-Wide Education Awards in Five U.S. Cities
Antarctic Research Season to Highlight Seal Ecology, Microscopic Life, Cosmic Origins
Inhaled Gases May Boost Lung Imaging Capabilities


jumpstart2000 logoSept 14, 1999 Highlights
Unique Public-Private Partnership Announces Science Challenge to America's Youth
President Clinton Releases Satellite Image of Antarctica
Breakthrough Image of Atomic Bonding Will Advance the Science of New Materials
Mustard Weed Could Provide Cancer Clues
Knowledge-Centered Awards Jump Start NSF Focus on I.T. for the 21st Century
Male/Female Salary Gaps in Engineering Less Than in Many Other Occupations
Poll Shows Americans' Concern Over "Y2K" Continues to Drop


Rita R. ColwellJuly 30, 1999 Highlights
NSF Director Appointed to Glenn Commission
National Science Board Approves Five New NSF Science and Technology Centers
African Dust May Be Major Factor Affecting Southeast U.S. Quality
South Pole Medical Air Drop



Photo courtesy CGIAR and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

July 9, 1999 Highlights
NSF Statement on Completion of South Pole Medical Air Drop
Where the Wild Ones Are: Origins of Staple Crop Found
New Telescope Gives Astronomers a Clearer Vision of the Universe
"Robofly" Solves Mystery of Insect Flight
Singaporean Math Education "Demystified"


The 1998-1999 Bayer/NSF Award for Community Innovation June 18, 1999 Highlights
Bayer/NSF Award Winners Address Problems Affecting Millions of Americans
Massive Pollution Documented over Indian Ocean
'Altered State' May Be Responsible for Creating Important Brain Chemicals
U.S. Industry Driving the Growth in Research & Development Spending


natural hazardJune 4, 1999 Highlights
Natural Hazards Response Requires New Approach, Study Says
Gemini North Telescope to be Dedicated on Mauna Kea, Hawaii
NSF Grant Brings "Virtual Worlds" to Life
S&E Degrees to Women, Minorities on the Rise, Math Achievement "Gender Gap" Is Gone


Photo of TornadoMay 21, 1999 Highlights
Mobile Doppler Radar Instruments Edge Closer to Swirling Funnel Clouds
Public Service Awards Go to Stephen Jay Gould and PBS' "Bill Nye, the Science Guy"
President Clinton Names Outstanding Mathematics and Science Teachers
National Science Board Honors Maxine Frank Singer with Vannevar Bush Award
Astronomy Teams Find First Multi-Planet System, Other Than Our Own,Orbiting Star


National Science & Technology WeekApril 16, 1999 Highlights
National Science & Technology Week Seeks to Raise Science Literacy
First Estimates Developed of Lightning-Associated "Sprites"
Stanford Chemical Engineer Chaitan Khosla Receives Alan T. Waterman Award from NSF
NSF to Provide $21 Million for Computer Science, Engineering and Math Scholarships Nuclear Submarine Puts to Sea to Serve Science


Nature Structural BiologyApril 2, 1999 Highlights
Researchers Uncover 3-D Structure of Virus Replication Technique; Development
of New Anti-Viral Agents Possible
1998 Warmest Year of Millennium, Climate Researchers Report
U.S. Inventors "Patently" Productive -- At Home, and Around the World
NSF Funds New High-Speed Network Connections; Program Now Reaches
Institutions In Every State



The Antarctic gravelbeard plunderfish (Artedidraco glareobarbatus), collected at a depth of 130 m near Franklin Island in the Ross Sea.

March 12, 1999 Highlights
NSF-Funded Researcher Plucks Four Unknown Fish Species from Antarctic Waters
NSF Study Shows Dramatic Shift in Share of Federal S&E Support
NSF Director Testifies to Need for Research Integration
Gene for Iron in Plants Isolated; May Lead to Development of Nutrient-Rich Foods


Feb 26, 1999 Highlights
Updated Poll Finds Americans' Fear of Possible "Y2K" Problems Falls as Awareness Level Rises; Concern Voiced Over Air Travel, Banking
NSF to Establish "Cybersystem" for Earthquake Engineering Simulation
Molecular Control Mechanism of Embryonic Development Unraveled
Graduate Science, Math, Engineering & Technology Students Can
Become K-12 Teaching Fellows
Ecosystems on Hawaiian Islands Sustained by Distant Dust--From Asia


The skyFeb 12, 1999 Highlights
Scientists Kick Off Major Field Experiment on Role of Aerosols in
Climate Change
NSF-Supported New Scientists and Engineers Receive Presidential Award
Adaptive Technologies Encourage Independent Learning
Video and Data Link Provides Unique "Seal's Eye View" of the World


NSF Budget SummaryFeb 2, 1999 Highlights
President Asks Almost $4 Billion for NSF's Fiscal Year 2000 Budget
NSF'S Highest Honor For New Faculty Fosters Integration of Research and Education
Large Gene Study Questions Cambrian Explosion Theory
"...In the Nest..."


Viper Telescope at Ammundsen-Scott South Pole StationJan 19, 1999 Highlights
NSF Telescope Sheds Light on Fate of Universe
Serendipity: Cell Structure Study Uncovers Taxol's Secrets
New, Low-Cost "GPS" Can Monitor Volcanoes, Faults and Storms
NSF-Funded Research Heads Science Magazine's Top Ten Advances of 1998


Power lines Jan 7, 1999 Highlights
NSB Task Force on Environment to Hold Portland, OR Hearing Jan. 14
USA Today / Gallup Poll: Americans and the Y2K Millennium Computer Bug
National Science Medalists Named
High School Students Discover Distant Asteroid Using NSF Telescope and Education Program
Scientist Finds Asteroid Fossil that May Have Caused Global Dinosaur Extinction
Drying Rock Can Cause Repeated Earthquakes
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