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"Winfly" Opens 2002-2003 Antarctic Research Season

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The 2002-2003 Antarctic research season officially got underway in late August as U.S. Air Force transport planes bested snowstorms and high winds to bring in cargo and personnel to McMurdo Station, the National Science Foundation's logistical and scientific hub on the continent. NSF manages the U.S. Antarctic Program, the nation's research endeavor on the southernmost continent.

Dubbed "Winfly," the flights were the first to land at McMurdo since the station closed for the austral winter in February. The annual Winfly missions allow the Antarctic program to bring scientists into McMurdo at the beginning of the austral spring to conduct time-sensitive research, such as monitoring ozone depletion.

Read full story and see more images: http://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/news/02/winfly_images.htm

NSF and Discover Magazine Present a Roundtable Discussion:
Does Math Matter?

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On June 11, 2002, the National Science Foundation and Discover Magazine brought together a panel of experts for a roundtable discussion of the significance of mathematics today.

Full story and more images.

NSF Webcasts Press Conference Highlighting
Research at Antarctica's Lake Vostok

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An international panel of scientists discussed research conducted at Lake Vostok in Antarctica during a press conference on Tuesday, May 28, as part of the American Geophysical Union's 2002 Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C. NSF presented a live webcast of the news event.

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Economic Advisor Glenn Hubbard Talks About Terrorism
and the Economy

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R. Glenn Hubbard, the Chair of the President's Council of Economic Advisors, recently spoke at NSF about the importance of research to policy making and the economy in the aftermath of September 11th. His appearance was the first in a series of distinguished lectures organized by NSF's Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences.

View the lecture.

NSF Hosted Nanotechnology Symposium; Tools, Research and Vast
Potential of "Small Wonders" Showcased

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) hosted leading researchers on March 19 at "Small Wonders," a day-long symposium and exhibition of nanoscale science and engineering. In opening remarks, NSF Director Rita R. Colwell reviewed the increasing role of NSF investments. Several segments of the event, including the keynote address by Richard Smalley, Nobel Laureate and Rice University professor, and a panel of leading researchers discussing "Issues and Implications of Nanotechnology for Society" were webcast live and accessible to audiences over the Internet.

More images and information: http://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/priority/nano/nano_scene_images.htm

White House Awards "Green Light" to NSF

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The White House has released its first Executive Branch Scorecard report, using a traffic light grading system to rate federal agencies in five performance management categories. "The National Science Foundation (NSF) received the only 'green' score. NSF did so in financial management because it has embraced advanced information technologies, and operates in a paperless environment. Its grant workload more than doubled from $2.1 billion in 1990 to $4.4 billion in 2000, yet the number of employees actually decreased," according to the Office of Management and Budget.

Read the report: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2003/bud09.html

NSF Response to Terrorist Threats -
Palm Pilots Aid Recovery Operations

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Georgia Tech professor David Frost leads an NSF-supported team using advanced digital technology to collect damage assessment data in the vicinity of the World Trade Center (WTC). The effort features an integrated system developed by Frost and his research group that applies handheld computing technology to more rapidly gather and analyze higher-quality data on damage to buildings and infrastructure. Detailed maps of the recovery site can be generated in hours rather than days, providing recovery workers with critical information to assist planning and operations and ensure their safety.

Read the full story:
http://www.eng.nsf.gov/engnews/2001/ Dec01Palm/dec01palm.htm
Read more about NSF and homeland security
http://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/news/media/01/ nsf_response.htm


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