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Director Rita Colwell Congratulates Nobel Laureates in Science
“I congratulate this year's Nobel
laureates in science for their achievements and well-deserved recognition,”
NSF Director Rita Colwell said in a recent statement. “This is always
exciting news for scientists, because we know what led up to this
milestone -- the long hours, hard work, and simple love of science.
It’s especially exciting for the National Science Foundation because
we so often play a significant role in the Nobelists’ careers.”
Agencies Join Hands for Second Year of Leading-Edge Education Research
The National Science Foundation (NSF),
the Department of Education (ED), and the National Institute of
Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) have announced the second
round of awards under the Interagency Education Research Initiative
(IERI), supporting research aimed at improving education in reading,
math and science from preschool through high school. The new awards,
totaling $28 million, will fund seven new research studies in six
states, as well as 14 planning initiatives around the U.S., all
focused on the most effective and feasible methods for teaching
and learning in mathematics, reading and science in pre-kindergarten
through grade 12. More...
Research Group Sequences Genome of Ubiquitous Microbe
A team of scientists funded by the
National Science Foundation (NSF) has completed the genome sequence
of Halobacterium species NRC-1, a microorganism that is among
the most ancient forms of life. The achievement is especially significant
due to this bacterium's widespread use as a model for genetic manipulation.
Results appear in the October 3 edition of the journal Proceedings
of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The research was
led by microbial geneticist Shiladitya DasSarma at the University
of Massachusetts at Amherst in collaboration with molecular biotechnologist
Leroy Hood at the Institute of Systems Biology in Seattle. DasSarma
and Hood led a consortium of researchers from 12 universities and
research centers in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. on the three-year,
$1.2-million project. More...
Telescope Array Will Study the Stars
Astronomers dedicated a new observatory
in California recently that will enable scientists to observe the
details of stars with unprecedented clarity. Built by Georgia State
University with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF),
the Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) consists
of six telescopes on Mt. Wilson, outside of Los Angeles. The CHARA
array is one of the world's most powerful optical interferometers,
able to resolve details 200 times finer than is possible with the
Hubble Space Telescope. That's the equivalent of being able to see
the details of a nickel from a distance of 10,000 miles. More...