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  October 16 , 2000: Highlights

'NSF and the Nobel Laureates'

NSF 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.” More...

Federal 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...

International 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...

Powerful 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...


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