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Diverse Group of Researchers Receives the 2000 National Medals
President Clinton has named twelve
renowned American scientists and engineers to receive the National
Medal of Science. In announcing the year 2000 Medal of Science honorees,
the president paid tribute to a diverse group of researchers who
set new directions in social policy, neuroscience, biology, chemistry,
bioengineering, mathematics, physics, and earth and environmental
sciences. "These exceptional scientists and engineers have transformed
our world and enhanced our daily lives," Clinton said. "Their imagination
and ingenuity will continue to inspire future generations of American
scientists to remain at the cutting edge of scientific discovery
and technological innovation." The medals will be presented at an
awards dinner scheduled for December 1 in Washington, D.C.. More...
Genetic Triggers Keep Plants "On Schedule"
Life scientists funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)
Eukaryotic Genetics Program are using genetics as a powerful tool
to reveal how light tells flowers when to bud and bloom. According
to research at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif.,
the direct interaction between two photoreceptor genes modulates
the internal clock of plants, providing information about their
environment and keeping them in sync with the earth's 24-hour cycle.
New Grid Portal to Improve U.S. Researchers' Access to Advanced
Computational scientists will soon
have a powerful new tool for using resources on the national "grid"
of high-performance research networks. The web-based grid portal
will help computer scientists, scientists and engineers by simplifying
and consolidating access to advanced computing systems supported
by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and its Partnerships for
Advanced Computational Infrastructure (PACI). The National Partnership
for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI), the National
Computational Science Alliance (NCSA), and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing
Center (PSC) have announced formation of the integrated grid portal.
Honors 409 Junior Faculty Members with 2000 Career Awards
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is honoring 409 outstanding
junior faculty members in science and engineering nationwide with
the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards. The CAREER
award is NSF’s most prestigious honor for junior faculty members.
Awards for 2000 range in amount from $200,000 to $500,000, and in
duration from four to five years. "CAREER awards support exceptionally
promising college and university junior faculty who are committed
to the integration of research and education," says NSF Director
Rita Colwell. More...