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  • Zoom media briefing: The Event Horizon Telescope, a year after capturing the image of a black hole
    on April 8, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Media are invited to join an April 10 Zoom media briefing with Sheperd S. Doeleman, founding director of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), and astrophysicist Michael Johnson to discuss the one-year anniversary of EHT releasing its revolutionary image of a black hole. Doeleman and Johnson will be available to talk about what EHT accomplished and what its hundreds of researchers have been working on over the past year. They will also discuss the project’s path forward, including ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=300348&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click This is an NSF News item. […]

  • NSF on coronavirus
    on April 3, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    NSF encourages you to take extra precautions to protect yourselves and your families against COVID-19. More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/coronavirus/?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click This is an NSF News item. […]

  • Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier Named Acting National Science Foundation Director
    on April 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, has been named Acting Director of the National Science Foundation effective March 31, 2020. Droegemeier has previously served two six-year terms on the National Science Board, the governing body of NSF. He currently serves as the President’s Science Advisor and Director of OSTP, with responsibility for coordination of science and technology initiatives across the Federal ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=300306&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click This is an NSF News item. […]

  • Announcements
    on March 25, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    NSF Announcements More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/announcements/?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click This is an NSF News item. […]

  • NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps)
    on March 20, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    I-Corps offers researchers unique opportunities to learn how to turn discoveries into new technologies and to participate in the national innovation ecosystem. More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/i-corps/index.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click This is an NSF News item. […]

  • National Science Foundation and Smithsonian sign letter of agreement
    on March 12, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    A new letter of agreement expands and clarifies collaboration between the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution. Per the conditions of the agreement, NSF will review proposals from Smithsonian Institution researchers in the same manner as proposals submitted by researchers from institutions of higher education. Additionally, NSF will sponsor a new position at the National Portrait Gallery to elevate stories from the most accomplished scientists in the United States. ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=300164&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click This is an NSF News item. […]

  • NSF creates new research security chief position
    on March 2, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    The National Science Foundation has appointed Rebecca Spyke Keiser to the newly created position of chief of research security strategy and policy as part of its continuing effort to ensure the security of federally funded research while maintaining an open international collaboration. In this role, Keiser will be tasked with providing the NSF director with policy advice on all aspects of research security strategy. She will also lead NSF’s efforts to develop ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=300086&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click This is an NSF News item. […]

  • NSF and AFGE sign new collective bargaining agreement
    on February 28, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3403 announced today that they have signed a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA).  The new agreement codifies, clarifies, and updates current agency practices and policies in the context of current rules, laws, and regulations for approximately 1,000 NSF bargaining-unit employees. The last collective bargaining agreement was signed in 1982. “The completion of ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=300102&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click This is an NSF News item. […]

  • NSF selects 7 winners from its first-ever NSF 2026 Idea Machine prize competition
    on February 18, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today the selection of four grand prize and three meritorious prize winners for its first-ever NSF 2026 Idea Machine prize competition. The awardees are being honored today at a ceremony at NSF headquarters in Alexandria, Va. The NSF 2026 Idea Machine encouraged individuals from all walks of life, age 14 or older, to submit pressing “grand challenges” requiring fundamental research in science, engineering, or STEM education ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=299946&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click This is an NSF News item. […]

  • National Science Foundation presents FY 2021 budget request
    on February 10, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Today, President Donald J. Trump's Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget request for the National Science Foundation (NSF) was presented to Congress. More information on the FY 2021 budget request is available beginning today from the White House Office of Management and Budget. NSF Director France Córdova issued the following ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=299995&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click This is an NSF News item. […]

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  • Repairing stroke-damaged rat brains
    on April 8, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Researchers have succeeded in restoring mobility and sensation of touch in stroke-afflicted rats by reprogramming human skin cells to become nerve cells, which were then transplanted into the rats' brains. […]

  • First study on the health conditions of adults one month into COVID-19 lockdown
    on April 8, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    A new preliminary study provides some of the earliest pieces of evidence that the COVID-19 outbreak affected people mentally as well as physically. […]

  • Is autoimmunity on the rise?
    on April 8, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    A study provides evidence that the prevalence of autoimmunity -- when the immune system goes awry and attacks the body itself -- has increased in the United States in recent years. […]

  • Therapy dogs may help lower emergency clinicians' stress
    on April 8, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    New research indicates that for physicians and nurses working evening shifts in the emergency department, interacting with a therapy dog for several minutes may help lower stress. […]

  • Early bedtime may help children maintain healthy weight
    on April 8, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    Going to bed early and following a consistent bedtime routine may help reduce children's risk of becoming overweight or obese, according to a new study published in Acta Paediatrica. […]

  • False memories of crime appear real when retold to others
    on April 8, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    People are no better than chance at identifying when someone else is recounting a false or real memory of a crime, according to a new study. […]

  • Young children find a parent's hug more calming than a stranger's
    on April 8, 2020 at 1:56 am

    For infants as young as four months, a hug from a parent makes all the difference. A study examined heart rate responses in infants less than one year old during a hug and found that children as young as four months experience greater heart rate slowing during a hug than a hold -- and during a hug from their parent as compared to a hug from a stranger. […]

  • It's now or never: Visual events have 100 milliseconds to hit brain target or go unnoticed
    on April 7, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Researchers have defined a crucial window of time that mice need to key in on visual events. […]

  • Genes sow seeds of neuropsychiatric conditions before birth, in early childhood
    on April 7, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    From early prenatal development through childhood, the prefrontal cortex of the human brain undergoes an avalanche of developmental activity. In some cases, it also contains seeds of neuropsychiatric conditions, according to a new genetic analysis. […]

  • How serotonin balances communication within the brain
    on April 7, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Our brain is steadily engaged in soliloquies. These internal communications are usually also bombarded with external sensory events. Hence, the impact of the two neuronal processes need to be permanently fine-tuned to avoid their imbalance. A team of scientists has revealed the role of the neurotransmitter serotonin in this scenario. They discovered that distinct serotonergic receptor types control the gain of both streams of information in a separable manner. […]

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