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NSF Frontiers

The National Science Foundation has archived Frontiers, the monthly, or sometimes bimonthly, newsletter that profiled important work funded by the foundation. The newsletter was published from 1996 to 1998, and ceased publication with the November/December 1998 issue. Frontiers is no longer available on the NSF website, but if you would like information about one of the issues listed below, please contact the OLPA Webteam.

  • November/December 1998
    Adaptive Technologies Encourage Independent Learning (cover story)...Astronomical Monuments...Bison Help Grasslands Thrive...Changing Numbers in Academic Employment of Scientists and Engineers...Rare Coral Reveals Powerful Compound.
    Publication date: November 1, 1998

  • September/October 1998
    The Year of the Ocean...Iron Key Unlocks Ocean Ecosystems...Underwater Eruptions Challenge Researchers...Core on Deck: Drilling into Earth's Past, Present--and Future...Harmful Algal Blooms: Back to Basics...Climate Modelers Have ACCE in the Hole.
    Publication date: September 1, 1998

  • July/August 1998
    El Niño--From Obscurity to Obsession (cover)...Smarter Than the Average Load-Bearing Structure...Grand Canyon Rocks Reveal Continent's Past...Six States Account for Half of Nation's R&D...NSF in the News.
    Publication date: July 1, 1998

  • May/June 1998
    Cancer Detection Goes Digital (cover)...Snails, Fish, and Gravity Sensors: On a Mission to Find Answers...North of Norway: A Natural Lab...Federally Financed Academic R&D Expenditures Hold Firm...NSF in the News.
    Publication date: May 1, 1998

  • March/April 1998
    The Best of Frontiers 1995-1997...Welcome to the three-year anniversary issue of Frontiers. This special issue brings you some of the many exciting articles from the first three years of our newsletter.
    Publication date: March 1, 1998

  • January 1998
    Playing with Our Future: High Tech Toys as Teaching Tools...Minerals Behave Differently at High Pressures...Pow-Bam-Zap: Pollution Fighters Crowd the Horizon...NSF in the News...Unemployment Rates Reflect Greater Gender Equality
    Publication date: January 1, 1998

1997

  • December 1997
    Life in Forest Treetops...GOALI: Promoting University-Industry Partnerships...Climate Played a Role in the American Revolution...NSF in the News...Research and Tuition Hikes Not Connected.
    Publication date: December 1 1997

  • November 1997
    Shake, Rattle and Roll: The Science and Engineering of Earthquakes...A Bright Star in Science Education...Disease-Resistant Plants Lock onto Pathogens...NSF in the News...Decline in Number of Immigrant Scientists and Engineers
    Publication date: November 1, 1997

  • October 1997
    Has the Jury Decided?...Bridging the Science Gender Gap: Raising Female Scientists and Engineers...The End of the World: More Proof of the Dinosaurs' Demise...NSF in the News...Japan Plans to Double Research and Development Budget
    Publication date: October 1, 1997

  • September 1997
    Getting to the Bottom of the Amazon...Australia Gets Rocked by Seismic Mystery...Catching a Wavelet: Mathematical Tool Revolutionizes Data Analysis...Biotic Surveys Program Uncovers Smallest Frog...NSF in the News...Taking a Look at the National Patterns
    Publication date: September 1, 1997

  • July/August 1997
    Bizarre Life Forms Thrive Beneath Earth's Surface...Engineering Sight: Advances in Artificial Retina Development...Study Pulls the Plug on Arctic's Carbon Sink...NSF in the News...Minority Students Make Gains in Science and Engineering
    Publication date: July 1, 1997

  • June 1997
    Seabirds Give New Meaning to Sibling Rivalry...Evolutionary Biology: History of Life...Awards Help Research and Education Harmonize on Campus...Sounding Out the Sun's Interior...NSF in the News...Laboratory Construction Slows
    Publication date: June 1997

  • May 1997
    Antarctic Research It's Cool!...Digital Libraries Will Make Information More Accessible...NSF in the News...Science and Engineering Graduate Enrollment Drops...Scientists Unveil Lake Victoria's Secret
    Publication date: May 1, 1997

  • April 1997
    Expanding Minds: Creating Engaging Science Outside of the Classroom...Promoting Diversity in the SMET Workplace...Presidential Award Recognizes Importance of Mentoring...National Science and Technology Week 1997: Webs, Wires and Waves...U.S. Students Earn Average Scores in Global Study
    Publication date: April 1, 1997

  • March 1997
    Greenland Rocks Tell New Tale of Life on Earth...FastLane: The Paperless Grant Management System...Mysteries of the Inner Earth...NSF in the News...R&D Booms in Western Europe
    Publication date: March 1, 1997

  • February 1997
    Tracking Tornadoes, Nature's Most Powerful Winds...On the Lookout for Debris (sidebar)...Mentoring in Montana: Teachers Get Early Career Help...Nobel Laureates Used NSF Funds for Winning Research...NSF in the News...U.S. Math and Science Curricula Too Broad
    Publication date: February 1, 1997

  • January 1997
    The Internet: Expanding the Way We Do Science...Science Improves When Archaeologists Work with Locals...Morals: More Than Nice, They're Evolution...NSF in the News...Non-U.S. Citizens Earn 40 Percent of S&E Doctorates in 1995
    Publication date: January 1, 1997

1996

  • December 1996
    Taking Apart the Body's Clock...Tomato Research: Ripe for the Picking...Under the Sea: Exotic New Landscapes...NSF in the News...Study Helps Define Innovators and R&D Performers
    Publication date: December 1, 1996

  • November 1996
    Biodiversity: A Productive Way to Grow...Replacement Parts: Creating Artificial Tissues and Organs That Work...A New Way to Learn: Students Argue About Physics...President Signs Into Law NSF Budget for 1997...Recreating a Species: Evolution Turns Predictable...S&E Graduate Students: More Women Enroll
    Publication date: November 1, 1996

  • October 1996
    Tracking a Killer: Following Cholera with Every Available Means...Witches' Brew of Weird Bugs...An Electronic Nose For Business, NSF, NASA and Others...On the Appointment of the Acting Deputy Director...Preliminary Report: R&D Spending Fell In FY 1996
    Publication date: October 1, 1996

  • September 1996
    Footloose on Earth's Invisible Highways: How Migrating Animals Find Their Way...High-Tech Systems Provide Health Care Savings...Solar Storm Disruptions: More Are On The Way...Congressional Update: NSF Budget Status...Science and Engineering Indicators 1996
    Publication date: September 1, 1996

  • July/August 1996
    One Species: One Language - The Universal Nature of Human Languages...Crash Testing Black Holes: A Colossal Collision...An Epidemic in the Serengeti: Dog Virus Kills Lions...Poverty No Longer Sets Appalachia Apart...NSF Joins European Physics Project...National Math and Science Scores Improve...New Microwave Tool to the Rescue
    Publication date: July 1, 1996

  • June 1996
    The Minds Eye: Finding Truth In Illusion...Controlling Dangers: The Truth About Risk Assessment...3-D Design Software Makes Computer Objects "Real"...NSF in the News...R&D Outpaces Inflation at Colleges and Universities
    Publication date: June 1, 1996

  • May 1996
    Recreating The Early Universe...NSF Director Neal Lane: Science and the American Dream -- Healthy or History...Cave Dwellers' Survival Skills Are Finally Brought to Light...Second-Generation Americans Less Driven Than New Arrivals
    Publication date: May 1, 1996

  • April 1996
    Working Toward Fifty-Fifty By 2020: Women in Science Take Stock...Research Group Is Cultivating the Family Tree of Plant Life...Sparrows Make It Onto Charts with Their Own Renditions...Frontiers Wins Awards...Hands-on Projects Turn Children into Scientists for a Week...U.S. Research & Development Concentrated in a Few States
    Publication date: April 1, 1996

  • March 1996
    Finding Medicines In The Forest: Can Shamans Point the Way?...Students Demonstrate Research Skills at Fourth Annual Diversity Conference...Biotron's Cutaway View Reveals Underside Of Life...NSF in the News...Foreign-Born Scientists and Engineers Fuel U.S. R&D
    Publication date: March 1, 1996

  • February 1996
    Life Like You've Never Seen It Before...DNA Samples Bank Proposed for Future Investigations...Eastern Barrier Islands: Terra Un-Firma...Take a Stroll Through The Octopus's Garden...Small Miracles Happen at Nanotechnology Hubs...S&E Degree Recipients Earn More Than Others
    Publication date: February 1, 1996

  • January 1996
    Reproductive Ecology: Stacking the Deck in the Game of Life...Joint Venture with Japanese to Further Optics Applications...States Use NSF Seed Money to Build Research Capacity...Early Data Show Decline in 1995 R&D Spending...NSF in the News...Listening To The Sun
    Publication date: January 1, 1996