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News Release 17-082

NSF issues first Convergence awards, addressing societal challenges through scientific collaboration

A deeper, more intentional approach to accelerating discovery

What is Convergence? Through the deep integration of knowledge and techniques from across multiple scientific fields, the research community can address some the most complex societal challenges. The foundation's Growing Convergent Research at NSF portfolio is a focused approach to the kind of cross-disciplinary collaboration that NSF has fostered for decades. Dean Evasius, director of NSF's Division of Graduate Education, explains why Convergence is important in this Ask a Scientist Video.

Credit: NSF

 

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute research scientist Jeffrey Hickman with a truck.

Research scientist Jeffrey Hickman will lead a Convergence-supported project at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute focusing on the future workforce implications of autonomous trucks.

Credit: Matthew Moeller, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute


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University of Michigan principal investigator Silvia Lindtner.

University of Michigan principal investigator Silvia Lindtner participates in the research workshop "Hacked Matter" at New York University, Shanghai.

Credit: Marianne Petit, NYU


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Jeff Brock leading a classroom.

Jeff Brock, professor of mathematics at Brown University and director of Brown's new TRIPODS institute, worked with undergraduates this summer teaching topological methods in data analysis, one of Brown's TRIPODS themes.

Credit: Scott Lapham/Brown University


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Pennsylvania State University's Heng Xu with a research group.

Pennsylvania State University's Heng Xu will lead a Convergence workshop on converging human and technological perspectives in crowdsourcing research. In this photo, Xu works in a behavioral research lab.

Credit: College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State University


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University of Colorado researcher Colleen Strawhacker teaching students archaeological excavation techniques in the Mimbres region of southern New Mexico.

University of Colorado researcher Colleen Strawhacker, leads a Convergence project to network indigenous Arctic and U.S. Southwest communities for knowledge co-production in data sciences. Strawhacker is seen here teaching students archaeological excavation techniques in the Mimbres region of southern New Mexico.

Credit: Colleen Strawhacker, National Snow and Ice Data Center


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Pennsylvania State University's Ming Xiao in a discussion with graduate students.

Pennsylvania State University's Ming Xiao leads a Convergence project to coordinate a transdisciplinary research network to identify challenges of and solutions to permafrost coastal erosion and its socioecological impacts in the Arctic. Here, he discusses fundamental mechanisms of soil erosion under various fluid conditions, such as in low temperature, varying salt and acidity conditions as observed in the changing Arctic ocean, with graduate students.

Credit: Jennifer Matthews, College of Engineering, Penn State


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