NSF Lectures Explore Timely Research in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Nobel Laureate Mario Molina of UCSD to address the science and policy of climate change on Nov. 3
The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites media and members of the public to a series of lectures sponsored by the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Upcoming talks listed below will help promote a national discussion of issues that scientists expect to shape their research in the coming years. The next one will be on Tuesday, Nov. 3, and will feature Nobel Laureate Mario Molina who will address climate change.
All lectures will be held at NSF, 4201 Wilson Blvd in Ballston, Va. (easily accessible from the Ballston Metro station). Visitors are welcome but must have a pass to gain access. Please contact Lisa-Joy Zgorski, firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-292-8311, to register to attend.
Who: Mario Molina, Department of Chemistry, University of California, San Diego; Nobel laureate in chemistry
Who: Paula Hammond, Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Who: Geraldine Richmond, Department of Chemistry, University of Oregon; Chair of COACh (Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists)
Who: Richard Muller, Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley
Who: John Mather, NASA Goddard Space Center; Nobel laureate in Physics
Who: Simon Levin, Department of Ecology and Biology, Princeton University
Who: Joshua Aronson, Department of Applied Psychology, New York University
About the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences
The Math and Physical Sciences Directorate comprises the divisions of Astronomical Sciences, Chemistry, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and the Office of Multidisciplinary Activities. These divisions provide the basic structure for support of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and education. The scope of scientific and educational activity supported is enormous, ranging from phenomena at cosmological distances, to environmental science on the human scale, through quantum mechanical processes in atomic and subatomic physics, to phenomena of the unimaginably small. Researchers explore abstract ideas, concepts, and structures of mathematics as well as more tangible "stuff" that includes the materials used in our everyday lives. Their tools range from desktop instruments to synchrotron light sources, accelerators, radio and optical telescopes and high magnetic fields. The rapid development of computational and communications capabilities also is leading to the development of a new set of tools that enable new a new kind of science--cyberscience.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
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