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Webcasts for the News Media

NSF produces background briefings that bring together leading scientists and engineers and the news media in advance of the announcement of major news discoveries or breakthroughs. These events, originally webcast live, are now available for on-demand viewing.

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Webcast, Dec. 20, 2011, Joel Waldfogel, University of Minnesota, Holiday Stock-ings: How buying gifts and personal satisfaction affect the world economy
Holiday Stock-ings

December 20, 2011

University of Minnesota economist Joel Waldfogel, author of Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn't Buy Presents for the Holidays gives his unique view on buying Christmas presents and holiday spending.

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(Time: 21:03)

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Audio Webcast, December 5, 2011, Chung-Pei Ma and Nicholas McConnell, University of California, Berkeley, Sleeping Giants Discovered
Sleeping Giants Discovered

December 5, 2011

UC-Berkeley astronomers discover the largest black holes ever detected. NSF's Lisa-Joy Zgorski moderates a press conference featuring Chung-Pei Ma, professor of astrophysics, at the University of California, Berkeley and Nicholas McConnell, a Berkeley grad student and first author of the paper that describes this exciting discovery in the December 8th issue of the journal Nature.

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  Webcast, Rebuilding the Mosaic, Myron Gutmann, Assistant Director of SBE, December 1, 2011
"Mosaic Report" Outlines Strategies and Priorities for Future Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences

December 1, 2011

Dr. Myron Gutmann, assistant director for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation discusses NSF's future priorities for social science research funding.

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(Time: 27:36)

  NSF Webcast, Early Detection Saves Lives, Mark Goldstein, MammaCare, November 15, 2011
Early Detection Saves Lives

November 15, 2011

Mark Goldstein, a founder and chairman of The MammaCare Corporation, discusses and demonstrates MammaCare, a revolutionary tool that has set standards for teaching women and technicians how to perform clinical breast exams.

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(Time: 47:40)

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Sound Digested: An Introduction to MediaMined Sound Processing With Jay LeBoeuf, Imagine Research, November 14, 2011
Sound, Digested

November 14, 2011

Imagine Research's founder and CEO Jay LeBoeuf, co-developer of the MediaMinedTM search engine for sound, describes its novel, machine-learning approach that allows computers to index, understand and search sound.

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(Time: 21:09)

  Xplaining Generation X, Webcast, Jon D. Miller, University of Michigan, October 21, 2011
Long-term Survey Reveals Gen Xers Are Active, Balanced and Happy

October 21, 2011

University of Michigan political scientist Jon D. Miller discusses the findings of a new study that show Generation X, those between the ages of 30 and 50, are leading active, balanced and happy lives.

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(Time: 33:18)

  Manufacturing Goes Viral, Webcast, October 18, 2011, Seung-Wuk Lee, UC Berkeley
Manufacturing Goes Viral

October 18, 2011

University of California at Berkeley bioengineer Seung-Wuk Lee describes how his team developed a new way to rapidly and efficiently manufacture novel nanomaterials using viruses as the building blocks.

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(Time: 21:56)

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SAVI, NSF Science Across Virtual Institutes
Virtual Institutes to Support the Scientific Collaborations of the Future

October 5, 2011

Launch of Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI), NSF Headquarters, Oct. 5, 2011.

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(Time: 30:03)

  Webcast, ALMA Opens Its Eyes, Dr. Adam Leroy and Dr. Kartik Sheth of NRAO, Dr. Brad Whitmore of STSI, September 29, 2011
ALMA Opens Its Eyes

September 29, 2011

Dr. Kartik Sheth and Dr. Adam Leroy of the NRAO's North American ALMA Science Center, and Dr. Brad Whitmore of the Space Telescope Science Institute explain how ALMA will contribute to our understanding of the universe.

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(Time: 36:17)

  Stick on Tattoos Go Electric, Webcast, Aug. 10, 2011, John Rogers, University Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Stick-On Tattoos Go

August 10, 2011

NSF interviewed University of Illinois professor John Rogers about a novel electronic tattoo. The newly developed device is an epidermal electronic system created by an international team of engineers and scientists.

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(Time: 38:13)

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May 25, 2011, What Kind of Culture Are We?, Michele Gelfand, University of Maryland
World-Wide Assessment Determines Differences in Cultures

May 26, 2011

University of Maryland Psychology Professor Michele Gelfand discusses recent research that investigates the "tightness" and "looseness" of 33 countries. The research may help to bridge cultural differences.

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(Time: 39:14)
  Sound Safety, Webcast, May 4, 2011, Stephen Ambrose, Founder and Head of Audio Atechnology, Asius
Sound Safety

May 16, 2011

Lead author and audio pioneer Stephen Ambrose of Asius Technologies describes the research from two papers presented at the 130th Audio Engineering Society convention in London. The papers describe how sealing a speaker in the ear canal dramatically boosts sound pressures and how a modified ear-tip can help alleviate, or even eliminate, that effect.
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(Time: 36:41)

  Audio Webcast, April 19, 2011, Andrew Lovinger, NSF, and Christoph Weder, University of Fribourg, Self-Sealing Polymers
Imagine: Material That If Scratched, You Can Quickly and Easily Fix It Yourself, With Light Not Heat

April 20, 2011

Audio transcript from 4/19/2011 tele-press conference announcing the discovery of polymers that may be healed using light as opposed to heat, featuring: Andrew Lovinger, polymer program director in the Division of Materials Research at the National Science Foundation; Christoph Weder, director and chair of Polymer Chemistry and Materials at the Adolphe Merkle Institute at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and Lisa-Joy Zgorski, also of the National Science Foundation.

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Webcast, Precedent-Setting Evidence That Biodiversity Promotes Water Quality, Bradley J. Cardinale of the University of Michigan, April 5, 2011, 2PM ET
Precedent-Setting Evidence That Biodiversity Promotes Water Quality

April 5, 2011

Bradley Cardinale of the University of Michigan discusses his recent study showing that biodiversity promotes water quality. This is the first study to nail a cause-and-effect relationship between biodiversity and water quality, and one of the few studies ever to rigorously document benefits of biodiversity.

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(Time: 25:12)
  Webcast, February 16, 2011, Gustaaf Brooijmans,  Columbia University and the US ATLAS experiment and Aaron Dominguez, University of Nebraska and US CMS experiment, Topic: The Year of the Higgs?
The Year of the Higgs?

February 16, 2011

Gustaaf Brooijmans of Columbia University and the US ATLAS experiment and Aaron Dominguez of the University of Nebraska and US CMS experiment discuss 2011 and beyond for the ATLAS and CMS experiments, the search for the Higgs boson, and the restart of the Large Hadron Collider, which could occur on Feb. 21, 2011.

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(Time: 44:12)
  Webcast, Water and Oil Everywhere, and Now it's Safe to Drink, January 20, 2011, Paul L. Edmiston, College of Wooster
NSF Webcast: Water and Oil Everywhere, and Now it's Safe to Drink

January 20, 2011

In this webcast, NSF hosts chemical engineer Paul Edmiston for a demonstration of Osorb®, a revolutionary new type of material that can clean water from oil spills, detect explosives and even treat the subsurface of Superfund sites.

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(Time: 38:01)
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