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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,Graduate Research opportunities Worldwide, December 5, 2012, with Subra Suresh, Steven Chu, Robert Zimmer
NSF Launches GROW to Accelerate International Research Collaborations

December 5, 2012

NSF marked the 60th anniversary of its Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) by announcing Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW). NSF Director Subra Suresh, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu (Nobel Laureate in Physics in 1997 and GRFP recipient in 1970), and Robert Zimmer (president of the University of Chicago, member of the National Science Board and GRFP recipient in 1968) were featured speakers.

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  Webcast, Babies Think Like Scientists, September 25, 2012, With Alison Gopnik, University of California, BerkeleyBabies Think Like Scientists
September 25, 2012

Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, spoke with NSF about her research on young children's early learning.

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(Time: 21:01)
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Webcast, July 31, 2012, Citizen Science Gains New Prominence in Addressing Pressing Societal Problems With Sandra Henderson, NEON & Project budBurst, and David Hanych, NSF.
Webcast Briefing: Two "Firsts" Give Citizen Science New Prominence in Addressing Societal Problems

July 31, 2012

Three experts on citizen science discuss the importance and rapidly growing momentum of citizen science with reporters. These experts were 1) David Hanych, an NSF program director who manages many NSF-funded citizen science projects; 2) Sandra Henderson, a senior education specialist at NEON and director of NEON's Project BudBurst, an NSF-funded citizen science group that monitors plants as seasons change; and 3) Henry Reges, national coordinator of a Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network, which receives NSF funding. This webcast marked the publication of the first journal issue exclusively devoted to citizen science (Citizen Science-New Pathways to Public Involvement in Research) and the first cross-disciplinary conference on citizen science (A Conference on Public Participation in Scientific Research).

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(Time: 46:45)
  More and Better Science in Antarctica Through Increased Logistical Effectiveness
Blue Ribbon Panel Unveils Findings on Logistical Improvements to Support Antarctic Science

July 23, 2012

NSF Director Subra Suresh joined White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Director John Holdren and U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel Chairman Norm Augustine at a news conference at the National Academy of Sciences on Monday, July 23, for the presentation of the Panel's final report entitled More and Better Science in Antarctica through Increased Logical Effectiveness.

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  Webcast, I-Corps Anniversary,  July 18, 2012, National Science Foundation
Innovation Corps Commemorated

July 18, 2012

Webcast of the NSF Innovation Corps Anniversary Showcase with an introduction by Dr. Tom Peterson, Assistant Director of NSF's Directorate for Engineering.

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(Time: 56:38)
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Elegant Delivery, A National Science Foundation Webcast with Tarek Fahmy, Yale University, July 12, 2012.
Elegant Delivery

July 12, 2012

Yale University engineering professor Tarek Fahmy joined NSF to explain a novel, nanoscale, drug-delivery system that bundles powerful anti-cancer medicines into a single, treatment. The new approach solves several problems that hinder current drug delivery systems and has now proven effective in animal models.

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  Webcast, June 6, 2012, Tabletop X-rays Illuminate the Nano World With Margaret Murnane, Henry Kapteyn and Tenio Popmintchev, NSF ERC for EUV Science and Technology, University of Colorado at Boulder.
All the Colors of a High-Energy Rainbow, in a Tightly Focused Beam

June 6, 2012

Margaret Murnane, Henry Kapteyn and Tenio Popmintchev--all of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Science and Technology--describe their new technology for creating a laser-like beam of light that incorporates light from the UV, X-rays and all the wavelengths in between.

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(Time: 32:47)

  Ultra-small satellites, cubesats, used for space weather and atmospheric research.
Cubesats "Land" at National Science Foundation on Thursday, May 24th

May 24, 2012

On Thursday, May 24, 2012, NSF hosted an event featuring cubesats, satellites the size of half-gallon milk cartons. Scientists, engineers and educators showcased their NSF-funded cubesat projects. Scheduled speakers included: Therese Moretto Jorgensen, NSF Division for Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (Moderator); Michael Morgan, NSF Division Director for Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences; Roland Coelho, California Polytechnic; James Cutler, University of Michigan; Norman Fitz-Coy, University of Florida; Eloisa de Castro, Princeton Satellite Systems, Inc.

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Global Summit on Merit Review Press Conference, Tuesday, May 15, 2012
National Science Foundation Hosts Inaugural Global Summit on Merit Review

May 15, 2012

Leaders from about 50 countries gathered for a two-day inaugural Global Summit on Merit Review, hosted by the National Science Foundation, agreed upon and released a set of merit review principles and established a Global Research Council. The merit review principles, crafted by the summit leaders, is recognized as an essential tool for evaluating scientific research.

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  Webcast, April 17, 2012, Testing for Earthquakes, Inside and Out with Tara Hutchinson and Jose Restrepo, UC San Diego, Jacobs School of Engineering, and Joy Pauschke, NSF's NEES program.
NSF Webcast: Testing for Earthquakes, Inside and Out

April 17, 2012

Tara Hutchinson and Jose Restrepo of UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering, and Joy Pauschke of NSF's NEES program discuss the shake test of a five-story building outfitted with non-structural elements like elevators and wiring.

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  Webcast, Challenges and Opportunities in Big Data, March 29, 2012
NSF Leads Federal Efforts In Big Data

March 29, 2012

Broadcast of OSTP-led federal government big data rollout, held on March 29, 2012, in the AAAS Auditorium in Washington, DC, and featuring: John Holdren, assistant to the President and director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Subra Suresh, director, National Science Foundation; Francis Collins, director, National Institutes of Health; Marcia McNutt, director, United States Geological Survey; Zach Lemnios; assistant secretary of defense for research & engineering, U.S. Department of Defense; Ken Gabriel, acting director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; and William Brinkman, director, Department of Energy Office of Science. Each official announced initiative(s) that his or her federal government agency was embarking on to embrace the opportunities and address the challenges afforded by the Big Data Revolution.

The announcements were followed by a panel discussion with industry and academic thought leaders, moderated by Steve Lohr of the New York Times. Panelists were: Daphne Koller, Stanford University (machine learning and applications in biology and education); James Manyika, McKinsey & Company (co-author of major McKinsey report on Big Data); Lucila Ohno-Machado, UC San Diego (NIH's "Integrating Data for Analysis, Anonymization, and Sharing" initiative); and Alex Szalay, Johns Hopkins University (big data for astronomy).

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National Science Foundation, Fiscal year 2013, Budget Request, Dr. Subra Suresh, Director, National Science Foundation
National Science Foundation Budget Positions U.S. to Maintain Competitive Edge

February 13, 2012

The National Science Foundation's $7.373 billion fiscal 2013 budget request is designed to ensure the nation's prosperity and competitiveness. NSF Director Subra Suresh discusses NSF's investments in fundamental research, advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity, sustainability and education.

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  Japan and New Zealand RAPIDs and Needs Workshop
NSF RAPID Grantees Workshop

February 9, 2012

NSF and Dr. Subra Suresh welcome two ambassadors to a workshop for NSF RAPID grantees. Remarks from the ambassadors of New Zealand and Japan will open the Feb. 9-10 NSF workshop on investigations concerning the recent earthquakes and ensuing tsunamis that deeply affected their countries.

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  NSF Webcast, The Strength of a Spider's Web With Markus Buehler, MIT, January 30, 2012
The Strength of a Spider's Web

January 30, 2012

Markus Buehler of Massachusetts Institute of Technology explains how spider webs survive frequent assaults without failing--and how the silk is only part of the answer.

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(Time: 21:55)

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