Broader Impacts

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Antennas of the Atacama Large Milimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) scrutinize our universe. The international astronomy facility is a partnership of Europe, North America and East Asia in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. It is funded in part by NSF.

Credit: ALMA
   
Young visitors at the Science Museum of Minnesota use a paint set of acids and bases to learn about pH while creating artistic compositions. Young visitors at the Science Museum of Minnesota use a paint set of acids and bases to learn about pH while creating artistic compositions. Such active, hands-on learning is an important element of the "maker movement," a technology-influenced do-it-yourself community that has tapped into people's desire to create.

Credit: Science Museum of Minnesota
   
Drexel University biologist Katy Gonder collects chimpanzee fecal samples in Lobeke National Park in Cameroon for genetic analysis Drexel University biologist Katy Gonder collects chimpanzee fecal samples in Lobeke National Park in Cameroon for genetic analysis. Gonder is one of the lead scientists on the  Central African Biodiversity Alliance, a NSF-funded project researching biodiversity conservation planning under climate change in central Africa.

Credit: Courtesy of CABAlliance
   
The WIFIRE initiative, led jointly by the University of California, San Diego and the University of Maryland works to better predict and mitigate future wildfires. The WIFIRE initiative, led jointly by the University of California, San Diego and the University of Maryland works to better predict and mitigate future wildfires. The cyberinfrastructure system merges observations and computational techniques to monitor environmental conditions and predict where and how fast wildfires will spread.

Credit: HPWREN, UC San Diego
   
Graduate students from the University of Maine Climate Change Institute chip ice samples in the Antarctic. Graduate students from the University of Maine Climate Change Institute chip ice samples in the Antarctic. The students were working on a NSF-funded project to develop new methods to sample the record of polar climate change.

Credit: Mike Waszkiewicz, National Science Foundation
   
A student at the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center. A student at the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center. The center, which connects 14 community and state colleges across Florida, and includes industry partners, offers advanced technical education to help build Florida’s manufacturing sector.

Credit: Florida Advanced Technological Education Center
   
Snapshots from simulations of a free energy perturbation study of phosphate (shown in red and white) hydrolysis in water (blue) Snapshots from simulations of a free energy perturbation study of phosphate (shown in red and white) hydrolysis in water (blue). The simulations involve a hybrid surface - called QM/MM for quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics - that allow scientists to accurately predict the behavior of chemical systems. Three NSF-funded researchers won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing the QM/MM method.

Credit: Arieh Warshel
   
A person wearing Google Glass. A person wearing Google Glass. Brigham Young University scientists developed a system to project sign language narration onto several types of glasses, including Google Glass. The “signglasses” can be used to help deaf students simultaneously watch a presentation and see sign language translation.

Credit:Jaren Wilkey, Brigham Young University
   
Participants in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Ebola training course for healthcare workers Participants in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Ebola training course for healthcare workers. The course, held in Alabama, trained nurses, physicians and others who were being deployed to Ebola-affected countries. The CDC’s response to Ebola is the largest international outbreak response in the agency’s history. NSF is currently accepting proposals to conduct immediate, non-medical research on how to model and understand the spread of Ebola  and educate about preventative behaviors.

Credit: ALMA
   
Volunteers with the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST)

Volunteers with the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST). A team of about 800 coastal citizens collect data from more than 350 sites along the northwest coast of the United States. The data helps advance the science of coastal ecology and contributes to natural resources management.

Credit:The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team