Repost: BIO Virtual Drop-In Session for ESA

Repost from our colleagues in the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB). Please join NSF Program Officers from the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) and the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) on Wednesday August 11th anytime from 11 am to 2 pm Eastern time for an informal question and answer session. Be sure and register in advance …

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Research Experiences for Teachers Sites in Biological Sciences (BIORETS)

The BIORETS solicitation (NSF 21-584) seeks proposals that provide research experiences for groups of teachers in fields supported by the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO). The research experiences are intended to be translated into curricular changes that have long-term impact on science education and encourage students to enter STEM-related professions. A BIORETS project should provide …

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Repost – Update: New COVID-19 Response to Support Post-Baccs

Repost from our colleagues in the Directorate for Biological Sciences. The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) recognizes the importance of early-career research experiences and that the COVID-19 pandemic has denied many undergraduates – especially those from groups underrepresented in STEM – such a research experience, whether it was to be supported …

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Join Us in Congratulating Christina M. Grozinger!

Dr. Christina M. Grozinger, Pennsylvania State University received the 2021 NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences.  A leading social insect biologist, Dr. Grozinger integrates research, education, outreach, and service in her work regarding the biology and health of honeybees and other pollinators. She has expanded our understanding of how bee stressors—including pathogens, parasites, pesticides, poor nutrition, climate change, and extreme weather effects—affect bees. The work …

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Repost – 7 Cool NSF-Funded Robots That Are Advancing Science And Helping Society

Whether microscopic or human-sized, inspired by tree-dwelling mammals or pasta, the family of U.S. National Science Foundation-funded robots captures the incredible innovation possible with cross-disciplinary collaboration across STEM fields. The critical research NSF supports enables advances in the physical aspects of robotic systems and how they "think" and understand the world around them. Scientists and …

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Repost – Webinar: LEAPS for Biology

Repost from our colleagues in the Directorate for Biological Sciences. As noted previously on this blog, NSF has recently launched a new opportunity for professional societies to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion — LEAPS (LEAding cultural change through Professional Societies) for Biology. NSF is offering a webinar for the LEAPS program on March 24th at 2 p.m. EST.  …

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USA Science and Engineering Festival 2018

The 5th Annual USA Science and Engineering Festival took place on April 7th and 8th in Washington, D.C. This event welcomes scientists and non-scientists alike to showcase their science and learn more about what scientist do. Over 350,000 attendees could view 20 different stage shows that featured scientists, entertainers who use science (think explosions and …

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Focus on Broader Impacts: Dr. Martin Tresguerres, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Dr. Martin Tresguerres of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, has developed a distinctive broader impacts plan. In collaboration with the Birch Aquarium of Scripps (BAS), he has created a detailed public museum exhibit to educate the general public about coral cell biology and ocean acidification. His exhibit contains several panels with interactive …

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Focus on Broader Impacts: Dr. Roberto Gaxiola, Arizona State University

Dr. Robert0 Gaxiola from Arizona State University's School of Life Sciences and his colleagues have made an exciting discovery that has broader implications for all of plant biology. Dr. Gaxiola’s research explores the roles of enzymes (proteins that enhance chemical reactions in cells) known as proton-pumping pyrophosphatases (specifically the Type I H+-PPases) in plants, and …

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