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Education & Human Resources (EHR) Discoveries

NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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Photo of a teacher with two students carrying out a science experiment. "Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology" Initiative Charts New Path for College-level Biology
Meeting the needs of the 21st Century
Released  January 24, 2012
Image of rear computer panel showing wires and USP cords plugged into outlets. Degree Program at Clark State Community College Teaches Students About Cybersecurity
Knowledge in cybersecurity and related careers help to ensure the safety of computer systems, networks and other technology-based equipment
Released  November 10, 2011
Screenshot from the Earth Exploration Toolbook. The Earth Exploration Toolbook Wins SPORE Award
Online resource for teachers and students provides data and data analysis tools related to the Earth sciences
Released  October 3, 2011
Photo of Kara Hayes, Wounded Warrior, presenting a Transition Success Story. Transition STEM: A Wounded Warriors Think Tank Assists Veterans Pursuing STEM Education and Careers
Goal was to discuss what types of support and policies are needed to improve this transition
Released  September 20, 2011
Image of a woman, who is a fellow in Math for America, teaching math to students in a classroom. The Root of a Good Math Teacher
Teachers are learning how to inspire the next generation of math geniuses in Washington, D.C.
Released  September 2, 2011
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears logo. Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears Covers Diverse Scientific Themes and Lessons
SPORE-award winning online magazine provides teachers with lessons about the polar regions and beyond
Released  August 31, 2011
Screenshot of the Molecular Workbench. The Molecular Workbench Wins SPORE Award
NSF-funded project wins award for being an outstanding online educational resource
Released  August 4, 2011
Interactive Zoom Gallery tool on the Ask a Biologist website. Student Questions Answered by Biologists through PlantingScience and Ask a Biologist
SPORE Award-winning projects are useful online resources for biology
Released  August 4, 2011
Two students learning welding skills at Weld-Ed. Weld-Ed Sparks Training and Development for Welding Students and Educators
Program seeks to meet economic need for an educated and skilled workforce of manufacturers
Released  August 1, 2011
Photo of water crossed by fallen logs in a healthy wetland. Bridging the Gap Between Scientists and the Public Through Communication
Alex Mayer and his doctoral students are finding effective ways to explain water issues to students, policymakers and the media
Released  June 30, 2011
Photo of Professor James Hewlett with a red-tailed hawk in hand. Boy or Girl? Understanding How Red-Tailed Hawks Migrate
Researchers and students collaborate on a study to explore the migration patterns of male and female red-tailed hawks in upstate New York
Released  June 24, 2011
Photo of a young woman taking a photo for a paper prototype used to demonstrate the Forage City app. Mobile Action Lab Trains Young People to Design, Develop and Market Apps
NSF-funded Youth Radio’s Mobile Action Lab trains young people to design, develop and market apps based on community needs
Released  May 5, 2011
Photo of President Obama speaking at TechBoston Academy. President Obama Highlights Success of Technology-driven TechBoston Academy
NSF support of Boston public school promotes teacher development and student learning in science, technology, engineering and math
Released  March 30, 2011
Images of the top and front of hominin skulls. Researchers Consider Ancestry of Recent Fossil Finds
Thought experiment stresses consequences of placing newly discovered fossils on human family tree
Released  March 16, 2011
Photo of pencils. Writing Exercises Prompt Improvement in Minority Student Academic Performance
Writing exercises that reflect upon personal values lead to improvement in minority middle-school students' grades and long-term academic performance
Released  March 7, 2011
Photo of young man with his invention and the words Photo Gallery Computer Scientists Bring Digital World to Bronx Kids
Jonathan Santiago, co-founder and managing director of STEM2GETHER, describes his experience working with GreenFab and teaching advanced technical concepts to students in the Bronx
Released  January 6, 2011
Screen shot of immunology-based game. Video Game Design Program Boosts Interest in Science Careers
With support from NSF, George Mason University program uses video game design as a way to increase student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
Released  November 4, 2010
Photo of Basiru Leigh examining worms under a microscope. Worms May Hold Clues to Neurological Disorders
Basiru Leigh is conducting research on motor neuron disease in the Columbia University lab of Oliver Hobert, thanks to an NSF-supported Harlem Children Society science and engineering mentoring program
Released  September 22, 2010
Photo of fourth-graders using Evolution Readiness software. Students Explore Evolution Through Evolution Readiness Project
An interactive computer model helps teach students about evolution.
Released  September 2, 2010
Photo of students participating in the STOMP program. Bringing Engineering to K-12 Classrooms
With NSF support, engineers from Tufts University are bringing engineering to young students.
Released  September 2, 2010
Photo of members of Teacher Advisory Board collaborating on design of CCS application. Customizing Science Instruction With Digital Libraries
Animations, images and interactive media help engage Denver students in earth science
Released  July 29, 2010
A nine-spotted ladybug 'Lost' Ladybugs Found Again in South Dakota
Research entomologist Louis Hesler takes readers along as he and others search for types of ladybugs that were once common but have become extremely rare in eastern North America
Released  May 21, 2010
Photo of students using XO laptops. XO Laptops Inspire Learning In Birmingham, Alabama
Researchers examine the educational and social effects of making one laptop per child available in selected classrooms, and the impact on student outcomes
Released  April 14, 2010
Photo of Starry Sprenkle demonstrating the use of a new GPS unit to her staffers. Amidst Earthquake in Haiti, Ecologist Puts Down Roots
NSF graduate research fellow Starry Sprenkle describes life and her ecological research project in Haiti, and the impact of the devastating earthquake
Released  April 5, 2010
Image of an interacting galaxy. Coming to a Home Near You: Citizen Science Contributes to Research
Discovery may be in front of your home computer, thanks to "citizen scientist" projects
Released  March 24, 2010
Illustration showing H. pylori liquefying stomach mucin to cross over to the epithelium cells. How Bacteria Get Past Our Defenses
Research team uncovers how the bacterium that causes ulcers travels through the sticky gels of stomach mucus
Released  November 4, 2009
Photo of the submersible Alvin that was used to collect sediment from methane seeps. Exploring the Mysteries of the Ocean Floor
Scientists travel to the seafloor to learn how deep sea organisms use the sun-less chemical environment to thrive
Released  October 14, 2009
Photo of two Long Beach City College ROV Team members launching the ROV in the pool. Engineering Students Build Underwater 'Bot
Long Beach City College's Ian Jasper tells what it's like to be a member of a student team participating in an international remotely operated vehicle competition
Released  September 16, 2009
Photo of Alexis Webb, in brain hat and in front of an actual brain, answering a visitor's question. How Jellybeans Can Reveal Neuroscience to the Public
Graduate student Alexis Webb describes her experiences in partnering with fellow neuroscience students to create a program to help neuroscientists communicate with the public
Released  July 7, 2009
Photo of William Stillman in the lab evaluating the effects of focused terahertz radiation. Plasma Waves Studied for New Electronics
With NSF support, long-time electrical engineer William Stillman talks about his return to school and the focus of his research involving terahertz radiation
Released  July 1, 2009

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