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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.

2010
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Webcast, Inspiring the Next Bill Gates, NSF spotlights computer scientists who make it cool to compute, December 7, 2010, Computer Science Education Week
NSF Celebrates Computer Science Education Week 2010



December 7, 2010


As part of Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) 2010, NSF's Lisa-Joy Zgorski speaks with CSEdWeek representative Cameron Wilson of the Association for Computing Machinery and spotlights two exciting NSF-funded programs that engage a diversity of students not usually exposed to computer science: GLITCH at Georgia Tech, represented by Amy Bruckman, associate professor at the College of Computing, PhD candidate Betsy DiSalvo and GLITCH Alumnus James Bowland-Gleason; and E-Textiles at MIT represented by is Leah Buechley, assistant professor at the MIT Media Lab, and student Emily Lovell.

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(Time: 45:02)
  Webcast, November 16, 2010, Scott Rick, University of Michigan, Black Friday: Tightwads and Spendthrifts
Tightwads and Spendthrifts: A Black Friday Tradition




November 16, 2010

University of Michigan marketing professor Scott Rick discusses tightwad and spendthrift holidays spending decisions in this informative National Science Foundation webcast.

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(Time: 37:21)
  Webcast, November 4, 2010, David Randall, Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes, Colorado State University, Clouds: The Wild Card of Climate Change
NSF Releases Online, Multimedia Package Titled, "Clouds: The Wild Card of Climate Change"


November 4, 2010

Cloud expert David Randall, director of the Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes and professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University, discusses the important role of clouds in climate change.

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(Time: 42:49)
 
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Webcast, November 1, 2010, Nasser Peyghambarian, University of Arizona, The Emergence of Holographic Video
The Emergence of Holographic Video



November 1, 2010

Study co-author and project lead Nasser Peyghambarian of the University of Arizona and the Director of NSF's multi-institution Engineering Research Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN) describes an experimental 3D teleconferencing technology.

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  Webcast, September 29, 2010, Gliese581: The Most Earth-like Exoplanet Yet, Paul Butler, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Steven S. Vogt, UCO/Lick Observatory, UC Santa Cruz
Newly Discovered Planet May Be First Truly Habitable Exoplanet


September 29, 2010

Steven Vogt and Paul Butler, leaders of a team of planet hunters at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the Carnegie Institution of Washington, and supported by the National Science Foundation and NASA, announce the discovery of the first exoplanet that has the potential to support life. The discovery suggests the Milky Way galaxy may be teeming with potentially habitable planets.

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(Time: 62:30)
  Audio Webcast, August 26, 2010, Zoltan Csiki, University of Bucharest, and Mark Norell, American Museum of Natural History, Balaur bondoc
"Stocky Dragon" Dinosaur Terrorized Late Cretaceous Europe


August 30, 2010

Lead author Zoltan Csiki of the University of Bucharest and co-author Mark Norell of the American Museum of Natural History describe the new dinosaur Balaur bondoc, and how it was found, in an audio call-in program with NSF.

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Webcast, Breaking News, August 12, 2010, Citizen Scientists Discover Pulsar
Citizen Scientists Discover Rotating Pulsar




August 12, 2010


Citizen scientists Chris and Helen Colvin from Ames, Iowa, and Daniel Gebhardt from Mainz, German participate in Einstein@Home, a distributive data program that involves a quarter of a million volunteers worldwide. They contributed their idle computers to analyze data gathered by the world's largest and most sensitive radio telescope, the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, and discovered a rotating pulsar. They remotely join NSF's Lisa-Joy Zgorski along with Einstein@Home director Bruce Allen and Arecibo researcher Jim Cordes. Their findings are published in the online journal Science Express (Aug. 12, 2010).

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(Time: 38:47)
  Webcast, August 2, 2010, Patrick O' Connor, Assoc. Prof. of Anatomy, Ohio University, Pakasuchus kapilimai
These Crocs Were Made for Chewing?




August 4, 2010


Paleontologist Patrick O'Connor of Ohio University describes a newly discovered ancient crocodylian, Pakasuchus kapilimai, and its revealing place in the fossil record.

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(Time: 29:32)
  Researching Sumatra's Earthquakes Webcast, July 7, 2010, Featuring Dr. Sean P.S. Gulick, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin
New Findings Indicate Sediment Composition Affected the Strength of Sumatran Earthquake


July 8, 2010


Geophysicist Sean Gulick of the Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin discusses the July 9 Science publication "Contrasting decollement and prism properties over the Sumatra 2004/2005 earthquake rupture boundary" with NSF's Lisa Van Pay.

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(Time: 15:44)
 
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Star Assembly Webcast, June 30, 2010, Featuring Daniel Wolf Sazvin, Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory
A Star Is Born ... But How?





July 1, 2010


Research Scientist Daniel Wolf Savin of Columbia University's Astrophysics Laboratory describes a new discovery (which is also detailed in the July 2 issue of the journal Science) on the underlying chemical formula and reaction of early star formation with NSF's Lisa-Joy Zgorski.

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(Time: 24:36)
  Getting a Grip on Stroke Treatment, Webcast, May 27, 2010, Featuring Vikram Janardhan, CEO and engineer, Insera Therapeutics, Vallabh Janardhan, Interventional Neurologist, Insera Therapeutics
NSF Webcast: Getting a Grip on Stroke Treatment




May 27, 2010

NSF hosted a webcast featuring the SHELTER technology and its developers, Vikram Janardhan, CEO and engineer, Insera Therapeutics, and Vallabh Janardhan, interventional neurologist, Insera Therapeutics. The new surgical device is poised to advance stroke treatment and revolutionize how the medical community evaluates new technologies. View the device, its cadaver-model testing environment, and a discussion of its features.

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(Time: 46:47)
  Globalizing the Business Stat, Webcast, May 26, 2010, Thomas L. Mesenbourg, Deputy Director, U.S. Census Bureau, Arden L. Bement, Director, National Science Foundation
New Survey Facilitates Better U.S. Business Competition in Global Economy


May 26, 2010

Director of the National Science Foundation Arden Bement and Deputy Director of the U.S. Census Bureau Tom Mesenbourg say preliminary data from the new Business R&D and Innovation Survey show America is keeping pace in the global market place.

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Molecular Robots, Webcast, Wednesday, May 12, 2010, Featuring Milan N. Stojanovich, Columbia University
Molecular Robots On the Move


May 12, 2010

In recent years, scientists have been working to create robots that consist of a single molecule. Until recently, these robots have been able of only brief, directed motion on a one-dimensional track. Now a team of researchers have successfully created molecular robots capable of simple robotic actions within a defined environment autonomously, including the ability to start moving, turn, and stop. The researchers believe the process they have developed to achieve these tentative first steps may allow for more complex robotic behavior from these tiny robots. Milan Stojanovich, representing team of researchers from four institutions, discusses the teamís work and its potential for future progress in this new field.

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  Learning from Haiti: Rapid Response Research, Webcast, Tuesday, April 27, 2010, Guests: Eric Calais of Purdue University, Reginald DesRoche of Georgia Institute of Technology, Liesel Ritchie of University of Colorado at Boulder, Dennis Wenger of National Science Foundation
NSF Webcast: Learning from Haiti


April 27, 2010

Geophysicist Eric Calais of Purdue University, structural engineer Reginald DesRoches of Georgia Tech, and social scientist Liesel Ritchie of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder share their experiences and observations of the Haiti earthquake and elsewhere around the world. Social scientist Dennis Wenger of the National Science Foundation discusses how U.S. and global agencies use disaster research to save lives.

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(Time: 63:42)
  Smart Phone Sabotage, Webcast, March 29, 2010, Guests: Vinod Ganapathy and Liviu Iftode, Rutgers University
Can Clever Hackers Target Smart Phones?


March 29, 2010

Smart phones are becoming a common part of everyday life. Millions of Americans are using these powerful devices whose impressive capabilities and features rival that of desktop computers from just a few years ago. Yet few users realize that these same devices can be hacked and turned against their owners. Vinod Ganapathy and Liviu Iftode, two researchers from Rutgers University, described the results of their attempts to hack and hijack smart phones in this online media briefing.

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USDA, U.S. Department of Energy, NSF, Improving Predictions of Climate Change Webcast, March 22, 2010
Improving Predictions of Climate Change and its Impacts


March 22, 2010

Officials from NSF, DOE and USDA introduced a new interagency program that represents an historic augmentation of financial support for climate change research and is expected to significantly improve climate change predictions and associated impacts. Called Decadal and Regional Climate Prediction using Earth System Models (EaSM), the program seeks proposals for the development of high-resolution climate change models that are based on interdisciplinary approaches. EaSM was introduced by Dr. Arden Bement, Director of the National Science Foundation; Dr. Roger Beachy, Director National Institutes of Food and Agriculture, USDA and Chief Scientist USDA; and Dr. William F. Brinkman, Director of the Office of Science, Department of Energy

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  Webcast, Portable Ultrasound for Joint Pain, George K. Lewis, Cornell University, March 18, 2010
(Ultra)Sounding Out a New Way to Treat Chronic Pain



March 19, 2010


In recent years, doctors have used ultrasound to effectively treat joint pain from arthritis and other ailments without the use of drugs. The drawback to these treatments, however, is that they can only be administered in a doctor's office or clinic, since the ultrasound devices currently used are bulky and expensive. Enter George K. Lewis, a biomedical engineering graduate student at Cornell University whose research is supported by the National Science Foundation. Lewis has developed a portable ultrasound device about the size of an iPod that can provide pain relief for several hours without being tethered to a doctor's office.

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  Revisiting Chicxulub, Webast, Mar. 3, 2010, Kirk R. Johnson, Denver Museum of Natural History
Revisiting Chicxulub




March 4, 2010


As researchers continue to investigate the great extinction at the end of the Cretaceous, various lines of evidence have emerged for the catastrophe's cause. In a paper appearing in the Mar. 5, 2010, issue of Science, 42 researchers from 12 countries highlight evidence in support of the impact hypothesis, tying together findings from across the globe. Co-author Kirk Johnson of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science joins NSF to discuss one of the most comprehensive analyses to date of the evidence tying the Chicxulub impact to the mass extinction that killed the dinosaurs.

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Webcast, February 4, 2010, Jeannette Wing, National Science Foundation, and Dan Reed, Microsoft, Microsoft and NSF: Enabling Research in the Cloud
Microsoft and NSF: Enabling Research in the Cloud



February 4, 2010


In this media webcast Dan Reed, corporate vice president, technology strategy and policy and eXteme computing for Microsoft, and Jeannette Wing, assistant director for Computer & Information Science & Engineering† for NSF discuss a new agreement between Microsoft and NSF to enable academic researchers access to Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud computing services.

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  National Science Board, Science and Engineering Indicators 2010
The National Science Board Releases Science and Engineering Indicators 2010


January 13, 2010

Rolf Lehming, program director of NSF's Science and Engineering Indicators, briefs the media on the latest volume, Science and Engineering Indicators 2010. Rolf has held this position for ten years in NSF's division of Statistical Resources Sciences in its Social Behavioral and Economics division. With him is Lisa-Joy Zgorski in NSF's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs.

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  HPV image with text: Webcast, Who's Afraid of HPV?, January 12, 2010, Dan M. Kahan, Yale Law School
Who's Afraid of the HPV Vaccine?



January 12, 2010

The "cultural cognition thesis" argues that individuals form risk perceptions based on often-contested personal views about what makes a good society. Now, Yale University Law professor Dr. Dan Kahan and his colleagues reveals how people's values shape their perceptions of one of the most hotly debated health care proposals in recent years: vaccinating elementary-school girls, ages 11-12, against human papillomavirus (HPV), a widespread sexually transmitted disease.

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