This digest was developed with guidance from the National Science Board by Beethika Khan, National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), under the direction of Robert Bell and assisted by the Center's analytic staff. The volume was edited by Cheryl Roesel, NCSES. Eileen Kessler and staff at OmniStudio, Inc., designed the layout. Development of the Web version was guided by Cheryl Roesel and produced by Robin Pentola, with technical assistance from staff of Penobscot Bay Media, LLC.
Proprietary data in "Research Outputs: Publications and Patents" were provided by Thomson Reuters, Science Citation Index and Social Sciences Citation Index, http://thomsonreuters.com/products_services/science/; analytical support for article and patent data was provided by The Patent Board™, http://patentboard.com/.
National Science Board. 2014. Science and Engineering Indicators Digest 2014. Arlington VA: National Science Foundation (NSB 14-02).
The flower-like structure on the cover of Science and Engineering Indicators 2014 is a graph that illustrates potential energy surfaces in a molecule called sym-triazine. The theoretical approach behind the graph is part of a larger effort that helped explain how sym-triazine can simultaneously break into three parts. Most molecules break apart one step at a time, so the phenomenon is rare. Researchers at the University of Southern California used computational chemistry tools to produce the graph, explaining the experimental results obtained by collaborators at the University of California, San Diego. The researchers reported their findings in the August 8, 2008, issue of the journal Science. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under the auspices of the iOpenShell (Center for Computational Studies of Electronic Structure and Spectroscopy of Open-Shell and Electronically Excited Species). (Credit: Vadim Mozhayskiy and Anna I. Krylov, Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California.)
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