We're Talking Quantum to Cosmos
2010-11 Mathematical and Physical Sciences lecture series kicks off November 15
The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites media and members of the public to a series of lectures sponsored by the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Upcoming talks listed below will help promote a national discussion of issues that scientists expect to shape their research in the coming years. The first talk will be on Monday, November 15, and will feature William F. Bottke, a planetary scientist who will discuss the formation of planets.
All lectures will be held at NSF, 4201 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Va. (easily accessible from the Ballston Metro station). Visitors are welcome but must have a pass to gain access. Please email Lisa Van Pay or phone 703-292-8796 to register to attend.
Complete Schedule of Lectures
Planet Formation: What's New with the Oldest Events in the Solar System
Quantum Mechanics on Giant Scales
Broadening Participation at the Ph.D. Level: Research Partnerships with Minority-Serving Institutions and Importance of the Masters Degree
Simulating Galaxy Formation One Star at a Time
Adventures in Chemical Research
Marketing Math and Selling Science: Challenges, Successes, and Opportunities
Mathematics As an Experimental Science: The Transformative Role of the Computer
The Chemical Enterprise: Thinking and Acting Globally
Computational Design of New Materials: From Magnetoelectronics to a Theory of Everything
About the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences
The Mathematical and Physical Sciences directorate comprises the divisions of Astronomical Sciences, Chemistry, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and the Office of Multidisciplinary Activities. These divisions provide the basic structure for support of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and education. The scope of scientific and educational activity supported is enormous, ranging from phenomena at cosmological distances, to environmental science on the human scale, through quantum mechanical processes in atomic and subatomic physics, to phenomena of the unimaginably small. Researchers explore abstract ideas, concepts, and structures of mathematics as well as more tangible "stuff" that includes the materials used in our everyday lives. Their tools range from desktop instruments to synchrotron light sources, accelerators, radio and optical telescopes and high magnetic fields. The rapid development of computational and communications capabilities also is leading to the development of a new set of tools that enable new kinds of science--cyberscience.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
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