• The National Science Foundation has launched a new online tool that enables users to access state-specific data on science and engineering indicators, such as the number of people employed in the scientific workforce and total amount of federally-supported research and development. Access the Science and Engineering State Profiles tool at http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/states/.
  • In its semiannual report to Congress, the Inspector General (IG) for the National Science Foundation reported that it was unable to audit the proposal for construction of the $433.7 million National Ecological Observatory Network due to inconsistencies in the top-line figures and the supporting materials. The report recommends that NEON resubmit an adequate construction proposal. Additionally, the IG found that $76 million in unallowable contingency costs were included in the proposal. Similar criticisms have been made to other Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction projects.
  • Learn about groundbreaking oceanographic, ecological, and climate research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration by tuning in to the agency's ongoing series of free webinars for the public. Upcoming webinars will address ecosystem-based fisheries management, the impacts of sea level rise on coastal marshes, and citizen science in ocean management. Learn more at http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/seminars/index.html.
  • As reported by the AP on 5 December 2011, the Siemens Foundation has selected Angela Zhang, a high school student from Cupertino, California, to receive a $100,000 scholarship. The award recognizes her research on cancer cells that drive the growth of tumors. Two students from Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, were recognized for best team research. Cassee Cain and Ziyuan Liu will share a $100,000 scholarship for their research that used an Xbox 360 gaming console to analyze the leg motions involved in walking.


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