• A new contest sponsored by the National Science Foundation will award cash prizes of $1,000 to $3,000 for innovative ideas to improve graduate education. The contest seeks to better prepare science graduate students for their future careers. Learn more at http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/gradchallenge/index.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51.

  • Secretary of Energy Steven Chu will resign after serving for four years in the Obama cabinet. The Nobel Prize-winning physicist will return to teach at Stanford University.

  • The National Science Foundation is accepting applications for the position of director of the Division of Environmental Biology. A description of the position and information about how to apply is available at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/337479700?org=NSF.

  • The Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation (NSF) has launched a new blog, DEBrief. It is reportedly the first blog in the history of NSF. The site will share information about new proposal review procedures, news coverage of DEB-funded science, and other issues. Access the site at http://nsfdeb.wordpress.com/.


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