• Dr. France Cordova was approved to serve as director of the National Science Foundation by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on 18 December 2013. Dr. Cordova was nominated to lead the science agency in July. Before Cordova can take office, the full Senate must approve her.

  • The National Institutes of Health has announced $40 million in research solicitations in support of President Obama’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. Six new solicitations will provide research funding to inventory the types of cells in the brain and develop new tools to analyze neural circuits, among other topics.

  • The Department of the Interior’s regional Climate Science Centers have awarded nearly $7 million for climate research. The funding will support more than 50 studies on the impacts of climate change on natural resources. This information will be used by natural resource managers to plan climate adaptation activities.


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