17 April 2018
National Science Foundation - Discovery and Innovation
DATE: 17 April 2018
LOCATION: Kristen Nygaard's Hall (Room 5370), IFI - OJD House.
14:00h Welcome at IFI
14:15h Invited Talk:
- TITLE: How the U.S. National Science Foundation Supports Discovery and Innovation
SPEAKER: Dr.Mangala Sharma
The U.S. National Science Foundation is a U.S. government agency that provides approximately US$7 billion annually in extramural funding for basic research and education across all fields of science (except medicine) and engineering. NSF investments support nearly 8000 research projects and 50000 graduate fellowships every year, the construction and operation of advanced instruments and research facilities, and deployment of high-performance computing systems. NSF also seeds partnerships among U.S. universities and industry in innovation; these have resulted in technologies that have transformed the global economy and made the world safer. NSF also promotes international collaboration in research projects and facilities but funds mainly the U.S. side of the collaboration. This talk provides an overview of NSF and how researchers based outside the U.S., who cannot compete for NSF grants, can nevertheless participate in the science supported by the agency.
SPEAKER BIO Dr. Mangala Sharma is an astronomer and program director in the Office of International Science and Engineering at the U.S. National Science Foundation. She manages and strengthens international collaborative opportunities for U.S. researchers and students with India, Nordic and African countries. During 2014-16, she represented NSF at the International Telecommunication Union to ensure availability of radio ("wireless") spectrum for scientific purposes. Dr. Sharma previously worked at the U. S. Department of State, advancing international cooperation on space exploration, space weather, and asteroid impact hazards. She taught undergraduate physics and astronomy at the Pennsylvania State University and Ohio University, and coordinated NASA’s astrophysics education and outreach while at the Space Telescope Science Institute. Dr. Sharma did her Ph.D. work at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics and postdoctoral work at Ohio University, using optical and X-ray telescopes to study the interactions of galaxies in clusters and the million-degree hot plasma that surrounds them. Collaborating with artists and educators, she helped create astronomy-themed multimedia exhibits and educational videos.
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