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A History of the Broader Impacts Criterion Within the National Science Foundation

This is post 2 of 5 in the Broadening Participation and Broader Impacts Series The terms broadening participation and broader impacts has been used extensively in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, especially within STEM funding solicitations and proposals. Although used interchangeably at times, these two terms have their own unique history and definitions....

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Attend a Class on How to Create Science Videos With Your Smartphone

SciFund Challenge and the Long Term Ecological Research Network are teaming up to offer another outreach training class for scientists! This one is all about learning to make short videos! Do you want to learn how to tell the public about your science through video? Do you want to have the skills to put together compelling short...

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Students Test Ecology Concepts With NEON Data

It’s one thing to read about ecological concepts in a textbook. It’s another to see them revealed by real-world data. Students in Paul Venturelli’s class at Ball State University recently explored key ecological concepts using data from the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) program. Paul, an Assistant Professor in the Ball State University Department of...

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Scientists reveal key insights into emerging water purification technology

With water scarcity a critical challenge across the globe, scientists and engineers are pursuing new ways to harvest purified water from unconventional sources, like seawater or even wastewater. One of those researchers is Tiezheng Tong, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, whose lab is studying an emerging technology called membrane distillation....

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Tim Covino Awarded NSF-CAREER Grant

Congratulations to Tim Covino for receiving a $423,487.00 grant from the National Science Foundation – Division of Earth Sciences for CAREER: From the forest to the stream: Exploring forest land cover controls on dissolved organic matter character and aquatic ecosystem respiration in headwater streams.  The grant impacts the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory within the Warner College...

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STEM Center is proud to continue their work with the Alliance Partnership

The STEM Center at Colorado State University is again serving as the independent evaluator for the education and outreach activities of the Alliance Partnership Summer Institutes‘ STEM programs. Our evaluation serves two purposes: (1) provide feedback for interactive development and refinement of the educational activities, and (2) provide results to gauge the success of the...

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Volunteers Needed: Brain Awareness Week 2020

The Brain Awareness Week (BAW) program at CSU consists of multiple events each spring semester and typically impacts over 1,000 middle and high school students. Volunteers are needed to provide neuroscience education through interactive, hands-on stations. Topics include sensory systems, neurological diseases, brain trauma and human and animal neuroanatomy. Training is provided! 

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Caring Community Construction

Within the Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University lies not cold concrete, calculations, and kinematics, but rather a group of dedicated students passionate about helping better the lives of those less fortunate. Started in 2011, the Construction Management Cares program aims to aid the local community while simultaneously teaching CM students vital skills...

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2020 Women in Science Symposium featuring Dr. Yvonne Cagle!

The WiSCI network invites all genders, all races, all colors, and all ages to please join us for the 2020 Women in Science Symposium “Building Bridges to the Future” on Tuesday, March 3rd. This year’s symposium will feature NASA astronaut and retired Air Force Colonel, Dr. Yvonne Cagle as keynote speaker. The event will also...

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2017-2018 Report

COVER PHOTO:Time Lapse Photography of Blue Lights

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2016-2017 Report

COVER PHOTO:Illustration of metalens designed for compact depth-sensing Credit: Image courtesy of Qi Guo and Zhujun Shi/Harvard University Find other NSF-Sponsored images in the NSF Multimedia Gallery. 

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2015-2016 Report

COVER PHOTO:View between rows of supercomputer Frontera’s servers Credit: TACC Find other NSF-Sponsored images in the NSF Multimedia Gallery.

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A History of Broadening Participation Within the National Science Foundation

This is post 1 of 5 in the Broadening Participation and Broader Impacts Series The terms broadening participation and broader impacts have been used extensively in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, especially within STEM funding solicitations and proposals. Although used interchangeably at times, these two terms have their own unique history and definitions....

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