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Office of International Science & Engineering (OISE) Advisory Committee Meeting October 29, 2007. OISE. Serves as a visible focal point, both inside and outside NSF, for international science, engineering and education activities
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Officeof International Science & Engineering (OISE) Advisory Committee Meeting October 29, 2007
OISE • Serves as a visible focal point, both inside and outside NSF, for international science, engineering and education activities • Promotes the development of an integrated, Foundation-wide, international strategy • Manages international programs that are innovative, catalytic and responsive to the broad range of NSF interests
FY 2008 Request: $45.00 M (+$4.39M/10.8%) Currently operating under Continuing Resolution
OISE Budget Themes • Developing STEM workforce of the 21st Century • Promoting research excellence through international partnerships
Notable Research Accomplishments Research collaboration funded through the Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program is developing a faster and more accurate method of detecting viruses (Germany).
U.S.-East Africa Workshop on Humanitarian Relief Research and Education, Kenya used insights from Darfur, Hurricane Katrina, and the 2005 tsunami, taken with systems engineering, to improve the logistics and communication of humanitarian relief. Follow-up workshop at NSF in January 2007 developed a research agenda for this emerging field Notable Research Accomplishments
A participant of the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute (EAPSI) in Japan, David R. Shelly (Stanford University) published an article entitled “Low-frequency earthquakes in Shikoku, Japan, and their relationship to episodic tremor and slip” in NATURE. Notable Research Accomplishments
Countries represented included: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, and the U.S. Half of the students came from outside the U.S. Notable Research Accomplishments The Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute (PASI) on Energy Conversion and Environmental Protection assembled 40 students and 20 lecturers from industry, academia, and government to plan new research in the critical areas of fuel cells and catalysis for emissions control.
Notable Research Accomplishments • International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) in • Atomic Physics: A U.S.-Polish Collaboration • Research at the Joint Polish-U.S. Atomic Physics and Photonics Lab at Jagiellonian University • Developing and applying new atomic physics techniques for magnetic-field measurements • U.S. undergraduate and graduate students
Notable Research Accomplishments OISE supplement to Directorate for Biological Sciences grant to University of Wisconsin-Madison enabled U.S.-Nordic expert deployment of wireless sensor network ---------------- U.S. graduate students gained field experience and participated in European GLEON meeting
Notable Research Accomplishments • Modeling and risk analysis of vessel traffic in the Bosporus Strait, Turkey has generated models to decrease accidents; these are being considered for application to the Delaware Harbor and the Port of Philadelphia.
For each Federal dollar invested by NSF and NIH in the international Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), the United States receives $2 in return via: Notable Research Accomplishments • significant numbers of HFSP’s long-term fellows at U.S. institutions and laboratories; and • participation by U.S. principal investigators in HFSP’s research team awards. "Intercontinentality" is an essential component of the Human Frontier Science Program.
Notable Research Accomplishments • With mentors at the University of Geneva, U.S. International Research FellowshipProgram (IRFP) awardee, Peter Armitage, developed an innovative system to perform optical and infrared spectroscopy on solid samples under high pressures at low temperatures.
Embassy Science Fellows Program Larry Suter EHR/REC Portugal 2006 Susan Kemnitzer ENG/EEC Italy 2006 William Zamer BIO/IOB Jordan 2005 Judith Plesset BIO/IOB Russia 2005 Bradley Keister MPS/PHY Armenia 2004 Deh-I Hsiung EHR/REC China 2004 Jorn Larsen Basse ENG/CMS Croatia 2004 Elizabeth Vanderputten EHR/REC Germany 2004 Frederick Heineken ENG/BES Germany 2004 Geoffrey Prentice ENG/CTS Lithuania 2004 Lawrence Goldberg ENG/ECS Moldavia 2004 John Hurt ENG/EEC Portugal 2004
Africa, Near East and South Asia Program (ANESA) • U.S.-Egypt program changes - mainstreamed into the research Directorates, OISE will continue to coordinate; • Funding projects in a wider range of countries in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia; • Sending more students for research/education in the region: • IRES: U.S. students study how West • African monsoons influence U.S. • hurricanes, Senegal • U.S.-India Nanoscale Science & Eng. Advanced Studies Institute • IRES: U.S. students study Giant Sea • Anemones and symbiotic Anemone Fish • on Red Sea coral reefs, Jordan
Americas Program (AMERICAS) • Emphasis on developing applications of the growing cyberinfrastructure in the region through workshops on: • Applications of cyber tools to biodiversity in Panama, 2006; • Applications of sensor technologies to the environment in Argentina, 2007; • Applications of cyber tools to genomics in Peru, 2008 • PASI program is in 7th year of support and has promoted 60 PASIs in the region • Many 2007 awards focus on global change
Europe and Eurasia Program (EE) • Program development under recent S&T agreements (Sweden, Norway, Poland, Russia) • Doctoral college program with France in energy and sustainability at consortia of universities in both countries • OISE/EHR/Wellcome Trust meetings on STEM education (NSF, Oct. 2006; York, England Sept. 2007) • European Research Council, European counterpart to NSF, established by the European Commission (January 2007) • New UK Research Councils office opening in Washington (Nov. 2007)
PIRE I Awards PIRE II Awards
Sigma Xi Workshop Report Embracing Globalization: Meeting the Challenges to U.S. Scientists and Engineers July 2007