Week of Making

Today marks the start of the National Week of Making, a nationwide celebration of the DIY, grassroots wave of innovators known as the Maker Movement. NSF’s early investments in fundamental technologies and techniques – such as our support of additive manufacturing and engaging manufacturing education programs – helped enable the maker movement. And our mission … Continue reading Week of Making


Preparing the next generation of scientists and innovators is crucial. But we also want to ensure that the new generation is more inclusive than the one preceding it, incorporating people from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Broadening participation in STEM education invites new ideas and … Continue reading INCLUDES

International Collaborations

“La prosperidad futura y el bienestar de ambos países dependen de una inversión sostenida en ciencia e ingeniería.” “The future prosperity and well-being of both countries depend on sustained investment in science and engineering.” – I was quoted in El Mercurio, a Chilean newspaper, a few days ago, after being asked about NSF’s collaboration with … Continue reading International Collaborations

Global  Symposium on Scientific Breakthroughs

Today, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, along with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the Japan Science and Technology Agency, held a Global Symposium on scientific breakthroughs. The symposium, part of the 4th annual Global Research Council meeting, addressed policy issues such as approaches to supporting the kind … Continue reading Global  Symposium on Scientific Breakthroughs

Women in research in Japan

I had breakfast with a group of Japanese researchers in science and engineering to discuss efforts to promote gender diversity in the U.S. and Japan. We shared experiences and recognized the efforts of early and current champions in Japan.In the photo:Dr. Kellina Craig-Henderson, NSF Tokyo Office HeadDr. Yuko Harayama, Executive Member, Council for Science, Technology … Continue reading Women in research in Japan

Advanced LIGO Dedication

Yesterday, I represented the National Science Foundation at the dedication of the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory.  Advanced LIGO represents a critically important step forward in our continuing effort to understand the extraordinary mysteries of our universe. It gives scientists a highly sophisticated instrument for detecting gravitational waves, which we believe carry with them information … Continue reading Advanced LIGO Dedication