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RCSA, NAS create award honoring John P. Schaefer

April 01, 2014

WASHINGTON – Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) has made a gift of $1.5 million to the National Academy of Sciences to establish the Award for Scientific Discovery in honor of RCSA’s past president John P. Schaefer. In addition to RCSA, the major contributor to the award fund was the Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation.
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A multi-faceted success story

April 01, 2014

The story behind the story: A recent article in ChemistryWorld represents a triumph for undergraduate research as a highly effective way to educate and motivate the next generation of scientists.
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Robert N. Shelton Named RCSA President

February 28, 2014

The Board of Directors of Tucson-based Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) has selected Dr. Robert N. Shelton to be the private foundation’s 11th president in its 101-year history.
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Spring 2014 Cottrell College Science Awards

February 27, 2014

The RCSA Board of Directors has approved 41 Spring 2014 Cottrell College Science Awards (CCSA) for single investigators totaling $1,435,00. The Board has also approved three multiple investigator CCSAs totaling $225,000.
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2014 Cottrell Scholar Awards

February 24, 2014

The Board of Directors of Research Corporation for Science Advancement has announced the Spring 2014 Cottrell Scholar Awards.
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2013 Scialog Collaborative Innovation Awards

February 19, 2014

Four teams of scientists have received Scialog Collaborative Innovation Awards based on ideas they developed at October’s annual conference at Biosphere2 near Oracle, Arizona.
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Bold New Views of Our Universe

RCSA | November 01, 2013

Under the leadership of former Research Corporation President John P. Schaefer, the Foundation has played key roles in the origination of two distinct projects expected to greatly advance modern astronomy -- the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) currently operating atop Mount Graham in southeastern Arizona; and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), planned for Chile’s El Peñón peak on Cerro Pachón.
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2013 Scialog Conference October 15-18

RCSA | October 18, 2013

The fourth-annual Scialog Conference, a national meeting designed to accelerate research breakthroughs and transformative science on the subject of improving efficiencies in solar energy conversion, was held Oct. 15 -18 at Biosphere2 located in the desert 20 miles north of Tucson, Arizona. The three-day conference, sponsored by Research Corporation for Science Advancement, drew about 70 researchers from around the United States and featured some of the leading researchers in solar conversion.
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Cottrell Scholar Willaim Dichtel is 2014 Fresenius Award Winner

October 10, 2013

Cottrell Scholar William Dichtel, Cornell University assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology, has been designated as the 2014 National Fresenius Award recipient by the American Chemical Society.
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For scientists, early to press means success

University of Adelaide | September 19, 2013 | www.jstor.org/discover/10.1525/bio.2013.63.10.9

A provocative new study suggests it is straightforward to predict which academics will succeed as publishing scientists.
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RCSA Awardees Fare Well at ACS Indianapolis Meeting

September 17, 2013

The American Chemical Society has announced its slate of award winners for 2014. Five Cottrell Scholars will be receiving top national honors, as will several other members of the RCSA community.
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Scialog: from Early Funding to Exploration to Collaboration

August 27, 2013

Four scientists from the University of Washington are building on their discussions at a Scialog conference as well as funding from the RCSA program. They have formed a research team, and their institution is rewarding them with new research space designed for interdisciplinary collaboration.
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Strong Communities of Educators are Essential to U.S. Science, RCSA’s Ronco Testifies

Dan Huff | August 19, 2013 | Silvia Ronco

The single most important priority in improving undergraduate science education in the U.S. is to build strong communities of educators, both on-campus and nationwide.
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How do we fix STEM education?

Silvia Ronco | July 25, 2013

Despite an official national unemployment rate of about 7.6 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, thousands of relatively high-paying jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) continue to go unfilled in the U.S. today.
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'Education Online: The Virtual Lab'

July 24, 2013

Nature Publishing Group journalist M. Mitchell Waldrop's recent report about online learning and new ways to teach the practical skills of science features the work of Cottrell Scholar Mike Schatz, a speaker at the 2012 Cottrell Scholar Conference.
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Cottrell Scholars Collaborative Conducts New Faculty Workshop

July 18, 2013

43 newly minted professors from 35 universities across the U.S. will be attending a teaching skills workshop for beginning chemistry faculty July 25-27 in Washington, D.C. The workshop, open to new hires in chemistry departments at major research universities, is conducted by the Cottrell Scholars Collaborative, sponsored by Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) and hosted by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The Opening Session will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, at the ACS’s Marvel Hall, 1155 16th St, NW. An opening reception will follow, from 8-10 p.m., at Hotel Rouge, 1315 16th St. NW.
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Program Building: ‘A Lot of Work, But Worth It’

Dan Huff | June 14, 2013

Cottrell College Science Award recipient Rae Anderson, assistant professor of physics, University of San Diego, has led a successful effort to institute a new biophysics major in her department.
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Transforming Physics Education

Dan Huff | May 10, 2013 | Mats Selen

Professor Mats Selen, a Cottrell Scholar since 1996, and his colleagues in the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign physics department, have made dramatic improvements to their introductory courses.
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