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Overview of the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS):  Overview of the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) National Science Foundation Lloyd E. Douglas Program Director, Division of Mathematical Sciences Slide2:  Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences Slide3:  Number of People Involved in MPS Activities FY 2001 FY 2002 FY 2003 Actual Actual Actual Senior Researchers 6,177 5,814 6,069 Other Professionals 1,065 974 2,403 Post-Doctorates 2,163 2,237 2,410 Graduate Students 6,232 7,045 7,133 Undergraduate Students 1,778 6,076 2,531 K - 12 Students 285 285 285 K - 12 Teachers 668 700 700 Total Number of People 18,368 23,131 21,531 MPS spends at least $300 million annually on Graduate and Post-doctoral training ! MPS FY 2003 Appropriation :  MPS Total $ 1,048.75 M* Division allocations specified in bill: DMS $ 179.62 M PHY $ 222.17 M AST additional funding for astronomy centers (+$ 12.20 M) and adequate funding for Giant Segmented Mirror Telescope After earmarks, remaining funds allowed 10-13% increases over 2002 for AST, CHE, DMR *includes transfer of STCs from Office of Integrative Activities MPS FY 2003 Appropriation FY 2003 Annual Median Award Size :  FY 2003 Annual Median Award Size FY 2003 Annual Median Duration:  FY 2003 Annual Median Duration Office of Multidisciplinary Activities:  Office of Multidisciplinary Activities Facilitates Opportunities that Cross Traditional Disciplinary Boundaries Focal Point for Partnerships Coordinates MPS-Wide Activities that Integrate Research and Education, e.g. Research Experiences for Teachers MPS Distinguished International Postdoctoral Research Fellowships MPS Internships in Public Science Education Division of Astronomical Sciences:  Division of Astronomical Sciences Astronomy and Astrophysics Grants Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology Galactic Astronomy Planetary Astronomy Stellar Astronomy and Astrophysics Education, Human Resources and Special Programs Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation University Radio Observatories Division of Astronomical Sciences:  Division of Astronomical Sciences Facilities and Centers Gemini Observatories National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico) National Optical Astronomy Observatories National Radio Astronomy Observatory National Solar Observatory Gemini 8-Meter Telescopes:  Gemini 8-Meter Telescopes Science operations have begun both on Mauna Kea in Hawaii and on Cerro Pachon in Chile. Adaptive optics provide better performance in infra red than for Hubble space telescope Detail from center of Milky Way Haystack Observatory Education Program:  Haystack Observatory Education Program AST and OMA have co-supported the Haystack education activity. This has enabled an innovative program in undergraduate education involving hands-on work with radio astronomy instrumentation. One result is a radio telescope kit for colleges and high schools that is being used in andgt;75 institutions across the U.S. Division of Chemistry:  Division of Chemistry Division Director: Arthur B. Ellis Phone: (703) 292-8840 Analytical and Surface Chemistry Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry Physical Chemistry Inorganic, Bioinorganic and Organometallic Chemistry Chemical Instrumentation Special Projects Office Undergraduate Research Centers (URCs):  Undergraduate Research Centers (URCs) Concept developed at Spring workshop, March 30-April 1, ’03 at NSF: Teams of faculty and students Cutting-edge research projects and tools Freshmen through seniors All undergraduate institutions Mechanism to move research into courses Replaces RSEC Program Program Announcement: NSF 03-596 OTHER NEW CHEMISTRY PROGRAMS:  OTHER NEW CHEMISTRY PROGRAMS Collaborative Research in Chemistry (NSF 03-583) Discovery Corps Postdoctoral and Senior Fellowships (NSF 03-595) Chemical Bonding Centers, Phase I (NSF 03-606) Division of Materials Research:  Division of Materials Research Advanced Materials and Processing Cluster Metals, Ceramics and Electronic Materials Base Science Cluster Condensed Matter Physics Solid-Sate Chemistry and Polymers Materials Research and Technology Enabling Cluster Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers Materials Theory National Facilities and Instrumentation National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL):  National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) Partnership of NSF, State of Florida Operated by FSU, U Florida, Los Alamos 'Now the premier high magnetic field lab worldwide' Strong science, user support, magnet development programs Unique educational outreach programs OTHER NEW DMR EFFORTS:  OTHER NEW DMR EFFORTS Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) (NSF 03-564) NSF-NIST Interaction in Chemistry, Materials Research, etc. (NSF 03-568) International Materials Institutes (NSF 03-593) Mid-scale Instrumentation Division of Mathematical Sciences:  Division of Mathematical Sciences Disciplinary Programs Analysis Applied Mathematics Algebra, Number Theory and Combinatorics Computational Mathematics Geometric Analysis Statistics and Probability Topology and Foundations Enhancing the Mathematical Sciences Workforce in the 21st Century (EMSW21):  Enhancing the Mathematical Sciences Workforce in the 21st Century (EMSW21) Objective: Increase number of U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents who pursue careers in the mathematical sciences.  Strategies: - Vertical Integration of Research and Education - Research Training Groups - Mentoring Through Critical transition Points Mathematical Sciences Priority Area:  Mathematical Sciences Priority Area Recognizes the critical role of the mathematical sciences in advancing interdisciplinary science (e.g., 'Collaborations in Mathematical Geosciences' NSF 03508) Focus Areas: Management of large data sets Modeling of uncertainty Modeling and prediction of complex non-linear systems OTHER MATH/STATISTICS EFFORTS:  OTHER MATH/STATISTICS EFFORTS Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research Grants in the Area of Mathematical Biology DMS/BIO/EHR cooperation in mathematical biology education (pilot effort in FY03, with follow-on under development) Interdisciplinary Grants in the Mathematical Sciences Division of Physics:  Division of Physics Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics Elementary Particle Physics Gravitational Physics Nuclear Physics Particle and Nuclear Astrophysics Theoretical Physics Education and Interdisciplinary Research Physics Frontiers Centers Opportunities in Physics Div.:  Opportunities in Physics Div. Proposals welcome in the areas of atomic, molecular, optical, plasma, particle, nuclear, theoretical, gravitational, biological, and astrophysics Increased emphasis on particle and nuclear astrophysics Increased emphasis on biological physics New emphasis on computational physics Continuing commitment to diversity, outreach, and education Slide24:  CROP studies ultra-high energy extensive cosmic-ray air showers using a grid of high-school (roof) based research stations Shower front Primary cosmic ray The Cosmic Ray Observatory Project (CROP): An outreach and education experiment in Nebraska The true origin and acceleration mechanism for the highest energy cosmic rays is UNKNOWN Education Activities In MPS:Cooperative Investments:  Education Activities In MPS: Cooperative Investments Centers for Learning and Teaching (EHR) Digital Libraries – NSDL (EHR) Distinguished Teaching Scholars (EHR) GK-12 (EHR) Math and Science Partnerships (EHR) Phys-TEC (EHR) Research Experiences for Teachers :  Research Experiences for Teachers Initiated in MPS in FY 1999 REU Platform ~ 200 Sites plus ~ 50 'Sites' Discovery-Based Learning Experiences for K-12 Teachers Incorporate Outcomes into K-12 Classroom ’99 – ’02: $7.9 Million invested in 866 Teachers Direct Reach: andgt;340,000 Students Workshops: Dissemination; Best Practices MPS Internships in Public Science Education:  MPS Internships in Public Science Education Academic – Museum/Science Center Partnerships MPS Supported Facilities, Centers, and Institutes Graduate Students, Undergraduate Majors and Non-Majors, K-12 Teachers Museum/Science Centers: Academic Collaboration for Enhanced Public Education Programming Students: Training and Experience in Public Science Education K-12 Teachers: Enriched Classroom Activities Faculty Researchers: Opportunities to Bring Research Results Directly to the Public To Date: $2.85 Million Invested in 10 IPSE Awards MPS Distinguished International Postdoctoral Research Fellowships:  MPS Distinguished International Postdoctoral Research Fellowships Provides recent MPS doctoral recipients an effective means of establishing international collaborations in the early stages of their careers. High Profile International Fellowships Proposal-Based; Up to 10 Awards/yr in MPS Disciplines Support Level: Up to $100K/yr for up to 2 years Administered Cooperatively with INT To Date: $1.72 Million invested in 13 Awards (7 MPS-DRF and 6 MPS-IRF) Building Strength Access to Instrumentation:  Building Strength Access to Instrumentation Several MPS Divisions have their own instrumentation programs (see divisional web pages) MPS is a very active participant in NSF-wide MRI program MPS-Wide Mid-Scale Instrumentation:  MPS-Wide Mid-Scale Instrumentation Broad needs, according to NSB Infrastructure Report (NSB 02-190) 4 of 5 MPS Divisions have existing plans For FY 2004, MPS-wide coordination under development MPS FY 2004 Focus Areas:  MPS FY 2004 Focus Areas MPS Core Research Mid-scale Instrumentation Quantum Science andamp; Technology NSF Priority Areas: Biocomplexity, ITR, Nanoscience andamp; Engineering, Mathematical Sciences and Human and Social Dynamics Some Emerging Opportunities:  Some Emerging Opportunities Nanoscience/technology Quantum information science Soft condensed matter physics Physical science in biology and medicine Possible new physics of the Universe Measurement, manipulation and reactions of single molecules Mathematical modeling of the environment How science is learned LOOK US UP:  LOOK US UP For information on a particular division and program, go to the following Web address and pick a division: See also 'MPS Directory and Staff' on MPS home page Predominantly undergraduate institutions should look at RUI/ROA page, which has an excellent search routine for finding lists of funded awards and identifying possible collaborators. Go to NSF home page at, pick 'crosscutting' and then RUI/ROA

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