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Scott Borg, Head of Antarctic Sciences Section, National Science Foundation

Helping coordinate the discovery of a new species of dinosaur is no ordinary accomplishment. But try discovering two new species and collecting a 15-million-year-old water sample trapped half a mile below the surface of Antarctica. Scott Borg, head of the Antarctic Sciences Section in the Division of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation, is a Service to America medal finalist in the Career Achievement category. Borg and his team support university researchers and scientists to help make their scientific visions a reality. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explains what draws him to this kind of work. View a photo gallery of other SAMMIES finalists. Read a Q&A with Borg.

Tags: Scott Borg , In Depth , Service to America Medals , people

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 04:17pm EDT
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NSF's Borg leads effort to unlock scientific mysteries of Antarctica

As head of the Antarctic Sciences Section of the National Science Foundation's Division of Polar Programs, Scott Gerald Borg oversees the funding and helps plot the direction of scientific research in Antarctica.

Tags: Scott Borg , Sammies , Service to America Medals , In Depth

Monday - 07/07/2014, 10:11am EDT

Agencies taking the 'Burger King' approach to strategic reviews

OMB is giving agencies a lot of latitude to figure out how best to meet key parts of the Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act of 2010. NASA, NSF say they are developing strategic review processes that fit their specific mission goals. Agencies are going through the first set of reviews and rankings this summer.

Tags: management , GPRA Modernization Act , Lisa Danzig , OMB , Beth Robinson , NASA , Martha Rubenstein , NAPA , strategic reviews

Friday - 06/20/2014, 04:04am EDT
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Senate backs wide array of cyber projects in 2015 approps bill

Cybersecurity projects and programs are getting some hefty backing from the Senate.

Tags: cybersecurity , 2015 appropriations bill , Department of Commerce , DoJ , science , NIST , National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence ,

Monday - 06/16/2014, 09:14am EDT

'Mentoring is an interpersonal process,' expert says

Cary Kemp Larson, an organizational psychologist who helped develop a new mentoring program at the National Science Foundation, talks to The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about successful mentoring.

Tags: Cary Kemp Larson , mentoring , workforce , training , Federal Drive , management

Thursday - 04/19/2012, 10:50am EDT
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Lockheed Martin applies space experience to Antarctic work

The Science Foundation has just awarded a $2 billion contract to Lockheed Martin for infrastructure and technological support for the mission in Antarctica.

Tags: Rick Hieb , Lockheed Martin , technology , Antarctica

Tuesday - 01/03/2012, 10:15am EST
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Smart phones vulnerable to rootkit attacks

And the U.S. would lose a cyberwar if it fought one today, according to a former US intel chief.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , smartphones , Army ,

Wednesday - 02/24/2010, 09:05am EST

IGs: promoting effectiveness and efficiency in the federal government

Host Bill Bransford is joined by Tom Caulfield, executive director of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, and National Science Foundation Inspector General Allison Lerner.
July 8, 2011

Tags: pay and benefits , efficiency in government , Government Audit , Bill Bransford , tom caulfield , council of the inspectors general on integrity and , allison lerner , Fed Talk

Friday - 07/08/2011, 07:07pm EDT
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Stretching Molecules Yields New Understanding of Electricity

Cornell University researchers recently stretched individual molecules and watched electrons flow through them, proving that single-molecule devices can be used as powerful new tools for nanoscale science experiments. The work resulted in the first precision tests of a phenomenon known as the under screened Kondo effect. It shows that single-molecule devices can be very useful as scientific tools to study a phenomenon that has never before been accessible. The research was supported by the National Science Foundation's Division of Materials Research and presents a powerful new tool for nanoscale science experiments. Using a cobalt-based complex cooled to extremely low temperatures, Ralph, Parks and an international team of researchers watched electrons move through single molecules and accomplished a feat that until now escaped chemists and physicists. They were able to study the resistance of the flow of electricity within a system's electric field as the temperature approached absolute zero.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , Cornell University , Ralph Parks , science , Scott Carr

Thursday - 06/17/2010, 01:20pm EDT
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