Visit from Bill Easterling (Head of NSF Geosciences Directorate) on November 1-2, 2018

Bill_EaterlingThe Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is pleased to announce that Bill Easterling (Head of NSF Geosciences Directorate) is visiting the UCLA campus on Thursday, November 1 and Friday, November 2, 2018.

Members from the campus community are invited to participate in one or more of the following events. Please follow the links to RSVP.

Town Hall: "NSF in Transition: Use-Inspired Research and the Geosciences" on Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 10:00 AM-11:30 AM (For more details, please see the below)
Early Career Faculty Session: Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 2:30 PM-3:30 PM
Session for Graduate Students & Postdocs: Friday, November 2, 2018 from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM




Town Hall: "NSF in Transition: Use-Inspired Research and the Geosciences"

NSF, together with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), are the primary US federal agencies promoting fundamental, curiosity-driven research.  Encouragement by the research community, the public and its elected leaders has led to the expansion of the NSF mission to support research that not only contributes fundamental new knowledge but that also hastens scientific advances and/or delivers information that addresses critical societal needs such as food, energy and water security. Convergence science is introduced.  NSF’s Big Ideas, as convergence science, are discussed with emphasis on new initiatives in the Arctic and cyber-science and engineering.  New initiatives being developed in the Geosciences Directorate, such as Coastlines and People (CoPe) are presented. The talk concludes with examples of exciting new research findings that demonstrate that NSF must continue to maintain fundamental, curiosity-driven research but that that research is in balance with interdisciplinary, convergence research.

Please be on the lookout for information about an upcoming visit from Mark Rosker (DARPA Defense Science Office) on October 29, 2018.