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NSF Launches GROW to Accelerate International Research Collaborations

Today NSF Director Subra Suresh announced Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW), a new and coordinated effort that will expand and enhance international collaborative research opportunities for NSF Graduate Research Fellows, with initial agreements with science agencies in eight countries.

December 6, 2012 ·

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SCREW THE CRITICS: FIVE REASONS CROWDFUNDING WORKS

On October 9, a Taliban-affiliated terrorist boarded a school bus in rural Pakistan and gunned down three schoolgirls, including 15 year-old women’s activist Malala Yousufzai. Miraculously, all three girls survived, but Malala sustained grave injuries and remains in critical condition.

December 6, 2012 ·

Crowdfunding

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Featured Project: Robotic Hand Rehabilitation Device with 2 DOF

The HERRI hand rehabilitation system, developed at the Biomedical Mechatronics lab at Northeastern University, is composed of a 2-DoF robotic interface, virtual environment, practitioner’s graphical user interface (GUI), and the auxiliary control hardware/software. The patient manipulates the robotic hand interface just like a joystick to navigate in a virtual environment (i.e. maze game) while the robot applies force fields to the patient’s hand. The device is intended to aid motor recovery in post-stroke patients through repetitive and coordinated motions for task specific exercises.

August 23, 2012 ·

Crowdfunding

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iAMScientist Looks to Crowdfunding to Support Scientific Research. Here’s Why You Should Care

Ask any scientist in the university system what they spend most of their time doing, and the answer may surprise and disappoint you. Generally speaking, it’s not science. It’s not even grading papers or overseeing students to nurture a new generation of researchers and innovators. Filling out grant paperwork is the single activity that dominates the days of all too many researchers and academics.

August 14, 2012 ·

Crowdfunding

CrowdFunding Science

Moving Academic Research Out of the Ivory Tower & Into the Crowd

Thanks to popular sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, crowdfunding is now commonplace. They’re the platforms musicians turn to, to release their first CD, or where local alumni pray to break their initial $18,000 fundraising goal in just 25 hours. Although started for today’s creatives, however, crowdfunding’s begun to to take a turn for the educational. Because if you can crowdfund art, why not crowdfund academic research?

August 1, 2012 ·

Crowdfunding

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iAMscientist launches site to fund research

A startup aimed at supporting early-stage research, iAMscientist launched its website Tuesday aiming to offer not only a source of donations for scientists, but a community of peers to provide advice and career development.

August 1, 2012 ·

Crowdfunding

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A Kickstarter for Academic Research

Boston-based startup IAMScientist hopes to apply the crowd-funding approach pioneered by Kickstarter to research funding.
The company has already enjoyed modest success as a matchmaking service for companies and scientists. For a fee, it will tap its network of researchers—mainly in medicine and the life sciences—to find an available expert in a specific research area. But IAMScientist recently started allowing users to advertise projects for others to fund as well.

July 24, 2012 ·

Science

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New crowdfunding sites apply Kickstarter model to health and medicine

Scientists looking for for research funding and health-care entrepreneurs seeking venture funding may now have two new options: Medstartr and IAMScientist. The recently launched startups aim to capitalize on the successful model used by crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter to provide a platform for researchers and innovators to build awareness and raise capital.

July 24, 2012 ·

Medicine

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Crowdsourcing Science at TEDGlobal

TEDGlobal officially opened today with a focus on "Radical Openness," or the breakdown of traditional boundaries via social networking, crowdsourcing, open sourcing, and collaboration.

This afternoon's session looked at the rise of do-it-yourself invention and the virtual collaborative tools that are driving the growth of the new industrial revolution.

June 26, 2012 ·

Medicine

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Crowd-Funding for Research Dollars: A Cure for Science’s Ills?

Scientists – and science generally – are in a moment of crisis on multiple fronts. The gap between science and society has grown to a chasm, with disastrous consequences for issue after issue. For example, just last month, Tennessee passed legislation permitting creation “science” into classrooms. On another front, the concern of Americans about global warming has dramatically declined over the past decade,  despite the scientific consensus on the clear and present danger caused by climate change.

June 1, 2012 ·

Crowdfunding

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