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The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced it has issued a Notice of Intent to fund up to two institutes as part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). For its first institutes, the Commerce Department will provide up to a total of $70 million per institute over five to seven years. Commerce funding must be matched by private and other non-federal sources. The institutes are expected to become self-sustainable within the time period of the award. 

“Today marks a major milestone for the future of American innovation,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “The collaborative, cutting-edge technologies being designed, developed and commercialized at our NNMI institutes are essential to America’s long-term economic growth, competitiveness and job creation. Our new institutes will build on the success of the existing seven, and for the first time, the topic areas have not been chosen in advance but will depend on industry interests and input. Together, our growing network of institutes will ensure America remains on the leading edge of the 21st century economy.” 

Megan Donahue Professor of Physics and Astronomy from Michigan State University will present at JILA Auditorium n Boulder on CU Campus on Monday, February 1, 2016, 4:00pm. 

In massive galaxies and in clusters of galaxies, the thermodynamic state of the circumgalactic gas seems to regulate whether or not star formation is occurring in the central galaxy. Megan  will discuss the observational evidence for this claim. She will also discuss implications for lower mass galaxies if regulation via precipitation triggering plays an important role in those galaxies as well. Physical predictions of this model will be presented. Learn more and register. 

The Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study (ERGIS) is a multi-year U.S. Department of Energy-funded research project designed to simulate operations of the largest power system in the world with high penetrations of wind and solar generation. The study will inform critical questions on how system operations could be impacted by various wind and solar deployment strategies and operational paradigms. It is the first study to simulate the entire Eastern Interconnection and Hydro-Québec with hourly day-ahead unit commitment, 5-minute real-time dispatch, and a nodal DC-power flow. NREL staff developed new modeling capabilities to study the system at this resolution and fidelity and applied advanced computational techniques to the problem.

Read more about the project.

What do humans have in common with a hand-held camera? Or a camera mounted on a satellite into space?  Hhuman eyes and cameras can capture the timing of when plants grow buds, leaf out, flower, fruit and die back, the science known as plant phenology.

But why do we need fancy cameras for us to study phenology if we can see it with our own eyes. Let's first talk about why we study phenology. You see scientists have used their eyes to record when plants bud, leaf out, flower and fruit for centuries. These annual plant life cycle events, known as phenophases, are often triggered by seasonal changes in rainfall, temperature and day length. Their timing is important to study because it's impacted by changes climate, and impacts on phenophase timing by climate can impact humans, plants and animals too. For example scientists observed that some plants are leafing out earlier in recent years. This means that fruit trees and crops that we depend upon for food might begin to flower earlier in the season, leaving them at risk for damage during spring frosts. Birds that depend upon those flowers and fruits are also impacted, when they can't find those mid-migration snack they flew so far to eat.

After 10 years of challenging development, the four identical spacecraft of the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission spacecraft launched in 2015. They are now flying in a tighter and tighter formation to reveal the microphysics of our space environment, including the dynamic phenomenon of “magnetic reconnection” in the magnetic fields surrounding Earth. MMS provides unprecedentedly fast observations – at 30 images per second — showing the first-ever three-dimensional views of magnetic reconnection, in which magnetic fields come together and explosively release energy and send particles in all directions. MMS observations began with the spacecraft 160 kilometers (100 miles) apart and have progressed as they closed to just 10 kilometers (6 miles) apart.

In preparation for a host of ground-breaking results expected in 2016, on December 17 a panel of MMS team members will discuss early results from the mission, explain what happens when reconnection joins the sun’s magnetic field with Earth’s and why we need four ultrahigh-resolution spacecraft flying in formation to learn how reconnection works.