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Cottrell Scholar Program Generating Changes in U.S.  Higher Education Program

Cottrell Scholar Keivan Stassun, a Vanderbilt University professor of physics and astronomy, says his RCSA grant was instrumental in the launch of the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-Ph.D. Bridge Program. The program has triggered a revolution in the way science doctoral programs at research institutions support underrepresented minority students.




RCSA Announces Leadership Transition

James M. Gentile, PhD, has decided to retire as President and CEO and return to his academic roots as a professor and Dean of the Sciences at Hope College in Holland, MI. The RCSA Board of Directors has appointed former RCSA Vice President Jack Pladziewicz, PhD, as Interim President, and a national search for a permanent successor has begun.




Gender Bias and America’s Science Preeminence

Two events in September spoke in profound ways about the role of women in science, and together they hold an important lesson for America's challenge of maintaining its global science preeminence. On Sept. 4, Norway's King Harald presented the Kavli Prize in Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience to seven laureates at...




The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Reaches a Major Milestone in Space Exploration

On July 18 the National Science Foundation announced a major milestone in the development of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and, therefore, in future space exploration. It announced that "[w]ith approval from the National Science Board, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Director will advance the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope...




Risky research: The sky’s the limit

Miguel Nicolelis has made advances that could help people with paralysis to walk again. That success was possible thanks to funding earmarked for high-risk, high-reward research.




RCSA Announces Cottrell College Science Awards

Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) today announced the 2012 Cottrell College Science Awards – a total of $1.8 million in grants to support 51 early career scientists at primarily undergraduate institutions in the United States. The Awards support significant research that contributes to the advancement of science and to the professional and scholarly development of faculty and their students.




Cottrell Scholar Keivan Stassun Changes the face of U.S. science

Keivan Stassun, A Vanderbilt University professor of astrophysics, says his RCSA Cottrell Scholar’s grant was instrumental in the launch of the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-Ph.D. Bridge program. It has triggered a revolution in the way science doctoral programs at research institutions deal with potential candidates.




Research Associates Inc.: Gaining Wisdom from Failure

Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) has a long, impressive history of supporting innovative scientific research. After 100 years of funding ideas in science, the Foundation can list among its successes Ernest Lawrence’s invention of the cyclotron; Robert Goddard’s development of rocketry; and Grote Reber’s discovery of radio astronomy. More recently, RCSA has funded the research that resulted in Thomas Cech’s discovery of the catalytic properties of RNA; Richard Smalley’s discovery of a new form of carbon, known as the buckminsterfullerene; and Ei-ichi Negishi’s development of palladium-catalyzed cross coupling.




Updating the Scientific Conference

Today’s widespread availability of scientific information and new technology for communication has implications for the traditional format of the venerable research conference, long a mainstay of scientific communities, according to RCSA Program Director Richard Wiener. Wiener thinks that with the increasing reach of highly interactive global communication, the conventional method of transferring scientific information through formal talks is becoming less relevant.




RCSA Announces 2012 Cottrell Scholar Awards

Tucson, AZ –April 12, 2012 – Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA), the oldest foundation in the nation devoted wholly to science, today announced 11 recipients of its Cottrell Scholar Award. Each recipient of the award receives a $75,000 grant and admission to an exclusive community of scholars, the Cottrell Scholars Collaborative.