ResearchChannel partners with NSF to bring science to the public


My colleagues at the ResearchChannel have just announced a new partnership with the National Science Foundation to develop programs about scientific research.

Under the partnership agreement, NSF will transmit to ResearchChannel up to 150 program hours a year in formats that include a series of lectures from distinguished scientists, including Nobel Prize winners; a series of panel discussions with scientists and journalists about ongoing NSF-funded research and current scientific issues; and an institutional research series that will feature new and archived video from different scientific research and educational communities.

Is that cool or what?

The partnership’s first co-production is “Frontier,” a weekly, hour-long show with researchers discussing discoveries made possible through NSF support and key issues at the research frontier. The first episode of “Frontier” will premiere on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007, and will air on Wednesdays and Saturdays. “Frontier” will air Wednesdays at 2 a.m., 8 a.m., 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. (all Pacific time). It will air Saturdays at 1 a.m., 7 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. (all Pacific time).

Some upcoming topics on “Frontier” include marine biologist Donal Manahan looking at three centuries of exploration and research at the north and south poles and why they matter today; and engineering professor Richard Murray describing the world’s most grueling competition for self-driving robotic cars.

I know I’ll be watching.

Congrats to Amy and the whole ResearchChannel crew!

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