National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that the NEA plans to award 928 grants totaling $77.17 million to not-for-profit organizations nationwide.
From Moscow, Idaho, to Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 53 students from across the country will converge in Washington, DC on May 14-15, 2012 to compete in the National Finals of Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, the nation’s largest youth poetry recitation competition.
To keep pace with the 21st-century news cycle, traditional journalism has had to rapidly evolve in order to stay relevant. Three new models designed to strengthen local arts coverage will soon launch with funding through the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge,
The U.S. Department of Energy Open Government Plan 2.0, released April 9, features OSTI’s ScienceCinema as one of six new DOE initiatives for making the federal government more transparent, participatory and collaborative. ScienceCinema allows users to quickly find videos produced by the DOE National Laboratories and other DOE research facilities, as well as CERN. In addition to highlighting the ScienceCinema initiative, the OpenGov Plan provides a progress report which covers OSTI products and services including Green Energy Portal, ScienceEducation.gov, Science Accelerator, the OSTI data sets initiatives, the National Library of Energy, Multilingual WorldwideScience.org, and Science.gov.
“On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of Irish-American flautist and 1991 NEA National Heritage Fellow Jack Coen.
In 2011, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded more than $13 million in funding through its arts education program. Beginning on July 2, that significant level of support will be guided by Ayanna Hudson, the agency’s new director of arts education.
Currently playing at ScienceCinema: the U.S. ITER Project Moving Forward. See the latest featured video, rotated every few weeks, viewed directly from the ScienceCinema homepage. Then search the database for related videos. ScienceCinema was developed by OSTI and provides precise and time-saving search of the spoken words of video recordings from DOE and CERN. It uses the Microsoft Research Audio Video Indexing System (MAVIS), a speech recognition technology developed by partner Microsoft Research. And it makes some of the DOE’s – and now CERN’s – most exciting research more visible to researchers and the public.
Thanks to librarians across the nation for their commitment to ensuring access to information. OSTI, with its own cadre of Masters-level librarians, connects with university research departments and libraries to increase awareness of the U.S. Department of Energy’s valuable scientific and technical information (see the OSTIblog).
OSTI has a number of Library Tools that are provided as a free service to librarians and the library community to expand access to and use of DOE scientific research results:
- DOE MARC Records System provides Machine-Readable Cataloging (MARC) records for full-text research reports for downloading directly into library catalogs.
- Open Archives Initiative (OAI) Server allows harvesting of XML format metadata for DOE’s full-text research reports.
- XML Data Services are available to search several of OSTI’s collections.
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From Mar. 1 to Nov. 30, Hermit Road is closed to private vehicles. A numerical code is required to open the gate giving access to Hermit Road. Hikers with a valid backcountry permit who are beginning or ending their hike via the Hermit Trail will be permitted to park at the Hermit trailhead. The Backcountry Information Center will provide the gate access code when the backcountry permit is issued.
The Hermits Rest Shuttle between South Rim Village and Hermit Rest and the Hermit trailhead is operational Mar. 1 to Nov. 30. The bus runs every 30 minutes between 4:30am and 9:30am, every 15 minutes between 9:30am and sunset, and every 30 minutes between sunset and one hour after sunset. The Hermit Shuttle is free.
Weather dependent, Hermit Road is open to all private vehicles Dec 1 to Feb 28. Be aware that in wintertime inclement weather can cause Hermit Road to close with little notice as storms move through the area. Always check with the Backcountry Information Center regarding the wintertime status of Hermit Road.
Hikers must access the South Kaibab Trailhead by shuttle bus. There are two options.
- An early morning Hikers’ Express goes to the South Kaibab Trailhead from Bright Angel Lodge shuttle bus stop, the Backcountry Information Center, and Grand Canyon Visitor Center daily, year-round. Parking is available at the Backcountry Information Center.
- The Kaibab/Rim Route shuttle provides transportation between the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, the Yavapai Geology Museum, the South Kaibab Trailhead, Yaki Point, and rim viewpoints.
Visit the Shuttle Buses page for schedules and more info.
Hikers should make every effort to obtain recent confirmation of water availability and become familiar with routes to the river before starting any hike. Contact the Backcountry Information Center for recent water reports.
Water available (year-round) on the South Rim at the Backcountry Information Center in the lobby and at Hermits Rest (near the other public amenities). Water available (year-round) on the North Rim outside the Backcountry Information Center.
Additional water bottle filling stations can be found on the Go “Green” and Refill Your Water Bottles web page.
A fox exhibiting abnormal behavior was euthanized in November 2011 near Phantom Ranch along the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. Earlier that month, another fox collected near Phantom Ranch tested positive for rabies. Rabies is considered a natural wildlife disease and will likely run its course. To reduce your risk of injury or illness from an animal encounter (fox, bat, elk, mountain lion, squirrel) please follow these simple guidelines:
- educate yourself and your children about proper behavior around animals, especially concerning to animals common to the area you will be visiting
- don’t touch, pick-up, or approach wild animals
- stay together as a group
- keep food appropriately stored at all times
- never feed wildlife
- wild animals approaching humans is not normal – be aware of your surroundings and keep your distance
- consider sleeping inside a tent
For more information read the Public Health Rabies Site Bulletin.
In the age of Big Data, OSTI is playing a key role to ensure the impact of DOE research is tracked and that a scholarly structure is in place to reward data producers. On Thursday, the White House released its Big Data Research and Development Initiative, and OSTI, the U.S. federal agency member of DataCite (a global consortium of leading scientific and technical information organizations), was recognized as playing a “key role” in shaping the policies and technical implementation of the practice of data citation. Data citation enables efficient reuse and verification of data, and OSTI recently implemented its Data Identification Service across the DOE complex. Through the OSTI Data ID Service, Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) are assigned to research datasets, and then registered with DataCite to establish persistence. This initiative makes DOE datasets findable in commercial search engines (e.g. Google) and through federated search portals for science such as the DOE portal ScienceAccelerator.gov, the U.S. gateway Science.gov and the global search engine WorldWideScience.org. The importance of this undertaking is conveyed in the Administration’s initiative, which states “By improving our ability to extract knowledge and insights from large and complex collections of digital data, the initiative promises to help solve some the Nation’s most pressing challenges.”