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Help NSF get to South by Southwest

News Release 19-012

Help NSF get to South by Southwest

Voting is open now

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NSF has submitted six possible panels to South by Southwest.

August 5, 2019

The National Science Foundation needs your help. We have proposed several fascinating panels comprising an all-star cast of NSF-funded scientists, filmmakers, inventors, small business founders and partners for the 2020 South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. Now we need your support— and your vote —to get our panels picked.

To ensure we’re able to spotlight cutting-edge research, innovation and the men and women who make it happen, please vote for the NSF-submitted panels below and spread the word to encourage other people in your community to vote. 

Voting is open now and closes Friday, Aug. 23, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. 

The NSF-related panels you can vote for this year are listed below. 

Wildlife Rangers Armed with AI  

Wildlife parks are using artificial intelligence and machine learning to predict when and where wildlife crimes will occur, helping rangers — who often patrol vast expanses — thwart crime and stay safe. 

Vote for Wildlife Rangers Armed with AI now! 

The Future of Healing: Engineering Longer Life  

Learn about the processes, pitfalls and ethics of tissue engineering and find out how far -– or close –- is a future where we can rebuild parts of our bodies from scratch.  

Vote for The Future of Healing now! 

The Rigors of Scientific Filmmaking in Antarctica 

With bitter cold, rough seas and howling winds, making movies in Antarctica is no simple task. Learn how scientists and filmmakers operate in this unforgiving environment to bring you stories of the animals, people and places that exist at the end of the world. 

Vote for Rigors of Scientific Filmmaking in Antarctica now! 

What’s Next in Wearables and Personal Sensors 

Wearable technology lets us now monitor sleep, hydration and even chronic medical issues. Learn how far we’ve come and what the next generation of advanced wearables can do from the scientist-turned-entrepreneurs making it possible.  

Vote for What’s Next in Wearables now! 

The Science of Sustainable Food 

Hear about the science and ingenuity that it takes to bring your next delicious meal from the lab to the table and what it takes for a company to make it in this increasingly crowded field.  

Vote for The Science of Sustainable Food now! 

Preventing Space Weather Disasters 

Our knowledge of what drives space weather is nearly a century behind our knowledge of what drives weather on Earth. A new NSF-funded telescope will take an extreme close-up of the sun and revolutionize our understanding of how stars work. 

Vote for Preventing Space Weather Disasters now! 

Click the links above to go to the voting website, create a SXSW Panel Picker account, and cast your vote today! 


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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2019, its budget is $8.1 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 50,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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