Magic end two-game losing streak with 112-99 win over Knicks

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. ORLANDO, Fla. — Nikola Vucevic scored 24 points and Evan Fournier added 23 to help the Orlando Magic beat the New York Knicks 112-99 on Wednesday night.Jonathon Simmons scored 15 of his 16 points in the second half. He had 11 straight points early in the fourth quarter to push the Magic’s lead back to double figures.ADVERTISEMENT The Magic, benefiting from the return of starting point guard Elfrid Payton, snapped a two-game losing streak. New York, playing without scoring Kristaps Porzingis (ankle and elbow injuries), had its three-game winning streak come to an end.With Porzingis out, Tim Hardaway, Jr. was the Knicks’ only consistent scoring threat, and had 26 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Knicks entered the game having won six of their last seven games, but they seemed out of synch offensively without Porzingis. They shot 53 percent from the field but committed 23 turnovers.Orlando, meanwhile, got its offensive rhythm back with Payton in the game. The Magic shot 54 percent from the field and 46 from 3-point range mainly on the strength of spacing with Payton on the floor. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Anthony’s flagrant foul stands, NBA rescinds Westbrook’s Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Knicks: Hosts Sacramento on Saturday night.Magic: At Phoenix on Friday night. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Payton was a stabilizer in his return from a hamstring injury that forced him to miss eight straight games, but he finished with 11 points, 11 assists and six rebounds in 29 minutes.Aaron Gordon also came through for the Magic with 21 points. He was 4 for 6 from 3-point range and 8 for 11 from field after a few signature alley-oop passes from Payton.TIP-INSKnicks: Forward Michael Beasley started in place of injured Porzingis. Beasley scored four points. … Point guard Jarrett Jack converted 3 of 4 field goals in the first half and had four assists but he also had four turnovers.Magic: Fournier had five steals in the first half and was a major reason the Magic outscored the Knicks on fast break points 14-0 during the first two quarters. For the game, the Magic outscored the Knicks 21-4 on fast breaks. … Orlando outscored the Knicks in paint 30-18 in the first half.UP NEXTADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ New York Knicks guard Jarrett Jack (55) reacts after a basket by Orlando Magic forward Jonathon Simmons (17) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. The Magic won 112-99. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

PBA stints for Brownlee, Balkman?

Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident “We still have to discuss his plans,” Chua told the Inquirer, shortly before Alab played Mono Vampire of Thailand in Game 5. “He might want to rest first before returning to play for Ginebra.”Brownlee and Balkman spearheaded Alab’s rise, putting the Filipino club on the brink of glory against a Mono team that boasts 7-foot-5 Sam Deguara and heritage imports Jason Brickman and Paul Zamar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Gin Kings tapped Charles Garcia, although the import was far from impressive in his debut game against Rain or Shine.Chua said San Miguel still holds the rights on Balkman, whose lifetime ban was lifted recently after reconciling with former teammate Arwind Santos and apologizing to former PBA commissioner Chito Salud. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Alab Pilipinas imports Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman.STA. ROSA, Laguna—After sparking San Miguel Alab Pilipinas’ tremendous turnaround in the Asean Basketball League, imports Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman could be headed back to the PBA.Although no deal has been finalized, San Miguel sports director Alfrancis Chua said there is a possibility that Brownlee might be tapped by Barangay Ginebra for the PBA Commissioners’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:48Balkman puts negativity behind ahead of 2nd PBA stint with San Miguel00:58SEA Games stint long time coming for Hidilyn Diaz02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “We have his rights, but we have not discussed anything yet especially on a possible return,” said Chua.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ LATEST STORIES Monsour asks warring NSAs, athletes to unite for SEAG Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments read more

Ocean report

first_imgTo report your fish count, call (818) 992-7438, or fax us at (818) 713-3436. HELGREN’S – 1 boat, 17 anglers, 22 sand bass, 7 calico bass, 18 sculpin. 22ND STREET LANDING -1 boat, 22 anglers, 2420 sand dab. LONG BEACH (Berth 55)- 1 boat, 15 anglers, 11 sand bass, 9 sculpin, 2 halibut. L.A. HARBOR (San Pedro) -1 boat, 13 anglers, 41 sand bass, 4 calico bass, 7 sculpin. Landings are not listed if they did not call in fish count. REDONDO – 2 boats, 18 anglers, 7 sand bass, 90 sculpin, 8 perch, 36 mackeral. SEA FORTH – 1 boat, 14 anglers, 29 giant squid. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Subway, bus fares doubling?

first_imgBefore the MTA board can implement the increases, public hearings will have to be held. And although fares haven’t been raised since 1988, those who rely on buses and subways are sure to raise objections. Under the proposal, the cost of a day pass, which allows unlimited rides on MTA buses and subways, would increase by about 66 percent in just under two years – from $3 currently to $5 in July and $8 in 2009. Weekly passes would increase 128 percent – from $14 to $20 to $32. And monthly passes would jump nearly 130 percent, from $53 to $75 to $120. Senior citizens would see their monthly passes jump a whopping 400 percent – from $12 currently to $37.50 in July and $60 in January 2009. With 1.2 million daily boardings on MTA buses and 124,000 boardings on its subways, the fare increases are sure to have wide-ranging impact. Bus and subway fares for most riders would more than double by 2009 under a plan unveiled Friday by MTA officials, who are struggling to close a stubborn budget gap. The two-tier plan would bump up the cost of daily, weekly and monthly passes in July and again in January 2009. Individual fares would jump only once, in 2009, for passengers who pay cash for a one-way trip. The proposal comes as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority considers cutting some bus routes and streamlining others. CEO Roger Snoble said the agency simply can’t pay rising fuel costs and eliminate a looming $1.8 billion deficit by fare increases alone. “We are heading toward a cliff,” Snoble said in an interview. “And if we don’t do something, we will fall off that cliff.” Rachel Thompson, 24, a Texas native who has to stretch her paycheck from a minimum-wage job to pay for food and rent, worries how she’ll pay the higher cost of public transportation. “I don’t know how people make it here in California,” Thompson said as she waited for the bus. But Burbank resident Robert Brooks was more sympathetic, saying public transportation is a better deal – even if fares rise – than paying skyrocketing prices at the gas pump. “You just have to suck it up,” Brooks said. “It still costs less than when I had a car.” MTA officials said the fare hikes will bring those in Los Angeles in line with those in other major cities. In New York, for instance, a one-way bus or subway ride costs $2, while a day pass costs $7 and a monthly pass costs $76. And commuters in Chicago pay $2 for a one-way ride, $5 for a day pass and $75 for a monthly ticket. Terry Matsumoto, the MTA’s chief financial officer, noted that the agency had been prohibited from raising fares under a 1996 consent decree that forced it to invest $1.3 billion to improve bus service. A federal judge ruled last October 2006 that the MTA had improved its service sufficiently to allow the consent decree to expire. The Bus Riders Union – an advocacy group whose lawsuit against the MTA triggered the consent decree – has appealed the judge’s decision and asked that the decree be reinstated. BRU spokesman Manuel Criollo also decried the proposed fare hikes. “We think it strikes at the heart of the struggle for civil-rights enforcement that we’ve been fighting for the last 12 years,” Criollo said. But MTA officials and some transportation advocates say the consent decree’s mandates are a major reason for the transit agency’s budget woes. “We believe that any reasonable plan to bring fares back in line with reality is the best thing for Metro to do,” said Kymberleigh Richards, public affairs director for Southern California Transit Advocates, a nonprofit group that focuses on the improvement of public transportation. (818) 713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgHAVING led by example and turned down a chance of travelling abroad for St.Patrick’s Day, the Mayor of Donegal wants people to come home to celebrate the shamrock.Mayor Cora Harvey has come up with a unique initiative aimed at bringing visitors and Donegal people home for the holiday.It is hoped that the Donegal Homecoming Initiative will eventually reverse the trend that has seen thousands of Irish leaving the country during the traditional St. Patricks holiday period. The establishment of St. Patricks Day as a national holiday back in the 1990s has been an overwhelming success throughout the world, with the day celebrated by millions people on all four corners of the globe.The St. Patricks Festival has transcended its original incarnation with hugely popular parades/events throughout the United States, Europe and Australia.Whilst these events offer Ireland the opportunity to market itself at its key markets, the message of ‘Coming to Ireland to live, do business and visit’ is often lost, she says.In response to this and by way of establishing Donegal as the place to be during this holiday period and the traditional start of Spring, Mayor Harvey hopes that by putting in place a range of actions, this initiative will help kick off the tourism season, boosting the Donegal Tourism industry. “I think that the success of Donegal Live in 2010 and the planned events in 2011 prove that there is an appetite out there for all things Donegal.“It is my opinion that we should be trying to market the St. Patricks Day holiday period as a fun-filled week celebrating our unique culture and heritage.”The Mayor added – “Donegal has been at the forefront when it comes delivering Flagship Festivals and Events. The Errigal Arts Festival’s Made in Donegal initiative in 2010 was a roaring success and projects a positive image for the County around the world.“In addition to this, we have the Donegal Bluestacks Festival and Mary from Dungloe to name a few.”The Donegal Homecoming Initiative will target a number of key actions throughout 2011 with a view to developing a keynote event of international standing during the St. Patricks Festival Celebrations in 2012. Under the Mayors proposals, the Donegal Homecoming Initiative will involve Donegal County Development Board’s Tourism Sectoral Forum involving Donegal County Council, Failte Ireland, Udaras NaGaeltachta and the private sectors tourism service providers.EndsMAYOR WANTS DONEGAL PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE GLOBE TO CELEBRATE THE SHAMROCK AT HOME was last modified: March 16th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Donegal security company vow to safeguard businesses this festive season

first_imgPromoted postOrbit Security Ltd.,based in Letterkenny but covering all of Donegal and the North West, is still leading the way after twenty years in the security business. Martin Hilferty, Managing Director of Orbit states that Orbit is the longest established company in the North West supplying keyholding services to a variety of companies, businesses and homes.Our clients include Government Agencies, County Council, Revenue Commissioners, HSE, OPW, IDA, local shops, hotels, banks, holidays homes and private houses.Martin noticed a need for security personnel locally and he grew the company from just himself doing door security initially to employing over sixty personnel today. He also saw the need for other security requirements such as fire and intruder alarms, cameras/CCTV, security gates, alarm response and key holding services. A Keyholding Service provides nightly checks and alarm response via a dedicated call out centre and a locally based security officer who will call to your premises immediately. This gives you complete peace of mind, safety and security.He says: “Don’t become a statistic of the many winter break ins, especially at Christmas time. The burglar knows this time of year has many rich pickings; in homes, holiday homes and well stocked shops and businesses.“Our customers can safely and with peace of mind attend the Christmas party, socialise and not worry about the security of their business or having to attend a middle of the night break in or alarm call out.“You don’t have to worry while participating in the festivities or having a drink, whether it be a Christmas party, wedding, birthday, anniversary, christening or whatever, we will do the call out.”Trust Orbit to look after and monitor your home or business; thousands of others do.Contact:info@orbitsecurity.ieTel: 0749128989 Mob: 0860493315 Donegal security company vow to safeguard businesses this festive season was last modified: December 13th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalFestive SeasonMartin HilfertyOrbit Securitylast_img read more


first_imgBlaze go on the attack againLetterkenny Blaze 103 Blackwater Steelers 44Letterkenny U18 Men got back into action against Blackwater Steelers, from Monaghan, in Loreto Gym last Sunday morning with an emphatic win.The Letterkenny team started brightly and moved the ball well in offence resulting in a nice inside finish from Matthew Deeney. This was quickly followed by accurate shooting from the free throw line by Tadgh Hickey and a successful 3 point shot from team captain, Cian Hickey. Blackwater Steelers also started well and answered with 3 well taken scores to stay within one point in the early exchanges.This was the closest the Monaghan team would get to Blaze as the Letterkenny team worked hard in defence winning important rebounds under their own basket. Controlling their own boards allowed Letterkenny step into another gear and a variety of scores from Andrew McGeever, Cian & Tadgh Hickey would leave the score at 28 to 15 in Blaze’s favour at the end of the first quarter. Oisin Clarke and Sean McGettigan came off the bench in the second quarter and made an immediate impact with Oisin claiming some big rebounds and Sean getting 5 out of Letterkenny’s first 7 points of the quarter. The momentum was now with Blaze and they ran the ball well to finish the first half 44 to 24.  The third quarter started on a similar vein as the previous two with Blaze in full control. Quick baskets by Andrew McGeever and Cian & Tadgh Hickey extended the lead to 30 points. Jack Lawlor, Kevin Kealy, John MacIntyre and Raymond Rodgers came off the bench to join Peter Lynch on court during the 3rd quarter and continued moving the ball up the court with pace and picked off some fine scores. The Blaze defence continued to pressure the ball and Steelers were restricted to shooting difficult shoots from long range leaving the score 71 to 38 going into the final quarter. Kevin Kealy started the fourth quarter at the point and found Peter Lynch and Jack Lawlor in space to get early baskets from fast breaks for Blaze. The magic 100 was now in Letterkenny’s sight and they kept up a fantastic pace while continuing to stretch their lead. Six different players scored in the final quarter for Blaze and winning this quarter by 32 points to 6 allowed the Letterkenny men finish with an impressive 103 points in total. Next up for the U18 men is an away trip, next Saturday, to Newry Fliers. Letterkenny Blaze TeamKevin Kealy, Tadgh Hickey (24), Matthew Deeney (2), Cian Hickey (20), Raymond Rodgers, Andrew McGeever (34), John MacIntyre (2), Sean McGettigan (5), P Lynch (10), Jack Lawlor (2), Oisin Clarke (4) BASKETBALL – LETTERKENNY BLAZE GET BACK TO WINNING WAYS was last modified: February 11th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny blazelast_img read more

Two Reasons Microsoft Registers Double-Digit Growth As Its Peers Decline

first_imgLegacy enterprise IT vendors may be scrambling to spread the blame in the wake of earnings misses, but one mega-vendor is not, and it’s the one open-source advocates have argued for years was doomed to imminent oblivion: Microsoft. For all its stumbles in mobile and online, Microsoft continues to soar in core enterprise infrastructure sales.The reason? Microsoft pressures the Oracles and HPs of the world in much the same ways that open source and cloud do.Low Cost, High ValueBy most measures, Microsoft’s Server and Tools business is booming:Product revenue up 11% (Multi-year licensing revenue up 20%)Enterprise Services revenue up 11%System Center revenue grew 22%SQL Server revenue grew 16%, outpacing the marketAnd while growth has slowed a bit in fiscal year 2013 compared to fiscal year 2012, it’s still impressive growth, especially in light of the struggles other enterprise IT vendors have had recently.Why is Microsoft different? Most obviously, because Microsoft tends to make complex infrastructure affordable and easy to use, while appealing to developers. This has long been Microsoft’s recipe for success: lowering the bar to use complex software while also lowering costs.In other words, Microsoft keeps chugging along in the enterprise because makes life easier for enterprise IT, similar to what cloud and open source do. Or as Apprenda vice president Rakesh Malhotra puts it, “it’s less about licensing and more about the complexity/cost/value.”And while Microsoft persists with its proprietary license model, a model out-of-favor in a market trending toward open source and cloud, it still tends to be much cheaper than alternatives like Oracle in the database market. As BMO Capital Markets analyst  Karl Keirstead recently opined in a client note, “Countless customers have told us that the cost advantage of SQL Server is so compelling that their deployment of Microsoft SQL Server databases is ramping.”In short, Microsoft improves enterprise value and lower costs, relative to the other legacy IT vendors.But What About Mobile?Ironically, Microsoft has thus far failed in mobile precisely because it has taken the opposite strategy: while Apple and Google (Android) have essentially lowered the cost of mobile operating system licenses to $0.00, Microsoft has continued to try to impose license fees. When that hasn’t worked, it has sued Android licensees to try to raise costs to match Microsoft’s.It hasn’t worked.Microsoft has a lot of work to do to catch up in mobile. But in core enterprise infrastructure? Microsoft may be the vendor to beat. Not Shrinking From The Cloud FightNot that Microsoft rests easily. After all, with trends shifting IT spending to mobile and cloud, Microsoft’s traditional Server and Tools division stands to take a beating. According to a new Baird Equity Research Technology study, Amazon, in particular, is siphoning off dollars from the legacy IT pie:We estimate that for every dollar spent on [Amazon Web Services], there is at least $3 to $4 not spent on traditional IT, and this ratio will likely expand further. In other words, AWS reaching $10 billion in revenues by 2016 translates into at least $30 to $40 billion lost from the traditional IT market. In this, however, Microsoft is playing a solid offense, and stands a good chance of succeeding. Among both enterprise developers and CIOs, Microsoft remains their go-to vendor, according to both Piper Jaffray and Evans Data surveys. More pertinently to Amazon, these same enterprises plan to expand their Microsoft Azure adoption significantly, according to Forrester: Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Breathing Room…For NowAmazon stands clear as the 800-pound cloud gorilla, but Microsoft is no slouch. By embracing the cloud early and by continuing to pressure its proprietary peers with low-cost, high-value infrastructure software like SQL Server, Microsoft has kept itself top of mind with CIOs. These same CIOs are therefore willing to give Microsoft breathing room as it transitions its business to the cloud.This could get interesting. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Amazon#Azure#cloud#enterprise IT#Microsoft#mobile#SQL Server#Windows Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Matt Asaylast_img read more

NSF Plans Changes in Graduate Fellowships, Traineeships

first_imgWithin a 2015 budget request that is nearly flat, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has proposed beefing up its signature Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) and reworking its approach to graduate traineeships. The twin goals are in line with the Obama administration’s approach to training the next generation of scientists and engineers.In budget documents unveiled Monday at a media briefing, NSF officials describe their plan to raise the annual GRFP stipend to $34,000 in 2015. That would be an increase of $2000 over the current level. NSF gave students a similar $2000 boost in 2013 after holding the size of the stipends steady at $30,000 for a decade.Those two increases would require an 11% hike in NSF spending on the GRFP, to $333 million. That growth points to the high status of GRFP within NSF’s education directorate, which is seeking an increase of 5%. 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The 2015 boost, if endorsed by Congress, would follow a 23% jump in the program this year, to $300 million. That large increase was needed to accommodate both the previous bump in stipends and the final year of a 5-year program expansion. Students are allowed to use the 3-year fellowships over a 5-year period, and 2014 marked the first year every class was at NSF’s target size of 2000.Although four of five graduate students receiving NSF support are funded through grants to their mentors, the fellowships are seen as especially prestigious. That’s because they are portable—students can use them at any academic institution—and because the program is highly competitive.In 2008, the outgoing Bush administration endorsed a tripling of the GRFP, to 3000 new fellows a year. The Obama administration quickly embraced the idea, which draws upon the work of Harvard University economist Richard Freeman in demonstrating the program’s value in attracting and retaining top scientific talent.NSF last year considered further expansion, says acting Director Cora Marrett. But agency officials balked after they tallied up the cost of both a larger and more generous program. “Our initial request for 2014 was for something like 2500 [fellowships],” Marrett explains. “But when we looked more closely, we realized that it would be nearly impossible to sustain the program at that level. It’s just not workable under the current budget conditions. So we worked with [White House budget officials] to bring the size back down to 2000.” The 2015 request would maintain that level for the next class.At the same time that NSF is pumping up the existing GRFP, it is retooling its traineeship grants, the agency’s third—and smallest—mode of support for graduate students. Traineeship grants are awarded to universities, which select the students to participate. For the past 15 years, NSF has used its flagship traineeship program, called IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship), to attract students into particular fields where there were a dearth of candidates—or a sudden demand for graduates—and where interdisciplinary training would be especially valuable.But in last year’s budget request, NSF proposed converting IGERT into the more broadly named NRT (NSF Research Traineeships). The change was part of a hastily crafted effort by the Obama administration to streamline and reshuffle science education programs across a dozen federal agencies.Although Congress rejected the reorganization, NSF has soldiered on within its areas of expertise, in particular undergraduate and graduate science education. Thus, its 2015 request includes a plan to launch what Marrett calls “a new model of research training,” with a solicitation about NRT expected to hit the streets shortly.“IGERT has been very successful,” she notes. “But IGERT had to be attached to particular topics, such as sustainability. We intend to use the NRT model to address whatever happens to be the most significant challenges facing graduate education right now. That could include preparing students for a very different work experience than in the past.”The transition has initially meant a smaller investment in traineeships. IGERT’s budget dropped from $64 million in 2013 to $55 million this year, and NSF has requested $58 million in 2015 for NRT. Within that amount, however, is $7 million for universities to propose novel ways to carry out graduate training. The program, called Innovation in Graduate Education, won’t directly support graduate students; instead, it is intended to allow schools with traineeships to test out new ideas that will reach a larger student audience. “We want to have a broader impact on campus,” explains Jim Lightbourne, acting deputy assistant director for the education directorate. “That might include master’s-level students as well as Ph.D. students.”As is the case for the agency as a whole, NSF’s plans to improve graduate education will be affected by the reaction of the congressional spending panels that oversee its budget. And this year, those plans may get additional scrutiny from members of the House of Representatives science committee.On Thursday, the committee’s research panel is expected to mark up a bill authorizing NSF programs that includes a requirement that GRFP cannot grow any faster than IGERT (or its successor). That language seems incompatible with the disparity in NSF’s 2015 request for the two programs. So how those differences get worked out could have a major impact on NSF’s graduate programs.last_img read more