USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog

Archives for March, 2010

Stacy Jannis, who has been working tirelessly for the Festival to get the Kavli Science Video Contest up and running, was recently honored by AAAS and the National Science Foundation 2009 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge for her video “Inside the Brain: Unraveling the Mystery of Alzheimer’s Disease”, which she produced for the National…

It’s Pi day!

Old time vinegar pie It’s Pi day or Pi(e) day…either way you look at it today is 3/14 so a good excuse to eat some pie and Scienceblogs and Serious Eats have teamed up to hold a pi(e) contest. Upon discovering this contest I enthusiastically embarked upon dreaming up something fitting for the famous number.…

Deadline for the tournament sign up is April 30, 2010 so there is still a little bit of time to sign up for the Rubik’s cube tournament! Are you a teacher and looking to incorporate the Rubik’s cube contest into your teaching lessons? There is an orientation workshop on April 10th at the National Electronics…

Shout Out to sciencegeekgirl!

This week we have found a couple of bloggers who have promoted the festival on their blogs! A shout out to Dr. Stephanie Chasteen at sciencegeekgirl with a blog post this week about the festival! Do you have a blog and would like to help us get the word out about the science festival? Contact…

Shout out to The Open Helix Blog!

I recently discovered this blog post from early January that mentions the USA Science and Engineering Festival. We would like to give a Shout out to Mary at The Open Helix Blog for her post on January 4th covering the science festival! Do you have a blog and would like to help us get the…

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” ~~Mark van Doren The chemical structures danced across the page as I sat trying to figure out what reaction came next. It was the beginning of organic chemistry as an undergraduate and people had warned me that o-chem would be a bit of a monster.…

It’s Just Engineering

I remember, all too painfully, in many of my high tech and life science start-ups, a common refrain from the scientists would be, “We got the device to work….it’s just engineering from here.” Then, invariably – millions of dollars later – I would learn (as the CEO): that’s when the hard work really begins. It’s…

“Wake up, wake up!” My father shook me gently and indicated to follow him into the living room early in the morning July 1969. There in a remote town in central Africa, a group of people were gathered around a radio avidly listening. “Listen, remember this moment the rest of your life,” Dad said, “Man…

Tip 1: Capture the High Ground (Convene the best and brightest in the field) As the Science Festival movement grows, I am often asked about “best practices” in setting up a local Science Festival. So I decided to write a series of short blog posts about the know-how I have accumulated. Please take all of…

You CAN do the Rubik’s cube Tournament is taking place at the USA Science and Engineering Festival.Have you signed up yet? 43 quintillion different combinations… I don’t believe I have actually ever solved a Rubik’s cube, so after finding out that we are going to have a Rubik’s cube competition at the USA Science and…