USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog

Archives for August, 2011

At AT&T, research scientist Alicia Abella is known as a “change agent,” an innovator who is keeping her corporation on the cutting edge of developing new and better ways to help people and companies communicate with each other — including through innovations in teleconferencing, Web-based solutions and iPhone application-based approaches that increase work efficiency and…

When was the last time you saw a science special in prime time on one of the major networks? Better yet, when was the last time you heard rock stars speaking passionately and convincingly about the value of science, engineering and technology? If you had to think long and hard before answering, you’re not alone.…

What is your impression of these jobs? –Mechanic –Welder –Electrician –Air Conditioning Technician Despite the consummate skill and training that these and similar maintenance professions require today, they often still bear the unfortunate stigma in the public’s eye of being menial “grease monkey” jobs — occupations that (unlike many white collar four-year college professions) require…

Joy Hakim is trying to change the way we deliver information in our schools. She says stories are the way to go; they not only charge the mind, they provide a base for remembering. So she has tackled the traditional subjects–history and science–and put their information in narrative clothing. Says Joy: “Much school learning in…

If there is a piece of advice that Kathie Olsen would give students, it would be this: “Be aware that you’re most likely going to be changing your directions and your careers throughout your entire life and you need to be open to it and look forward to the opportunities.” She should know, because that’s…

Insects make up the largest and most diverse group of organisms on the planet, with the over 1 million described and 4-30 estimated species all playing a crucial role in biodiversity of the ecosystem. They are also critical for a wide variety of science and technology fields including agriculture, environmental and even biomedical science, and…

The USA Science and Engineering Festival’s Volunteer Outreach Team is planning a special Back to School Blast Off Meeting Sunday, August 28th in Washington, DC from 3-5pm as a launching pad to spread the word about the Festival for the 2011/2012 school year. From 2-3pm, we will have a special Youth Volunteer Public Speaking Workshop.…

CALORIE COUNTS AREN’T TELLING THE FULL STORY By Joe Schwarcz, Freelance July 30, 2011 There are undoubtedly all sorts of terrorists out there hatching intricate plans aimed at destroying the western world. They needn’t bother. All they have to do is wait and westerners will eat themselves into oblivion. The average western diet, with the…

Dr. Kit Nast, a psychology instructor at Bishop State Community College in Mobile, AL, is putting together a website filled with videos related to careers and college degree programs. He is looking for volunteers to help develop more Career Videos and College Program Videos related to the sciences for his site – www.drkit.org. He is…