USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog

Archives for October, 2012

Gregorio Zara — Filipino physicist and aeronautical engineer Creator of the first videophone ( a forerunner of such video telecommunication applications as Skype, Webcam and videoconferencing) and discoverer of the physical law known as the “Zara Effect.” PLEASE SHARE IF YOU ARE INSPIRED BY THIS STORY! Back in the 1950′s, the videophone — a telephone…

Carlos Juan Finlay — Cuban physician He was the first to theorize that the deadly yellow fever virus was transmitted through the bite of one species of mosquito, however it would take years before his theory would be deemed correct. We know today that yellow fever — which is most common in Latin America and…

Ada Byron (later Countes of Lovelace) — British mathematician The daughter of poet Lord Byron, her key collaborations in the 1880′s with British inventor Charles Babbage led to the earliest computer; she is considered the first computer programmer. Born Augusta Ada Byron in London in 1815,  Ada Byron (who would also later be known as…

PLEASE SHARE IF YOU ARE INSPIRED BY THIS STORY! (Send us your opinion today: Think of the various ways you can combine your hobbies and other interests into a  possible career in science! Stephanie merged her love of chemistry with her penchant for textiles and fabrics — resulting in a life-saving invention!  Tell us what…

Meat production stinks.  And I’m not referring to worries about bacterial contamination.  I mean it literally stinks.  Here’s the story.  Hold your nose. We crave meat.  To satisfy our hunger Canadian feedlots ready some three and a half million cattle for slaughter every year.  And those cattle produce more than meat.  A single steer can…

PLEASE SHARE IF YOU ARE INSPIRED BY THIS STORY! (Send Us Your Comment: Dan Lipinski, one of only a few engineers in Congress, is responsible for bringing nanotech advocacy to the House!  What do you think of the role he’s playing?) Born in Chicago into a political family, Congressman Dan Lipinski (who represents the 3rd…

PLEASE SHARE IF YOU ARE INSPIRED BY THIS STORY! (C’mon, Hit Us With Your Comments! — Yvonne, a pioneer of today’s GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) technology, came up with the propulsion system that helps keep communication satellites in a fixed geosynchronous orbit. Tell us what you think!) When Yvonne Brill accepted the prestigious National Medal…

Satyendranath Bose collaborated with Einstein, and is for whom a family of subatomic particles known as “Bosons” is named Born during British colonial rule in Calcutta (now Kolkata), India in 1894, Satyendranath Bose, even as a child, showed promise as a creative mathematical and scientific thinker. As a young student he loved experimenting with different methods…

Adopted when she was two weeks old, Lisa Perez Jackson grew up in the New Orleans, LA area of Pontchartrain Park with her adopted parents Benjamin Perez (a postal worker), his wife Marie and their two sons. While exploring less fortunate neighborhoods of New Orleans as an adolescent, she noticed the unsafe and polluted waterways…

His work led to the worldwide elimination of chlorofluorocarbon gases (CFCs) from aerosol cans and refrigerators. The first Mexican-born citizen to receive the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.  Environmental problems pose a huge threat to Mother Earth, and it’s up to scientists around the world to take a leading role in solving them, says chemist Mario…