USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog

Archives for October, 2012

“Even though he is a world-renowned scientist — including being the recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Science (the highest honor that the U.S. can bestow upon a researcher) — Shu Chien is also known for mentoring a generation of high school, undergraduate and graduate students research, which speaks volumes about his dedication to…

Looking back on his childhood days in Prince Edward County, Virginia, acoustical scientist James Edward West, says curiosity ruled his life. “If I had a screwdriver and a pair of pliers, anything that could be opened was in danger,” remembers James with a laugh. “I had this need to know what was inside.” One day…

PLEASE SHARE IF YOU ARE INSPIRED BY THIS STORY! Dian Fossey’s path to studying gorillas in Africa began in San Francisco, where she was born.  Her father (an insurance agent) and her mother (a fashion model) divorced when she was 6, at about the time she began developing a keen interest in animals, including becoming…

Some of you may find this surprising, but I don’t mind ironing.  Unlike giving a lecture, writing a column or appearing on TV or radio, you get immediate gratification.  You see the results of your efforts.  Wrinkles that were there before are gone.  I suspect, however, that not everyone shares my enthusiasm for this task. …

Co-inventor of “Hospital-in-a-Box”, a solar-powered, life-saving operating room which can be transported to remote areas of Africa and set up quickly Although he spent part of his youth in America (including going to high school in Cleveland, OH), Seyi Oyesola’s heart was always in his native country of Nigeria as he dreamed of returning there…

Read more…. These days the eyes of the academic chemistry community are riveted on a courtroom in Los Angeles where UCLA chemistry professor Patrick Harran stands accused of “willfully violating occupational safety and health standards and causing the death of a young technician in his laboratory.” Many professors are following the trial with trepidation, mindful…

 Read More…  Credited with helping to popularize physics and other fields of science for millions of students worldwide with his futuristic way of presenting these frontiers, Michio Kaku says his explorations into such realms began in childhood when his hero Albert Einstein died.  He was eight when he learned of Einstein’s death, and he remembers…

(Science Question of the Day:  Are you often teased and put down by peers and others because of your love of science or engineering?  So was Ellen.  Read her amazing story of success!) Blasting off into space was once an all-male’s game.  But on the heels of such trailblazers as Sally Ride, engineer and inventor…

Read More… Although dance was among her first loves while growing up in Decatur, Alabama, Mae Jemison also had a high degree of interest in science, particularly space exploration. “I always knew I’d go to space,” she says with a smile. A desire to help others through medicine was also high on her list. With…

Read More… The next time in class that you are contemplating the value of such algebraic equations as x^2 – 20 x + 100 = 81 x , think of Muhammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī and the power he unleashed to scientists, engineers, mathematicians — and everyday people — to solve a wide range of problems…