USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog

Archives for December, 2012

Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: William A. Hinton – Physician and Bacteriologist

–Known for developing the first highly accurate standardized test for the sexually transmitted infection, syphilis –First black professor appointed at Harvard Medical School Academically talented, William Hinton from the start wanted to be recognized for his achievements instead of his race. As a high school senior in 1909, he was offered a scholarship reserved for…

Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Julie Schablitsky – Archaeologist

–One of the nation’s leading historical archaeologists –Using forensics and other techniques, her digging excavations have shed light on a wide-range of historical events –from the life of Naval hero John Paul Jones to the Donner Party ( America’s classic story of cannibalism) From the time she went on her first archeological excavation at age…

Buckyballs Roll into the Pit of Folly: A feature by Festival Nifty Fifty Speaker Dr. Joe Schwarcz Ph.D

The most memorable remaining landmark from Montreal’s fabulous Expo 67 is the giant geodesic dome designed by architect, engineer and futurist Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) for the U.S. pavilion. The magnificent 62 meter high dome now houses an environmental museum known as the “Biosphere.” Fuller, who dreamed of energy efficient homes, recycling and global sustainability long…

Role Models in Science & Engineering: Jawed Karim — Computer Science Innovator

–Co-creator and co-founder of YouTube with partners Chad Hurley and Steven Chen –One of the first computer engineers behind the success of PayPal, the online payment service –Recently started his own internet service, Youniversity Ventures Even as a teen, Jawed Karim displayed considerable talent and genius in the realm of computer science. Among his early…

Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Yoky Matsuoka — Leading Researcher in Neurobotics

–One of the nation’s preeminent scientists in neurobotics — an emerging field that merges neuroscience with robotics –Her work could one day allow artificial limbs to be controlled directly through patients’  brain signals Growing up in Japan, Yoky Matsuoka, driven and highly competitive, was on her way to becoming a world-class tennis player, even having…

–Famous for naming and advancing the scientific concept of “Fuzzy Logic” as well as “Fuzzy Sets” and “Fuzzy Systems” –These concrete principles have been applied to numerous fields – from computer technology to artificial intelligence You’ve likely heard of the term “Fuzzy Logic” or “Fuzzy Mathematics”.  But despite what their names may imply, there is…

The Magical Effects of Vinegar: A feature by Festival Nifty Fifty Speaker Dr. Joe Schwarcz Ph.D

In 218 B.C. the Carthaginian general Hannibal crossed the Alps with his elephants to settle a score with Rome. The perilous journey almost came to an end when his army approached what looked like an impenetrable rock fall. But Hannibal, an ingenious leader, had a trick up his sleeve. Or at least, some vinegar in…

– At age 25,  he co-discovered the synthetic compound norethindrone, which formed the chemical basis of the first oral contraceptive, or birth control pill. –The Pill is often called one of the most important inventions of the 20th century, and for his achievements, Luis’s honors include being recognized by the Institution of Chemical Engineers  as…

Women Who Changed the World Through Science and Engineering: Krisana Kraisintu

Wonderful story to share about this scientist from Thailand with a deep passion to help others- she truly is a role model in science & engineering! For the full biography of Krisana Kraisintu and all of our role models click here

Calling All Exhibitors….

Exhibitor applications are now being accepted for the 3rd Festival! Don’t miss out on our Early Bird Special! We invite you to celebrate science at the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival, the largest celebration of science and engineering in the United States! The 3rd Science Festival will kick off with nationwide school programs, contests…