USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog

Archives for January, 2013

USA Science and Engineering Festival Mascot Contest

Are you a talented artist that loves science? The USA Science & Engineering Festival is looking for a Mascot and we need YOUR help to design the new face of the largest celebration of science and engineering! We are looking for a mascot design that captures the spirit of the USA Science & Engineering Festival!…

Fifty Thousand Facebook Fans and Counting!

  We are so excited to share the news that the USA Science & Engineering Festival Facebook page now has over 50,000 fans!  Facebook serves as a wonderful medium for us to reach a population of STEM enthusiasts! Facebook is a platform for us to connect with our fans using humor and intellect to spread the…

–Through her studies of air, water and food quality in the Industrial Age, she introduced the word “ecology” to the U.S. lexicon as early as 1892 –First woman admitted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and first American woman to earn a degree in chemistry Ellen Swallow Richards (1842-1911), who introduced the word ecology…

Announcing X-STEM! Extreme STEM Symposium!

The Festival will be unveiling a new program called X-STEM on Thursday, April 24, 2014. X-STEM is a special “Extreme” symposium for middle and high school students featuring interactive presentations by an exclusive group of visionaries who aim to empower and inspire kids about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). These STEM role…

–Director of the famous Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History, New York City — Hosted the science TV show “NOVA scienceNOW” on PBS –Named to host new sequel to Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” TV series on Fox later in 2013 In addition to his research, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is widely known for using…

–Widely considered the founder of modern-day Pediatric Cardiology –Discovered the cause of “Blue Baby Syndrome” in infants, and helped ban the use of the drug Thalidomide for pregnant women in the U.S. –Battled dyslexia as a child, and deafness in the later years of her career For years, physicians were baffled by “Blue Baby Syndrome”…

–Called the “Father of the Green Revolution” –Using research in plant genetics, he developed high-yielding, disease-resistant strains of wheat and other crops to dramatically increase food production in poor, developing countries –Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his work In addition to being called the “Father of the Green Revolution”, American agricultural scientist…

Role Models in Science & Engineering Research: Eva Crane — World-Authority on Bees

–Trained as a nuclear physicist, she abandoned that field to travel the world researching the behavior and history of bees –Established the first worldwide organization for exchanging authoritative research information on bees Born in Britain in 1912, Eva Crane earned a Ph.D. in nuclear physics but left that field to pursue her fascination with bees…

–Known as the “Lady of the Cells” for her Nobel Prize-winning discovery of NGF (nerve growth factor) which helped unlock mysteries of both normal and abnormal growth of nerve cells in the body –Died recently in Italy at age 103 Even up to her final days of life, Rita Levi-Montalcini — the internationally-known biologist and…

Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Farouk El-Baz — Geologist

–The key scientist who helped NASA plan and identify the Moon landing location for Apollo 11 –Currently is a leading expert in the study of deserts and how to find and sustain water in such environments in the Arab world Two years before America’s historic Apollo 11 moon landing mission was officially confirmed, NASA turned…