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Archives for April, 2013

Going Hollywood: Science Accuracy Makes Its Long-Awaited Arrival in TV and Movies

By USA Science & Engineering Festival Founder Larry Bock In what started out as a hopeful trickle more than four years ago has seemingly evolved into a full-blown trend: Suddenly it’s cool and hip to be a scientist in Hollywood. Ranging from such blockbuster films as The Amazing Spiderman, Battleship, The Avengers, and Iron Man 2 to TV hits including House, Fringe, Criminal…

The Countdown Begins! 365 Days Until the USA Science & Engineering Festival!

Save the date: the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo is just one year away! We are so excited to bring you the largest celebration of science & engineering for the 3rd time! Leading up to the Expo we will have affiliate events, the return of the Nifty Fifty (x3), contests, and school programs! The Festival week will…

Guest Blogger USA Science & Engineering Festival Nifty Fifty Speaker Joe Schwarcz PhD I had my tonsils out in 1954. In those days a few bouts of tonsillitis, and out they came. I remember being plied with chloroform before the operation and with ice cream after. I also remember being given a special gum, “imported from…

Role Models in Science and Engineering: Les Paul

Celebrating another Role Model in Science & Engineering Achievement! Rock and roll as we know it today would not exist without his invention –the solid body electric guitar. Little wonder legends like Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and Eddie Van Halen consider him an icon. Throughout his life, Les remained an innovator as a guitar player…

Role Models in Science and Engineering: Bonnie Dunbar

Celebrating another role model in science & engineering achievement! Bonnie Dunbar played a key role in building the Space Shuttle craft and developing its thermal protection system. A veteran of five Space Shuttle flights, she today serves as a role model to thousands in STEM education and careers To read the full biography of Bonnie Dunbar…

Role Models in Science and Engineering: Swati Vilas Pol

Celebrating another Role Model in Science & Engineering Achievement! Noted Materials Science Researcher Swati Vilas Pol is creating a new green technology that converts plastic bags and plastic bottles into carbon waste material for a wide range of uses — from water purification to powering electronic devices. Awesome! To read her full biography click here

Role Models in Science and Engineering: Ali Javan

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement! Ali Javan’s important work is a major component of what you are doing right now- using the internet. To read his full biography and the profiles of all our STEM Role Models click here.

Role Models in Science and Engineering: Nifty Fifty Speaker Dr. Mary Cleave

We are excited to announce that Dr. Mary Cleave will be serving as a Nifty Fifty Speaker for the Festival! Long considered a role model in science and space exploration for her achievements, Mary is the recipient of various honors, including  being the recipient of the American Astronautical Society Flight Achievement Award (1989); NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal…

Role Models in Science and Engineering: Severo Ochoa

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Achievement! Biochemist and molecular biologist Severo Ochoa is best known for sharing the 1959 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with American biochemist Arthur Kornberg for discovering a bacterial enzyme that enabled him to synthesize RNA (ribonucleic acid). To read his full biography and other STEM Role Models click…