USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog

Archives for January, 2014

No doubt, extreme sports – ranging from competitive big-wave surfing and downhill skiing to the rigors of the Ironman Triathlon – represent some of the most challenging, intense and risky undertakings around. Get ready for a behind-the-scenes look this April at how some of the world’s most daring X-athletes use principles of science to achieve their amazing feats…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Gerty Theresa Cori!

Gerty Theresa Cori — Biochemist Often considered one of the greatest women scientists of the 20th century. The first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine; known for her discovery (with husband Carl Cori and physiologist Bernardo Houssay) of how the body metabolizes glucose Born Gerty Theresa Radnitz in 1896 in…

Find Your Passion at the USA Science & Engineering Festival

Guest Blog By Melissa Rhoads, biotechnology strategist at Lockheed Martin Every New Year’s Eve, my siblings and cousins wrote down what we wanted to be when we grew up, and year after year, I dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. It was not until I cleaned manure all day at a volunteer zoo event that I…

Dream Big: A New Year’s Resolution for Tomorrow’s Science Innovators

By Larry Bock  Co-Founder of USA Science Science & Engineering Festival  Seemingly as fast as the speed of technology, another new year is upon us, leaving us to ponder and predict what the next 12 months will bring. You only have to view a recent issue of Popular Science which lists the top 100 innovations that…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Sonya Kovalevsky

Sonya Kovalevsky – Russian-born Mathematician One of the world’s best mathematicians of her era; established first major result in general theory of partial differential equations; first modern European woman appointed to full professorship; advocate of women’s rights Sonya Kovalevsky (also known as Sofia Kowalevski) was born in Russia in 1850 and became a noted mathematician…

Spotlight on X-STEM Speaker Dr. Hod Lipson

X-STEM – presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune – is an Extreme STEM symposium for elementary through 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 top STEM role models and industry leaders are sure to ignite your students’ curiosity through…

SPOTLIGHT ON KAVLI VIDEO CONTEST ADVISOR JAMES KAKALIOS

By Stacy Jannis Kavli Science Video Contest Manager The Kavli Science in Fiction Video Contest challenges Gr 6-12 students to examine the science in fiction, including science fiction movies, TV shows, and games. Our contest advisors include science educators , scientists, and Hollywood scifi visual effects experts. Follow #SciInSciFi on twitter  for contest updates. James Kakalios is a physic…

Thank you to Nifty Fifty Speaker Dr. Margaret Hamburg!

By Lisa Matthews Bladensburg High School and the biomedical sciences program welcomed Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of the FDA, on Wednesday January 15th as a Nifty Fifty Speaker, sponsored by InfoComm International.  She was honored with a color guard, musical presentation and was presented by the Mayor of Bladensburg with a proclamation honoring her accomplishments. …

It’s Okay to Be Smart – And Cool – About Science!

Sometimes students get the wrong message from peers: that it is not cool to be smart in science and other STEM disciplines. But biologist Joe Hanson has a more positive signal that he likes to send to kids – in fact the name of his popular science show on YouTube (via PBS Digital Studios) says…

Are you wowed and awed by the mysteries of the Universe, the courage of astronauts, innovative space technologies, and stunning images from other worlds? Want to learn how you can become a space explorer? Well, get ready to find “Your Place in Space” with The Planetary Society – the largest and most influential space interest organization on…