USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog

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PLEASE SHARE IF YOU ARE INSPIRED BY THIS STORY! (C’mon, Hit Us With Your Comments! — Yvonne, a pioneer of today’s GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) technology, came up with the propulsion system that helps keep communication satellites in a fixed geosynchronous orbit. Tell us what you think!) When Yvonne Brill accepted the prestigious National Medal…

Satyendranath Bose collaborated with Einstein, and is for whom a family of subatomic particles known as “Bosons” is named Born during British colonial rule in Calcutta (now Kolkata), India in 1894, Satyendranath Bose, even as a child, showed promise as a creative mathematical and scientific thinker. As a young student he loved experimenting with different methods…

Adopted when she was two weeks old, Lisa Perez Jackson grew up in the New Orleans, LA area of Pontchartrain Park with her adopted parents Benjamin Perez (a postal worker), his wife Marie and their two sons. While exploring less fortunate neighborhoods of New Orleans as an adolescent, she noticed the unsafe and polluted waterways…

His work led to the worldwide elimination of chlorofluorocarbon gases (CFCs) from aerosol cans and refrigerators. The first Mexican-born citizen to receive the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.  Environmental problems pose a huge threat to Mother Earth, and it’s up to scientists around the world to take a leading role in solving them, says chemist Mario…

“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…