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The Need to Connect on An Emotional Level With STEM Learners

By Larry Bock  Co-Founder of USA Science Science & Engineering Festival  No doubt, the influences that move individuals into their chosen field of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) are often as different as night and day, but one thing seems constant: most STEM professionals, in remembering how they made their selection, can trace that ¨A-ha!¨…

Reflecting on National Engineering Week

By Larry Bock  Co-Founder of USA Science Science & Engineering Festival  Engineers are some of the most necessary problem solvers on the planet. They conquer the daunting technological challenges — both immediate and long-range — that stand in the way of human progress and quality of life. You don’t have to think long and hard to…

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…

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…

When was the last time you saw a science special in prime time on one of the major networks? Better yet, when was the last time you heard rock stars speaking passionately and convincingly about the value of science, engineering and technology? If you had to think long and hard before answering, you’re not alone.…

Fed by the news media, our fascination and reverence for celebrities has reached shameless heights. But when you add the element of royalty to the mix, celebrity worship can take off into the stratosphere, triggered even by an item as seemingly mundane as a dress. This leaves me wondering — and angered — over what…

Building a Better Pipeline

In case you missed this on Huffington Post back in September. ~~ written by Larry Bock Sept 13th 2010 We pride ourselves on being a nation of diversity. But when it comes to diversifying our workforce in high-tech fields of tomorrow, well, let’s just say we still have a lot of work to do. Consequently,…

Thanks BioWorld for the article on the USA Science Festival! Read more here: By Trista Morrison BioWorld Today Staff Writer Editor’s note: Biotech Foundations is a new BioWorld Today column that recognizes biotech-related nonprofit organizations, as well as those founded by biotech industry luminaries. Tell us about your nonprofit at newsdesk@bioworld.com. Former biotech venture capitalist…

As a founder and organizer of the upcoming inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival, I’m in frequent contact with a wide range of teachers, students, innovators, community leaders, entrepreneurs and decision makers in science and technology across the country. One thing that I continue to learn from these experiences: There is a growing need out…

It’s funny what inspires one toward a career in science or engineering. Kary Mullins who earned the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1993, says it was the experience of growing up in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina that did it for him. There, in a more simple and idyllic…