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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…

–Considered the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees –Her research of primates has led the way to giving us valuable insight into our closest relatives in the animal kingdom At the age of 78, famed British primatology researcher Jane Goodall still maintains a hectic schedule. She is said to be on the road more than 300…

Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: William A. Hinton – Physician and Bacteriologist

–Known for developing the first highly accurate standardized test for the sexually transmitted infection, syphilis –First black professor appointed at Harvard Medical School Academically talented, William Hinton from the start wanted to be recognized for his achievements instead of his race. As a high school senior in 1909, he was offered a scholarship reserved for…

Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Julie Schablitsky – Archaeologist

–One of the nation’s leading historical archaeologists –Using forensics and other techniques, her digging excavations have shed light on a wide-range of historical events –from the life of Naval hero John Paul Jones to the Donner Party ( America’s classic story of cannibalism) From the time she went on her first archeological excavation at age…

Buckyballs Roll into the Pit of Folly: A feature by Festival Nifty Fifty Speaker Dr. Joe Schwarcz Ph.D

The most memorable remaining landmark from Montreal’s fabulous Expo 67 is the giant geodesic dome designed by architect, engineer and futurist Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) for the U.S. pavilion. The magnificent 62 meter high dome now houses an environmental museum known as the “Biosphere.” Fuller, who dreamed of energy efficient homes, recycling and global sustainability long…

Role Models in Science & Engineering: Jawed Karim — Computer Science Innovator

–Co-creator and co-founder of YouTube with partners Chad Hurley and Steven Chen –One of the first computer engineers behind the success of PayPal, the online payment service –Recently started his own internet service, Youniversity Ventures Even as a teen, Jawed Karim displayed considerable talent and genius in the realm of computer science. Among his early…

Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Yoky Matsuoka — Leading Researcher in Neurobotics

–One of the nation’s preeminent scientists in neurobotics — an emerging field that merges neuroscience with robotics –Her work could one day allow artificial limbs to be controlled directly through patients’  brain signals Growing up in Japan, Yoky Matsuoka, driven and highly competitive, was on her way to becoming a world-class tennis player, even having…

–Famous for naming and advancing the scientific concept of “Fuzzy Logic” as well as “Fuzzy Sets” and “Fuzzy Systems” –These concrete principles have been applied to numerous fields – from computer technology to artificial intelligence You’ve likely heard of the term “Fuzzy Logic” or “Fuzzy Mathematics”.  But despite what their names may imply, there is…