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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. …

From the Manchineel to the Yew, Trees are a Source for Good or Evil

Guest Blog by Festival Nifty Fifty Speaker Joe Schwarcz PhD According to Talmudic tradition, a wise rabbi once proclaimed that if a person planting a tree were told that the Messiah had arrived, he should finish planting before going to greet him. That of course was long before there was any awareness of the important role trees…

By F. Mark Modzelewski The USA Science & Engineering Festival, supported by presenting host sponsor Lockheed Martin, is pleased to announce the launch of the 2013/14 school year “Nifty Fifty,” an innovative program that brings over 150 noted science and engineering professionals to schools across New York, California and the Washington, D.C. metro area to speak…

Role Models in Science and Engineering: Nifty Fifty Speaker Dr. Diandra Leslie-Pelecky

Celebrating Women’s History Month with another STEM Role Model! In today’s blog we feature Nanomaterials Physicist Dr. Diandra Leslie-Pelecky. We are excited to announce that Dr. Leslie-Pelecky will be serving as a Nifty Fifty Speaker for the Festival! She has appeared on television for ESPN, H2 and VOOM channels, and in print for publications such as…

Bob Madigan – WTOP’s “Man About Town” Broadcasts from a Nifty Fifty Presentation!

Rockville High School in Rockville, MD was visited by Dr. April Croxton, Marine Biologist from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Dr. Croxton is one of the AT&T Sponsored Nifty Fifty X 2 Speakers. WTOP’s “Man About Town” Bob Madigan was on hand to broadcast Dr. Croxton’s presentation and even catch some student comments…

Popping Off about Gluten-Free Rice Krispies

By Joe Schwarcz PhD, Author, USASEF Expo Performer, AT&T Sponsored Nifty Fifty Program Speaker The malt flavouring is gone! Celiac sufferers are no longer limited to listening to the snap, crackle and pop of Rice Krispies! They can actually eat the cereal that has been music to the ears of legions since 1928 but has…

Geyser Gets a Little Help From Chemistry

By Joe Schwarcz PhD, Author, USASEF Expo Performer, AT&T Sponsored Nifty Fifty Program Speaker Yellowstone National Park’s iconic “Old Faithful” geyser is pretty faithful. It can be counted on to erupt every 50-90 minutes. Iceland’s “Great Geysir,” from which all other geysers get their name is less reliable. It was mostly dormant for sixty five…

Nifty Fifty Speaker Carol Reiley is on the Cover of MAKE Magazine!

AT&T Sponsored Nifty Fifty Program Speaker and Surgical Roboticist Carol Reiley made the recent cover of MAKE Magazine! She is the first female engineer to make the cover of the magazine. Volume 29 of MAKE features an interview and two articles co-authored by Carol. Carol, a Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins University’s Computational Interaction and…

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…

Like a detective on the hunt, researcher and Nifty Fifty Speaker Sarah Fortune is trying to figure out how Mycobacterium tuberculosis – the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB) – is able to defend itself so well against drug treatment and the body’s immune system. The challenge is a daunting one. As much as one-third of…