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The ‘Nifty Fifty (times 4)’, a program of Science Spark, presented by InfoComm International, are a group of 200 noted science and engineering professionals who will fan out across the Washington, D.C. area in the 2014-2015 school year to speak about their work and careers at various middle and high schools.  Meet Nifty Fifty Speaker…

USA Science & Engineering Festival Announces 2016 Event Dates and Plans for Expanded Outreach

The USA Science & Engineering Festival is proud to announce the return of Lockheed Martin as its 2016 Founding and Presenting Host and expanded outreach activities to engage our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). “The USA Science & Engineering Festival provides an essential introduction and gateway to the exciting world of STEM,”…

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…