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SPOTLIGHT ON KAVLI VIDEO CONTEST ADVISOR JOANNE BUDZIEN

By Stacy Jannis Kavli Science Video Contest Manager The Kavli Science in Fiction Video Contest challenges Gr 6-12 students to examine the science in fiction, including science fiction movies, TV shows, and games. Our contest advisors include science educators , scientists, and Hollywood scifi visual effects experts. Follow #SciInSciFi on twitter to for contest updates.  Dr. Joanne…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Fred Kavli!

Fred Kavli – Physicist, innovator, entrepreneur and philanthropist He made millions manufacturing high-tech sensors for aircraft, cars and appliances; donated much of his fortune to establish the Kavli Foundation — a philanthropy to benefit science, and which is also known for the Kavli Prizes in Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience From the start, physicist Fred Kavli…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Chien Shiung Wu!

Chien Shiung-Wu — Experimental Physicist One of the foremost physicists of the twentieth century, this Chinese-born American researcher was often called the “First Lady of Physics” for her pioneering work, which included radically changing scientific views on the behavior of nuclear particles Chien Shiung-Wu once said: “I sincerely doubt that any open-minded person really believes…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: C.V. Raman!

C.V. Raman – Physicist First Indian scientist to win the Nobel Prize in Physics. Known for his pioneering work in the scattering of light, now commonly called the “Raman Effect” In 1930, at a time of limited opportunities for Indian scientists, his groundbreaking work in optics and the scattering of light led him to become…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Ronald Mickens

Ronald Mickens — Research Physicist and Mathematician Ronald Mickens is a leading authority on oscillations (repetitive, vibrating motions that occur in cycles), and in developing mathematical models for predicting the spread of disease. He has been recognized as an expert on the history of African Americans in science and mathematics. Although he is now a respected…

Celebrating Role Models in Science & Engineering Achievement: Stephen Hawking!

Stephen Hawking: Theoretical Physicist and Bestselling Author Stephen Hawking is often regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein. He is best known for his compelling insights into such areas as Black Holes, relativity and quantum mechanics. Since bursting onto the international scene in 1988 with his bestselling book, “A Brief History…

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…

The world is buzzing from the latest news about the Higgs boson. Last Tuesday, scientists at CERN announced that they have made significant progress towards the search of the Higgs boson. Scientists are confident that the progress made will bring them much closer to the discovery by the end of next year. At the Festival…

How scientifically accurate are today’s Hollywood superhero and sci-fi movies? Surprisingly accurate, says physicist James Kakalios, He should know – he’s author of the widely known book, The Physics of Superheroes, which examines such things. In this video clip (below) from the 2010 Festival, Dr. Kakalios talks about what makes recent movies like Iron Man…

Engineering.com has a Great Science Teacher Video Contest happening right now! Watch and rate teachers in action as they explain projectile motion, Newton’s 3rd Law and many more science concepts. This is a competition with $3500 in prize money and prestige on the line, so please be sure to rate the videos by clicking on…