While coronavirus will undoubtedly be the first thing people remember about 2020, the prominent role of science in society won’t be far behind – as I’ve written about previously.
And so it was with this year’s Nobel Prize announcements in the sciences that we were reminded of some other great achievements of our time away from the race to find a vaccine, with each of them rightly gaining a good share of media attention.
To me, three things stood out.
1) U.K. pedigree
Ahead of the publication of the U.K. government’s new industrial strategy – in which science and innovation are anticipated to underpin all of the main themes – we were
Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was named Federal Employee of the Year during the program sponsored by the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit think tank that promotes good government and federal employees.
His selection and the honoring of other government scientists amounted to an understated, if unintended, rebuke to a Trump administration known for undermining science when it doesn’t fit the preferred political narrative.
While there has “always been some degree of political friction” in the numerous high-profile public health efforts he has participated in, Fauci, without mentioning President Trump during a telephone interview, said the current level of politics in science “definitely supersedes any of the other ones.”
All the honorees “represent the many exceptional federal employees who have proudly and passionately dedicated their lives to making a difference for our country and our world,” said a statement by Max
A Rochester Institute of Technology researcher is part of a team that has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to use artificial intelligence to better understand the role of facial expressions in signed and spoken languages.
As part of the project, researchers will develop an application to teach American Sign Language learners about associated facial expressions and head gestures. They will also develop an application that makes the facial expressions of a signer anonymous, when privacy is a concern.
The nearly $1 million grant is part of the NSF Convergence Accelerator, a program that supports use-inspired, team-based, and multidisciplinary research to produce solutions to national-scale societal challenges.
The project, called Data and AI Methods for Modeling Facial Expressions in Language with Applications to Privacy for the Deaf, American Sign Language (ASL) Education and Linguistic Research, is co-led by a multidisciplinary team of researchers at three universities. The team includes
In June of this year, as more of the world began to awaken to the many ways that people of color are systematically discriminated against amid months of protest, a wide number of companies announced initiatives aimed at improving the representation of underrepresented groups within their own ranks and as recipients of their investment dollars.
Unsurprisingly, Alphabet, among the world’s biggest and most profitable companies, was among them. Specifically, as part of Alphabet’s commitment, Jewel Burks Solomon — who is the head of the company’s nine-year-old program Google for Startups — agreed to help steer $5 million in cash rewards of up to $100,000 to select startups.
The company didn’t waste much time. Today, Solomon is announcing that the money has been committed to 76 different startups that were chosen for their geographic diversity as well as the diversity of their companies’ mission.
H Code, the largest Hispanic digital media company in the U.S., today announced its sponsorship of the 33rd Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards, celebrating Latino leadership, impact, and culture. The broadcast of the Awards will be on October 6th on PBS stations and streamed on PBS.org. H Code also supports the mission of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation year-round by amplifying the historical nonprofit’s messages, programs and resources to millions of Latinos across the country.
“H Code is honored to sponsor such a historic celebration and continue our work with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, an organization whose mission resonates immensely with our own,” says Jonathan Patton, Vice President of Sales at H Code. “We look forward to collectively celebrating Latinos and the individuals that move our country forward every day.”
Created by the White House in 1988, the Hispanic Heritage Awards commemorate the establishment of Hispanic Heritage Month in the United
Christine Lozano and Dr. Alicia Ruvinsky, both members of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Information Technology Laboratory team, were named winners of the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Association Conference (HENAAC) 2020 Great Minds in STEM award.
HENAAC’s annual awards have recognized America’s top engineers and scientists from the Hispanic community for the past 31 years. Lozano was named a STEM hero, while Ruvinsky was honored for professional achievement.
“When I was younger, I was introduced to a drafting class by a female architect,” said Lozano. “It was through this drafting class that I realized that my appreciation for art and creativity could go hand in hand with my strength in math. As I kept looking around, I had male engineering influences, who I am so thankful for because they nurtured my goals and desires, but I never really had a female STEM influence. One of my dreams
Washington D.C., October 02, 2020 –
On Sunday, Oct. 4, during the 2020 annual meeting, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) will present two awards for extraordinary impact on the engineering profession. The Simon Ramo Founders Award will be presented to Frances S. Ligler for her research contributions and leadership in engineering. The Arthur M. Bueche Award will be given to Arden L. Bement Jr. for his contributions to technology research, policy, and national and international cooperation.
Frances S. Ligler is the Ross Lampe Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University and the School of Medicine and College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ligler is being recognized with the Simon Ramo Founders Award “for the invention and development of portable optical biosensors, service to the nation and
Jon Prideaux, CEO Boku, commented, “Boku are thrilled to be recognized in both focus areas of our business. Our customers rely on us to develop solutions and connectivity that enable them to seamlessly and securely transact with their customers in every corner of the globe. These awards highlight the value we have and will continue to deliver to the global brands that make up our customer base.”
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Thirteen of San Diego County’s technology innovators were recognized at the 13th annual Top Tech Awards which honors the region’s “unsung heroes” of information technology in the areas of business, education, government and nonprofit organizations.
For the first time ever due to the pandemic, the event was hosted in an immersive virtual environment with collaborator VirBELA, where nearly 400 attendees created their own avatars to celebrate the county’s outstanding information technology executives. Cox Business Vice President Duane Cameron and USS Midway IT Director Joe Gursky delivered opening remarks at the virtual event. Gursky served as the 2020 Top Tech Awards Judging Chair. The event was hosted by Heather Myers, morning anchor and weather reporter for CBS 8 in San Diego.
Rich Coppa, vice president of infrastructure and facilities and CIO for The Arc of San Diego received the Lifetime Achievement award. Jake Fields, co-founder and chief technology officer
NASA Marshall Leaders Present Industry, Advocate Awards Sept. 30
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Sept. 30, 2020
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On Sept. 30, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, virtually presented its Industry & Advocate Awards for fiscal year 2020. The awards reflect leadership in the aerospace business community and sustained achievement in service to Marshall and to NASA’s overarching mission.
This year’s recipients are:
Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems Inc. was named Marshall’s Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year for support of the Marshall Small Business Subcontracting Program under the Space Launch System Booster Element Contract.
Bastion Technologies Inc. was named Marshall’s Small Business Prime contractor of the Year for support of Marshall’s Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate under the Safety and Mission Assurance Services Contract.
ION Corporation was named Marshall’s Small Business Subcontractor of the