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5/5/2015 The Hertz Foundation Announces Robbee Baker Kosak as New President - Will Lead Foundation into New Era of Growth and Promote Science Education

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, known for its commitment to providing fellowship support to top PhD students in the physical, biological and engineering sciences, today named Robbee Baker Kosak its new president. Under Kosak’s leadership, the Hertz Foundation is poised to enter a new era of philanthropic leadership as its community of Hertz Fellows grows in size and impact. She is the first woman to be named president by the Foundation and is deeply committed to its mission to support the education of preeminent scientists and engineers.

4/21/2015 Foundation Awards Prestigious Fellowship to 12 Recipients

Awardees are top young minds in STEM, Fellowship covers graduate school and living expenses.

4/7/2015 John Mather, Nobel Laureate and Hertz Fellow, Profiled in San Jose Mercury News for Explaining Mysteries of Universe

John Mather, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics and a Hertz Fellow, continues to explore the mysteries of the universe. He is profiled in the San Jose Mercury News for his work with the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA’s largest ever telescope.

3/27/2015 General (select) Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Hertz Fellow, Confirmed as the Third Female Four-Star General in Air Force History

Air Force officials announced the Senate confirmation of General (select) Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., to the rank of general with the assignment to the position of AFMC commander. Pawlikowski is the third female four-star general in Air Force history.

3/2/2015 Patrick Brown, Hertz Fellow, Profiled in MIT News for Work with Quantum-Dot Solar Cells

Patrick Brown, Hertz Fellow, is profiled in MIT News for his work altering the chemical composition of quantum-dot solar cells. A graduate student at MIT, Brown’s research shows promise for creating less expensive, more flexible and efficient solar cells.

2/26/2015 Manjul Bhargava, Hertz Fellow & Fields Medal Winner, Credits Foundation for Providing Freedom to Innovate

Manjul Bhargava, Hertz Fellow, is profiled in the Livermore Independent. A mathematician who won last year’s Fields Medal, Bhargava credits the Hertz Fellowship for giving him the “freedom, security and encouragement” to explore “wildly nonstandard” math concepts that bore fruit years later.

2/12/2015 Alex Lidow, Hertz Fellow, The Semiconductor Revolutionary-Profiled in Bloomberg Businessweek

Alex Lidow, Hertz Fellow, is profiled in Bloomberg Businessweek for his groundbreaking work in semiconductors. Alex Lidow, a physicist and chief executive officer of Efficient Power Conversion (EPC), has spent much of his career seeking a material that can perform operations faster and survive harsher conditions than silicon.

2/10/2015 50 Finalists Announced for Hertz Foundation Fellowship

Today, the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation announced finalists for the 2015 class of Hertz Fellows. The Foundation was created by entrepreneur John Hertz to inspire and invest in the future of scientific exploration by providing resources and academic freedom to young minds. The Foundation funds graduate education for leaders in the fields of applied physical, biological and engineering sciences and encourages its awardees to pursue science for the public good.

1/23/2015 Ed Boyden, Hertz Fellow, to receive Andrew Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University will award the third annual Andrew Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Sciences to Ed Boyden, Hertz Fellow and associate professor of biological engineering and brain and cognitive sciences at the MIT Media Lab and the MIT McGovern Institute. The prize given by the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) recognizes trailblazers in the mind and brain sciences whose research has helped advance the field and its applications.

1/8/2015 Hertz Fellow 2014 Judith Savitskaya Spotlight on her Journey to the Hertz Fellowship

Hertz Fellow 2014 Judith Savitskaya interview with NorthJersey.com spotlighting on her journey to the Hertz Fellowship.

12/12/2014 Po-Shen Loh, Hertz Fellow and Co-Founder of expii.com Developing Interactive Education in Math and Science

Carnegie Mellon University's Ray Li (S'17) and Assistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences and Hertz Fellow Po-Shen Loh add up to be a dynamic team.Together, they co-founded expii.com, a website that leverages crowdsourcing to develop interactive educational experiences to teach math and science. After completing a more than $1 million round of seed funding, the duo is leading a grassroots effort to improve scientific and mathematical literacy.

9/12/2014 Hertz Fellow Charles E. Leiserson Receives 2014 Ken Kennedy Award for Influence on Parallel Computing Systems

Hertz Fellow Charles E. Leiserson of MIT will receive the 2014 ACM-IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award for his influence on parallel computing systems and their adoption into mainstream use through scholarly research and development. He was also cited for his mentoring of computer science leaders and students. He also developed the Cilk multithreaded programming technology, and led the development of several Cilk-based parallel chess-playing programs, winning numerous prizes in international competition.

8/14/2014 Hertz Fellow Manjul Bhargava Winner of 2014 Fields Medal for New Methods in Geometry of Numbers

Hertz Fellow Manjul Bhargava is winner of the 2014 Fields Medal, the highest award in the field of mathematics. According to the International Mathematical Union citation, he was awarded the prize "for developing powerful new methods in the geometry of numbers, which he applied to count rings of small rank and to bound the average rank of elliptic curves."

7/29/2014 Hertz Fellow David Zhang Develops Fusion Genes Technology for Cancer Research and Personalized Medicine

Hertz Fellow David Zhang, former Postdoctoral Fellow at the Wyss Institute and Ted Law Jr. Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Rice University, working with technology developed by Peng Yin PhD, has developed new technology that can now be used to design probes for virtually any fusion junction.

7/17/2014 Hertz Fellow Kevin Esvelt Leads Team Outlining Way of Altering Entire Wild Populations-Calls for Public Discussion

Hertz Fellow Kevin Esvelt, PhD, Wyss Institute Technology Development Fellow and lead author of two papers published this week. In eLife, Kevin and his collaborators outline a way of using the CRISPR genome engineering system we helped develop to build "gene drives" capable of spreading almost any genomic alteration through nearly any sexually reproducing wild population. It has the potential to merge the fields of molecular biology and ecological engineering, with potential applications ranging from public health to sustainable agriculture to promoting biodiversity. In Science, he's teamed up with a more diverse group of scientists and policy analysts to discuss the safety and regulatory considerations involved and provide a list of recommendations to ensure this technology is applied in a safe, responsible, and fully transparent manner.