Hertz Fellow Erez Lieberman-Aiden Creates Word-Frequency Tool to Measure Quantitative Historical Shifts in Language
Erez Lieberman- Aiden and his data science co-researcher, , Jean-Baptiste Michel, have recounted how, as graduate students at Harvard, they came up with the idea for measuring historical shifts in language and then took the concept to Google. The two have since used this system to analyze centuries of word use, examining the spread of scientific concepts, technological innovations, political repression and even celebrity fame.
Hertz Fellow David Thompson’s Orbital Sciences Milestone Launch: First Satellite Built by High School Students
Orbital Sciences Corporation, the company led by Hertz Fellow David W. Thompson, will reach yet another milepost in the launch of its Minotaur rocket this evening, November 19. The launch will be the 25th overall launch of the Minotaur family of rockets and it carries the most satellites ever launched aboard a single rocket. Among the 29 satellites on board is the first ever satellite to be launched into space that has been built by high school students.
It's American Diabetes Month - Hertz Fellow, David Galas Leads Genetic Research to Fight Diabetes
David J. Galas, Hertz Fellow and Chairman of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Board of Directors, is Principal Scientist for the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute (PNDRI). Dr. Galas is leading the genetic research studies in support of the Institute’s long-standing fight against the global diabetes epidemic. He is particularly interested in the approach that uses modern technology, like full genome sequencing of both humans and mice, to find the gene and environmental interactions that can be related to the pantheon of pathologies around diabetes.
Exceptional Leaders & Scientists Join the Hertz Foundation Board to Advance STEM Education & Innovation
Daniel Goodman, Lily Kim, Thomas Tombrello and Paul Young have accepted positions on the Hertz Foundation Board of Directors. “The quality and caliber of these individuals brings added energy and expertise to achieving the ambitious goals we have set for the Foundation,” said Board Chairman, David Galas. “We consider ourselves fortunate that our four new members have chosen to serve on the Board.”
Space Deliveries to Nanotube Transistors to RNA Molecules: Hertz Fellows Make News
Hertz Fellows are making news with extraordinary advances in their fields. Recent accomplishments range from delivering satellites to the International Space Station to designing a computer using carbon nanotube transistors to studying how RNA molecules fold inside cells. The following six Fellows represent vivid examples of the world changing impact of over 1,100 Hertz Fellowships.
On September 29th, Orbital Sciences saw its Cygnus cargo spacecraft successfully berthed at the International Space Station. David Thompson, Hertz Fellow 1977, is Co-Founder, President and CEO of Orbital Sciences Corporation. The feat brought two spacecraft together while both were hurtling through space at speeds of over 18,000 miles per hour. Cygnus will deliver cargo every three to six months completing its NASA contract. Orbital Sciences is one of only two commercial space companies working with NASA in this capacity.
Hertz Fellow, Board Chairman, Genomic Scientist, David Galas in News
David J. Galas, Ph.D., Hertz Fellow and chairman of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation board of directors, is principal scientist for the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute (PNDRI), a Seattle-based non-profit biomedical research organization founded in 1956 that is helping to lead global research into the disease that is diabetes. Dr. Galas, one of the world’s preeminent research scientists in the diabetes field, was responsible for discovering the gene that partly regulates bone metabolism. His breakthrough research has led to the development of a new medicine that may eliminate osteoporosis as a health problem.
Julius Lucks, Hertz Fellow, Named 2013 New Innovators by National Institute of Health (NIH)
Julius Lucks, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Marco Seandel, assistant professor of cell and developmental biology in surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, have been named 2013 “New Innovators” by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The award is accompanied by a five-year, $1.5 million research grant under the NIH’s “High Risk High Reward” grant program
Max Shulaker, Hertz Fellow, is Researcher Building a Working Carbon Nanotube Computer
Researchers said their protype computer "was a significant demonstration of the ability to work with a material other than silicon with great precision.They also stressed that their research project was entirely compatible with industry-standard manufacturing processes based on silicon. This suggests that in the future it will be possible to build hybrid chips using carbon nanotubes at particular locations, and thus extend the life of silicon in computing."
Vyas Ramanan, Hertz Fellow, Receives Grant to Develop Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to Deliver Vaccines
HST MEMP students Justin Lee, Adam Pan, Vyas Ramanan, Nikhil Vadhavkar, and Andrew Warren, working under Prof. George Barbastathis, have received a Round 8 Global Challenges Exploration Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The team will be using this $100,000 grant to develop unmanned aerial vehicles for developing world countries that can be deployed by health care workers via cell phones to swiftly deliver vaccines to hard-to-reach locations.
Andy Huibers, Hertz Fellow, is Co-Founder of Bump Technologies, Aquired by Google
Andy Huibers wrote the original iOS client and backend for the Bump app, recently listed by Apple as one of the Top 25 Free iOS apps of all time with 130M installs. Bump announced that it was acquired by Google.
Hertz Fellow David Thompson's Orbital Launches 40th Coyote Supersonic Ramjet-Powered Target Missile for U.S. Navy
Coyote Naval Targets Program Marks 10 Years of Successful Development and Operational Flights
Edward Boyden, Hertz Fellow, Honored at World Economic Forum's New Champions 2013
World Economic Forum celebrates 40 preeminent scientific minds at its Annual Meeting of the New Champions. Young Scientists contribute scientific perspective and highlight latest trends from their respective fields.
Hertz Fellow Seth Stein wins Humboldt Research Award
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has awarded Hertz Fellow Seth Stein a Humboldt Research Award.
David Thompson's Orbital Sciences Launches First Antares Rocket
Hertz Fellow David Thompson's company Orbital Sciences Corporation, announces launch of America's newest medium-class space vehicle, the Antares Rocket. Orbital now poised to conduct cargo resupply demonstrations missions to the International Space Station in mid 2013.
Po-Shen Loh leads CMU “Mathletes” Team to Place in Top Five for Second Year in Putnam Competition
Carnegie Mellon “Mathletes” Place Fifth in 2012 Putnam Competition. CMU Team Places Among Top Five Two Years in a Row in North America’s Definitive Math Competition For Undergraduates