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4/10/2014 The Fannie and John Hertz Hertz Foundation Announces Fifteen 2014 Fellows

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation announces Fifteen 2014 Fellows In The Applied Physical, Biological, and Engineering Sciences. Dr. Jay Davis, President of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation today announced the names of 15 men and women chosen as 2014 Hertz Fellows. This year, eight women and seven men will receive the Hertz Fellowship. Each is awarded a stipend and full tuition support for up to five years of graduate study in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences. The 15 new Fellows were chosen from nearly 800 applicants.

4/10/2014 Hertz Fellow Jeff Thompson is co-author with colleagues at Harvard of paper published in Nature

2009 Hertz Fellow Jeff Thompson is co-author with colleagues at Harvard of the paper: Nanophotonic quantum phase switch with a single atom T. G. Tiecke, J. D. Thompson, N. P. de Leon, L. R. Liu, V. Vuletic & M. D. Lukin

3/4/2014 Kelly Moynihan, Hertz Fellow 2012, Published in Nature

Kelly Moynihan is co-author of a paper recently published in the journal, Nature. Kelly and her colleagues Haipeng Liu, Yiran Zheng, Gregory L. Szeto, Adrienne V. Li, Bonnie Huang, Debra S. Van Egeren, Clara Park and Darrell J. Irvine were published February 16, 2014. The paper, titled “Structure-Based Programming of Lymph-Node Targeting in Molecular Vaccines,” describes research that may benefit cancer patients.

2/20/2014 Hertz Fellow Paul Nielsen named as a Winner of Pittsburgh Times 2014 Diamond Awards

Hertz Fellow and Hertz Foundation Board Member, Paul Nielsen named among winners of 2014 Pittsburgh Business Times Diamond Awards. Major General (Retired) Paul D. Nielsen has been selected as a winner of the Pittsburgh Business Times 2014 Diamond Awards. Honoring the region’s top CEOs and presidents, the Award recognizes Nielsen’s achievements as CEO and Director of the Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI). His leadership, customer service philosophy, relationship with employees, and contributions to the community have been instrumental to the growing impact of SEI regionally, nationally and globally. Nielsen was selected by an independent panel of judges who are former Diamond Award winners.

2/14/2014 Hertz Fellows Lt General USAF Ellen Pawlikowski & Stanford Professor Stephen P. Boyd Elected to National Academy of Engineering

The Hertz Foundation is proud to share the news that Lieutenant General USAF Ellen M. Pawlikowski and Stanford Professor Stephen P. Boyd have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). The Academy has elected 67 U.S. and 11 Foreign Associate new members. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice or education. Membership is one of the highest professional honors accorded an engineer. There are over 30 Hertz Fellows who have been elected to the NAE or the National Academy of Science.

2/13/2014 The Hertz Foundation Names 50 Top Finalists for the 2014 Hertz Graduate Fellowship

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation has named the 50 top finalists for the 2014 Hertz Fellowship, considered to be the nation’s most prestigious graduate education award in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences. The finalists were selected from nearly 800 applicants. Up to 15 graduate students will be named 2014 Hertz Fellows in late March. Valued at more than a quarter million dollars per student, this support, lasting up to five years, is also considered to be the nation’s most generous. More than $200 million (present day value) in fellowships has been awarded for the graduate education of 1154 Hertz Fellows since 1963, in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Finalists represent 29 universities from across the nation, including Harvard, Stanford, the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, Berkeley, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Fields of study for the Hertz Fellowship range from neuroscience, bioengineering, materials science, physics, computer science, quantitative biology, astronautics and aeronautics to additional areas in STEM education.

1/31/2014 Hertz Fellow Mike Montemerlo Brings Google's Self-Driving Car to Livermore's Bankhead Theater

Google Staff Software Engineer Mike Montemerlo, the software lead on the Google Self-Driving Car, explains the science behind the autonomous vehicles as featured speaker for the Rae Dorough Speakers Series on January 28, 2014 at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, CA.

1/30/2014 The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Debuts YouTube Channel

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation announces that its YouTube Channel has been published at http://www.youtube.com/user/hertzfoundation. This searchable, curated gallery features scientists and engineers who are impacting physics, chemistry, robotics, medicine, bioinformatics, energy capture/storage, mathematics, asteroid management, and many more disciplines in science and engineering. Featured videos include reflections on the phenomenal Hertz Fellows Community; the impact of one’s investment; and why individuals render service to the Foundation.

1/22/2014 DARPA Hosts 87 Fellows in an Unprecedented Gathering

DARPA Hosts 87 Fellows in an Unprecedented Gathering: Two-Day Event Generates Rich Discussions, Exercises and Presentations on the DARPA Process for Problem-Solving. The pilot experiment may lead to regular sessions at six-month intervals.

12/12/2013 Jeff Gore, Hertz Fellow 1999, named Pew Biomedical Researcher of the Month

Jeff Gore has been named the Pew Charitable Trust’s biomedical researcher of the month for his creative work in evolutionary systems biology. Gore, an assistant professor in physics at MIT, is studying how game theory can be applied to bacterial evolution, with the goal of understanding how pathogens become resistant to drugs.

12/7/2013 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.

11/19/2013 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.

11/14/2013 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.

11/8/2013 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.”

11/1/2013 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.

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