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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.

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.

7/17/2014 Hertz Fellow Amy Ousterhout Experimenting with Scalable Centralized Data Systems

Jonathan Perry, Amy Ousterhout, Hari Balakrishnan, Devavrat Shah, Hans Fugal M.I.T. Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab No-wait data centers. New system could reduce data-transmission delays across server farms by 99.6 percent.

5/13/2014 Hertz Fellow Alice Gast to Become President of Imperial College London

Hertz Fellow Alice Gast will be the16th president of Imperial College London. She also will be the first woman and the first from overseas to hold this position. The appointment will become effective in September of 2014. Gast has been at Lehigh University since 2006. In 2010, Gast was named a U.S. Science Envoy by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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.

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