Points of View

Everyone Can Be An Inventor: Our Invention Ambassadors Share What You Need To Know

At the Invention Ambassador Capstone Panel Discussion at the start of June, our Invention Ambassadors for 2018 – 2019 discussed how invention is being used in ways relating to health, diversity, and inclusion. A significant part of the AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program is to foster an interest in invention, and encourage the participation of invention…

“From University to Invention to Entrepreneurship”

AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors have participated in the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) annual meeting for the past five years, spearheading discussion relevant to invention through panel discussions. Neela White and Invention Ambassador Dr. Karen Burg authored “From University to Invention to Entrepreneurship,” which discusses this past year’s AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador panel at the NAI annual…

Inspiring Equitable Innovation in Healthcare

The AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program participated in the inaugural webinar of the UnitedHealth Group’s Academy of Technology (AoT). AoT includes top technologists across the enterprise and aims to provide an opportunity for its elite, global technical community to contribute to the company’s innovation agenda, support the investigation and implementation of breakthrough technologies and concepts and…

Designing for Diversity

Invention Ambassador and Forbes.com contributor Stephen Key recently published a fantastic article on the importance of invention for diversity and inclusion. What would the world look like if there was more diversity and inclusion in inventing? Over the past few years, academic research has identified significant disparities in the rate at which people obtain patents….

Invention Ambassadors Inspire IBM Academy of Technology

This story first appeared on the IBM Academy of Technology web-page. It summarizes the Invention Ambassadors webinar with over 250 IBM employees. A link to the story is included below.  The AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors partnered with the IBM Academy of Technology to create a conversation between impactful and prolific inventors. Our inventors demonstrated Einstein’s theory that, “Imagination is…

IBM Academy of Technology & AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors: Creating a Better World Through Invention

On July 30, 2019, the IBM Academy of Technology and the AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program hosted a conversation on how we can create a better world through invention. This conversation aimed to spark discussion about why more people should invent and the best ways to spark innovative ideas to better serve society. AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors…

Printing vaccines at the pharmacy or at home will be the way of the future

The US government doesn’t skimp on bio-preparedness. Vaccines and other countermeasures are carefully developed in anticipation of disease outbreaks or bioterrorist attacks. The Strategic National Stockpile maintains a hefty inventory of medicines, supplies, and equipment, which can be shipped almost anywhere within 12 hours. In situations ranging from the 2001 anthrax attacks to 2016’s Zika scare, Americans…

Achieving the Promise of Diverse STEM Workforce

On May 9, 2019 Shirley Malcom, AAAS Senior Advisor, testified before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. The hearing, Achieving the Promise of a Diverse STEM Workforce, was held to inform the Committee’s STEM Opportunity Act, which aims to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM. During her written and oral testimony, Dr…

Nurse Inventor Advocates for Leadership and Innovation to Improve Patient Outcomes

On April 11, 2019, AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador Rachel Walker, gave the keynote address at the 44th Oncology Nursing Society Congress. The Congress is the largest conference dedicated to oncology nursing. One of the sponsors, Johnson and Johnson, caught up with Rachel after her talk to learn more about her journey to becoming a nurse inventor….

The Overlooked Importance of the Invention Ecosystem

We sat down with the AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors while they were in Washington D.C. for the AAAS Annual Meeting.  We spoke to each about the importance of invention, the impact of their work, and what it has been like to be an Invention Ambassador. We end our 10 part series with Karen Burg’s insights on the…