Points of View

Clean, Green and Sustainable

  If we want a positive future…we need to solve two issues: sustainable energy and climate change. We use most of our energy and produce most of our atmospheric CO2 to overcome friction.  I learned in school that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, so if we want to move air,…

Encouraging Invention and Innovation

TheHill.Com G. Nagesh Rao & Yolanda Comedy 25 Mar 2016 Paul Stamets is a Lemelson Invention Ambassador, part of a program sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He uses nature to help solve problems ranging from improving bee health to creating a healthier environment. Paul is well-known for his research,…

Inventing the Innovation Ecosystem

Courier-Journal G. Nagesh Rao and Yolanda Comedy 22 August 2015 Louisville, Ky., is home to the Louisville Slugger, Churchill Downs, The Cardinals, and of course world famous bourbon makers like Heaven Hills Distillery. But when you look past the pop-culture icons that make Louisville so distinctly eclectic and wonderful, one begins to also recognize the…

Invention Ambassadors Challenge Others to Follow Innovation

Science Magazine Sarah Zielinski 31 July 2015 Successful inventors need more than a fabulous idea. They also need inspiration, great collaborators, and a lot of persistence, said seven new AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors introduced 14 July at the “Celebrate Invention” event at AAAS. The ambassadors program, entering its second year, is a joint effort of AAAS…

Call for Inventors to Serve as AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors

Elsevier Connect Yolanda Comedy 12 March 2015 As society confronts mounting challenges locally and globally, we must look for innovative solutions. That’s where invention comes in. Inventors observe problems and focus on creating new products and services that offer a better quality of life.  To highlight the importance of invention and cultivate a network of…

Investing in Inventors

International Innovation Yolanda Comedy 05 Feb 2015 Tackling the grand challenges of the 21st Century increasingly requires countries to invent and innovate. To inspire a new generation of inventors, creative strategies and programmes must be devised and implemented. This is exactly the goal that has led two organisations – The Lemelson Foundation and the American…

Rewarding Academic Innovation

Science Magazine Paul R. Sanberg, Judy Genshaft, Sudeep Sarkar 21 Nov 2014 We could not agree more with the conclusion of the 10 October Editorial (“Five years of translation,” K. L. Kelner and M. McNutt, p. 145) that “[a]s a science community, we should be creating more opportunities for facilitating the transfer of science in…

The Invisible Hero

Technology and Innovation Yolanda Comedy 04 Aug 2014 Agreeing that innovation is a driver of economic growth and prosperity, it is also important to realize the role that invention plays in improving our quality of life, increasing economic development, and spurring innovation. Yet it often seems that invention is the invisible hero—both because we do…