Points of View

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…

Inventing Solutions Through Diversity of Thought and Diversity of Experience

To round out the AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors interviews conducted in Washington D.C. during the AAAS Annual Meeting, we spoke to three additional Ambassadors over the phone: including Rory Cooper.  We spoke to the Ambassadors about the importance of invention, the impact of their work, and what it has been like to be an Invention Ambassador….

The Ingredients of Invention: Resilience, Ideas and Passion

To round out the AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors interviews conducted in Washington D.C. during the AAAS Annual Meeting, we spoke to three additional Ambassadors over the phone: including Juan Gilbert.  We spoke to the Ambassadors about the importance of invention, the impact of their work, and what it has been like to be an Invention Ambassador….

Chasing Paper: Adventures in Fiber Analysis

Mary Kombolias recently shared how she went from majoring in English to revolutionizing fiber analysis. Thanks to NIST for allowing us to cross-post Mary’s blog here.  Growing up in New Orleans, Louisiana, I had no scientific aspirations as a child. I do remember being entertained by science, relishing public television programs such as Newton’s Apple, Bill…

Invention is a Mindset not a Skill

To round out the AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors interviews conducted in Washington D.C. during the AAAS Annual Meeting, we spoke to three additional Ambassadors over the phone: including Jason Kang.  We spoke to the Ambassadors about the importance of invention, the impact of their work, and what it has been like to be an Invention Ambassador….

Why Knowledge Needs to be Shared

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 continue our recaps of those conversations with inspirational words from…

Inventing can be for Everybody

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 continue our recaps of those conversations with Fang (Florence) Lu’s…

Invention can Transform Your Industry

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.  One of the most prolific inventors in history, Rick Hamilton, explained how invention…