Points of View

This Voting Invention Would Help Jurisdictions Significantly Reduce Their Costs

Stephen Key, 2018-2019 AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador Contributor for Forbes.com Some inventions nearly pull themselves to market. Others require persistence, ingenuity, and significant funding to push themselves forward. In my experience as a lifelong entrepreneur, several factors separate the former from the latter. Some inventions are simply before their time. When an invention cannot be explained…

AAAS and The Lemelson Foundation promote innovators

Science Magazine 30 November 2018 By: Anne Q. Hoy Program showcases inventors to advance U.S. innovation endeavors, address world challenges Scientist Don McPherson got his start as an inventor melting glass-making ingredients enriched with rare earth elements to create safety eyewear lenses for surgeons. They help surgeons differentiate patient tissues while performing laser procedures and…

Supporting Students with Disabilities in STEM

Contributed by Jason Grieves, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft, and 2018-2019 AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador Supporting Students with Disabilities in STEM November 5, 2018 – First printed on the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) online blog NSTA Reports, The STEM Classroom Jason, is this big enough?” My seventh-grade teacher asked me about the text on the whiteboard,…

Turning the Tables

Contributed by Fang (Florence Lu), Senior Solution Architect and IBM Master Inventor, IBM Research and 2018-2019 AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador Turning the Tables November 15, 2018 As a Senior Solutions Architect at IBM Research and AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador, I continually strive to share the importance of invention, innovation, entrepreneurship and STEAM with students. I still remember…

Follow Your Dreams, Trust Your Heart

Contributed by Fang (Florence) Lu One person who really inspired me is Thomas Edison, who accumulated more than 2,000 patents worldwide for his inventions. The most well-known of his inventions include the light bulb, motion picture, and electrographic vote recorder. All of these inventions have solved critical challenges in our lives and changed the world. Edison…

How Three Women Beat The Odds To Become Award-Winning Inventors

August 29, 2018 Stephen Key, 2018-2019 AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador Contributor for Forbes.com More women around the world are patenting their inventions. That’s what the World Intellectual Property Organization reported earlier this year on World IP Day. Of the 243,500 international patent applications published in 2017, 31% included women — nearly 10% more than a decade…

“Breaking Barriers: Female Inventors Blazing a Path Forward”

Published in the July 2018, The Invention Gender Gap special edition of Technology and Innovation Journal Authored by Yolanda Comedy and Elizabeth Dougherty “Breaking Barriers: Female Inventors Blazing a Path Forward” The gender gaps faced by women in our societies globally—in pay, education, and even health outcomes—are well known. Yet, we still seek commitment and…

Tips for Student Inventors from the Trenches

On October 10, 2017, AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador Jason Kang gave a keynote speech at the Invent Oregon (InventOR) Finals at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, Oregon. Supported by Business Oregon and The Lemelson Foundation, the competition provided a unique opportunity for undergraduates, graduates and postdocs from Oregon colleges and community colleges…

Invention Ambassadors Take On Society’s Challenges

Invention Ambassadors take on society’s challenges Science 25 Aug 2017: Vol. 357, Issue 6353, pp. 766-767 DOI: 10.1126/science.357.6353.766 Original Article: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/357/6353/766.full   Over the past few years, inventor Jason Kang says he has developed his love for the “tangibility” of inventing, while discovering the impact he can have on the lives of others. At age 23,…

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,…