Points of View

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…

The Power of Diversity

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 our most active Invention Ambassadors, Sanna Gaspard, spoke to…

The Importance of Giving Nurses a Seat at the Invention Table

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. The second in our series of blogs from these conversations is  captures Rachel…

Equity through Invention

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 kick off our recap of those conversations with Jason Grieves’…

The ‘E’ in STEM should stand for Empathy

Dr. Rachel Walker is an Associate Director for the Center for Personalized Health Monitoring and professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Most notably, she is the first nurse to be named an “Invention Ambassador” by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her work as a nurse inventor has been featured on NPR…