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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…

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…