Science Foundation Arizona recently announced the 2015 class of Bisgrove Scholars, five exceptional early career scientists and engineers from around the world whose work is pioneering the next generation of scientific research and policy. Each winning scholar receives $200,000 for research. Mary O'Reilly, scientific program officer for Science Foundation Arizona, and Bisgrove Scholars Dr. Heather Emady and Dr. Candace Lewis, will talk about the awards.
Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination’s Project Hieroglyph brings together science fiction authors with scientists, engineers, scholars, artists and others to create optimistic, technologically-grounded visions of the future. On May 26, the paperback edition of the anthology "Hieroglyph: Stories & Visions for a Better Future" was released. Ed Finn, director of the center, will talk about Project Hieroglyph.
Scientists and engineers can now store, share and analyze data through Jetstream, the first all-science cyber-computing platform. It’s a $6.5 million project funded by the National Science Foundation. The iPlant Collaborative based at the University of Arizona’s BIO5 Institute will play an important role in development and operation of Jetstream. Nirav Merchant, co-principal investigator of the iPlant Collaborative and director of Bio Computing at Arizona Research Laboratories, and Edwin Skidmore, assistant director of infrastructure for the iPlant Collaborative and Head of “Atmosphere,” the U Of A’s cloud computing platform, will discuss Jetstream.
A national project promising a significant advance in technology for converting sunlight into electricity will be led by a team of Arizona State University engineers. With a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, the team will develop new ultra-thin silicon solar cells designed to increase the amount of electricity that can be produced through direct conversion of sunlight. Stuart Bowden, the ASU team leader, will discuss the research.
President and CEO of Science Foundation Arizona William Harris discusses the Bisgrove Scholars Program, part of an effort to improve Arizona's economy by recruiting the best engineers and scientists to work in Arizona.
More than 600 recent college graduates � with plans to become everything from doctors to lawyers to engineers to architects � were in Phoenix this summer preparing to put their careers on hold in order to teach at economically disadvantaged schools for two years. It was all part of Teach for America's first training institute held in Phoenix. We�ll take a look at this rigorous five-week training program and Teach for America's efforts to improve public education.