Ainissa Ramirez‘s latest piece in the May 2015 issue of Science (Vol. 348, No. 6235):    “I have wanted to be a scientist ever since I was a little girl. I got the idea from a television program called 3-2-1 Contact, where I watched a young African-American girl solve problems. I saw my reflection in her and was transfixed. As

Calestous Juma: Africa rebooting

Calestous Juma‘s latest opinion piece in the April 2015 issue of NewAfrican Magazine: We all know Africa is a continent full of innovation. Now policy makers at all levels must put this strength, along with scientific and technical development, at the centre of economic strategies. Fortunately, the African Union has recently adopted a strategy that seeks to

Kimani Toussaint led research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that demonstrates the first-ever recording of optically encoded audio onto a non-magnetic plasmonic nanostructure, opening the door to multiple uses in informational processing and archival storage. To demonstrate its abilities to store sound and audio files, Toussaint and fellow researchers created a musical keyboard or “nano piano,” using the

Among the judges for this year’s Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering was Calestous Juma (pictured with Brian Cox, fellow panelist and professor at University of Manchester ). The Queen Elizabeth Prize, designed to become a “Nobel” for engineering, was set up with cross-party backing and industry support to celebrate innovators with global impact. The verdict is in: Professor

Kimani C. Toussaint, Jr. has won the College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research for his exceptional research accomplishments in the last five years. The award will be presented at the Engineering Faculty Awards Ceremony on April 27, 2015. READ MORE

In connection with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, James Mickens opted to participate in a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) in hopes of answering this question: What is it like to be a person of color in technology and computer science? “DISCLAIMER,” he writes, “I am not an official spokesperson for MIT, Microsoft, or any other noun besides James

Carlos Castillo-Chavez, Diego Chowell, Sri Krishna, Xiangguo Qiu, and Karen S. Anderson report that the effect of early diagnosis of pre-symptomatic infections is strongly dependent on the effectiveness of isolation of infectious individuals in health-care settings: “Our results suggest that a strategy that focuses on early diagnosis of high-risk individuals, caregivers, and health-care workers at the pre-symptomatic stage, when combined

Terrence Blackman visits AIMS South Africa

Terrence Blackman, along with a number of important world renowned mathematicians, is attendingthe AIMS-Stellenbosch University Number Theory Workshop in Cape Town from January 19-23, 2015. The event is hosted by the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) South Africa in Muizenberg. The goal of this conference, which is being done in collaboration with the Clay Mathematics Institute in the

Coco Fusco‘s commentary in The New York Times (12/15/2014) compares the recent protests over police aggression with Occupy Wall Street demonstrations: “Indeed, occupy activists are sharing tactics with organizers in Ferguson and elsewhere.” READ MORE

André Taylor‘s latest paper on improving carbon nanotube electronics was highlighted by theAmerican Chemical Society’s Chemical & Engineering News. In “Role of HF in Oxygen Removal from Carbon Nanotubes: Implications for High Performance Carbon Electronics,” Dr. Taylor and his team report that hydrogen fluoride plus electric current purifies nanotubes, improves their electronic properties. READ MORE