The Harvard Foundation will present the 2012 Scientist of the Year Award to Jessica O. Matthews ’10 and Julia Silverman ’10, co-founders of Uncharted Play Inc. and inventors of SOCCKET, at this year’s annual Albert Einstein Science Conference: Advancing Minorities and Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics on March 30. Matthews and Silverman will be honored for their outstanding scientific contributions in creating a soccer ball (also known as SOCCKET) that stores kinetic energy and can then be used to generate electricity to light homes in impoverished areas around the world.Matthews and Silverman founded Uncharted Play Inc. in May 2011 to harness fun in finding solutions to challenges facing our global society. They first conceptualized their trademark invention, the SOCCKET, in 2008 as juniors at Harvard College when they were enrolled in an engineering course. Since then, SOCCKET has garnered extensive awards and praise for its innovative means of creating social change, and Matthews and Silverman have truly demonstrated that play and social activism can go hand in hand.“We are delighted to welcome Ms. Jessica O. Matthews and Ms. Julia Silverman back to Harvard University as our 2012 Scientists of the Year,” said S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation. “We honor their outstanding contributions to promoting universal educational opportunities through their company, Uncharted Play Inc., and believe that they will be a great inspiration to both our students here at Harvard and to the visiting students from the local public schools attending our annual science conference.”The Scientist of the Year Honorary Luncheon will be held at noon on March 30 in the Pforzheimer House Hastings Room, where Matthews and Silverman will be presented with the Harvard Foundation Medal for Science. The Harvard Foundation Albert Einstein Science Conference will continue on Saturday, when grade school and high school students from Boston and Cambridge public schools will visit for a day of fun science education, with experiments and lectures conducted by Harvard faculty and students. This “Partners in Science” segment will take place in the Science Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Annual Albert Einstein Science Conference is designed to encourage young women and minority students to pursue careers in the academic sciences, and supports the Harvard Foundation’s mission to further promote intercultural and interracial relations.
Sep 27, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed reports of two more human H5N1 avian influenza cases, one in Indonesia and one in Thailand, raising the official global tally to 251 cases with 147 deaths.The two cases involve a 20-year-old Indonesian man who is part of a suspected case cluster in Bandung, West Java, and a 59-year-old farmer from northeastern Thailand. Both cases were reported by news services yesterday.The Indonesian man became ill with a fever and cough on Sep 17 and has been hospitalized since Sep 24, the WHO said. The man’s 23-year-old brother fell ill on Sep 16 and died 2 hours after he was admitted to a hospital on the 24th. H5N1 infection is suspected in his case, but it can’t be confirmed because no samples were taken, the agency said. Both men had fed dead chickens to their dogs, and there was evidence of H5 infection in household birds.In addition, a 15-year-old sister of the two men was hospitalized Sep 25 with a fever and cough and remains hospitalized in stable condition, the WHO said. Initial tests were negative for H5 viruses and positive for H1 virus, indicating that she has normal seasonal flu rather than avian flu, the statement said.Dr. Hudi Yusuf, a physician involved in caring for the two siblings, said the girl would be tested twice more in the next 2 days, according to an Agence France-Presse report published today. He reported that the girl was doing well but described her brother’s condition as bad. Yusuf told the Jakarta Post that the brother has pneumonia in both lungs and is on a ventilator.The latest case raises Indonesia’s H5N1 toll to 68 cases with 51 deaths.In confirming the Thai farmer’s case, the WHO said he was ill for nearly a month and repeatedly tested negative for H5N1. The farmer, a 59-year-old from Nong Bua Lam Phu province, got sick with a fever Jul 14, was hospitalized Jul 21, and died Aug 10, the WHO said. Thailand has had 25 human H5N1 cases, 17 of them fatal.Repeated polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests on samples from the man’s upper respiratory tract were negative for influenza A viruses, including H5N1, the WHO said. The virus’s presence was not confirmed until after his death, when lung samples were tested. Several fighting cocks belonging to the farmer had died in the days before he fell ill, the agency said.A report today in the Thai newspaper The Nation filled in more details about the man’s case. Thawat Suntrajarn, director of the government’s disease control department, said doctors initially suspected the man had leptospirosis, the story said. It wasn’t until he had been sick for 2 weeks that his wife told doctors the patient had nursed sick chickens. Doctors then started treating him with oseltamivir.An autopsy showed that the farmer’s death was actually caused by drug-resistant Acinetobacter bacteria, rather than by the viral infection itself, the newspaper reported. News reports yesterday said the man had died of a bacterial infection.The story said nine PCR tests failed to detect the H5N1 virus in the man. One doctor, Tawee Chotpitayasundond of the Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health, speculated that the oseltamivir treatment might have eliminated the virus from the part of the respiratory tract where swabs were taken for testing, according to the story.See also: WHO confirmation of H5N1 case in Indonesiahttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_09_27a/en/index.htmlWHO confirmation of case in Thailandhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_09_27/en/index.html
AFCON 2021 QUALIFIERSuper Eagles teenage striker to the last African Cup of Nations in Egypt, Victor Osimhen, yesterday confirmed his availability for Nigeria’s opening group phase matches of the AFCON 2021 qualifier which will start next month.There were fears last weekend that the rave of the moment in the French Ligue 1 may not be available for selection by Coach Gernot Rohr following his injury while playing for his club Lille FC last weekend and thus joined the list of players on injury list ahead of the matches from next weekend. The fear of possible non availability arose last weekend after he was substituted in the his team’s 3-0 win against Bordeaux due to injury but the striker who was voted Lique 1 player of the September after scoring seven goals and making two assists said he will be fit for these games.“All is well with me and will be available of the coming matches and hoped that the storm is over,” he twitted yesterday thus confirming that he would be available for the matches against Republic of Benin at home and four days later away at Lesotho.Meanwhile, Stoke City midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo may be ruled out following the injury he sustained playing for his English club early this month. He has been inactive since then.One of the team’s goalkeepers, Francis Uzoho, is out due to long term injury which he sustained during the International friendly against Brazil.Super Eagles will play Republic of Benin at home on14th and Lesotho on the 19th of next month.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram