Time magazine has released their list of the 100 Most Influential People 2015. The list was divided into 5 categories: Titans, Pioneers, Artists, Leaders and Icons and Dr. Sabeti is front and center as one of the top pioneers.
When the Ebola epidemic began in West Africa, Dr. Pardis Sabeti led a team that did something critically important: it sequenced virus samples from infected patients almost as soon as the outbreak began. This marked the first in-depth use of real-time DNA sequencing in the midst of such a deadly pandemic. Pardis and her team were able to work out clearly that the virus was spreading human to human—not from mosquito bites or some pig vector or something else. There were so many theories out there, but her work proves that there’s nothing like real data to get rid of myths and guesses and get down to the facts. Many of her scientific collaborators died during this outbreak. This is high-risk research, but it ended up saving a lot of lives too. There is no excuse not to do this kind of work with every outbreak that ever occurs in the future.
Source: Time.com and Smithsonian Magazine
On Sunday May 17, 2015, the Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage will be holding its eighteenth annual graduation ceremony honoring academic achievements by students of Iranian Heritage who will be graduating in the 2014/2015 academic year.
During the ceremony, students and their families will have the opportunity to meet scientists, scholars and professors of Iranian heritage who are on the faculty or conduct research at various universities in California and elsewhere and who have agreed to serve as mentors to the honored students. All attending graduates will receive a certificate and several special sponsored awards will be issued to the graduating students who have demonstrated an outstanding track records in the pursuit of their academic goals.
Please visit the following webpage for more information:
May 17, 2015
Check in: 2:30 PM
Program Time: 3 to 6 PM
Location: Neuroscience Research Building (NRB) Auditorium, UCLA
635 Charles Young Drive South, Los Angeles, CA 90095
The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named Dr. Khoshnevis to NAI Fellow status.
Included among all of the NAI Fellows are 61 presidents and senior leadership of research universities and non-profit research institutes, 208 members of the other National Academies (NAS, NAE, IOM), 21 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, 16 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation, 10 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Science, 21 Nobel Laureates, 11 Lemelson-MIT prize recipients, 112 AAAS Fellows, and 62 IEEE Fellows, among other awards and distinctions. Collectively, the 414 NAI Fellows hold nearly 14,000 U.S. patents.
Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.
The NAI Fellows will be inducted on Mar. 20, 2015, as part of the 4th Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
Dr. Khoshnevis, a professor at USC Viterbi and director of the Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies, is best known for Contour Crafting, his robotic construction system that 3-D prints buildings. The current design has the potential to print a modest-sized, 2,500-square-foot home in about 18 to 19 hours with a crew of about four people. He is currently working with NASA to design a Contour Crafting system capable of creating structures on the Moon or even Mars. In addition, he has three National Science Foundation projects working on 3-D metallic printing, and he’s just launched a project to develop a robot that can bend orthodontic wires perfectly molded to an individual’s mouth.
Please join us in congratulating APSIH Past President, Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis, on being selected as one of the 2014 fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. This is an outstanding achievement for Dr. Khoshnevis and a tremendous honor for APSIH and our community.
World Academy of Neurological Surgery selected Professor Madjid Samii as the 2014 Golden Neuron Award Winner. The award was announced during a ceremony held at the biannual meeting of the World Academy of Neurological Surgery in Vienna on October 11, 2014. Iranian neurosurgeon and medical scientist, Professor Samii, had earlier received the 2014 Leibniz Ring Prize in Berlin.
Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis of the University of Southern California has been named the Grand Prize Winner in the 2014 Create the Future Design Contest for the invention of "Robotic Building Construction by Contour Crafting".
The prestigious technology award contest is organized by NASA Tech Briefs Media Group and is sponsored by Intel, HP and a number of other major industries. The judges of the contest have selected Contour Crafting as the top technology (over all categories) to receive the Grand Prize.
The Create the Future Design Contest was launched in 2002 by the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs magazine to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation. The annual event has attracted more than 8,000 product design ideas from scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and students worldwide.
The 2014 Create the Future Design Contest recognized innovation in design in seven categories: Aerospace & Defense, Automotive/Transportation, Consumer Products, Electronics, Machinery/Automation/Robotics, Medical, and Sustainable Technologies. This year, more than 1000 entrants from across the globe submitted their design ideas to have a chance of winning the Grand Prize, as well as prizes for each of the seven category prizes. We congratulate the Iranian community for this great International achievement of one of its members.
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