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11/19/2015 Hertz Fellow Laurel Larsen Making Waves in Restoring Florida’s Everglades

Laurel Larsen’s research of the Florida Everglades and how it can continue to provide functions that humans value for the foreseeable future is part of a 30-plus year, multi-billion dollar restoration effort to rebuild wildlife habitats and re-create natural water flows. Assistant Professor Larsen is a Hertz Fellow and head of the Environmental Systems Dynamics Laboratory in Berkeley’s Geography Department. Professor Larsen is currently working on projects related to restoration of the Florida Everglades, floodplains within the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and greater Mississippi River Delta complex.

11/18/2015 Hertz Fellow Hilary Finucane Makes Strides in Large-Scale Genetic Data Analysis

Hilary Finucane’s work is right at the forefront of improving scientists’ ability to extract biological insight from large genetic datasets. Publishing two recent papers in the journal Nature Genetics, researchers can learn about which cell types and tissues are important for particular diseases, and also which pairs of traits and diseases have a common genetic basis.

10/27/2015 Lowell Wood, Hertz Interviewer and Director Emeritus, Most Prolific Inventor in U.S. History

Inventor-in-residence at Hertz Fellow Nathan Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures, Lowell Wood is described as an on-demand problem solver. Myhrvold says "at least half of his activities - maybe more - are trying to help the least fortunate people on Earth." Wood in IV's philanthropic division Global Good - a joint venture with Bill Gates - often does work for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Bloomberg's recent article, "HOW AN F STUDENT BECAME AMERICA’S MOST PROLIFIC INVENTOR: Lowell Wood broke Edison's patent record and helped bring down the Soviet Union," goes in-depth with this astrophysicist, self-trained paleontologist, and computer scientist.

10/20/2015 Hertz Fellow Mollie Schwartz Improving Microwave Amplification for Use in Quantum Computers

Quantum computing holds the promise of someday providing computational speed and power far beyond the silicon-based computers we have today. Mollie Schwartz and her colleagues at UC Berkeley’s Quantum Nanoelectronics Lab and MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory have developed a microwave amplification device able to accurately detect these tiny signals while at the same time adding an extremely small amount of extra noise.

10/20/2015 Hertz Fellow James Wray Leads Research Team Finding Evidence of Liquid Water on Mars

James Wray's work involving NASA and two of his graduate students Luju Ojha and Mary Beth Wilhelm, lead to recently discovering flowing water on the surface of Mars. Wray’s team analyzed strange dark streaks that formed during warm seasons, trickling down the planet’s hills before disappearing in colder seasons, using hardware aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). Wray is a Hertz Fellow and assistant professor at Georgia Tech School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

9/24/2015 Hertz Fellow Justin Solomon Releases Book on Numerical Analysis for Modern Computer Scientists

Justin Solomon, Hertz Fellow, wrote the book, Numerical Algorithms: Methods for Computer Vision, Machine Learning, and Graphics, which presents a new approach to numerical analysis for modern computer scientists.” Justin Solomon is a postdoc in applied & computational mathematics at Princeton University.

9/24/2015 U.S.A. is #1 at International Mathematical Olympiad: Team Head Coach Hertz Fellow Po-Shen Loh

Po-Shen Loh, Hertz Fellow and associate professor of mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University, was the head coach for Team U.S.A. at the 56th Annual International Mathematical Olympiad that came in first place, outperforming teams from more than over 100 countries. Professor Loh is founder of the educational technology startup, expii.com.

8/17/2015 Kelly Moynihan, Hertz Fellow, Focuses on Engineering the Immune System to Fight Cancer

Kelly Moynihan, Hertz Fellow 2012 at MIT, is seeking answers to the cancer conundrum through immunotherapy, engineering the body’s own immune system to recognize and destroy cancer cells in the same way it can eliminate common viruses. She's also committed to mentoring and inspiring the next generation of young scientists.

7/17/2015 Megan Blewett, Hertz Fellow, Explores Multiple Sclerosis Treatments

Megan Blewett, Hertz Fellow 2011, is working to understand the autoimmune disorder multiple sclerosis (MS) by combining chemistry and immunology to study the most commonly prescribed drugs for this disease. Megan Blewett is a PhD student in chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California.

7/9/2015 Eric Boe, Hertz Fellow and NASA Astronaut, to Blaze a New Trail in Space

Eric Boe, Hertz Fellow and NASA Astronaut, has been selected as part of the team of four veteran astronauts to fly the first commercial space mission from the U.S. The four astronauts, selected for their space flight experience, will fly on capsules built by private companies — SpaceX and Boeing. Boe served as pilot on two space shuttle missions, accumulating more than 28 days in space.

6/2/2015 General Ellen M. Pawlikowski USAF, Now the Third Female Four-Star General, Honored on June 1st

General Ellen M. Pawlikowski is now the third female four-star general in United States Air Force history. General Pawlikowski, Hertz Fellow, was honored at her promotion ceremony at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, on June 1st, 2015. She is slated to become the commander of Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

6/2/2015 Next Generation Vaccine Technologies - Hertz Fellow Brandon DeKosky Works to Prevent HIV

Brandon DeKosky, Hertz Fellow, is working on developing a vaccine for the prevention of HIV. He is doing so by analyzing infected patients’ immune responses that are successful at neutralizing the virus. DeKosky recently finished his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin, and is starting his postdoc at the National Institutes of Health Vaccine Research Center near Washington, D.C.

5/5/2015 The Hertz Foundation Announces Robbee Baker Kosak as New President - Will Lead Foundation into New Era of Growth and Promote Science Education

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, known for its commitment to providing fellowship support to top PhD students in the physical, biological and engineering sciences, today named Robbee Baker Kosak its new president. Under Kosak’s leadership, the Hertz Foundation is poised to enter a new era of philanthropic leadership as its community of Hertz Fellows grows in size and impact. She is the first woman to be named president by the Foundation and is deeply committed to its mission to support the education of preeminent scientists and engineers.

4/21/2015 Foundation Awards Prestigious Fellowship to 12 Recipients

Awardees are top young minds in STEM, Fellowship covers graduate school and living expenses.

4/7/2015 John Mather, Nobel Laureate and Hertz Fellow, Profiled in San Jose Mercury News for Explaining Mysteries of Universe

John Mather, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics and a Hertz Fellow, continues to explore the mysteries of the universe. He is profiled in the San Jose Mercury News for his work with the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA’s largest ever telescope.