||Hertz Fellow Bill Weihl Leading Efforts in Corporate Sustainability
“To truly make an impact on the world, we are committed to innovating fast, sharing our breakthroughs with others and collaborating to accelerate our collective progress.”
-Sustainability Director at Facebook, Hertz Fellow Bill Weihl”
||Teaching the Art of Mathematics: Hertz Fellow Maria Gillespie
Maria Gillespie's thesis, a version of which was recently published by the "Electronic Journal of Combinatorics," takes the combinatorial approach to Macdonald polynomials, a type of symmetric function (polynomials with several variables where interchanging any variables leaves the polynomial the same), described by British mathematician Ian Macdonald in the 1970s. “You can write down Macdonald polynomials using this amazing combinatorial formula,” Gillespie said.
||Hertz Fellow Kyle Loh is Growing Human Tissue from Stem Cells for Regenerative Medicine
Imagine if instead of waiting for months or even years on an organ donor list for a new kidney or heart, scientists were able to grow one for you, on demand, in a petri dish. The idea may not be as farfetched as it seems, as breakthroughs in stem cell research and regenerative medicine continue to bring science closer to that potentiality.
||'Math Evangelist' Po-Shen Loh Wants to Bring Higher-level Math Education to the Masses
In his role as head coach for the U.S. International Math Olympiad team, made up of six of the country’s finest high school mathletes, Hertz Fellow Po-Shen Loh has helped turned the Americans into a veritable powerhouse. After winning the Olympiad in 2015, a first for the U.S. in 21 years, in July Loh’s team duplicated the feat, this time having all six team members take home gold medals.
||Hertz Fellow and Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman Wins International Teaching Award for “Active Learning” Model
By implementing the “active learning” model nationwide, Hertz Fellow and Nobel laureate in Physics, Carl Wieman is convinced the U.S. could someday set the gold standard in STEM education. For his dedication to research, development, and advocacy of evidence-based educational approaches, the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz in Germany in May awarded Wieman with its international Teaching Award for 2016, an honor that comes with a brief guest professorship to the college as well as €10,000.