||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.
||Recording the Brain with Light: Hertz Fellows Pursue Novel Approach to Neural Mapping
To adequately understand how the brain works requires widespread mapping of neural activity, posing an immense challenge to neuroscience. However, a team of researchers, led by Hertz Fellows and MIT Media Lab members Sam Rodriques and Adam Marblestone, think they may have discovered a solution--using light to detect neural activity through optical fibers threaded deep into the brain.
||Hertz Fellow David Zhang Making Inroads on Early Detection of Cancer
Hertz Fellow David Zhang, a bioengineer at Rice University, wants to increase the odds of locating those elusive genetic variants that cause disease, and do so in a cost-effective manner. With two separate grants from the National Institutes of Health totaling $5.5 million, Zhang will devote the next five years to efficiently detection and profiling of rare DNA mutations that lead to illness.