Hertz Community Blog

Our blog features insights and experiences from the Hertz Community. Read on!



 
Exorcising the Ghost of Carl Sagan
Posted: 12/21/2017

by James Valcourt

I almost didn’t write a book because of a story I once heard about Carl Sagan. According to this rumor, Sagan, one of the finest science communicators of all time, w ... More >>>

 
Awardee Retrospective: John Stockton
Posted: 11/27/2017

The 2012 Strauss Award winner looks back on a half-decade of growth

The small signals that marketers, intelligence analysts, or environmental monitors need to find and act on c ... More >>>

 
Awardee Retrospective: Zach Wissner-Gross
Posted: 11/27/2017

What the 2012  Newman Award winner learned from working to change how math is taught

For Hertz Fellow Zach Wissner-Gross, teaching undergraduate physics during his Ph ... More >>>

 
Congratulations to our Four Hertz Fellows Who Won Coveted NIH Director’s Awards
Posted: 10/27/2017

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) just announced some of its most coveted research investigator awards. I am thrilled to share that we have four Hertz Fellows who have been named winners of t ... More >>>

 
Innovation is Essential to Achieve Global Health
Posted: 10/19/2017

After college, I landed a teaching fellowship in Asia, which gave me the opportunity to do a lot of traveling. During that time, I visited the refugee camps in Thailand that were filled with people ... More >>>

 
The Courage to Help Mitigate Global Warming
Posted: 10/9/2017

Global warming is a hot topic worldwide (no pun intended). All of the attention focused on human-induced climate change has resulted in many beneficial actions, from individuals reducing their own ... More >>>

 
From Hertz to Houston: A Trajectory Toward Making an Impact
Posted: 10/3/2017

Six years ago, I was doing research in a quantum optics lab at Stanford, located underground to get as far from the interference of the outside world as possible. Six days ago, I was working on str ... More >>>

 
Collective Action Will Change the World of Global Health
Posted: 9/25/2017

Health is fundamental to everything a person does—it’s a critical factor in how well people thrive. That sounds simplistic but it’s true for people worldwide. If you are not at yo ... More >>>

 
Improving Agriculture with Mathematical Models
Posted: 9/7/2017

What can you accomplish when you have support? Quite a lot. I’m a new Hertz Fellow, just finishing up my first year of PhD work at Stanford. My thesis research involves developing better ways ... More >>>

 
Finding My Niche in the Scientific Ecosystem
Posted: 8/31/2017

In the past, I have often made choices by process of elimination. I knew I wanted to major in engineering, but what kind? Well, I didn’t think I had a particular gift for building things with ... More >>>

 

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