While coronavirus will undoubtedly be the first thing people remember about 2020, the prominent role of science in society won’t be far behind – as I’ve written about previously.
And so it was with this year’s Nobel Prize announcements in the sciences that we were reminded of some other great achievements of our time away from the race to find a vaccine, with each of them rightly gaining a good share of media attention.
To me, three things stood out.
1) U.K. pedigree
Ahead of the publication of the U.K. government’s new industrial strategy – in which science and innovation are anticipated to underpin all of the main themes – we were
Company Congratulates Andrea Gauntlett and Joanna George on Inclusion in First-Ever Awards
Demand Management, Inc., a leading global resource for cloud-based digital supply chain management solutions, announced today that its customers Joanna George, Director, Global Demand Planning & Processes, Siemens Healthineers, and Andrea Gauntlett, Director of Supply Chain at T-Y Groupe – Linen Holdings, LLC, have been included in the first-ever SDCE Women in Supply Chain Awards.
The Women in Supply Chain Awards honor female supply chain leaders and executives whose accomplishments, mentorship, and examples set a foundation for women in all levels of a company’s supply chain network. Supply & Demand Chain Executive launched this award in 2020 to honor its 20-year anniversary. The magazine accepted nominations from May to July 2020.
“We received over 200 entries for this new award, entries that were submitted from a combination of men and women. This proves that our industry needed an
Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was named Federal Employee of the Year during the program sponsored by the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit think tank that promotes good government and federal employees.
His selection and the honoring of other government scientists amounted to an understated, if unintended, rebuke to a Trump administration known for undermining science when it doesn’t fit the preferred political narrative.
While there has “always been some degree of political friction” in the numerous high-profile public health efforts he has participated in, Fauci, without mentioning President Trump during a telephone interview, said the current level of politics in science “definitely supersedes any of the other ones.”
All the honorees “represent the many exceptional federal employees who have proudly and passionately dedicated their lives to making a difference for our country and our world,” said a statement by Max
Leading enterprises across the financial services, insurance, biotech and retail industries recognized for achievements in identity security
Ping Identity (NYSE: PING), the intelligent identity solution for the enterprise, today announced the winners of the 2020 Identity Excellence Awards, a program that honors Ping Identity customers that are pioneering innovation and excellence in identity security. The recipients were awarded at Ping Identity’s first-ever virtual IDENTIFY conference.
“At Ping Identity, our customers are at the heart of everything we do,” said Andre Durand, CEO of Ping Identity. “We’re proud of our partnerships with these organizations and value their leadership in prioritizing best-in-class identity security that provides streamlined and simplistic user experiences.”
CEO’s Choice Award Winner: Ticketmaster Ticketmaster was recognized for modernizing its homegrown customer authentication and authorization environment. Ticketmaster faced distinct requirements for volume, scalability and security, yet has excelled at meeting these demands without compromising on customer experience.
A Rochester Institute of Technology researcher is part of a team that has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to use artificial intelligence to better understand the role of facial expressions in signed and spoken languages.
As part of the project, researchers will develop an application to teach American Sign Language learners about associated facial expressions and head gestures. They will also develop an application that makes the facial expressions of a signer anonymous, when privacy is a concern.
The nearly $1 million grant is part of the NSF Convergence Accelerator, a program that supports use-inspired, team-based, and multidisciplinary research to produce solutions to national-scale societal challenges.
The project, called Data and AI Methods for Modeling Facial Expressions in Language with Applications to Privacy for the Deaf, American Sign Language (ASL) Education and Linguistic Research, is co-led by a multidisciplinary team of researchers at three universities. The team includes
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Over the years, India has emerged as one of the top technology startup hubs in the world. Marquee global investors have pumped billions of dollars in Indian startups as they set out to solve some of the prevalent pain points of one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The Indian government has also taken many initiatives to support the country’s startup ecosystem and now with ‘Vocal for Local’ more startups are emerging stronger.
To recognize and commemorate the new-age enterprises in the country, the government today declared the results of National Startup Awards 2020.
Those startups that are recognized by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), have a product in the market, have all trade-specific registrations and no defaults in audited financial statements were eligible to participate.
In June of this year, as more of the world began to awaken to the many ways that people of color are systematically discriminated against amid months of protest, a wide number of companies announced initiatives aimed at improving the representation of underrepresented groups within their own ranks and as recipients of their investment dollars.
Unsurprisingly, Alphabet, among the world’s biggest and most profitable companies, was among them. Specifically, as part of Alphabet’s commitment, Jewel Burks Solomon — who is the head of the company’s nine-year-old program Google for Startups — agreed to help steer $5 million in cash rewards of up to $100,000 to select startups.
The company didn’t waste much time. Today, Solomon is announcing that the money has been committed to 76 different startups that were chosen for their geographic diversity as well as the diversity of their companies’ mission.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Gryphon Technologies $14 million to develop a nuclear thermal propulsion system for the U.S. military. Part of DARPA’s Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations (DRACO) program, the High-Assay Low Enriched Uranium (HALEU) Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) system will be used to enable the military to carry out missions in cislunar space, meaning the area between the Earth and the orbit of the moon.
“A successfully demonstrated NTP system will provide a leap ahead in space-propulsion capability, allowing agile and rapid transit over vast distances as compared to present propulsion approaches,” Tabitha Dodson, Gryphon’s chief engineer on the support team and a national expert in NTP systems, said in a statement.
The militarization of space, this time largely involving the United States and China, has been in the news in recent years in a way that it hasn’t since the decades-old Space
Balbix named a Silver winner in the Most Innovative Company of the Year category
Balbix, Inc. has been named the Silver Winner for Most Innovative Company of the Year in the Best in Biz Awards 2020 International, the only independent global business awards program judged each year by prominent editors and reporters from top-tier publications from around the world.
The Balbix platform uses AI to help enterprises measure and improve their security posture. The platform is designed for CIOs, CISOs, and IT security teams to analyze their entire attack surface and identify where they have breach risk and how to reduce that risk. It can predict critical breach scenarios, help users prioritize security operations and projects, and ultimately improve cyber-resilience.
“We are honored to be recognized as an innovative leader in the security market by the Best in Biz Awards and to see our platform continue to gain traction,” says