Cornell’s First Science Communication and Public Engagement Minor Graduates Tackle Health, Racial and Medical Issues

Benjamin Fields ’20 and Serena Stern ’20 wrote to The Sun with how the science communication and public engagement minor has helped them in their post-Cornell endeavors.

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans do not believe the actual coronavirus death toll is as high as its official count. Scholars have suggested that COVID-19 health literacy is a serious and underestimated problem, making the importance of communicating science more prevalent than ever.

The science communication and public engagement minor was designed for science, technology, engineering and math majors who want to break the divide between scientists and the general public by translating complicated science concepts into more digestible terms — something that is particularly pertinent to a global pandemic.

Benjamin Fields ’20 and Serena Stern ’20 were the first two graduates to receive the science communication and public engagement minor. After graduating from Cornell, the two are now applying the skills they

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Using machine learning to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems (Infographic)

Presented by AWS Machine Learning


It takes a combination of imagination, innovation, and machine learning to help create change in the world. The promise of machine learning for social good is being realized as the technology evolves to a point where organizations across industries and categories can leverage its unique power. Innovators are tapping into the best practices, in-depth expertise, and powerful solutions of companies like AWS to launch new initiatives and solutions that are improving lives and protecting our planet right now.

With machine learning, organizations are making inroads toward protecting biodiversity, supporting our veterans, finding homes for the homeless, understanding climate change, and more. But this is just the beginning.

Here’s a look at some of the world’s most powerful, promising applications of machine learning to benefit society.

For a more in-depth read, see this recent article on VentureBeat and see more ways machine learning is being used

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IMPROVATE brings together African nations and Israeli tech companies to tackle food security challenges

Tony Blair: This is a huge opportunity to help Africa fulfil its potential as a major source of food, not just for Africans, but for the world

IMPROVATE founder & chair Irina Nevzlin: “During the current time of crisis, leaders need to unite and work together to implement common goals and solve common problems.”

TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — IMPROVATE held a first of a kind conference on “food security” with the aim of connecting Israeli technology companies with African nations tackle the continent’s urgent challenge of feeding a rapidly growing population.

Agriculture Ministers of five African nations, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and the Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) presented to Israeli technology companies the challenges and problems faced by their countries.

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Solex Energy Science to tackle energy challenges of tomorrow, today

New heat transfer technology company leverages bulk solids expertise to support development in the renewable energy sector

CALGARY, AB, Sept. 24, 2020 /CNW/ – Evolving needs from renewable energy solutions are sparking a new Canadian-based company to provide a unique spin on a well-proven industrial technology solution.

Officially unveiled today, Solex Energy Science Inc. is focused on applying the science of bulk solids heat transfer to emerging challenges associated with sustainable initiatives such as solar power, waste heat recovery and carbon capture.

“We are tackling new challenges around renewable energy head-on by applying our deep expertise in advanced thermal modelling of bulk solids heat transfer with an extensive knowledge of bulk solids’ properties and flow characteristics,” says Neville Jordison, Chief Executive Officer of Solex Energy Science, which is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The core technology behind Solex Energy Science involves indirect heat transfer with a bulk

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