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Idaho State University joins USA Science & Engineering Festival; will hold satellite event in Pocatello

Posted February 10, 2010

Idaho State University will participate in the USA Science & Engineering Festival in October by having a science booth at the two-day Science Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and by hosting a satellite festival of its own in Pocatello on the ISU campus.

The USA Science & Engineering Festival will feature two weeks of free events in the Washington, D.C., area leading up to the two-day Science Expo on the National Mall on Oct. 23-24. ISU will host its satellite festival on Saturday, Oct. 23, to coincide with the Science Expo on the National Mall. 

Idaho State University will join more than 350 of the nation’s leading science and engineering organizations including colleges and universities, corporations, federal agencies, museums and science centers, and professional engineering and science societies

"It is imperative that higher education stay committed to innovation in order to enhance the United States’ global competitiveness,” said Arthur Vailas, President of Idaho State University. “Idaho State University is proud to be part of this great partnership and that will inspire many to consider careers in science and engineering.”

Idaho State University will represent radiation applications in basic science with an exhibit in Washington, D.C., that demonstrates the many uses of accelerator-based radiation in science research at ISU. Idaho State University will be one of several representing basic research in the biological and physical sciences at the two-day Expo on the National Mall. ISU’s goal is to help families learn about our basic science research and education and the associated career potential. 

More than 750 exhibits spanning aerospace, green energy, medicine, biotechnology, climatology, robotics, nanotechnology, botany, neuroscience, genetics, and many other scientific disciplines will be free to all.

Imagine chatting with Albert Einstein, building an underwater robot, lunching with a Nobel Laureate, or managing cargo in the space shuttle within a virtual reality environment. These are just a few of the many activities planned for the first USA Science & Engineering Festival. Satellite events will be held across the country by universities, student science clubs, national laboratories, and a wide array of other organizations. All events are free.

Inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers is a big reason for hosting a giant science party on America’s front lawn.  A new report by the National Science Board (NSB), says that in 2007 foreign students on temporary visas earned 50 percent or more of all doctoral degrees awarded in engineering, physics, mathematics and the computer sciences. Global security company Lockheed Martin, which employs approximately 71,000 engineers, is the festival host and has a strategic purpose for its support.

Another reason to get the nation’s families excited and engaged in science and engineering right now, is because that’s where many of today’s and tomorrow’s jobs will be. The United States’ science and engineering workforce is now at more than 5.5 million and averages a 3.2 percent growth rate, about double that of the American workforce as a whole, reports the NSB.

The festival is hosted by Lockheed Martin and sponsors include Life Technologies Foundation, Clean Technology and Sustainability Industries Organization (CTSI), Larry and Diane Bock, ResMed Foundation, Farrell Family Foundation, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Agilent Technologies, Amgen, Celgene Corporation, The Dow Chemical Company, National Institutes of Health, Illumina, You Can Do the Rubik's Cube, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc., Genentech Inc., MedImmune, Sandia National Laboratories, Project Lead The Way (PLTW), K&L Gates, NuVasive Inc., FEI Company, Case Western Reserve University, Silicon Valley Bank, Bechtel Corporation, SpaceX and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

Current media partners include Popular Science and Science IllustratedNew Scientist, EE Times Group, SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, POPULAR MECHANICS, Forbes Wolfe Emerging Tech Report, FAMILY Magazine and SciVee, Inc.

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The USA Science & Engineering Festival’s creator, life science and high technology entrepreneur Larry Bock, was the inspiration and organizer of the highly successful inaugural San Diego Science FestivalSM . For a preview of the types of exhibits planned for the National Expo, view a short video of what happened in San Diego at


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