ABOUT

The Connecticut Academy
of Science and Engineering

The Connecticut Academy is a non-profit, 501(c)3 institution patterned after the National Academy of Sciences to identify and study issues and technological advancements that are or should be of concern to the state of Connecticut. It was founded in 1976 by a Special Act of the Connecticut General Assembly.

The Vision of the Academy is to foster an environment in Connecticut where scientific and technological creativity can thrive and contribute to Connecticut becoming a leading place in the country to live, work, and produce for all its citizens, who will continue to enjoy an economic well- being and high quality of life.

Our Mission is to provide expert guidance on science and technology to the people and to the State of Connecticut and promote its application to human welfare and economic well-being.

2022

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WELCOME

Christine Caragianis Broadbridge
CASE President

Welcome to the 47th Annual Meeting of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.  I am pleased to join you in celebrating excellence in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine in our state. We gratefully thank our sponsors and attendees for their generous support, which made this celebration possible.

This website includes a recording of the live portion of the Annual Meeting, along with more to learn about our new members, honorary member, the 2022 Connecticut Medal of Technology awardees, the Middle and High School student STEM awardees, the Academy’s Fellowship Program, and the keynote presenter. The site will be available for you to explore and revisit for several months and we encourage you to share the site with your colleagues, friends, and family.

Although circumstances did not allow us to gather in person, we are grateful technology has made it possible to virtually come together.  And, we look forward to seeing you all in person at the 48th Annual Meeting in May 2023.

With this meeting, I complete my term as President, though I will remain on the Academy’s Executive Committee and Governing Council as Past President.  I am grateful for having had the opportunity to serve the Academy and look forward to beginning my term as Past President.  During my term, and beyond, the Academy will continue to work to ensure we serve the state by celebrating, promoting, and informing about all things STEMM.

Christine Broadbridge

Christine Caragianis Broadbridge

Professor, Executive Director, Research & Innovation, Southern Connecticut State University

CASE Member - Elected in 2008

PROGRAM

47th Annual Virtual Meeting

6:30 PM Via Live Meeting
(see recording for your convenience)

  • Student Reception
  • Welcoming Remarks
  • Annual Meeting Overview
  • Sponsor Recognition
  • 2022 Connecticut Medal of Technology
  • 2022 New Members of the Academy
  • Honorary Member
  • Keynote Address

8:30 PM Adjourn Live Meeting to Explore the CASE Annual Meeting Website

  • CASE Annual Meeting Sponsors
  • Welcome, Christine Caragianis Broadbridge, CASE President
  • Keynote Address
  • New Members
  • Honorary Membership
  • 2022 Connecticut Medal of Technology
  • Student Awards
  • Fellowship Program: CASE – DEEP Science & Technology Policy Fellowship

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Why Science? Motivations for the Ages

People fall in love with science in different ways and for different reasons.  For example, science can be exciting, transformative, impactful, as well as rewarding.  In this keynote presentation, Prof. Crews will describe his own journey and motivations over the course of his research career.

Craig M. Crews

Craig M. Crews

John C. Malone Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Professor of Chemistry, Pharmacology, and Management, Yale University

CASE Member – Elected in 2015

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NEW CASE MEMBERS

The Bylaws of the Academy provide that members must live or work in Connecticut and are to be elected by the current members on the basis of their accomplishments in science, engineering, and/or technology. Specifically, scientists and engineers may be considered for membership on the basis of fulfillment of either or both of the following criteria:

  • Scientific distinction achieved through significant original contribution in theory or application;
  • Unusual accomplishments in the pioneering of new and developing fields of applied science and technology.

In addition, members of the national academies are automatically considered for membership by resolution of the Council.

THE 2022 NEWLY ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE ACADEMY

Hisham Alnajjar, CASE Member 2022

Hisham Alnajjar

Dean, College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
Director, Engineering Application Center
University of Hartford

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Mostafa Analoui, CASE Member 2022

Mostafa Analoui

Executive Director, Technology Commercialization Services
UConn

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Ibrahim Baggili, CASE Member 2022

Ibrahim Baggili

Elder Family Endowed Chair and Director Connecticut Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science
University of New Haven

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Anton M. Bennett, CASE Member 2022

Anton M. Bennett

Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Pharmacology and Professor of Comparative Medicine
Yale School of Medicine

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Daniel Bolick, CASE Member 2022

Daniel Bolnick

Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
UConn

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Kristen Brennand, CASE Member 2022

Kristen Brennand

Professor of Psychiatry
Yale School of Medicine

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Susan Busch, CASE Member 2022

Susan Busch

Professor of Public Health (Health Policy and Management) and Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies
Yale School of Public Health

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Lieping Chen, CASE Member 2022

Lieping Chen

United Technologies Corporation Professor in Cancer Research, Professor of Immunobiology, Medicine (Medical Oncology) and Dermatology
Yale School of Medicine

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Ted Cohen, CASE Member 2022

Ted Cohen

Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)
Co-director, Public Health Modeling Concentration
Yale School of Public Health

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CrustoCindy A. Crusto, CASE Member 2022

Cindy A. Crusto

Professor of Psychiatry, Deputy Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Associate Dean for Gender Equity, Director of the Office of Women in Medicine and Science
Yale School of Medicine

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Vishwa D. Dixit, CASE Member 2022

Vishwa D. Dixit

Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Comparative Medicine and Immunology
Yale School of Medicine

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Julie Dorsey, CASE Member 2022

Julie Dorsey

Frederick W. Beinecke Professor of Computer Science
Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science

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Michael Fischer, CASE Member 2022

Michael Fischer

Professor of Computer Science
Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science

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Joel E. Gelernter, CASE Member 2022

Joel E. Gelernter

Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry & Professor of Genetics & of Neuroscience; Director, Division of Human Genetics (Psychiatry)
Yale School of Medicine

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Valentina Greco, CASE Member 2022

Valentina Greco

Carolyn Walch Slayman Professor of Genetics
Yale School of Medicine

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Ofer Harel, CASE Member 2022

Ofer Harel

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs, Professor of Statistics
UConn

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Rainer Hebert, CASE Member 2022

Rainer Hebert

Professor, Director of Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Center
Associate Director of the Institute of Materials Science
UConn School of Engineering

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Amy C. Justice, CASE Member 2022

Amy C. Justice

C.N.H. Long Professor of Medicine and of Public Health
Yale University

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Tania Bhatia Kashyap, CASE Member 2022

Tania Bhatia Kashyap

Director, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing, Applied Research and Technology
Collins Aerospace

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Barbara I. Kazmierczak, CASE Member 2022

Barbara I. Kazmierczak

Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation M.D.-Ph.D. Program Director and Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and of Microbial Pathogenesis
Yale School of Medicine

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Stephen King, CASE Member 2022

Stephen King

Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Biophysics
UConn Health

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Sangamesh G. Kumbar, CASE Member 2022

Sangamesh G. Kumbar

Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Biomedical Engineering
UConn Health

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Michael Loewenberg, CASE Member 2022

Michael Loewenberg

Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science

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Pedro J.P. Mendes, CASE Member 2022

Pedro J.P. Mendes

Professor of Cell Biology and Director, Richard D. Berlin Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling
UConn School of Medicine

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Mu-Ping Nieh, CASE Member 2022

Mu-Ping Nieh

Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
UConn School of Engineering and Institute of Materials Science
UConn

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Marcella Nunez-Smith, CASE Member 2022

Marcella Nunez-Smith

C.N.H. Long Professor of Internal Medicine, Public Health, and Management, Inaugural Associate Dean for Health Equity Research, Founding Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC)
Yale School of Medicine

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Saad B. Omar, CASE Member 2022

Saad B. Omer

Director, Yale Institute for Global Health, Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases), Yale School of Medicine; Harvey & Kate Cushing Professor of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Yale School of Public Health

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Vineet Sahasrabudhe, CASE Member 2022

Vineet Sahasrabudhe

Director, Engineering Sciences and Systems Engineering
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company

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Brian R. Smith, CASE Member 2022

Brian R. Smith

Professor of Laboratory Medicine, of Biomedical Engineering, of Medicine (Hematology) and of Pediatrics, Deputy Dean for Clinical and Translational Research
Yale School of Medicine

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Francis Starr, CASE Member 2022

Francis Starr

Foss Professor of Physics
Wesleyan University

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Yajaira Suárez, CASE Member 2022

Yajaira Suárez

Anthony N. Brady Associate Professor of Comparative Medicine and Pathology, Deputy Chair of Comparative Medicine
Yale School of Medicine

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Mark C. Urban, CASE Member 2022

Mark C. Urban

Arden Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Director, Center of Biological Risk, Director, Team-TERRA, Co-leader, UConn@COP
UConn

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Epapandi (Penny) Vlahos, CASE Member 2022

Epapandi (Penny) Vlahos

Professor and Associate Head, Department of Marine Sciences
UConn

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David L. Wagner, CASE Member 2022

David L. Wagner

Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
UConn

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HONORARY MEMBERSHIP

The Academy created the category of Honorary Membership in 2009 to recognize individuals not otherwise eligible for membership. Honorary nominees are considered on the basis of outstanding service to the Academy through participation and/or activities in support of the Academy’s vision and mission.

Honorary members are nominated and designated after a 2/3rds vote of the Academy’s Council. Selection of Honorary Members is limited to no more than two individuals per year. Honorary Members shall be entitled to all privileges of membership, except voting and holding elective office.

Dawn Hocevar

Dawn Hocevar

President and Chief Executive Officer
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2022 Connecticut
Medal of Technology

The Connecticut Medal of Technology, the state’s highest honor for technologic achievement, is awarded to individuals, teams, and companies/non-profits or divisions of companies/non-profits for their outstanding contributions to the economic, environmental, and social well-being of Connecticut and the nation through the promotion of technology, technological innovation, or the development of the technological workforce.

This year at the suggestion of the 2020 CT Medal of Technology Selection committee, the state of Connecticut at the direction of the Office of the Governor approved awarding two medalists, one for an individual and one for a team, company/non-profit, or divisions of companies/non-profits.

The Connecticut Medals of Science and Technology are awarded in alternate years by the state of Connecticut. The Connecticut Medals are modeled after the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation awarded annually by the president of the United States.

This award is bestowed by the state of Connecticut, with the assistance of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.

Craig M. Crews, the John C. Malone Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Professor of Chemistry, Pharmacology, and Management, Yale University has been selected as the 2022 individual recipient of the Connecticut Medal of Technology.

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) has been selected as the 2022 non-profit recipient of the Connecticut Medal of Technology.

“Dr. Crews and CCAT are proof yet again of our state’s incredible science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medical talent and resources. The awarding of these medals is a positive and gratifying reminder that even though our state is small demographically and geographically, we are a significant force as a global technology leader propelled by our research community, companies, skilled workforce, and a laser focus on accelerating long-lasting and equitable economic development in Connecticut,” Governor Ned Lamont said. “On behalf of the entire state, I want to thank Professor Crews and Ron Angelo and his team at CCAT for helping to make Connecticut the great state we know it is — and congratulate them both on receiving Connecticut’s highest honor for technological achievement.”

Craig M. Crews

Craig Crews is awarded for pioneering research that launched the pharmaceutical field of Targeted Protein Degradation (TPD). TPD is hailed as a new paradigm for drug development and will almost certainly lead to novel therapeutics. Described as an exceptionally creative scientist, with an eagerness to ask piercing, mechanism-based questions, and a commitment to evidence-based, first-rate, definitive science, he has had a profound translational impact in drug development.

Combining his groundbreaking science with an entrepreneurial spirit, Crews and his colleague Raymond Deshaies co-founded Proteolix in 2003.  Proteolix developed a therapeutic treatment approved by the FDA in 2012 for relapsed multiple myeloma. Drug development is a slow and arduous process, and few technological advances are truly transformative in the field. However, for Crews, this was just one step in his journey.

Since 2001, he has developed a new technology, known as PROTACs, or Proteolysis Targeting Chimeras.  This innovative and potentially disruptive approach for inhibiting the function of disease-causing proteins is being commercialized in the biotechnology, New Haven-based, oncology-focused company Arvinas that he founded in 2013. The company has created more than 300 new jobs in New Haven with a $3.5B market cap, two drug candidates in clinical trials, and several partnerships with large pharmaceutical companies. Arvinas focuses on drugs to treat cancer, neurodegeneration, and other diseases [now in clinical trials for breast and prostate cancer].

Crews earned a BA in Chemistry from the University of Virginia, completed a research fellowship at the University of Tübingen (Germany), and received his PhD in biochemistry from Harvard University. His awards and honors are numerous, including the 2013 CURE Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 2014 Ehrlich Award for Medicinal Chemistry, 2015 Yale Cancer Center Translational Research Prize, a NIH R35 Outstanding Investigator Award (2015), elected a CASE Member (2015), the American Association for Cancer Research Award for Chemistry in Cancer Research (2017), Khorana Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry (2018), Pierre Fabre Award for Therapeutic Innovation (2018), the Pharmacia-ASPET Award for Experimental Therapeutics (2019), the Heinrich Wieland Prize (2020) and the Scheele Prize (2021).

Craig M. Crews

Craig M. Crews

John C. Malone Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Professor of Chemistry, Pharmacology, and Management, Yale University

CASE Member – Elected in 2015

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Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology

CCATConnecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) is awarded the Connecticut Medal of Technology for its leadership of regional and national partnerships that assist the industrial base with the advancement of applied technologies and workforce initiatives to strengthen the global competitiveness of the manufacturing ecosystem in Connecticut.

CCAT, a non-profit incorporated in 2004, is a dynamic and innovative applied technology organization. An invaluable resource to the State, CCAT leads the promotion, demonstration, and adoption of applied technologies, particularly in the areas of model-based engineering, Industry 4.0 and digital technologies, additive manufacturing, advanced composites, and renewable energy. CCAT’s industry-led approach and delivery of transformative solutions enables manufacturing and technology companies to improve the critical KPIs required to remain a profitable industry leader.

Leveraging its Advanced Technology Centers, CCAT assists the manufacturing ecosystem with research and development, prototyping, technology readiness level /advancement, low-volume production, validation, and demonstration of leading-edge technologies. CCAT further leverages its technology capabilities through public-private partnerships with national consortia, industry associations, manufacturing institutes, global industrial companies, small to medium-sized enterprises and academia.

CCAT’s leadership in creating and administrating programs on the State and federal level has been a major multiplier for the Connecticut economy. Examples include: leveraging stimulus capital through matching grant voucher programs provided by the Manufacturing Innovation Fund; accelerating digital transformation through the Connecticut Defense Manufacturing Community Consortium’s Digital Model Initiative program; upskilling the manufacturing workforce and identifying the next-generation of talent from underserved communities which has been supported by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Deloitte Foundation and other private entities.

CCAT’s contributions, and that of its team, have been nationally recognized for developing innovative solutions to industry challenges, such as the President’s “E” Certificate for Export Service, presented by the Secretary of Commerce for significant contributions to the nation’s Export Expansion Program, the DoD Patriot Employer Award, and awards for community and professional leadership.

STUDENT AWARDS

The Connecticut Invention Convention

The Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC) is a program that seeks to provide the students of Connecticut with opportunities to develop critical-thinking and creative problem-solving skills through invention and innovation, instilling the spirit of ingenuity in students today and for the rest of their lives.

The Academy recognizes the following 15 grade-level 7 and 8 students who participated in CIC with certificates of recognition and a $50 certificate for the purchase of scientific equipment, books, or other science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics-related materials. Funding for the Academy’s awards is provided by Academy Member contributions.

Vivian Balazs

Columbus Magnet School, Grade 8

Hot Ears

Alec Dyar

John Read Middle School, Grade 8

The Safe Bake

Alessa Ferreira

Interdistrict Discovery Magnet School, Grade 8

Comfort Pup

Allison Hartzog

Bolton Center School, Grade 8

Magnipipe

Olivia Hudgens

Homeschool, Grade 8

Flying into the Future

Lilianna Izquierdo

Charles H. Barrows STEM Academy, Grade 7

Pet Bell

Hannah Kravet

Charles H. Barrows STEM Academy, Grade 8

Therapy Crate

Palmer Noe

Independent Inventor, Grade 8

The Heavy Load Lifter

Tanisha Ray

Bolton Center School, Grade 8

Water Sensor Vibration Cane

Ainsley Rinoski

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, Grade 7

WRIST GUARD

Michael Sherman

John Read Middle School, Grade 8

The Spray and Scrape

Varshny Sriganesh

East Granby Middle School, Grade 8

Firen

Suchita Srinivasan

Dodd Middle School, Grade 8

Myla: A Domestic Violence Alerting Device comprised of an Analog Sound Level Meter, OLED Display, and iOS Mobile App built using Swift

Lexina Swan

Shelton Intermediate School, Grade 7

Grocery Guard

Alex Tillson

Shelton Intermediate School, Grade 7

Sit Dri 202

Connecticut Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

Connecticut Area Health Education Center Network and UConn Health (under contract with the National Science Teaching Association). CT’s symposium is part of the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force sponsored Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

JSHS is designed to challenge and engage students (grades 9-12) in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. These symposia are effective in enhancing high school student motivation, stimulating original research, and providing the setting for exciting scientific meetings. Mature scientists have often expressed astonishment at the high level of student accomplishment.

The Academy recognizes the following top five oral presenters and their respective schools. Each winner receives a $250 award, a certificate of recognition from the Academy, and their congressional representative; and the science department of the winner’s school receives a plaque and a $500 donation for supplies and equipment. Funding for the Academy’s awards is provided by Academy Member contributions.

1st Place

Snigtha Mohanraj

Engineering and Science University Magnet School, Grade 9

Ferro-Sponge: An Investigation into the Usage of Metal Oxides for Microplastic and Oil Removal from Water

2nd Place

Sebastian Mengwall

Darien High School, Grade 12

Cloud Identification in Mars Daily Global Maps with Deep Learning

3rd Place

Ryan Kim

Choate Rosemary Hall, Grade 11

JARVITS: A Novel Deep Learning IoT Traffic Control System for Real-Time Detection and Signal Optimization

4th Place

Lily Donzeiser

Darien High School, Grade 12

Evolutionary Responses to Climate Change in a Long-Distance Migratory Songbird: The Scarlet Tanager

5th Place

Gouri Krishnan

King School, Grade 11

Electrochromism Paired with Finite Difference Time Domain Modeling Allows for the Successful Prediction of Color Change Achieved by Electrochromic Reactions

Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair, Urban School Challenge, Middle School

The Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair, Urban School Challenge Program is designed to increase the participation and success of students in the fair from Connecticut’s priority districts. These students receive additional support through the program, including an opportunity to apply for $500 mini-grant support for transportation, laboratory equipment and/or supplies, field equipment, and display supplies and printing.

The Academy recognizes the Urban School Challenge – Middle School Winner. The student receives from the Academy a $250 award, a certificate of recognition from the Academy and their congressional representative; and the science department of the winner’s school receives a plaque and a $500 donation for supplies and equipment. Funding support for the program, including the student awards, is provided by Academy Member contributions, including donations to the Academy’s endowment fund.

Ethan Joseph

Engineering and Science University Magnet School, Grade 7

Catalace: Combining Conventional Artificial Intelligence Algorithms with Precision Medicine Data to Accurately Diagnose Cervical Cancer

Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair, Urban School Challenge, High School, H. Joseph Gerber Award of Excellence

The Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair, Urban School Challenge Program is designed to increase the participation and success of students in the fair from Connecticut’s priority districts. These students receive additional support through the program, including an opportunity to apply for $500 mini-grant support for transportation, laboratory equipment and/or supplies, field equipment, and display supplies and printing.

The Academy recognizes the Urban School Challenge – High School Winner with the H. Joseph Gerber Award of Excellence. This award is a tribute to Joe Gerber’s contributions as a leader in Connecticut business and technology innovation and is meant to serve as an inspiration for Connecticut’s young scientists. Joe Gerber was the recipient of the National Medal of Technology and the Connecticut Medal of Technology, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, and the founder of Gerber Scientific.

The winner receives a $1000 award, a plaque, certificates of recognition from the Academy and their congressional representative, and a book on the life of H. Joseph Gerber, “The Inventor’s Dilemma – The Remarkable Life of H. Joseph Gerber,” authored by his son, David Gerber; and the science department of the winner’s school receives a plaque and a $500 donation for supplies and equipment. Funding support for the program, including the student awards, is provided by Academy Member contributions, including donations to the Academy’s endowment fund.

Snigtha Mohanraj

Engineering and Science University Magnet School, Grade 9

Implementing Nontoxic Modified Biochar Enhanced Filtration for the Efficient Removal of Emerging Contaminants in an Aqueous Solution

Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair, Life and Physical Sciences, Senior Division, H. Joseph Gerber Medal of Excellence

The H. Joseph Gerber Medal Excellence is awarded to the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair’s top winners of the Life and Physical Sciences Senior Division.

The H. Joseph Gerber Medal of Excellence is a tribute to Joe Gerber’s contributions as a leader in Connecticut business and technology innovation and is meant to serve as an inspiration for Connecticut’s young scientists. Joe Gerber was the recipient of the National Medal of Technology and the Connecticut Medal of Technology, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, and the founder of Gerber Scientific.

Each student will receive a $1000 award, a symbolic solid silver H. Joseph Gerber Medal of Excellence, certificates of recognition from the Academy and their congressional representative, and a book on the life of H. Joseph Gerber, “The Inventor’s Dilemma – The Remarkable Life of H. Joseph Gerber,” authored by his son, David Gerber; and the science department of the winner’s school receives a plaque and a $500 donation for supplies and equipment. Funding support for the program, including the student awards, is provided by Academy Member contributions, including donations to the Academy’s endowment fund.

Life Science Winner

Ambika Grover

Greenwich High School, Grade 11

Design of a Novel, Dual-Functioning Tissue Plasminogen Activator and Anticoagulant Therapeutic for Rapid Ischemic Stroke Treatment

Physical Science Winner

Naomi Park

Greenwich High School, Grade 10

Biomimetic Removal of Microspheres Water Contaminants, via Calcite-Infused, Coral-like Melamine Sponges

CASE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY POLICY FELLOWSHIP

In 2017, CASE received one of nine planning grants awarded by the California Council for Science and Technology (CCST) in partnership with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Simons Foundation. The grants supported state-level planning for the implementation of a science and technology policy fellowship program, with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and CCST Policy Fellowship Programs as successful models from which to build. The fellowships provide opportunities for scientists, physicians, and engineers with PhD’s or equivalent terminal degrees to contribute their skills and knowledge to the development of science-related public policies while simultaneously learning about the public policy process.

CASE began the planning phase by establishing a Fellowship Advisory Committee that included representatives from the state government, former and current fellows, CASE Members, and foundations. The committee provided guidance for the development of the program.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) provided the first opportunity to place a CASE Fellow in spring 2019. Dr. Anna Hagstrom served as the Inaugural Fellow and completed her two-year fellowship as a member of DEEP’s emerging contaminants/per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) team. Seema Alim is DEEP’s second fellow and will focus on Building Decarbonization.

Seema Alim, CASE Fellow

Seema Alim, PhD, PE

CASE Science and Technology Policy Fellow
Building Decarbonization

CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

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