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Larry Bock is a successful serial entrepreneur who has founded, co-founded or financed the early stage growth of 40 companies in the life and physical sciences from inception to achieving an aggregate market capitalization in excess of $30 billion. He was the inspiration and executive director of the Inaugural San Diego Science Festival which was the world’s largest science festival of its kind in its first year.

He is now organizing the 2nd National Science Festival to take place in Washington, D.C. from April 27-29, 2012. The Festival culminates with a three day Expo at the Walter E Washington Convention Center on April 28-29, 2012 with over 500 leading organizations participating. He earned his B.A. in Biochemistry from Bowdoin College and his MBA in Finance from UCLA. Larry’s email is biobock@mac.com.

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The Need to Connect on An Emotional Level With STEM Learners

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 10:52 AM

No doubt, the influences that move individuals into their chosen field of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) are often as different as night and day, but one thing seems constant: most STEM professionals, in remembering how they made their selection, can trace that ¨A-ha!¨ moment back to a pivotal...

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Questions to Ponder During National Engineering Week

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2014 | 7:19 PM

Engineers are some of the most necessary problem solvers on the planet. They conquer the daunting technological challenges -- both immediate and long-range -- that stand in the way of human progress and quality of life. You don't have to think long and hard to realize what our daily existence...

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What This Life-Saving Innovation in Mathematics and Economics Can Teach Students About STEM

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 12:11 PM

Like many who follow research developments in high technology, I am constantly amazed at the power of science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) to solve real-life problems -- especially problems across diverse venues and disciplines.

Take for example the research of mathematician Lloyd Shapley and economist Alvin Roth, two...

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In Praise of Unsung Heroes in Science

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 11:36 AM

Heroes should never be forgotten, but unfortunately too many of them in the field of science go missing from our classroom textbooks. Equally disturbing is that a disproportionate number of these heroes overlooked are women and minorities.

While the average American young person will likely have no trouble detailing the...

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Power Players: Why We Need More Scientists as Public Policy Makers

(18) Comments | Posted May 5, 2013 | 6:28 PM

The answers to some of the biggest challenges facing us this century lie waiting to be discovered in the laboratories and institutions of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But we must remember, scientists do not operate in a vacuum in such endeavors.

Increasingly, policy makers -- often working in the...

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Going Hollywood: Science Accuracy Makes Its Long-Awaited Arrival in TV and Movies

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 2:52 PM

In what started out as a hopeful trickle more than four years ago has seemingly evolved into a full-blown trend: Suddenly it's cool and hip to be a scientist in Hollywood. Ranging from such blockbuster films as The Amazing Spiderman, Battleship, The Avengers, and Iron Man 2 to TV hits...

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Host a Science Festival, and Take Science Discovery to the Streets of America

(2) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 3:59 PM

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." - Carl Sagan

The excitement, the rigors and the risk of scientific discovery: Sagan loved and shared these emotions more effectively and openly with us than perhaps any other contemporary scientist. And in the process he helped catapult "science outreach" into the...

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Perchance to Dream: What Science Fiction Can Tell Us About Inspiring Tomorrow's Innovators

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 11:37 AM

It's strange but true: some of the most prodigious innovations in technology are often not born in the corridors of rational thought and reality, but on the wings of fantasy.

I was reminded of this recently while reading the various tributes to legendary science fiction writer Ray Bradbury who died...

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10 Days to the Woodstock of Science -- And You're Invited!

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 5:32 PM

Similar to what the legendary Woodstock Festival did in gathering and celebrating the best and the brightest in the world of rock, the 2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival hosted by Lockheed Martin, the nation's largest celebration of science and engineering, has assembled some of the country's...

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Explorers in Our Midst: What the James Cameron Voyage Can Tell Us

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 5:20 PM

In our world of high-tech bravado, I often wonder where we'd be without explorers -- those undaunted heroes and heroines of the past and of today whose achievements, like an unforgettable song or movie -- form a lasting impression in the brain over what the human spirit can accomplish with...

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Win the Opportunity to Walk With Moon Astronaut Buzz Aldrin in This Year's Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 5:03 PM

A visit to Washington, DC in the spring is always exciting, but this season the 'wow" factor in the nation's capital goes up a notch with the 100th Celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on Saturday, April 14.

Always a must-see event with its spectacular array of...

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Science and Math With an 'Edge' -- Learning Is Best When It's Messy and Unpredictable

(10) Comments | Posted March 28, 2012 | 8:56 AM

The world runs on science and math, but let's face it, to get this across effectively to young students we sometimes have to get a little, well... messy.

No one knows this better than math and science author Sean Connolly who's gained a reputation with kids and...

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Earth Day 2012 Finds Kids Ready to Do Their Part, Says Author Seymour Simon

(3) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 1:02 PM

Planet Earth -- that fragile blue marble in space that we call home -- deserves better from all of us, I think we would agree.

And for good reason. With such issues as energy, pollution, conservation and sustainability, and climate becoming rising worldwide concerns, it behooves everyone to do...

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One Year After Fukushima, a Startup Named Kurion Continues to Shed Light on What It Means to Live in the Nuclear Age

(3) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 8:41 AM

When searching for a prime, real-life example of how science and technology are making a difference in the world right now, my thoughts lately turn to a small but feisty green-tech startup that you may never have heard of: Kurion, Inc.

Based in Irvine, CA with 15 employees,...

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Exploring Deep, Mysterious Realms With Time Warp Scientist Jeff Lieberman

(1) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 6:03 PM

With the human genome decoded, science is poised now to set sights on a more ethereal realm: human consciousness, one of the least understood facets of human cognition.

Deep within this frontier where brain and mind intersect, lie a host of questions and mysteries yet to be fully examined,...

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Just in Time for Valentine's Day: The Science Behind the Kiss

(4) Comments | Posted February 4, 2012 | 3:50 PM

It's both funny and remarkable how some of the most simple and natural acts we do each day are teeming in science.

Take for example, the kiss.

A kiss, especially a passionate one, sets off a cascade of emotions and chemical reactions in our brain and body that would surprise...

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Science and Engineering Education: What Happens in the Home Is Just as Important as the Classroom

(3) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 12:30 PM

Encouraging and motivating kids early in science and engineering via exciting, hands-on interactions in discovery may be one of the most important steps to boosting their interest and performance in these fields.

But if you think this job falls to teachers alone, you're wrong. Parents can, and should, play...

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Tinker and Change the World

(2) Comments | Posted January 27, 2012 | 10:00 PM

Tinkering -- that hands-on, garage-based tradition which sparked inventions ranging from the airplane and electric light bulb to the Apple computer -- is making a comeback among average Americans, promising to change our lives for the better on several fronts.

Known by such monikers as DIY (Do It Yourself) and...

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A Journey Into Distant Worlds: Making Space Exploration Come Alive for Young Earthlings

(2) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 1:01 PM

George Whitesides, president and CEO of Virgin Galactic -- the pioneering U.S.-based space tourism company -- made a thought-provoking statement recently that does a great job of crystallizing just how far we have come in space travel and exploration.

Said Whitesides: "It's important for children...

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The Utterances of Hollywood Celebrities: Why We Need Better Science Truth Detectors

(2) Comments | Posted January 10, 2012 | 1:57 PM

Ahh celebrities. From music and acting to the world of supermodeling and sports -- they are respected, admired, even worshiped, for their talent and magnetism. But herein lies the danger when these stars publicly espouse or endorse viewpoints and products in health and medicine without first thoroughly exploring the scientific...

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