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Issue No. 06 - June (2009 vol. 42)
ISSN: 0018-9162
pp: 78-79
Bob Ward , IEEE Computer Society
IEEE Foundation Gives Away More Than $300,000
Through cash grants to projects across a broad spectrum of fields related to the IEEE mission, the IEEE Foundation supports a cross-section of programs that seek to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. Traditionally, top funding goes to support several IEEE awards for service and achievement in the computing profession, including the IEEE Medal of Honor, $60,000; the IEEE Founders Medal, $15,000; and the IEEE Haraden Pratt Award, $9,000. Also enjoying support from the IEEE Foundation this year are several education and service programs taking place around the globe.
Funded Projects
A $40,000 grant to Solar Roller Interactive Energy Literacy Exhibits in Durango, Colorado, will support the design and fabrication of two mobile interactive science and energy exhibits. These exhibits, intended to engage youth in the process of scientific inquiry and experimentation, will be deployed in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. The first exhibit will be "Powerstack," a hands-on exploration of the science and history of electricity generation. The second will be "GoCam," a portable visual imaging station.
A $25,000 grant to the Rugerero Survivors Village Solar Project in Rwanda supports the innovative use of solar technology and training to bring electricity to many communities within the country and to develop a sustainable model that can be replicated worldwide. The project will bring solar-generated electricity to 100 families. Rugerero residents, all 1994 genocide survivors, are being trained as entrepreneurs and solar engineers to design, install, and maintain solar home electric systems, bringing electricity to their community and generating new sources of income.
A $10,000 grant to the Hands-On Museum in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will provide a significant portion of the funds needed to open the Kids Connect to Wireless Technology exhibit. This dedicated permanent exhibit will introduce museum visitors to electrical engineering via amateur radio. It will include enticing and educational graphics along with three to four tabletop interactive activities expected to include Morse code, radio directional finding activities, and how to build radios.
Other funded projects include the Benjamin Franklin House education and outreach project in London; a Solar Bug Tugs project at the Fayetteville, Arkansas, public library; a project to re-house the electricity collections at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History; and the IEEE's site.
IEEE Foundation
The IEEE Foundation cultivates relationships and resources to advance IEEE's core purpose of fostering technological innovation and excellence. To fulfill its role, the IEEE Foundation awards grants to new and innovative projects and administers more than 125 donor-designated funds that support a variety of educational, humanitarian, historical preservation, and peer recognition programs of IEEE. To learn more, visit
Al Gore to Address Society-Sponsored SC09 Conference
Former US vice president Al Gore will deliver the conference keynote address at SC09, the foremost conference on supercomputing.
SC09 is sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and the ACM. It offers a complete technical education program and exhibition to showcase the ways in which discoveries in high-performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis lead to advances in science, research, education, and commerce.
The overarching theme of SC09 is "Computing for a Changing World." Organizers plan a special focus on initiatives related to sustainability, biocomputing, and the 3D Internet. Gore will deliver the keynote presentation on Thursday, 19 November before an anticipated crowd of more than 10,000 top scientists, researchers, and academicians.
Gore is known for his work on environmental policy in the years following his service in the Clinton White House. Gore represented Tennessee in the US House of Representatives from 1977 to 1985, and in the US Senate from 1985 to 1993, before becoming vice president. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
SC09 takes place 14-20 November in Portland, Oregon. Registrationopens 15 June. Visit for complete conference details.
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