In the News, June 2013

The Highlands Today published an article covering the Skype video call between Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer Steven W. Sell, FL Z ’92, and a group of Hill-Gustat Middle School (FL) science students this week. Sell spent seven years working on the Mars Curiosity project and he provided information on the technology involved and answered questions from the students.

Read the full article for more information about Sell’s experiences with Curiosity and plans for another rover landing scheduled for 2020.


The PhD Project is a unique diversity initiative that encourages minorities to pursue their Ph.D.’s in business and to serve as role models and mentors for business students. Each year, the PhD Project hosts an invitation only conference for minority professionals considering doctoral studies. This year’s conference will take place in Chicago, from Nov. 20-22, with the application deadline on September 30. Please visit the website for more information


A senior from West Virginia University was recently recognized by U.S. Senator Joe Macchin’s staff for her invention of “a pain-free prosthetic device.” Katherine Bomkamp began working on the concept as a 16-year-old high school student. Most recently she was named one of Glamour Magazine’s Top Ten Women of the Year. “The device concentrates heat on the remaining limb, helping to distract from phantom pains or pains amputees experience as if they still had their limb.”
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