STEM Education

The Possibilities Lie Within Us

Written by Scott Heimlich, Vice President, Amgen Foundation
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Can you imagine the implications to the country and society if we were better able to harness and unleash the talent all around us? What if opportunity and culture unlocked the ambition and dreams of more people – young and old – to achieve their potential? We’re barely scratching the surface.

We’ve all seen both stories.

HOW DO WE MEASURE SUCCESS? Thoughts on Soccer Goals, Social Impact, and Surgical Errors

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This question is so fundamental, and yet too often it’s not even asked by those funding and working towards social impact.

We assume it was asked and answered by someone else at some earlier time, or that this initiative with its holistic approach to the whole person can’t be reduced to a single or even set of metrics. Or maybe it’s that we simply don’t have the time and resources to build that data-driven culture that allows us to adjust our strategy and actions based on whether our indicators of success are flashing green or red.

SPW 27 at European Schoolnet

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Amgen Teach Science Projects Workshop In The Future Classroom Lab, 5-6 April
 
The workshop was co-organised by the Amgen Teach and Space EU projects and had 12 Amgen Teach Ambassadors and 10 Space EU Teacher Training Institutes (TTIs) participating during a 2 day event at the European Schoolnet headquarters in Brussels

The workshop brought together STEM teachers from across Europe with the aim to train the newly appointed Amgen Teach Ambassadors who will be disseminating the Amgen Teach project at national level.

Mentorship Creates Lasting Bonds

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The science community really is a small world. Nick Watkins and Rocío Mercado met years ago in chemistry lab at at the University of California, Berkeley. Mercado mentored Watkins when she was a graduate student instructor and he was a second semester undergrad. While they have remained in close contact since, it wasn’t until they were contacted for this story that they realized they shared something in common: They are both Amgen Scholars who participated in the program at Caltech, years apart.

At the Top of Their Game: Messi, Gates & Wooten Not Only Share Great Talent, but Also Opportunity & An Environment That Allowed Their Talent to Thrive

Written by Scott Heimlich, Vice President, Amgen Foundation
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You know it when you see it.

Lin-Manuel Miranda transforming a book into something else entirely. Messi moving up the field with a soccer ball that moves along with him. Diamond taking 13,000 years of history – and multiple disciplines – to incredibly show us how and why societies advanced in different ways at different rates.

Curiosity Cube Teaches Science to ConVal Students

By Nicholas Handy
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Elementary and middle school students from the ConVal School District spent Thursday in a brightly colored shipping container conducting science experiments.

The container – known as the Curiosity Cube – has been retrofitted by MilliporeSigma into a mobile science lab. The Cube, which made an appearance in the ConVal High School parking lot Thursday, travels the country to encourage an interest in science among children.

Continue reading at ledgertranscript.com.

Meet Hamed Mirzaei, Ph.D., a Regional Medical Liaison in Oncology at Amgen

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Amgen Facility: San Francisco, CA

Department: Regional Medical Liaison in Oncology

Unique Journey to a Career in Biotech 

Talent is Universal – Opportunity is Not

Written by Scott Heimlich, Vice President, Amgen Foundation
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So true. This point was eloquently driven home by the story of the eight-year-old homeless refugee who just won the New York State Chess Championship.

We need to discover and develop and harness talent, wherever it may be. And this is not happening, not in the world of chess, and not in the world of science. John Gardner aptly stated the potential when he wrote about the release of human possibilities in his wisdom-filled book On Leadership:

Increasing STEM Access and Changing Perceptions

by Jeffrey Whitford
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Sometimes ideas are hatched and shared in the most fortuitous places — and you don’t even know it. It all began when one of my team members and I were at our first Global Communicators Conference in Wiesbaden, Germany, following the acquisition of the company that we had been working for. It was an awe-inspiring experience, mainly because our new company — Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany — was launching a completely new brand and this was one of the first internal events to showcase the new look, feel and messaging.

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