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2021 Collegiate Inventors Competition

5 Student Teams’ Innovations Win 2021 Collegiate Inventors Competition

A glimpse into the future of American innovation and emerging technological trends from the nation’s brightest young innovators — from a robot used in search and rescue situations to an accessible COVID-19 testing solution — were recognized and honored this week at the 2021 Collegiate Inventors Competition®, an annual competition for college and university students and their advisers.

Finalist teams (six Undergraduate and six Graduate), consisting of 20 students from 13 colleges and universities across the United States, presented their inventions in a virtual format to an esteemed panel of final-round judges composed of the most influential inventors and innovation experts in the nation — National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) Inductees and United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) officials.

“As our world’s challenges continue to grow in complexity, we increasingly need to look to the next generation of innovators to meet these problems head on,” said NIHF CEO Michael Oister. “We are proud to recognize and celebrate this latest group of collegiate inventors who are committed to creating a better future for us all.”

Established in 1990, the Collegiate Inventors Competition is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and is sponsored by the USPTO and Arrow Electronics (Arrow Electronics People’s Choice Award). In addition to cash awards, the winning teams also receive an opportunity to meet with a NIHF Inductee for mentorship and advice, and a USPTO Patent Acceleration Certificate.

FIRST-PLACE WINNERS ($10,000 PRIZE)

UNDERGRADUATE:

EarFlow, Harvard University

Team Member: Eva Cai; Advisers: Samir Mitragotri, Aaron Remenschneider

An easier treatment for healthier ears: Otitis media, or middle ear infection, is a painful condition triggering excess fluid production in the middle ear, affecting the eardrum by altering its vibration and hearing levels. It is especially common in young children. EarFlow is a drug delivery device that is placed on a patient’s eardrum to deliver dexamethasone, a steroid, and ciprofloxacin, an antibiotic, to the middle ear to treat otitis media. Placing the device takes less than five minutes in a doctor’s office and does not require general anesthesia. With low cytotoxicity and low risk of hearing damage, EarFlow offers a vast improvement from standard treatments for recurrent infections.

GRADUATE:

SolarClear, Stony Brook University

Team Member: Shrish Patel; Adviser: Alexander Orlov

A better solar panel cleaning solution: Dust storms, especially in the Western United States, Middle East and North Africa, are a significant problem for large-scale solar power plants. While solutions exist to clean them off, they are impractical and expensive. Cleaning a typical utility-scale solar installation requires a staggering 600,000 to 1 million gallons of potable water. SolarClear addresses this problem by using autonomous waterless cleaning technology that is both significantly more effective and efficient compared to existing technologies. Additionally, the unique design of the electrodes that are used in the system makes SolarClear economically viable for utility-scale installation in the desert.

RUNNER-UP WINNERS ($5,000 PRIZE)

UNDERGRADUATE:

Augment Health Bladder Management System, Georgia Institute of Technology

Team Members: Stephen Kalinsky, Jared Meyers; Adviser: Martin Jacobson

Smart monitoring that can empower millions: Over 6.5 million people in the United States alone have limited bladder sensation. They cannot feel when their bladder is full and often suffer incontinence. Many use incontinence products or a catheter and collection bag. Often, these solutions lead to urinary tract infections and are costly, difficult and embarrassing to manage. The Augment Health Bladder Management System is a noninvasive connection between a catheter and catheter valve that monitors the bladder and tells the user when it is full via their smart device, eliminating the need for obtrusive incontinence products. This invention has the potential to reduce costs and infections, restore dignity and offer better quality of care.

GRADUATE:

VirSENSE, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Team Member: Maha Alafeef; Adviser: Dipanjan Pan

An accessible COVID-19 testing solution: To manage and ultimately control the spread of the COVID-19 virus, rapid, inexpensive and easily deployable testing is crucial. It’s for this reason that Maha Alafeef created VirSENSE, a rapid test for COVID-19 that users can administer entirely at home. Using an electrochemical biosensor paired with an electrical reader, the test screens for active cases and is over 98% accurate. Thanks to the technology that VirSENSE is using, individuals are able to determine in real time if they are COVID-19 positive, even before their bodies develop a detectable antibody response.

ARROW ELECTRONICS PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD WINNER ($2,000 PRIZE)

Firebot, University of Texas at Austin

Team Member: Siddharth Thakur; Adviser: Roland Fields

Navigating safer search and rescue operations in fire situations: Firefighters face life-threatening situations while searching for human life in structural fires, leading to 33 fatalities in the past decade and 10,575 injuries in 2019 alone. Firebot, a thermally insulated, wirelessly controlled, obstacle-climbing robot, locates victims without requiring firefighters to enter burning buildings. Firefighters can deploy Firebot near an entrance and remotely steer it using a joystick and laptop displaying live video, thermal imagery and sensor data, which warns of potentially hazardous situations. Firefighters can use a two-way speaker to lead conscious victims out, or a siren and GPS map to allow them to quickly find and rescue unconscious victims, helping to mitigate risks and save lives.

Lake Mead from Andrea Heerdt, The Vox Agency for use by 360 Magazine

Lake Mead Mohave Adventures Invites Visitors to Share Memories for Prizes

Visitors are invited to share their most memorable photos and stories at Lake Mead Mohave Adventures’ (LMMA) properties for chances to win gift vouchers redeemable for small, motorized boat and kayak rentals. Each marina location, including Callville Bay Marina, Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina, Willow Beach Marina & Campground and Temple Bar Resort & Marina, will award a first-place winner a $500 credit and two second-place winners each a $250 credit, totaling $4,000 in prizes across all (LMMA) properties.

The photo and story contest is open now through September 30, 2021. To submit photos and stories, click here.

“To say thanks for making Lake Mead Mohave Adventures a part of so many visitors’ family vacations and other memorable moments, we will be giving away $4,000 worth of gift vouchers across all four of our marinas,” said Chad Taylor, director of sales and marketing, Lake Mead Mohave Adventures. “We can’t wait to see all the photos and read all the unforgettable stories our guests will share with us.”

For more information on Lake Mead Mohave Adventures, go to Lake Mead Adventures’ website.

About Guest Services

Since 1917, Guest Services, Inc. has earned the reputation as a premier hospitality management company and national and state park concessionaire that has taken great care and pride in delivering best-in-class food, lodging, retail and recreation services. The Fairfax, Virginia-based company and its subsidiaries employ more than 3,500 staff at more than 250 facilities, which welcome approximately 30 million guests annually across the United States. Guest Services, Inc. is proud to welcome visitors at Mount Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park and Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area in Washington, several parks in the Washington, D.C. area, and state parks such as Bear Mountain in New York, in addition to Missouri’s newest state park in the Ozarks – the much anticipated Echo Bluff State Park. To learn more visit Guest Services.

online casino illustration by Alec Bogdan

Online Casino × Best Gaming Experience

Slots with the best gaming experience online

When you go to an online casino, you will find plenty of slot games to play. These can be great fun to try your luck on and also, there are some massive cash prizes to be won. Let’s take a look at some of the slots that can give you the best gaming experience online.

Call of Duty 4

You may be familiar with Call of Duty, the popular video game, but it’s made its way to the slot world as well. It has repeated its success with a series of slot games. The fourth in the series has been a big hit and that’s not the easiest of tasks as there’s the job of keeping the games fresh.

This five-reel game has 25 paylines and the symbols will be familiar to  those who have played the original video game. There are some exciting bonus features and big cash prizes to be won, so a great gaming experience is available here.

Game of Thrones

There was so much to like about the television series and turning it into a slot game was perhaps inevitable. It makes up for the ending of the show and there’s even the opportunity given to choose which of the great Houses of Westeros that you can be a member of.

Fans of the show will be in seventh heaven with the excellent symbols and the theme song being constantly played. Lots of free spins to be won too, so a great time lies ahead.

Hitman

If the Hitman  (aka Agent 47) has you in your sights, be scared, very scared. Thankfully, slot players are immune from the fear of being one of his targets. Instead, they can sit back and enjoy playing this Microgaming slot.

It has a rather moody look to it with plenty of weapons as its symbols. 18 free spins can be won and there’s some great cash prizes to be won. It’s all so different from the days when the symbols were pieces of fruit with small amounts to be won.

Upon joining an online casino, there are typically very lucrative welcome offers that can be received, as a thank you from the operator for you joining their platform and community. These are incentives to register with a site in a highly competitive industry. Often free spins will be part or all of the welcome offer. These don’t just give you the opportunity to win some money (not massive amounts as winnings are often capped) but the chance to learn how to play games you might not be too familiar with.

A good method to test online slots is to use free spin offers such as these to get your feel for the game, see if it suits your play style and find out if lady luck is on your side! Current day slot games can be very complex with their bonus games, wilds, scatter symbols and thousands of ways to get a win. Playing a game with some free spins allows you to find out more about how they work. This can protect your real cash balance and hopefully teach you the skills that will help you when using your own money.

Formula 1 Grand Prix’s champion – Lewis Hamilton

The Istanbul phase of Formula 1, the world’s biggest motorsports event, had been completed. Mercedes’ British driver Lewis Hamilton has won the season’s 14th race in Formula 1 DHL Turkish Grand Prix.  The victory marks Hamilton’s fourth consecutive world championship and his 7th in total. With this win, Hamilton has also equaled Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles. The awards were presented by Prof. Dr. Mustafa Sentop, the Speaker of Turkish Parliament. 

Last year with more than 15 million visitors, Istanbul became the 8th most attractive destination in the world and after 9 years, the city hosted Formula 1 once again. Over 2 billion people from 200 different countries watched the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix that was co-sponsored by Turkey Tourism Promotion and Development Agency (TGA) and T.R. Ministry of Culture and Tourism (the two founding partner sponsors).

Noting that he loves and travels to Turkey’s Southern and Aegean coasts frequently in a statement, Lewis Hamilton said that he is impressed by the history of Turkey and the fact that each city in the country has different textures. Hamilton also said that there is no better place than Turkey for the championship. On his Twitter account, Hamilton shared his joy with a series of photos taken after he won the title and wrote, “A day I’ll never forget.” 

2 billion people watched the race on TV 

The video featuring Red Bull Racing and Alpha Tauri F1 teams were filmed at various places in Istanbul including July 15 Martyr’s Bridge, Topkapi Palace and Sultanahmet Square. The video was first streamed on Formula 1’s social media accounts on Thursday, November the 12th. 

Formula 1 Grand Prix promotional videos were streamed first on F1’s official social media and then on numerous TV and YouTube channels. While the video promoting the collaboration between Formula 1  and GoTurkey got more than 2 million views on Turkey’s official tourism website GoTurkey.com’s YouTube account, the F1 promotional video got more than 5 million views on Formula 1’s official social media accounts. 

In addition to Formula 1, Turkey has previously hosted many global sports events, including the 2005 Champions League Final, the 2009 UEFA Cup Final, the 2010 FIBA World Basketball Championship, the 2017 EuroLeague Final Four, the 2019 UEFA Super Cup and most recently the 2020 WRC Rally Championship in September.

About Turkey

Located in the Mediterranean and connecting Asia and Europe continents that are separated by the famous Bosphorus, Turkey is a unique destination that welcomed more than 50 million tourists last year. The country that has always been a hub for cultural interaction and home to varying climates inspires the visitors today with its history, nature, and gastronomy that reflect the diversity of civilizations for centuries. Located at the crossroads of cultures, Turkey has a distinctive understanding of art & fashion which is the synthesis of tradition and modernity and its extremely dynamic shopping & entertainment life also attracts visitors from all over the world. Turkey implemented the “Safe Tourism Program” for the 2020 tourism season. The program that has been rapidly adopted by the key players in the industry,  defines a series of measures that must be taken across a vast range of related bodies including food & beverage, transportation and accommodation establishments to ensure the health and well-being of facility personnel and guests, both local and foreign.

For more about Turkey please visit:

www.goturkey.com

Rita Azar illustrates a photojournalism article for 360 MAGAZINE

Thomson Reuters Foundation x Omidyar Network

The Thomson Reuters Foundation has joined forces with Omidyar Network to document the devastating effects of COVID-19 on millions of people around the globe.

Using photography and journalism, COVID-19: The Bigger Picture aims to tell the stories of those most affected and most vulnerable to the pandemic that has changed the lifestyles of each person on the planet.

Antonio Zappulla, the CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, said, “This pandemic is a global crisis like no other, affecting every person on the planet. The world is grappling daily to understand its scale and severity against an onslaught of information and misinformation. It has never been more critical to lean on the power of journalism excellence to cut through the noise with accurate and impartial storytelling.”

The Thomson Reuters Foundation works to advance media freedom and promote human rights while Omidyar Network is committed to building inclusive and equitable societies. Though the impact has been widespread, the goal of the project is to show how social inequality that existed before the inception of the virus has only been magnified by the spread of the pandemic.

“This virus has devastated lives and livelihoods across the globe. By combining the storytelling capabilities of the Thomson Reuters Foundation with photos from people whose lives have been upended by the pandemic, we will not only see the impacts on everyday life but also the systemic inequalities that brought us to this dire moment,” said Mike Kubzansky, the CEO of Omidyar Network.

COVID-19: The Bigger Picture, consists of two parts. First, a photojournalism competition allows anyone to submit a photo capturing the devastation of the coronavirus. Entrants may submit one photo with the prize being a photojournalism class taught by Thomson Reuters Foundation’s trainers. Photos may be entered beginning August 12th.

The documentation also includes a series of photo essays focusing on the United States. Experienced and decorated journalists will uncover the stories of workers assisting the elderly in Florida, caretakers of children in North Carolina and more. The photoessays will be released over the next three months, and readers can sign up to be notified when each essay is published.

“By capturing individual experiences, The Bigger Picture will document a wider story. It is only then, that we can truly change the narrative,” Zappulla said.