The man who made mumps a distant memory.

Or, for that matter, measles and rubella. If as a child you learned about mumps from The Little Golden Book called Richard Scarry’s Chipmunk’s ABC, you can thank Maurice R. Hilleman, who in his lifetime developed some 40 vaccines, including the first one for mumps, saving millions of lives. Among the amazing stats in an article about him in […]

STEM On the Playground

Designers of the new generation of innovative playgrounds contend that these collaborative free-form environments are inspiring the world’s future problem-solvers. My 7-year-old has a different spin: “Yeeeeeaahhhhhh!!!” Here’s my write-up on Designwire Daily about Rockwell Group’s latest Imagination Playground — the centerpiece of the National Building Museum’s “Play Work Build” exhibition, which opened last week. 

March 24 is World TB Day, Hail Robert Koch

Today is World TB Day and a good time to reflect on the many contributions of Nobel Prize winner Robert Koch (1843-1910), a poor country doctor in Germany who astounded the world on this day in 1882 by announcing he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis. At the time, TB was raging across Europe, killing one in […]

RIP Ernest McCulloch, Stem Cell Pioneer

Ernest McCulloch, who was part of the scientific duo that first identified a stem cell, died Jan. 20 at the age of 84. The New York Times‘s obit was full of amusing personal details (his nickname was Bun) while The Washington Post’s obit (whose link is m.i.a.) did a nice job conveying the eureka moment […]