Dennis Deapen, PhD is Professor of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. He has been Director of the Los Angeles Cancer Surveillance Program (CSP), the population-based cancer registry for Los Angeles County since 1988.
Nominated for: Free Legal Answers. Buck Lewis is the driving force behind Free Legal Answers. Over 71 percent of low-income households in the United States reported having a legal problem in the previous 12 months, and 86 percent of those had no legal help with those problems. Free Legal Answers is a web-based platform that meets that need by connecting licensed attorneys wanting to give their time to clients in need of free legal advice. Buck started the program in Tennessee, but because of the dire need for legal help nationwide, the platform has been adopted in 41 states and several countries across the world, including Australia and Great Britain. Since the advent of the program less than a decade ago, nearly 100,000 clients have received answers to their questions from a qualified attorney.
Nominated for: Village Aquaponics in Cambodia. The Community First farm school in Cambodia trains farmers in the use of hydroponic systems for farming before those farmers get hydroponic systems of their own. Northern Cambodia is notorious for only allowing a single crop of rice in a year, but by using hydroponic systems, farmers can produce three times the crops of a conventional soil system. This system allows farmers to increase their income while producing better and more nutritious crops.
Stan Honey is a professional offshore navigator with world sailing records. Born in Pasadena and grew up in San Marino. He is nominated for being the founder of the first computerized navigation system for your car. He was co-founder of ETAK. He also is founder of Sportvision He holds numerous patents for Navigational Systems. This nomination is for founding the first commercial automobile navigational system.
Lucy Jones, PhD, Georphysics, MIT, Science Advisor for Risk Reduction (USGS), founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech,. Nominated for: From extensive research on approaches to earthquake prediction using earthquake clustering, statistical seismology and integrated disaster scenarios, Jones Developed the first American major earthquake drill, the Great ShakeOut, that has expanded to now encompass 55 million participants around the world along with the creation of a national science strategy for all the natural hazards studied by the USGS to promote the science that would better prepare the Nation for future natural hazards and the development of science products that would make the information more accessible to decision-makers. She is a prominent public voice for earthquake resilience, conducting thousands of interviews with all kinds of media and appeared on most major news programs and TV specials. She served on the California Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council from 2003 to 2015 and was appointed by the Governor of California to the California Seismic Safety Commission
Manu Prakash, PhD, Stanford assistant professor of bioengineering, M.S. MIT in Applied Physics, B. Tech from Indian Institute of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering. Nominated for: Leader in the frugal design movement. developing global health solutions, leveraging smartphone technology and emerging manufacturing techniques such as 3D printers, laser cutters and conductive ink printing. Contributions include, an electromagnetic patch that non-invasively detects live parasitic worms in infected patients, a fully functional paper microscope, which costs less than a dollar in materials, that can be used for diagnosing blood-borne diseases such as malaria, African sleeping sickness, schistosomiasis and Chagas and an ultra-low-cost oral cancer screening tool that attaches to a smartphone. He is also exploring how to use these tools generate jobs and build the infrastructure to provide these services locally.
Dr. Jerry Schubel, Ph.D., Oceanography, Johns Hopkins University. CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific, president and CEO Emeritus of the New England Aquarium, Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1998. A leader throughout his professional life at the interfaces of science education, knowledge sharing, and technology-management-policy on ocean issues. He has published more than 225 scientific papers and has written extensively for general audiences. Nominated for: Understanding and stewardship of our oceans. a unique ambassador for the global ocean and environmental community, convening key leaders, scientists, and stakeholders on topics ranging from urban ocean planning and water use to extreme weather preparedness and sea-level rise. He has taken the lead in using technology to make ocean science engaging and relevant to the public.