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IDEAS Boston Speaker to Receive Award from President Barack Obama

January 7, 2013

President Barack Obama has named MIT Professor Robert Langer, co-founder of InVivo Therapeutics Corporation and a 2004 IDEAS Boston speaker, one of the winners of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Langer is one of 23 researchers to receive the honor and one of only three Americans to have won both the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

Several other IDEAS Boston speakers have also been in the news in the last few weeks.

  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Huntington Theatre Company $245,000 so that Huntington Playwriting Fellow and 2005 IDEAS Boston Speaker Melinda Lopez can join the company’s full-time staff as playwright-in-residence. According to the article on, Lopez will start her residency on July 1.
  • The Boston Business Journal reports Danvers-based CyPhy Works, founded by 2009 IDEAS Boston Speaker Helen Greiner, has unveiled two small unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). The Extreme Access System for Entry (EASE) is an indoor flying robot to help police, soldiers, and inspectors remain at safe standoff distances. The Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) is designed to fly vertically and hover for a long time without an operator intervening.
  • Zipcar Founder and 2005 IDEAS Boston Speaker Robin Chase was featured on WBUR’s Visionaries series on December 21. On Wednesday, January 2, Avis Budget Group announced it was buying Zipcar for nearly $500m.
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