California Academy of Mathematics and Science student Zackery Adler earned a $40,000 scholarship from Edison International to pursue science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) studies. While visiting a marine biology lab, Zackery learned that scientists were using ultraviolet to measure the concentration of microplastics in seawater. However, he realized there are currently no effective methods to remove the microplastics. Zackery has a mission to develop a system, like the way whales filter krill, to remove pollutants from the ocean. He is also a dedicated Eagle Scout, captain of the VEX robotics team and founder of the “Trash-Talking Chess Club.” He plans to major in mechanical engineering. View a video featuring Zackery.
Nader Twal, a program administrator in the Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development, is the subject of a new video produced by the Center for Advancing the American Dream. The center was founded by philanthropist Michael Milken. Twal, who received the prestigious Milken Educator Award in 2003 when he was a teacher at Millikan High School, is the son of Jordanian immigrants. In the video, Twal discusses how educators play a vital role as “ambassadors for the American Dream.” The video will be featured among the immersive exhibits at the Advancing the American Dream Visitor Center, which will open in 2023 in the Riggs Bank buildings, located on historic Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. View the exhibit video.