AMHERST, Mass. – Rachel Walker, assistant professor of nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is the first nurse to be selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Lemelson Foundation as an AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador. The eight 2018-19 ambassadors were announced today in New York.
AAAS and the Lemelson Foundation developed the Invention Ambassadors program to highlight the importance of invention and inventors in improving the quality of life globally. The program was piloted in 2013 and has created 32 Ambassadors prior to this year’s cohort. According to AAAS, the Invention Ambassadors will “Inspire a new and diverse generation of inventors dedicated to solving difficult global challenges, inform on the components needed to create inventions that sustainably solve global problems and influence policymakers, thought leaders and the public.”