APRIL 2013
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U.S. Commissioner for Patents Margaret A. Focarino, left, and
NAI President Dr. Paul R. Sanberg, right, pose with Yogi Goswami

Two Indian Americans were among five University of South Florida, Tampa, professors recently named as Charter Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). They are Shyam Mohapatra and D. Yogi Goswami.

Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. Nearly 200 renowned inventors and innovators from more than 60 universities, research institutes and governmental agencies worldwide attended the second annual NAI meeting at University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa.

D. Yogi Goswami, who holds 18 patents, is a professor of chemical engineering and co-director of the Clean Energy Research Center at USF. He and his research team are building a solar power plant on campus. “Innovation and entrepreneurship are the engines of economic growth of USA,” said Goswami. “NAI has recognized people that drive innovation. It is indeed an honor to be included in the Charter group of Fellows of NAI.”  

U.S. Commissioner for Patents Margaret A. Focarino, left,
and NAI President Dr. Paul R. Sanberg, right,
pose with Shyam Mohapatra.

Shyam Mohapatra, who holds 12 patents, is a molecular biologist whose focus is on nanotechnology. He is director of the Division of Translational Medicine, USF Nanomedicine Research Center. "I definitely feel honored to be one among these 101 chartered fellows and being considered at par with peers that included eight Nobel Laureates, 14 presidents of research universities and  research institutes, 53 members of the National Academies, 11 inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, two Fellows of the Royal Society, five recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, four recipients of the National Medal of Science, and 31 AAAS Fellows, among other major awards and distinctions,” said Mohapatra. “There is rarely an award or honor that is lauded by the U.S. Congress as was being a charted Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. I am really pleased.”   



Nandkishore Muley

Manoranjan’s Geet/Gaane/Ghazlon ki Shaam ON APRIL 12 at Aroma in Lake Mary

By Shobana Daniell

Manoranjan radio program and Aroma Indian Cuisine’s combination of music and food is proving to be a hit with the local community. On the first Friday the past two months, Vinod Vasudeva, host of Manoranjan the Indian radio program, and Sreenivas Jaragula, owner of Aroma restaurant in Lake Mary, have organized a night of music with featured artists as well as amateurs who like to sing. The music mehfil is held in a special events room in the restaurant.

The next event is on April 12 and takes on a classical note with the theme of “Raag Kalyan,” and Central Florida-based world-renowned santoor artist Nandkishore Muley will give a short introduction to this raag, followed by a few songs by some of the performers based on this Raag. The special performance will be followed by the amateur singers. With its increasing popularity, singers who register on Facebook will be given preference (https://www.facebook.com/events/551152851570592/). Anyone who shows up can perform time permitting.

The mehfil cover charge of $10 includes dinner. There also is a cash bar. If you want to display your talent for singing, call Vasusdeva at (407) 260-0567 or Jaragula at (407) 267-7595. Manoranjan radio program can be heard from 6 to 8 p.m. every Saturday on WPRD 1440AM. Aroma Indian Cuisine is at 4275 W. Lake Mary Blvd., Lake Mary.

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