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    Inventors of Award-Winning Lighting Device to Speak at Pacific on Saturday

    Mar 25, 2011

    University of the Pacific's Powell Scholars Program will launch a new event this month to recognize young people throughout the world who leverage their academic talents to make a difference in the world.  On March 26th  they will present the inaugural Powell Emerging Leader Award (PELA) to four Harvard graduates: Jessica Lin, Jessica Matthews, Julia Silverman and Hemali Thakkar.  The four are being honored for their invention of the Soccket ball, a soccer ball that generates electricity when kicked.  Among other honors, their invention won the 2010 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award.  Find out more about the Soccketball at www.soccket.com.

    The idea for the Powell Emerging Leader Award was conceived by the Powell Scholars to bring speakers to campus under the age of 25 who have already made a notable impact.   The event this year is co-chaired by Elizabeth Youngberg '12 and Jillian Hall '13.

    A public lecture by the honorees is scheduled for March 26th at 4:30 pm in Room 101 of the Biological Science Building. On Kensington Way.  The event will also include a "Light the World" competition for all K-12 students in the Stockton area.  Students have been asked to submit their ideas for novel ways to generate electricity.  The ideas will be publicly displayed on March 26th from 3:00 to 4:00 pm at the entrance of Pacific's Biology Building.   A panel will choose the top three on the basis of creativity, feasibility and potential for global impact. Winners will each receive a $100 Education Savings Bond.

    For more information on the Light the World competition, contact Jillian Hall  at j_hall5@u.pacific.edu. For more information on the Powell Scholars Program, see go.pacific.edu/powellscholars.