In one of the new honors launched this year as part of the annual Carnegie Science Awards, handed out by the Carnegie Science Center, Duquesne University's John Pollock was singled out today for his work in science education -- which includes several film projects that make science come alive for young people and the general public.
The associate professor of biological science is also director of the Regenerative Medicine Partnership in Education at Duquesne and a research fellow of the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University. He led a yearlong citywide partnership marking Charles Darwin's 200th birthday in 2009 and last summer he was co-creator and co-executive producer of a new family television show, "Scientastic!" which aired as a pilot episode on WQED Pittsburgh and has a related website, www.ScientasticTV.com.
The Carnegie Science awards, sponsored by Eaton Corp,, promote outstanding science and technology achievements in Western Pennsylvania. They help fund Science Center exhibits and educational programs. There will be a formal celebration at Carnegie Music Hall on May 6. Keynote speaker will be Anousheh Ansari, co-founder and chairman of Prodea Systems and the first female private space explorer and first space ambassador.
Other recipients of this year's awards include:
Chairman's Award -- Allegheny Technologies Incorporated
Advanced Manufacturing -- Beyond Blast from Kennametal Inc.
Advanced Materials -- Alan Russell, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, and team at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Analysis & Reporting -- Reid Frazier
Catalyst -- Marc Malandro, University of Pittsburgh
Corporate Innovation -- Plextronics Inc.
Middle Level Educator -- Richard Gebrosky, North Allegheny School District
High School Educator -- Elaine Custer, Karns City Area School District
School District -- Avella Area School District
University/Post-Secondary Educator -- Thad Zaleskiewicz,University of Pittsburgh Greensburg
Catalyst for Education -- ASSET Inc. (new award in 2011)
University/Post-Secondary Student -- Vineet Agrawal, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Emerging Female Scientist -- Sara Majetich, Carnegie Mellon University
Start-Up Entrepreneur -- Jeff Mullen, Dynamics Inc.
Entrepreneur -- Michael Finke, M*Modal
Environmental -- Karen Foltz, Vox Energy Solutions
Information Technology -- Raj Rajkumar, Carnegie Mellon University
Life Sciences -- Massimo Trucco, University of Pittsburgh/Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
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