Carnegie Science Awards announced

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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


Jill Daly: jdaly@post-gazette.com


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