Carnegie Science Awards announced

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Scientists from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, a University of Pittsburgh expert in regenerative medicine, teachers and entrepreneurs are some of this year's winners of the 2008 Carnegie Science Awards, announced Wednesday.

Established by the Carnegie Science Center and sponsored by Eaton Corp., the awards, now in their 12th year, honor the accomplishments of individuals and organizations that have improved lives through commitment, courage and contributions.

" … These extraordinary winners are driving economic growth and developing tomorrow's scientific workforce for our region," said Joanna Haas, science center director. Winners will be honored at a celebration on May 9.

Awards are:

Chairman's award: Robotics Institute, CMU

Advanced manufacturing: Paul Medwick, James Thiel and Andrew Wagner, PPG Industries

Advance materials: Stephen F. Badylak, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Catalyst: John W. Manzetti, Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse

Corporate innovation: Medrad Inc.

Elementary educator: Marie Lowe and Lynette Zimmerman, Avella Area School District

Middle level educator: Nancy Bires, Hermitage School District

High school educator: Ellen Wright, Pittsburgh Public Schools

School district: Riverview School District

University/post-secondary educator: Joseph J. McCarthy, Ph.D., Robert S. Parker, Ph.D., Mary Besterfield-Sacre, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Start-up entrepreneur: John Shearer, Powercast Corp.

Entrepreneur: Rich Lunak, Innovation Works

Environmental: Richard V. Piacentini, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Information technology: Entertainment Technology Center, CMU

Journalism: Kenneth Chiacchia, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Life sciences: William R. Wagner, Ph.D., Pitt

Emerging female scientist: Tiziana Di Matteo, Ph.D., CMU

Honorable mentions were awarded to Louis Piconi, Apangea Learning Inc.; Michael Matesic, Idea Foundry; Michelle Blanken, Bidwell Training Center; Joe Miksch, Pitt Med Magazine; and Rebecca Flora, Green Building Alliance.



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