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Pitt Researchers, Educator and Journalist Receive 2009 Carnegie Science Awards

PITTSBURGH, February 12, 2009 — Three researchers, an educator and a journalist from the University of Pittsburgh have received 2009 Carnegie Science Awards. The awards program, now in its 13th year, honors accomplishments of individuals and organizations in western Pennsylvania who have improved lives through their commitment, courage and contributions to science and technology. The program was established by the Carnegie Science Center and is sponsored by the Eaton Corporation.

This year’s awardees include:

  • Yuan Chang, M.D., and Patrick Moore, M.D., M.P.H., are a husband-wife research team at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and professors at the Pitt School of Medicine. Drs. Chang and Moore received the Life Sciences award for their discovery of two different viruses that cause human cancers.
  • Donna J. Haworth is a Bioengineering doctoral student at Pitt. Ms. Haworth received the University/Post-Secondary Student award for her efforts to engineer a tissue-based urethral wrap that could revolutionize the therapeutic approach to treat stress urinary incontinence.
  • John F. Mahoney, M.D., is an associate dean at the Pitt School of Medicine. Along with being honored by students and colleagues for his teaching efforts, Dr. Mahoney received the University/Post-Secondary Educator award for his success in developing and disseminating innovative curricula that improve the educational experiences for the next generation of physicians, including a medical school curriculum on bioterrorism and public health preparedness.
  • Joe Miksch is the associate editor for Pitt Med Magazine. Mr. Miksch received the Journalism award for his coverage of research, clinical and curricular advancements at the Pitt School of Medicine.

The awardees will be honored during a celebration at Carnegie Music Hall on Friday, May 8.

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