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Help find E.T. in Pittsburgh

There are aliens in Pittsburgh walking among us, according to Mike Zelechowski, who is soliciting support on Kickstarter to raise $703 to help fund his search.

Zelechowski runs aliensearchguide.weebly.com, where he posts "up to date" information about Bigfoot and the aftereffects of alien abduction. Previously, he ran a podcast, but encountered some equipment failures that set him back, causing him to turn to Kickstarter to continue his search.

On his website, he claims to have had his first alien encounter eight years ago, while volunteering to help people affected by Hurricane Katrina. "I believe that extraterrestrials are here on Earth, having met one, and walking among us as we speak," he wrote on his Kickstarter page. People in nearby Kecksburg, Westmoreland County, known for its famous UFO crash, may agree with him. 

Whether Zelechowski can be believed or whether his work should be viewed as fact, fiction or art, the dedication he has to his craft (no pun intended) and his spirit of inquiry is admirable and innovative. He has published an e-book, "Alien Search Guide," which purports to help average people find aliens in their midst. Another e-book, called "Psychic Ghost Stories," may be worth buying since it's only $.99-- and Halloween is just around the corner.

"One basic tenet brings us here today, the search for alien life," Zelechowski writes in the introduction to "Alien Search Guide." "We have a curiosity that cannot be extinguished. We want to know more, we need to know more." With curiosity like that, if aliens are here in Pittsburgh, Zelechowski will be first to find them.

Pittsburgh rapper Kellee Maize says Toyota's Prius suits her style

There’s good corporate thinking and bad corporate thinking says Kellee Maize.  
 
For the Pittsburgh rapper, music is all about raising social and spiritual consciousness and many of her songs have an earthy, new age slant to prove it. ("Have you heard, about a magic place, we call Peaceburgh?" ) So when Toyota USA asked her to endorse their cars in a national advertising campaign, she considered it carefully.  
 
It was the Toyota Prius that sold her, she says.  
 
“It wasn’t an easy choice,” says Maize who grew up in Central Pennsylvania and attended University of Pittsburgh before making Pittsburgh her home. “Toyota takes the idea of being green very seriously. I actually have this dream of touring across the country with a fleet of Priuses.”
 
For an unsigned, independent artist like herself to land a three-year deal as the new face of Prius is a big deal, she says. She credits the accomplishment to the online buzz she has generated the last few years through YouTube. More than one million fans have downloaded her music for free online.
 
“More than 12,000 YouTube videos have used my music,” she adds. “It’s given me a platform that has helped me to grow organically. The strategy has paid off.”
 
Her music has been a passion since she began performing at the tender age of nine; her first group was Thunder and Lightning, but “we mostly just argued about who was thunder and who was lightning,” she says. She classifies her music as conscious rap revolving around spiritual, political, and feminist themes.
 
“I want to always be able to say what I want to say,” she says.
 
Maize is also a co-founder of Nakturnal, a creative marketing and events firm based in Pittsburgh, which she founded with two other women. She also devotes time to singing and raising money for several humanitarian concerns including a nonprofit called Committed, which works to ensure a quality education for the children of migrant workers in Nepal, and homelessness.
 
Maize will release her fifth album “5th Element” close to Valentines Day, perfect timing for a release that is all about love.
 
“I think Toyota took notice of the fact that I talk about environmentalism,” she says. “I’m staying true to my values.”

Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Kellee Maize

How Penn Brewery was saved. The "ladies of lager" tell their story at Chatham this Friday.

It’s a refreshing story just waiting to be told--how two smart Pittsburgh businesswomen came to the rescue of the Penn Brewery on the North Side. 
 
Sandy Cindrich and Linda Nyman had successful careers in corporate America. Nyman worked in marketing and brand management for corporate clients like HJ Heinz and Sara Lee. Cindrich specialized in software engineering and project management for USX Steel Corporation and BNY Mellon.
 
Their husbands, business partners and craft beer drinking guys, were looking at real estate when they noticed the brewery, which was about to be shuttered and closed. The year was 2009.
 
“It was serendipitous,” says Nyman. “We were not looking for it. It came out of the blue.”
 
With the help of two other partners, the women purchased the brewery and embarked on a new path in an industry that has been traditionally male. Since then, they have rehired several of the original brewers and rebranded and created a new craft beer line.
 
The brewery is back in production on the North Side and the restaurant is again open for business.
 
“Penn was one of the first craft breweries on the scene in the entire country,” adds Cindrich. “When it closed down, people felt they were not only losing a beer they loved, but a piece of Pittsburgh history.”
 
Now they are ready to tell their story. This Friday the “ladies of lager” will speak at Chatham University’s Women Business Leader’s Breakfast Series. The event gets underway Jan. 10th from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
 
“Neither of us is the type to crave the spotlight,” says Nyman, explaining why they chose to quietly go about their work without fanfare, until now. “As much as we’d love to believe Pittsburgh adores us, we know it’s all about the beer!”
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Linda Nyman and Sandy Cindrich
Photo courtesy of Becky Thurner

An invitation to the White House. Three business leaders report from the nation's capital

Several Pittsburgh business leaders received invitations to the White House this month for a discussion on job creation, business opportunities for women and new ways to fuel the nations economy and manufacturing sector.
 
Rebecca Harris, Chatham University’s director of the Center for Women's Entrepreneurship, and Lynn Banaszak Brusco, executive director of the Disruptive Health Technology Institute (DHTI) at CMU, attended the White House Business Council and Business Forward roundtable discussion.
 
Ilana Diamond, director of Innovation Works’ AlphaLab Gear, attended the White House Mayors Manufacturing Summit, where she touted Gear’s success in supporting manufacturing startups and offered suggestions on how others might replicate the program in their own communities.
 
The Business Council discussion was convened by Sam Brown, director, and brought White House senior officials together with local business leaders from across the country. The primary purpose was to enlighten the administration on ways to support the national job economy and increase the pace of recovery and job creation, says Harris.
 
“Much of the information will be reviewed by the President for possible inclusion in the State of the Union address,” she adds.
 
For her part, Harris highlighted the need for more support for women in business, especially in accessing capital and providing opportunities to serve on corporate boards. A recent study, she noted, reports that inclusive companies where women serve on the boards perform more successfully than those with all-male boards.
 
“It is critical that the issues that women in business face be represented at these discussions and become part of agenda for the President's State of the Union upcoming address,” she says.
 
Adds Brusco: “I was pleased to see that the administration is focusing on innovation as a key driver in the delivery of health care. Our institute is built around the mission of researching and deploying new technologies to help reduce health care costs and improve outcomes for patients.  People across our community and our country have begun to demonstrate a restlessness regarding health care. 
 
At DHTI, we are abandoning the old model of innovation, where a great idea is hatched and cultivated, and a market is sought later.  We know the market exists–better health care at a lower cost–and that the nation is demanding it. The market demand is our starting point. Working backward, DHTI is using the insurance data of Highmark and the expertise of the faculty at CMU to meet that surging market need. We were excited to be part of this White House dialogue that is driving future health care policy and implementation.”
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Lynn Banaszak Brusco, Ilana Diamond and Rebecca Harris

What do you get when 85 Broads in Pittsburgh concoct martinis for the holidays?

Want to know what you get when 85 Broads get together to make martinis? In this case, a highly creative holiday fundraiser.
 
85 Broads is a national women’s networking group that opened a chapter in Pittsburgh four years ago. The chapter was founded by Christina Morgan, account director with Revive Marketing, to fill a void, give ambitious women here a way to connect locally, showcase women's accomplishments on the 85 Broads' national website and put Pittsburgh on the map.

The original 85 Broads was organized by several women working at Goldman Sachs at 85 Broad Street, the investment banking firm’s former NYC headquarters.  Over the past decade, the organization has expanded its membership to include women who are alumnae and university students with members from 90 countries around the world.

The Pittsburgh chapter, with 200 members, meets monthly and is open to women within Allegheny County who are interested in meeting other women and growing professionally through skill sharing and professional speakers, says Sofia Maravich, an account exec with Gatesman+Dave.

“It’s really nice to meet with like-minded women who are professional and smart,” she says. “It’s empowering to be in that environment.”
 
On Dec. 13th 85 Broads will hold its annual Martini Marking Competition to raise money for Special Space, a nonprofit that designs and builds out dream bedrooms for critically ill children in the region.
 
The competition gets underway at Summa Design Studio, 5933 Baum Blvd., at 6 p.m. Corporate sponsors and teams will battle against one another for the title of best martini recipe while the rest imbibe.
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Sofia Maravich, 85 Broads

New Pittsburgh Collaborative celebrates 10 years with a work party at STUDIO of Creative Inquiry

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the New Pittsburgh Collaborative--some of the most active, forward-thinking and civically engaged young professionals in the region—by joining the working party. 

NPC is a diverse group of the region’s influential voices, open to anyone who has a stake and represents a clear constituency in the region, says Dan Law, president. Current or interested members are invited to CMU's STUDIO of Creative Inquiry on Nov. 9th, but bring your thinking caps and party clothes.
 
The evening will begin with a priority-setting dialogue, from 5 to 7 p.m., through facilitated, small breakout groups to brainstorm policy priorities facing young professionals. Once the list is prioritized, attendees will then have an opportunity to discuss the list.
 
“Our goal is to really drive at addressing the challenges and opportunities facing young professionals in our region,” says Law. “Instead of simply identifying problems, we will foster partnerships that will take an active role in shaping the way in which we as a community take on some of our most pressing issues.”

While Design Our Future is calibrated toward young professionals, the identified issues will be have an intergenerational impacts, he adds. “The larger message is that regional progress involves everyone -- regardless of age or experience-level. And the NPC will continue to work hard to incorporate even more stakeholders as we move forward.”
 
Once the work is done, the party begins with a celebration of NPC's anniversary and an opportunity to explore CMU’s STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. Registration is required as space is limited. To RSVP, and for any questions related to the event, please email npcannounce@gmail.com

The event is supported by The Sprout FundAllegheny County, and Pop City.
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: NPC

In a quiet corner of Pitt's campus, Wangari Maathai's garden grows

Two red maples and a garden brimming with zinnias quietly grow in the shadow of the Cathedral of Learning, a tribute to a humble yet charismatic African woman who passed through Pittsburgh 50 years ago.
 
Wangari Maathai came from Kenya in 1965 to earn her master’s degree in biology from University of Pittsburgh, the beginning of a celebrated career that included a Nobel Peace in 2004. From Pitt, Maathai went on to spend several years studying abroad.
 
When she returned to her native country, she found it nearly decimated by a deforested landscape that threatened the local farming ecology and economy. Maathai started a simple tree-planting project in response, a project that came to be known as the Green Belt Movement. The movement was instrumental in planting more than 51 million trees in Kenya and across Africa, helping to restore indigenous forests while assisting rural woman by paying them to plant trees in their villages.
 
Maathai campaigned loudly against deforestation and was even arrested and beaten by police at protests. She led hunger strikes. She addressed the United Nations about her concerns, eventually serving on the U.N.’s Commission for Global Governance and the Commission on the Future. 
 
Not only was she the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, but she had a successful career as a writer and political leader, unheard of for an African woman at the time. She was an elected member of Parliament, an assistant minister for Environmental Natural Resources in Kenya and an honorary Councilor of the World Future Council.
 
Sadly, she died of complications from ovarian cancer in 2011.
 
A public dedication in her honor was held recently at the garden near the Fifth Avenue Entrance of the Cathedral of Learning, a fitting homage to a woman whose life was dedicated to sustainable development.
 
“Professor Maathai’s lifelong commitment to advocating for women, the poor, and the oppressed has had a truly global impact, bringing hope and opportunity for a better life to countless women,” said Mark A. Nordenberg, president of Pitt. “The garden will serve as an ongoing inspiration to generations of Pitt students to come, reminding them of the positive difference that one person, armed with an education and a dream, can make.” 

Writer: Deb Smit
Source: University of Pittsburgh

Kenyan student Nicholas Wambua and Chancellor Nordenberg at the dedication of the garden. Image courtesy of Michael Drazdzinski/University of Pittsburgh

Feministing author and blogger Courtney Martin speaks at a free forum at Ellis on Sept. 25th

 
Courtney Martin is a fresh voice for the reinvention of feminism. Join her for a not-to-miss talk at The Ellis School when she addresses how advocacy and engagement can help girls find their own voices and pursue their dreams.
 
An author, journalist and blogger, Martin was raised by feminist parents in the age of Anita Hill and “Free to Be.”  “It was a beautiful, horrible time,” she told a TEDx audience this year, fraught with confusing paradoxes.
 
“I often say that we were told we could be anything and we heard we had to be everything,” Martin told Pop City this week. “The mistranslation was in the modeling—our mothers are the most dynamic, powerful women we know, but they are also the most exhausted and self-sacrificing, sometimes even self-loathing.
 
“I think young women today are trying to continue the great legacy of expanded success that our mothers have created, but figure out how to integrate more wellness, more joy, less guilt. Not an easy task,” she adds.
 
Martin is the author of two books, "Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters" and "Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists,and an unflinching and articulate social commentator, from her condemnation of beauty pageants to her encouragement of less-than-perfect mothers.
 
“If you don't want your daughter to grow up with a toxic definition of success based on perfection, achievement for its own sake, and appearance, then you have to model an alternative in your own lives, your own conversations, your own family practices and culture,” she says. “Do as I say, not as I do doesn't work.” 
 
Come hear her for yourself. Martin will be at The Ellis School on Sept. 25th beginning at 6:30 p.m. While the talk is free, reservations are required. 
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Courtney Martin

OpenCurriculum. Bringing educational content to developing countries...and Pittsburgh.

When it comes to assisting with the education of children in developing countries, programs like One Laptop Per Child only go so far, says Varun Arora.
 
Arora is founder and executive director of OpenCurriculum, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit startup that is developing an open source platform for education designed for countries where textbooks are scarce and quality teaching curriculums are nearly nonexistent.
 
“You can give every child a laptop, but teachers don’t know how to teach using the laptop,” says Arora. “There is no content that is locally relevant, no access to higher quality learning materials.”
 
OpenCurriculum hopes to change this through its open source, searchable platform for teachers that allows them to upload lesson plans and share materials they’ve created to make a profit.
 
The monetized aspect of the program is a work in progress, says Arora.
 
The textbook industry is a tightly controlled industry in many countries, he explains. Open content is coming out of the need to democratize educational curriculums and make them available to the millions of people who have no access to this information.
 
OpenCurriculum got its start in 2011 with a team of six people, mostly graduates from CMU and University of Pittsburgh. Arora grew up in the Middle East and studied in CMU’s campus in Qatar before moving to Pittsburgh and receiving his master’s degree at Pitt. The team is working out of Thrill Mill in East Liberty.
 
The plan is to target two countries initially, South Africa and Nepal, both of which have a thriving system of affordable private schools. Building relationships with educators in these countries is key, helping them to realize the benefits of sharing and selling educational programs they’ve developed.
 
Obtaining and providing access to educational programs developed locally is important because of their established success. Once OpenCurriculum gains traction in a country, a satellite office will be established.
 
“The platform works very much like Wikipedia,” says Anup Aryal, the startup’s self-proclaimed chief evangelist. "The collaborative aspect is key. The time has come for content to be decentralized so more people can purchase and benefit from it financially and professionally.”
 
OpenCurriculum will offer the same opportunities to public schools in the U.S., especially school districts with limited educational resources. The startup will launch its platform on August 1, 2013 in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, allowing teachers to collaboratively create and share materials with one another.
 
“This is the land of innovation, technology and education,” says Arora of Pittsburgh. “This has tremendous potential here. Our (greater) hope is to localize and partner with local organizations and grass roots communities.”
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Varun Arora and Anup Aryal, OpenCurriculum

Lanxess' new president makes people a priority in moving the company to the next level

Flemming Bjoernslev, new CEO and president of Lanxess North America, believes people are the future of the global chemical manufacturer.
 
Going forward his top priorities are talent and programs that will promote employee retention as well as safety, innovation and company technology, he told the audience at the recent breakfast briefing of the Pittsburgh Technology Council at the River’s Club.
 
Bjoernslev moved to Pittsburgh last fall, replacing former president Randy Dearth. The first few months were spent touring the company’s 14 locations in the U.S. and Canada.
 
“Visiting the sites really allowed me to take the pulse of the organization and determine the best path going forward,” Bjoernslev said.
 
Born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, (his father ran a division of Bayer AG), Bjoernslev, 46, started with Bayer in Germany, and spent time in a division in Buenos Aires, Argentina, before moving on to Slovakia in Eastern Europe and, finally, the U.S.  
 
“I was lucky to step into a great organization with a solid reputation,” he said. "What I like about Pittsburgh is it’s not as big and congested as other cities on the East Coast. It’s not so small, either, with cultural offerings, museums and the arts.”
 
As head of the North America region, he will oversee 1,500 employees in the U.S. and Canada. The Lanxess portfolio includes 3000 products—coatings, plastics and chemicals—and is one of the largest producers of high-performing rubbers in the world.
 
In fact, Lanxess pigments were used to color the pathways that wind through Point State Park. In the last 18 months, the company acquired three new facilities including the Neville Island plant and two in Greensboro, N.C., and Little Rock, Ark. Another plant is being built in Gastonia, N.C.
 
In the last eight years, Lanxess has tripled revenues despite the down market, he told the audience. The firm employs 17,000 worldwide; 2012 global sales were $12 billion, $2.6 billion dollars in North America.
 
The company is moving into a new era of growth. A new global headquarters is underway, which will move the company from Leverkusen to Cologne, Germany, a major stepping stone toward future expansion, he said.
 
Bjoernslev spoke at length about the company’s “robust curriculum” that will promote employee excellence, safety and mobility and is aimed at reducing incidents on the job to zero. The natural gas industry locally will also be a large driver in company growth going forward.
 
"Having hardworking, talented people that get things done is what drives business," Bjoernslev said.
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Flemming Bjoernslev, Lanxess

DeepLocal's telepresent robot offers a thrill of a lifetime to a youngster with a rare blood disease

When 13-year-old Nick LaGrande of Kansas City was diagnosed with a rare blood disease last year, his budding career as an avid baseball player came to an end. 

Nick was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia, a rare blood disease that lowers the immune system and prevents him from being in large crowds. Up until that moment, baseball was his life. He was born with fire in his eyes and a natural swagger for the game.

“The only time we ever saw him cry is when he learned he could no longer play,” says his mother.

Last Wednesday night, Nick learned that he would get to pitch again in an important Major League Game. In front of thousands of people, he threw the first pitch when the Oakland A’s took the field against the New York Yankees.

The pitch was made possible through Google’s high-speed fiber connection and a telerobotic pitching machine developed by Pittsburgh’s own DeepLocal.

“We created a robotic pitching arm that was controlled not just remotely, but 1800 miles away,” says Lauren Keller, accounts manager for DeepLocal. “It was awesome to see it work and Nick’s reaction to it.”

The idea for Nick’s robotic pitch was driven by Google Fiber in Kansas City. (You might recall the Google Fiber for Communities contest back in 2010, which Pittsburgh entered and lost. Kansas City won and is the headquarters Google's experimental, ultra high-speed broadband network.)

For its part, DeepLocal created the telepathic robotic pitcher, which took the Oakland field on the evening of June 12th. While Nick wound up and threw a pitch in a Kansas City studio, the vision system read his pitch, sent the data on Google’s Fiber network and triggered the robot to pitch to A’s relief pitcher Ryan Cook, all within the blink of an eye.

“It was so cool to give someone such a meaningful connection to a machine,” says Keller who watched the pitch from San Francisco while DeepLocal’s Patrick Miller, lead software engineer, assisted Nick in Kansas City.

The partners in the project were Google, Venables Bell & Partners and the Oakland A’s.  Watch the very moving story.

Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Lauren Keller, DeepLocal

Extreme pogo short filming in Braddock. Join the jumping community action tonight!

An independent film production company is shooting an extreme pogo sports film in and around Braddock this week with some of the world’s most daring pogo athletes.
 
Be warned, leaping tall walls in a single bound is not for your springy vintage stick.
 
Xpogo LLC, a NYC sports marketing firm, is generating interest for the extreme pogo craze and filming in such far-flung locales as Rio and Hong Kong. So why Braddock?
 
We wanted a gritty, industrial backdrop, says Nick Ryan, Xpogo CEO and a graduate of CMU. Carrie Furnace and Carnegie Music Hall are the perfect metaphor for a sport like pogo that is in the throes of reinvention.
 
As part of the celebration, the film company is throwing Braddock a free-to-the-public community event tonight, May 8th, from 5 to 9 p.m., with exhibitions by seven of the word’s best extreme pogo athletes. There will also be pogo stick raffles, clinics, BBQ from Kevin Sousa’s Union Pig and Chicken, drink, and music.
 
Like skateboarding, extreme pogo goes well with concrete and walls. The newer air and band-powered sticks are made for height and durability, able to break the upper atmosphere and propel over parked cars.
 
Check out the wild, leaping gnome-like action here.
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Nick Ryan, Xpogo

CWE's MyBoard, helping women entrepreneurs to grow their companies to $1 million and beyond

While many women in business today are successful, they often struggle when it comes to growing their businesses to greater profitability. 
 
A new program at Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) hopes to change that. CWE MyBoard is helping women entrepreneurs to not only succeed in the startup of their business but to sustain and grow it, which is often the hardest part.
 
Statistics show that while 50% of privately held companies in the U.S. are owned by women, only three-fourths of those women grow beyond $50,000 in gross revenues. MyBoard strives to make a difference by helping women gain the confidence they need to take on greater risk, hire more personnel and raise the necessary financing to push their businesses toward the $1 million mark, says Rebecca Harris, director of CWE.
 
MyBoard, an extension of the programming already offered by CWE, has paired 10 mentees with successful professionals who are serving as mentors, both women and men. The virtual platform offers the flexibility to meet at convenient times for everyone.  
 
“Being an entrepreneur myself, I wanted to make sure I had the time (to be a mentor),” says Gloria Blint, president and CEO of Redhouse Communication. “It’s a very cool way of maximizing people’s time. When professionals get involved, you want to be both effective and productive.”
 
Beth Slagle, an attorney with Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, serves as a mentor to Chef Kate Romane’s of the popular Highland Park restaurant E2. The program is helping Romane tackle the many business issues involved that will elevate her business to the next level, Slagle says.
 
The program is assisted through funding from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation with additional support from both the Alcoa Foundation and Bridgeway Capital.
 
Writer: Deb Smit

Image: MyBoard mentors and CWE Staff members meeting with mentee Kate Romane of E2 restaurant.

SBA's Winslow Sargeant meets with Pittsburgh small business innovators March 12-13

An important (and free) two-day forum will take place in Pittsburgh this month that will highlight the region’s innovation sector and solicit bold ideas to drive economic success across the country.
 
The Small Business Administration will host Small Business and Government: Maximizing Entrepreneurship, Driving Innovation on March 12th and 13th.  Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the SBA, will be the keynote speaker both days.
 
Sargeant, a former venture capital executive with a background in engineering, is a presidential appointee and a national voice for small businesses.
 
Pittsburgh was selected as the first place to initiate this latest conversation in Region Three because it is considered a “rock star” city that is hitting its stride in the technology and innovation sector, says Ngosi Bell, Region Three advocate for the SBA.
 
“Pittsburgh has gone through a renaissance. Cities are looking at it and learning from a community that has rebuilt itself on so many levels,” says Bell. This includes the creation of not just a vibrant technology and innovation community, but a region that is leveraging technology to develop lifestyle solutions.
 
“You have a wonderful continuum of innovation that covers many aspects of human life, which makes it conducive to this kind of conversation,” she adds.
 
The two-day forum will include five panel discussions each day, all focusing on a different technology sector: life sciences, health care, manufacturing, energy, young entrepreneurship, high tech Innovation, information tech and urban entrepreneurship, advanced tech and manufacturing, chemical, women and minority entrepreneurship.
 
The event is free and open to the public. It will be held March 12-13 at the University of Pittsburgh Joseph Katz Graduate School of Business in Mervis Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For tickets, click here.
 
Writer: Deb Smit
Source: Ngozi Bell, SBA

Winston Sargeant courtesy of Innovation Works

2013 Carnegie Science Awards recognizes outstanding innovators in the region

The 2013 Carnegie Science Awards were announced this week, an illustrious list of educators, researchers and business leaders working to improve the lives of others. The awards celebrate the accomplishments of individuals working in the fields of science, technology and education in Western Pennsylvania.
 
The winners include:   
 
The ExOne Company’s David Burns, Advanced Manufacturing Award 
Burns was recognized for positioning this promising North Huntingdon company as a leader in additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. ExOne recently announced a public offering.
 
Edward Argetsinger, Jonathan Stinson, Paul Turner, Paul Jablonski, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), Advanced Materials Award NETL assisted in the design of a new alloy for coronary stents used by physicians to open blocked or restricted arteries.

Nancy Minshew, University of Pittsburgh, Catalyst Award
As the head of the Center for Excellence in Autism Research, Minshew has extensively studied autism and applied the findings to practice and public policy. Her work has led to the region’s recognition as a world-class center for autism research.

Tracy Cui, Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering, Emerging Female Scientist Award Cui is researching smart biomaterials for neural implants and neural tissue engineering.

Raul Valdes-Perez, Jerome Pesenti, Vivisimo, Entrepreneur Award
The Squirrel Hill-based company, recently acquired by IBM, has taken an untraditional and creative approach in helping companies and governments discover, analyze and navigate large volumes of data.

Bob Enick, Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering, Environmental Award
Working in collaboration with a GE Global Research Team, Enick has developed a unique method of capturing carbon dioxide from the stack of coal-fired power plants, a technique that may cost far less than current technologies.

Patrick Daly, Cohera Medical, Start-Up Entrepreneur Award
As president and CEO of this promising Pittsburgh startup that grew out of research conducted at Pitt, Daly is helping to move the company’s first product, TissuGlu, into the market. The adhesive is designed to reduce the need for surgical drains in plastic surgery procedures and speed healing time.
 
David Vorp, Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering and NETL-RU, Life Sciences Award Dr. Vorp's work on aortic aneurysms has changed the way clinicians view this disease and research on vein graft modification may one day change arterial bypass surgeries.
 
Peter Lucas, Joe Ballay, Mickey McManus of MAYA Design, Science Communicator
MAYA is helping the world to think more scientifically about design through informational films and interactive websites as well as the book, "Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology."
 
Check out the complete list of 2013 Carnegie Science Award winners.
 
Writer: Deb Smit

Award recipients Dr. Robert Enick and Dr. Tracy Cui, courtesy of Carnegie Science Center 
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