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Herbert to honor recipients for contributions to science

Published January 3, 2010 5:55 am

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Seven recipients will be presented with the Governor's Medal for Science and Technology during an awards ceremony Tuesday at Discovery Gateway in Salt Lake City.

The awards program, started in 1987, recognizes Utah people and companies whose career achievements or distinguished service have benefitted the state in the areas of science and technology.

Gov. Gary Herbert will present awards to:

Randall J. Olsen, academia » Olsen will be honored for his leadership as chairman of Salt Lake City's Moran Eye Center for the past 20 years.

W. Farrell Edwards, science education » Edwards will be honored for his contributions to space research and development through his role in establishing the Space Dynamics Laboratory at Utah State University in Logan.

Glen Westbroek, science education » A teacher at Orem Junior High, Westbroek will be honored for his contributions to professional science teacher development as well as his creation of "Sci-ber Text," Utah's online textbook for grades three through nine.

The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (group award to E. Robert Heal, Lawrence O. Cannon, James Dorward, and Joel W. Duffin), science education » The group will be honored for creating computer applications for use in K-12 mathematics education.

Ashok C. Kandhkar, industry/individual » Kandhkar will be honored for pioneering the development and application of silicon nitride ceramics for spine and orthopedics patients. He founded Salt Lake City-based Amedica Corp., which is the only company to have FDA clearance for this technology.

Reaveley Engineers + Associates, industry/company » The Salt Lake City firm will be honored for its structural design solutions for notable engineering projects in Utah's recent history. The seismic upgrade for the Tabernacle at Temple Square, the Utah State Capital and the new Intermountain Medical Center are examples.

William R. Lund, government » The senior scientist at the Utah Geological Survey will be recognized for his contributions to the safety and security of Utah's residents. He has been instrumental in identifying and advancing the understanding of geologic hazards in the state.

Awards ceremony

Gov. Gary Herbert will present the Governor's Medals for Science and Technology at a dinner and awards ceremony Tuesday at Discovery Gateway, 444 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City. The event begins with a reception at 5 p.m. For more information, visit science.utah.gov/medals/.