Remarkable achievements in biology, artificial intelligence, dinosaur studies, water resources and other fields of research are cited in the governor's annual Medal for Science and Technology.

Gov. Mike Leavitt is slated to award the medals April 28 during a luncheon at the Alta Club in Salt Lake City. This year, a new category, the "team award," has been added to the traditional slate of achievements in academia, government, industry and science education.

Winners are:

Academia

— Gary Belovsky, Utah State University, Logan, cited for outstanding research in ecology and conservation. His monitoring of brine shrimp abundance has helped save this valuable resource in the Great Salt Lake. He also has worked with mammals, birds, insects, crustaceans, plants and algae.

— Thomas Henderson, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, honored for computer science. He has spent 20 years teaching and developing new courses. An expert on robotics, he has appeared on the public television NOVA science series. He has "generated over $10 million in research awards." Henderson is credited with over 200 publications, including two books.

— Dr. William L. Carroll, University of Utah, a winner for his contributions in curing children of cancer. While he was at Stanford University, he was part of a team that pioneered a new therapy for treating lymphoma. At the U., he focused on cures for children, especially those not helped by conventional treatment. He is now working on gene therapy.

Government

— James F. Bowers, who has been chief of the Meteorology Division at the West Desert Test Center, Dugway Proving Ground, for 14 years. "The exemplary performance of Mr. Bowers and his staff is critical to the Defense Department's mission at Dugway as the sole designated testing facility for chemical and biological protective equipment," says the citation.

— Suzanne Winters, executive director of the Escalante Center at the new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, honored for 14 years of tireless support of the development of science and technology in Utah. She was a senior scientist at Symbion in Salt Lake City, working with artificial hearts. Later, she was state science adviser for five years. She also has served as the head of the Chemical Demilitarization Citizens' Advisory Commission.

Industry

— James R. Boye, Varian Medical Systems, recognized for his contributions to the design of X-ray equipment for medical diagnostics. At Varian, where he has worked since 1978, his efforts led to advances in the design of the world's most powerful X-ray tubes. Varian is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., and Boye is with the company's Salt Lake City office.

Science education

— Richard Tolman, Brigham Young University, honored for his role in the development of an innovative series of textbooks for secondary and elementary schools. He has influenced nearly every science teacher in Utah. He maintains the Summer Science Camp, which allows science teachers to earn endorsements and update their teaching skills.

— Donald L. Burge, College of Eastern Utah, Price, selected for his service as a science educator, community leader and authority on prehistory. He is the founding director of CEU's Prehistoric Museum in Price, and he serves on the Vertebrate Paleontology Board for the Bureau of Land Management.

— Donald Jensen, Utah State University, professor and state climatologist, awarded the medal for work in the area of meteorology and climatology. He has published three books as resources for educators and produced videos and CDs that are used nationally.

Team awards

— James F. Kohler and E. Stanley Perkes Jr., in the field of government achievements, were cited for extraordinary service in the Utah Coal Regulatory Program within the Bureau of Land Management. Kohler, a geologist, and Perkes, a mining engineer, helped establish coal values that led to Utah's largest land trade.

— Gilson Newman Bingham Design Build Team, whose members are Bradley S. Gilson, project manager; and Mark Newman, Judd Lawrence and Scot Hill. They will receive the medal in the area of industry efforts, recognition for developing secondary water resources for Riverton. "The team's efforts led to the novel design of capturing shallow groundwater feeding the Jordan River, with shallow wells" providing water free of seeds, algae and debris, says the citation.


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