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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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