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|2008 Recipients of Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence Announced|
32 Outstanding Science Teachers and Schools Recognized in Amgen Communities Across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 5, 2008--Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) today announced the 32 science teachers across the United States (U.S.), Canada and Puerto Rico who are this year's recipients of the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence, a program designed to recognize teachers in the K-12 grade levels in public and private schools whose dedication to their students' education has had a significant impact on the learning and interest of the future generation of scientists.
All of the individuals honored have demonstrated an outstanding ability to inspire their students and produce results in science education. In 2008, Amgen expanded the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence to teachers in Canada. The winners of the 17th annual Amgen Science Teaching Awards program were honored at special ceremonies in their respective Amgen communities or during surprise presentations at their schools. The 2008 award recipients are:
Amgen established the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence to demonstrate the company's commitment to advancing science education. Since the program's inception in 1992, Amgen has awarded more than $2 million to educators who have made exceptional science-teaching contributions and who have had a measurable impact on the lives of their students.
"Amgen is delighted to honor the accomplishments and dedication of this year's winners. These exceptional teachers are helping to transform young lives by inspiring their students to be excited about learning and science," said Phyllis Piano, vice president Corporate Communications and Philanthropy, Amgen.
The 32 selected winners will receive the following benefits:
Along with the award applications, teachers were asked to submit an innovative science lesson plan which had been successfully introduced in their classroom. Amgen will post the winning lesson plans to its Web site to promote the sharing of this knowledge with educators across the country to bolster excellence and innovation in science teaching.
Amgen partnered with the University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Education to judge the teaching awards in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The School's Department of Curriculum and Instruction is consistently recognized as a leader in education, and their expertise aided in the selection of the strongest possible winners.
Nominations are solicited every fall with winners selected based on the following criteria: innovative science lesson plan, creativity of teaching methods, effectiveness in the classroom and the plan for the use of grant money to improve science education resources in their schools.
For more information about this year's winners and the program, please visit http://www.amgen.com/citizenship/aaste.html.
Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science's promise by bringing safe and effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious illnesses. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people's lives. To learn more about our pioneering science and our vital medicines, visit www.amgen.com.
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