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|Teachers and Schools Across North America Receive $10,000 Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence|
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) today announced the 34 science teachers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico who are this year's recipients of the 19th annual Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence. The award recognizes extraordinary science teachers at the kindergarten through 12th grade level who significantly impact their students through exemplary science teaching and who achieve demonstrated results in student learning in communities where Amgen operates.
With a longstanding commitment to science education, Amgen established the teacher awards program to promote and encourage science teaching excellence in public and private schools. Since the program's inception in 1992, Amgen has awarded more than $3 million to educators who have made exceptional science-teaching contributions.
"At Amgen, we are committed to supporting programs that encourage bright young minds to explore a future in science," said Joseph P. Miletich, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president of research and development at Amgen. "We applaud this year's exceptional winning teachers who are inspiring their students to be excited about learning and science."
In 2011, Amgen received more than 360 applications for the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence and winners were honored at special ceremonies in their respective Amgen communities or during surprise presentations at their schools. The 2011 award recipients are:
The 34 selected winners will receive the following benefits:
Amgen partnered with the University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Education to judge the teaching awards in the United States 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 were solicited in the fall of 2010 and winners were selected based on the following criteria: innovative science lesson plan, creativity and effectiveness of teaching methods, 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, bone disease 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 http://www.amgen.com/.
CONTACT: Amgen, Thousand Oaks