Seven recipients, including two with ties to Utah State University, will be awarded science medals from Utah Governor Gary Herbert for their contributions and achievements in science and technology. The State of Utah has chose the Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology as the symbol of recognition to those individuals who have provided distinguished service to the State of Utah in the fields of science and technology. Dr. Paul Israelsen and Dr. Peter Armentrout will be recognized for their contributions to Academia; Doug Panee and Dr. Louisa Starks will be recognized for their contributions to Science Education; Dennis Farrar and D. Clark Turner will be recognized for their achievements in Industry; and, Dr. Kevin Jensen will be recognized for his contributions to Government. Dr. Israelsen is the Deputy Director of the Energy Dynamics Lab at Utah State University, which he helped to create 18 months ago. The lab is involved in energy systems research and serves as an incubator for the startup of new businesses. Dr. Israelsen has helped bring in over $12 million in contracts to the Energy Dynamics Lab and helped the lab start three new businesses: ALG>EN, Wave Technologies and Purestream. Dr. Kevin Jensen is a Research Geneticist at the Forage and Range Research Lab, which is a division of the United States Department of Agriculture. Dr. Jensen has worked in collaboration with the FRRL and USU to make a solid regional contribution with the publishing of the Intermountian Planting Guide that has distributed over 10,000 copies to farmers, ranchers, educators, private companies and public land managers. The Governor’s Medal award program was initiated in 1987 to recognize those who made career achievements and/or provided distinguished service that has benefited the State of Utah in the areas of Science and Technology. The event begins with a reception at 5 p.m. and awards ceremony at 7:40 p.m.
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