At an awards ceremony last evening, the Maryland Academy of Sciences and Maryland Science Center presented its annual awards recognizing the accomplishments of young leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Ian Spielman, Ph.D, a physicist at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, was named Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS), and Warren Grayson, Ph.D, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, was named Outstanding Young Engineer (OYE). At the presentation, they were each presented with the Allan C. Davis Medal and a $2,500 award.
Two Baltimore City high school seniors were presented with the Dr. H. Bentley Glass Scholarship. Ariel Foster from Frederick Douglass High School and Jasmin Johnson from Paul L. Dunbar High School each received a $1,500 college scholarship.
The OYS and OYE awards recognize Maryland residents who are 35 years of age or younger and have distinguished themselves early in their career for significant scientific accomplishment. Following nomination and support by their mentors and colleagues, Dr. Spielman and Dr. Grayson were selected by members of the Maryland Academy of Sciences’ Scientific Advisory Council, which provides expertise and content review to the Maryland Science Center.
Dr. Spielman’s understanding of how to make superconductivity work at below-freezing temperatures is laying the groundwork for the development of more powerful magnets for use in medical equipment, electrical storage devices, electric motors, and magnetically-levitated trains.
Professor Grayon is revolutionizing the field of biotechnology through cutting-edge studies of craniofacial regeneration, using stem cells to create patient-specific grafts and exploring the potential of advanced bioreactors as a platform for tissue engineering.
“The remarkable achievements of our 2010 OYE and OYS award recipients is at the forefront of scientific study,” said Maryland Science Center president and CEO Van Reiner. “Drs. Spielman and Grayson’s work inspires wonder, exploration, and an appreciation of the sciences. We must continue to acknowledge the contributions made by Maryland’s young scientists as we encourage innovation and engage new generations of researchers, teachers, and explorers.”
The Dr. H. Bentley Glass scholarship was established in 1965 to recognize academic accomplishment, a commitment to pursue post-secondary studies in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, and personal achievement. Baltimore City public high school seniors with financial need are eligible to apply.
Ariel Foster will attend the Community College of Baltimore in the Fall, where she will pursue studies in mathematics in preparation for a career as a math teacher, with particular interest in working with students who struggle with math. In addition to her academic honors at Frederick Douglass, she has received recognition for her acting skills, and participates in track and field and a youth dance ministry.
In the coming academic year, Jasmin Johnson will be a freshman at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. She is currently a member of Dunbar’s chapter of the National Honor Society and placed second in a regional robotics engineering competition. She has also received the “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Award” from Morgan State University.
“Jasmin and Ariel exemplify the importance for students to consider careers in science and mathematics, and for the Maryland Academy of Sciences and the Maryland Science Center to support them,” continued Van Reiner. “These two esteemed honorees are wonderful examples of the power of academic pursuit when coupled with strong aspirations and encouragement.”
About the Maryland Science Center
The Maryland Science Center in Baltimore is visited by more than 500,000 people each year. Popular exhibits include: Dinosaur Mysteries with full-size dinosaurs and interactive paleontology activities; a day in the life of the human body in Your Body: The Inside Story; and dozens of interactive experiments in Newton’s Alley. On Saturday, May 22, the Maryland Science Center will debut the original exhibition Wonder Warehouse with more than a dozen theatrical experiments that explore basic science principles. Other attractions include the Kids Room, the five-story St. John Properties IMAX Theater, and the world-famous Davis Planetarium.
About the Maryland Academy of Sciences
Created in 1797, the Maryland Academy of Sciences is the state’s oldest scientific institution and one of the oldest such institutions in the country. Initially conceived as a scientific society, the Academy later adopted the role of interpreter of science and technology for the public, creating exhibits designed to illustrate fundamental scientific principles and industrial developments. The organization was the precursor to, and is the legal name of, the Maryland Science Center. The Academy opened its permanent location in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in 1976.