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2013 Carnegie Science Awards announced

| Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Bruce Smith, Charles Kulig, Carolyn Vallecorsa and Mark DeSantis during the Carnegie Science Awards reception at the Carnegie Science Center on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. Mike Mancini | For the Tribune Review
Ron Baillie, Ann Metzger and Shelley Bridarolli during the Carnegie Science Awards reception at the Carnegie Science Center on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. Mike Mancini | For the Tribune Review

“(These are) the role models for the next generation of scientists,” said Ron Baillie as he and fellow Henry Buhl Jr. co-director of Carnegie Science CenterAnn Metzger introduced the winners of the 2013 Carnegie Science Awards on Wednesday.

Pre-game for the main event in May, the reception lauded “the superlative few,” including Mark Buccilli, Peter Lucas, Jennifer DiPasquale, Nancy Minshew, David Vorp, Patrick Daly and Elaine Houston.

“For young people, if you're in the business of science, the world is yours,” said kWantera Inc. CEO Mark DeSantis, snagging the Information Technology Award.

“We just happen to be the oldest ones at our company,” mused his colleague, Carolyn Vallecorsa. “(We're) the old samples.”

Also among the crowd was Emerging Female Scientist Awardee Dr. Tracy Cui, who offered some advice to young women looking to pursue a career in the sciences.

“There's nothing intimidating about science ... it's all about curiosity. They shouldn't be afraid to look for the answers,” she said.

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