AZBio announces finalists for 2009 Bioscience Educator Award

September 9, 2009

By hammersmith

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)– AZBio (Arizona BioIndustry Association) today announced the finalists for each of the association’s annual awards, which will be presented at the 2009 AZBio Awards Dinner. This largest annual gathering of Arizona’s bioscience community will take place on Thursday, September 24th at the Arizona Grand Resort.

The award criteria and finalists for the Bioscience Educator of the Year Award:

The educator who, as a member of the faculty or administration of an educational institution, demonstrated the greatest leadership, creativity and/or actions to inspire students and encourage them in the biosciences. (Cited contributions may extend over several years.)

*  Stacey Forsyth, Outreach Director, BIO5 Institute, The University of Arizona

*  Barbara Fransway, Outreach Coordinator & Research Specialist, Arizona Research Laboratories, The University of Arizona

*  Vincent Pizziconi, Associate Professor, Arizona State University

The AZBio Awards Dinner, co-hosted by AZBio and Arizona CURE (Citizens United for Research & Employment), brings together bioscience industry leaders, entrepreneurs, researchers, educators and elected officials from across Arizona to honor some of the individuals and companies that work to change the world through bioscience innovation. More information about the 2009 AZBio Awards Dinner, including speaker information, registration details and sponsorship opportunities, can be found at

AZBio is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(6) trade association that seeks to unify, empower and advance its member organizations, allowing them to benefit individually by acting collectively. AZBio strives to enhance the environment that makes Arizona a place where bioscience companies can grow and succeed. AZBio is the state affiliate in Arizona for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the preeminent trade association for the biotechnology industry in the United States.

Arizona CURE (Citizens United for Research and Employment) is a not-for profit 501(c)(3) grass-roots organization dedicated to educating the public about the benefits of bioscience. A key economic development goal for Arizona is to become a bioscience hub. Achieving that goal depends on the public’s understanding and support. Arizona CURE is committed to providing educational opportunities to generate that understanding and support. Arizona CURE — Promoting Bioscience to Improve and Save Lives.

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