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Feinstone Environmental Awards Honor Women in Science

Annual award dinner set for Oct. 26

Four accomplished female scientists will be honored this fall as recipients of the 2016 Feinstone Environmental Awards.

Recipients will be honored in four categories - private industry, non-governmental organizations, academia and government. They will receive the awards during the annual Feinstone Environmental Awards Banquet, to be held Oct. 26 in the Gateway Center on the ESF campus.

The "Women in Science" event will honor:

Nancy Barbour, private industry: Nancy Barbour is vice president of Drug Product Science & Technology at Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. She joined BMS in 1991 after receiving her B.S. in pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy and Ph.D. in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Kansas. At BMS, she is responsible for global product and process development for the entire pipeline of small molecules, biological compounds, and devices.

Janine Benyus, non-governmental organizations: Janine Benyus is known worldwide for her influence in naming the practice of biomimicry and for her work in shaping the practice as an innovation tool that can solve some of humanity's most pressing challenges. She is the co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8, and The Biomimicry Institute, a nonprofit that empowers people to create nature-inspired solutions for a healthy planet.

Robin Kimmerer, academia: Robin Kimmerer, a Distinguished Teaching Professor at ESF, is the founding director of the ESF Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. The center creates programs drawing on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for shared goals of sustainability. Kimmerer is a widely respected author of both scientific papers and works of non-fiction that focus on nature. Her book "Gathering Moss" was awarded the prestigious John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing.

Anahita Williamson, government: Anahita Williamson directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2's Division of Environmental Science and Assessment, overseeing the collection, analysis and evaluation of environmental data in support of EPA monitoring programs. Dr. Williamson has a strong background and extensive experience in the field of environmental engineering. She previously served as director of the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute at the Rochester Institute of Technology as a senior engineer at Xerox Corporation.

The Feinstone Environmental Awards recognize outstanding achievement in advancing the cause of the environment and social environmental issues. One of the oldest and most-respected award programs in the environmental field, the Feinstone Awards were established in 1976 by Sol Feinstone, a 1915 graduate of ESF who was a widely known historian and author. The program recognizes leaders who care for the environment, encourage volunteerism and add to society's understanding of environmental issues and their solutions.

Those interested in sponsoring the dinner can obtain information by calling the ESF College Foundation office at 315-470-6683 or by sending an email to foundation@esf.edu. Information about ticket purchases will be available this fall.