THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., April 22, 2002 - Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN), has announced the
five science teachers in California who are this year´s recipients of the Amgen
Award for Science Teaching Excellence. The Amgen awards honor public or private
school science teachers, grades K-12, who demonstrate outstanding science teaching
and have a great impact on the lives of their students. Each teacher will receive
an unrestricted $10,000 cash award at an awards dinner on May 9 at the California
Science Center, in Los Angeles.
The 2002 winners are:
Richard Buck, of Louisville High School, in Woodland Hills: (818) 346-8812.
Craig Fox, of Redwood Middle School, in Thousand Oaks: (805) 497-7264
Carol Fujita, of Rio Mesa High School, in Oxnard: (805) 278-5500
Juanita Ryan, of Toyon Elementary School, in San Jose: (408) 923-1965
Rachel Tenenbaum, of Scripps Ranch High School, in San Diego: (858) 621-9020
Nominations are made by submitting a form and/or letter
to Amgen describing why the teacher should be recognized for science teaching
expertise. Nomination forms were published in newspapers throughout California,
posted on Amgen´s web site, and press releases were widely distributed.
A panel of three judges, university educators in science
and education, selected the winners. Judges based their decisions on evidence
of the recipients´ creativity and effectiveness in the classroom; their application
and development of best practices in science education; their motivational ability;
and their mastery of the subject matter and instructional skill.
In addition to the California program, the Amgen Award
for Science Teaching Excellence is granted in Boulder County, Colorado; Jefferson
County, Kentucky; and Juncos, Puerto Rico, locations where Amgen has facilities.
For the last 10 years, Amgen has conducted regional awards programs for teaching,
but this is the first year the awards have focused solely on science teaching.
Amgen is a global biotechnology company that discovers,
develops, manufactures and markets cost-effective human therapeutics based on
advances in cellular and molecular biology.
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CONTACT: Amgen, Thousand Oaks
Barbara Bronson Gray, 805/447-4949