THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., April 22, 2002 - Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN), has announced
the two science teachers in Boulder County 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
in May. The 2002 winners are:
Gail Becker, of Columbine Elementary School, in Longmont: (303) 776-2840
Roger Briggs, of Fairview High School, in Boulder: (303) 499-7600
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, posted on Amgen´s
web site, and press releases were widely distributed.
A panel of three independent judges 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 Boulder County, Colorado program, the
Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence is granted in California; 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