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Student Winners Honored in Sustainability Innovation Challenge
Oct 25, 2010
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Appliance industry supplier The Dow Chemical Company recognized the winners of its second annual Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge program at a ceremony at Tufts University in Boston, MA, last week.

In conjunction with National Chemistry Week, winning students from partner universities around the world were recognized for their innovation and commitment to providing sustainable solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems. Award winners were selected using a peer review process by the participating universities with guidance from high-level criteria provided by Dow. Examples of projects recognized include:

• Application of organic photoelectric materials in the field of solar power generation and energy conservation.
• A synthetic route to developing polyethylene terephthalate, used in products ranging from beverage containers to synthetic fibers, currently produced from crude oil.
• An exploration of the biotechnological aspects of the interaction between bacteria and sugarcane

The awards ceremony comes one day after a sustainable science demonstration at the Boston Museum of Science, which featured representatives from Dow, Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Winners, and Beyond Benign, a not-for-profit organization that advocates education about sustainable science among students of all ages.

“Programs like the Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge help students realize the power and potential of sustainable chemistry to make positive change in the world,” said Dr. John Warner, president of Beyond Benign.

Dow partners with seven universities – four in the United States and three in other regions of the world – in organizing the sustainability challenge. Participating universities committed to participate in the first three years of the program include: The University of California-Berkeley, The University of Cambridge, The University of Michigan, Northwestern University, Peking University, The University of Sao Paulo, and Tufts University.

41 student winners will be recognized globally for their enthusiasm and commitment to sustainability. The winners include:

• Antoine Aubeneau, Phillip Brunner, Jennifer Drummond, Jonathan Lamano, Joseph Park, Jonathan Servaites, Junzi Shi and Shiyuan Zhou – Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
• Zhaomin Dong, Ting Lei, Zitao Wang, Shimin Wu, Xiaoqin Wu, Kun Zhang, Shaoguang Zhang and Yan Zhou – Peking University, Beijing, China
• Amanda Beal, Georgia Kayser, Karen Claire Kosinski and Ellen Tyler – Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.
• Paul Borokhov, Cindy Chen, Matt Evans, Evan Haigler, Laura Schewel, Mika Shiramizu and Gopal Vaswani – University of California, Berkeley, California, U.S.
• Jamie Anderson, Cise Unluer and Max Wigley – University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
• Paul Davis, Colm Fay, Cynthia Koenig, Robert Levine, Jennifer McLaughlin, Christopher Mueller, Prashanth Prasad and Imogen Taylor – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
• Rosangela Calado da Costa, Maria Carolina Quecine and Marcela da Silva Costa – University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

“Sustainable solutions are not just a driver of business and innovation, they are the key to solving the world’s most pressing challenges,” said Neil Hawkins, Dow’s Vice President of Sustainability and Environment, Health and Safety. “I speak for everyone at Dow when I say how proud we are to recognize the innovative thinking and collaboration showcased among a new generation of scientists and leaders collectively working toward a more sustainable future.”

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