• A photo of two honorees superimposed over a glass award

      The Rotary Humanitarian STAR Awards (Photos – rhstar.org)

      The Rotary Humanitarian STAR Awards honor outstanding humanitarian achievements in Science, Technology, Aerospace and Robotics.

      This year’s STAR Awards highlight two local luminaries who have literally brought us to the stars.

      • Dr. Edward Stone

        Dr. Edward Stone will receive the RHSTAR Lifetime Achievement Award.  Dr. Stone is the former Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the David Morrisroe  Professor of Physics at Caltech, and has been the project scientist for NASA’s Voyager mission for the past 47 years, which established the foundation for our space program.

      • Dr. John Mulchaey

        Dr. John Mulchaey will be honored with the Helios Award. Dr. Mulchaey currently serves as the Crawford H. Greenewalt Chair and Director of the Carnegie Observatories for Science in Pasadena, where Einstein, Hale and Hubble’s work in astronomy was born.

      They will be briefly speaking on the benefits their work has contributed to humanity at the RHSTAR gala, February 6, 2020, at the University Club in Pasadena.

      The RHSTAR Awards will also be granted to award recipients for outstanding scientific and technological accomplishments in four categories: Health and Medical; Environmental Improvement; Knowledge Sharing; and Disaster Relief and Recovery from over 20 distinguished nominees. Of those, 12 are local. They include:

      Disaster Relief and Recovery

      • Paul C. Jennings, PhD, Professor of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Emeritus, Caltech for Earthquake engineering science- building vulnerability – seismic design and retrofit.

      Health and Medical

      • Stephen Forman, MD, University of Southern California, for Cellular Immunotherapy Program, City of Hope.
      • Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD, is Chief Science Officer and Director of Cardiovascular Research at Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI), for recognition and research of the No-reflow phenomenon; a deadly consequence of heart attacks and his research into the long-term effects of e-cigarettes on the cardiovascular system and heart attacks.
      • Heinz-Josef Lenz, M.D., FACP, Head of GI Oncology in the Division of Medical Oncology and Co-Director of the Colorectal Center at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, for the Impact of Consensus Molecular Subtype (CMS) on Survival in Patients With Metastatic Colorectal Cancer.
      • Sarkis Mazmanian, PhD, Luis & Nelly Soux Professor of Microbiology, Caltech, was nominated for his Discovery and Deployment of a Novel Probiotic Treatment for Autism.

      Environmental Improvement

      • Lauren Bon, Founder of Metabolic Studios, and Milli Macen-Moore:
        For Metabolic Studios, exploring self-sustaining and self-diversifying systems of exchange that feed emergent properties that regenerate the life web, mitigating industrial pollution. Bon has led “Bending the River Back Into the City”, the monumental water project for Los Angeles.
      • Annmarie Eldering, PhD, Project Scientist, NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory -3, which watches the Earth breath from space by determining the sources emitting CO2 into the atmosphere and the natural processes that absorb it at the surface with precision and accuracy.
      • Cal State LA’s Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC) for Second Nature’s Climate Commitment, committed to improving campus operations, developing its community partnerships, and expanding its cutting-edge academic programs to create a more just, sustainable and resilient world.

      Knowledge Sharing

      • Lucy Jones, PhD, Science Advisor for Risk Reduction (USGS), founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech, nominated for the Great ShakeOut from extensive research on approaches to earthquake prediction using earthquake clustering, statistical seismology and integrated disaster scenarios.
      • Peter Kalmus, Ph.D., Climate Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and an Associate Project Scientist at UCLA’s Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science & Engineering, for Leadership in personal action to abate climate change.
      • Dr. Jerry Schubel, Ph.D., CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific, nominated for Understanding and stewardship of our oceans.
      • UC Conservation Genetics Consortium, which utilizes high-throughput genetic sequencing to assess biodiversity and community ecology to address questions in wildlife conservation. They are engaging with the public and citizen scientists through their California eDNA initiative.

      > More information on the Rotary Star Gala event and the scientists it honors can be found at rhstar.org. Tickets for this signature event allow participants to drink and dine with the scientists and hear all award recipients speak of their accomplishments.

      4th Annual Awards Banquet
      5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
      University Club in Pasadena
      175 N Oakland Ave.
      Pasadena, CA 91101

      In 2015, the Rotary Club of Sierra Madre founded the Rotary Humanitarian STAR Awards to honor scientists that use their achievement to benefit humanity. The awards recognize innovations with humanitarian applications in the following categories: health and medical, knowledge sharing, environmental improvement, and disaster relief and recovery.

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