NAMES IN THE NEWS
Last updated 3-26-09 at 7:38 a.m.
NWAW art contest winners and finalists
Some art contests winners and finalists, left to right, top to bottom: Xiao Lan Chan, Thuy Luu, Lisa Phan, NWAW Publisher Assunta Ng, Zehao Huang, Sandra Gan, Ryan J. Woo, Abigail Saechao, and Cindy Tran.
On Saturday March 14, the finalists and winners of Northwest Asian Weekly’s Lunar Art Contest met in the lobby of the news building for a reception, where they were presented their award certificates and prizes. For the contest, the artists created pieces that reflected the festivities of the Lunar New Year.
The winners are Thuy Luu, first place; Li Ping Guo and Yao Hui Lian, tied for second; and Lisa Phan, third.
Honorable mentions are Athena Tong, Chan Xiao Lan, and Shin Yu Pai.
Finalists are Elijah Lin, Shamey Kassim, Ryan J. Woo, Cindy Tran, Abigail Saechao, Jean Chen, Nan Huang, Sandra Gan, ZeHao Huang, and Beverly McDevitt.
Finalists received passes to the Space Needle, while winners received gift certificates and passes to Seattle Art Museum among various other prizes from the art contest sponsors.
New faces in new places
Dr. Howard Koh
On March 25, President Obama nominated Dr. Howard Koh, an accomplished physician and public health expert to take the position of Assistant Secretary for Health. Koh is the Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Director of the Division of Public Health Practice at the Harvard School of Public Health.
At Harvard, he served as the Principal Investigator of the National Cancer Institute-funded Community Networks Program MassCONNECT, a community-based project aimed at eliminating cancer disparities in underserved communities.
Koh once served as Commissioner of Public Health of Massachusetts from 1997-2003. During his term, he led the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, which included a wide range of services, four public health hospitals, and a staff of over 3,000 professionals.
The Chinese Institute of Engineers USA (CIE/USA), a leading engineering society in North America, recognized visionaries from the worlds of science and technology with its 2009 Asian American Engineer of the Year award (AAEOY), on Feb. 21 at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, Calif.
CIE presented two special awards in 2009: Dr. Roger Tsien, the 2008 Nobel Prize winner, received the Distinguished Science and Technology Award, and Dr. Jeong Kim, president of Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, received the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award.
CIE also recognized 13 other visionaries for research and development. Among the 13 are some Boeing employees from the Puget Sound area: David Boyarski, Lockheed-Martin; Thomas Bui, Boeing; Francis Chan, U.S. Navy; Harry Chen, Northrop Grumman; Jacqueline Chen, Sandia National Labs; Ray Harishankar, IBM; Chen He, Freescale; Chung Hsu, Genentech; Jae H. Kim, Boeing; Kyung K. Kim, Lockheed-Martin;. Nora Lin, Northrop-Grumman; Jayant Patel, Boeing; and Satish Reddy, Fluor.