Leonard Kisslinger Receives Award for Educational Empowerment-Mellon College of Science - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, December 4, 2006

Leonard Kisslinger Receives Award for Educational Empowerment

Leonard Kisslinger, professor of physics, was recently honored with the Henry Highland Garnet Award for Educational Empowerment in recognition of his work with the Carnegie Mellon-Milliones/Reizenstein Physics Concepts Program. Kisslinger accepted his award on October 29 at the Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, which holds an annual weekend celebration in remembrance of Henry Highland Garnet, former pastor and well-known civil rights activist.

The Carnegie Mellon-Milliones/Reizenstein Physics Concepts Program, led since 1998 by Kisslinger, provides a unique opportunity for inner-city children to become involved in science and to practice how scientific research is conducted. The participants also form solid relationships with college student role models and build self-confidence. For the past several years, students from Milliones Technology Academy in the Hill District and Reizenstein Middle School in East Liberty came to Carnegie Mellon’s campus each week to work with their undergraduate mentors on physics projects and experiments that they presented at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Fair each February. Now that both Milliones Technology Academy and Reizenstein Middle School have closed, the Physics Concepts Program has two new participants: Colfax ALA (Advanced Learning Academy) and the Helen S. Faison Arts Academy. The program is funded by the Grable Foundation and supported by the Physics Department.

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By: Amy Pavlak