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Sally Temple, John Nigro Named UAlbany Citizen Laureates

Stem cell biologist, community leader named recipients of prestigious University at Albany Foundation award

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

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UAlbany faculty member Sally Temple

UAlbany faculty member and MacArthur Fellow Sally Temple. (Photo Paul Buckowski, Times Union)

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 7, 2010) -- The University at Albany Foundation has named stem-cell biologist Sally Temple and community leader and real estate developer John J. Nigro the recipients of the 2010 Citizen Laureate Awards.

Temple, of Slingerlands, who heads the New York Neural Stem Cell Institute at UAlbany's East Campus, has been named Academic Laureate. She won a MacArthur Foundation "genius award" in 2008 and is working toward new treatments in age-related macular degeneration, Parkinson's disease and special cord injury. She is an adjunct professor at the UAlbany School of Public Health, Albany Medical College, and RPI.

Nigro, of Loudonville, N.Y., is president of Nigro Companies, as well as a board member of the Center for Economic Growth, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and Albany Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of the board of trustees for Albany Medical Center, Siena College, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  Nigro has been named Community Laureate. Nigro Companies is a commercial real estate development and management company based in Albany, N.Y. The Nigro family and the Companies are known for their philanthropic support for the Capital Region.

Albany area developer John Nigro

John Nigro

Nigro Companies has developed local properties including The Shoppes at Greenbush Commons in North and East Greenbush, Rensselaer County Plaza in East Greenbush, University Plaza in Albany, PriceRite Plaza in Queensbury, and the Hannaford Plaza in Albany and Rotterdam.

The Citizen Laureate Awards recognize outstanding leaders in business and industry, government and academia, and are the most prestigious honor bestowed by The University at Albany Foundation.

Temple and Nigro will be honored at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Wednesday, Oct. 20. Opportunities exist to support the Citizen Laureate Awards event, which is co-chaired by I. Norman and Micki Massry. Funds raised through the event will support student scholarships as well as research and public service initiatives set by the University and managed by The University at Albany Foundation. Established in 1967 to encourage philanthropic support, the Foundation promotes the University's strategic goals by leading UAlbany's fundraising, asset management and stewardship activities.

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UAlbany alumna Catherine Bertini, '71
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