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Stem Cell Biologist and Business Leader Named UAlbany Citizen Laureates

UAlbany Stem Cell Biologist Sally Temple

Stem cell biologist Sally Temple, an adjunct professor at UAlbany's School of Public Health, has been named a 2010 citizen laureate by the University at Albany Foundation. (Photo Lori Van Buren, Times Union)

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ALBANY, N.Y. (October 20, 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. In its 31st year, the award recognizes outstanding leaders in business and industry, government and academia, and is the most prestigious honor bestowed by the Foundation.

Through the support of event Co-Chairs Norman and Micki Massry, generous sponsors and 450 guests, this year's Citizen Laureate event helped to raise more than $170,000 for student scholarships at UAlbany.

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.

Real Estate developer John Nigro

John Nigro

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.

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.

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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