2 with ties to UI get awards for ingenuity

2 with ties to UI get awards for ingenuity

WASHINGTON — Two men with connections to the University of Illinois were honored Tuesday with American Ingenuity Awards at the Smithsonian, along with eight others.

John Rogers, a University of Illinois professor, received the physical science award for biodegradable devices, or transient electronics, that would be surgically implanted in the body and would essentially dissolve after doing their job.

Author Dave Eggers, who attended the UI, and Mimi Lok were honored in the social progress category for their development of Voice of Witness, a nonprofit organization that uses oral history to bring the stories of human rights injustices in the U.S. and around the world into high schools and affected communities.

Smithsonian magazine awarded the prizes Tuesday to honor innovators in the arts, science, technology and culture. The magazine polled Smithsonian Institution directors, curators and staffers to find innovators "revolutionizing their fields with recent, high-impact achievements," editor-in-chief Michael Caruso said in a statement.

"While their work is different in objective, each winner is embracing the Smithsonian's mission to increase knowledge and shape the world of tomorrow," Caruso said. "We are delighted to showcase their work across all platforms."

The other honorees were:

— Annie Clark, whose stage name is St. Vincent, honored in performing arts for her solo albums and her more recent collaboration with David Byrne.

— Multimedia artist Doug Aitken, honored in visual arts for his new installation "Mirror" at the Seattle Art Museum.

— Saumil Bandyopadhyay, an MIT freshman given a youth award for his work in nanotechnology.

— Caroline Hoxby of Stanford University, honored in education for her work in getting colleges to reach out to talented low-income students.

— Michael Skinner of Washington State University, honored in physical sciences for breakthrough research on toxins and genetics.

— Adam Steltzner of NASA, honored in technology for his work aiding Curiosity's landing on Mars.

— Caroline Winterer of Stanford University, honored in historical scholarship for her analysis of Benjamin Franklin's letters.

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