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STAMFORD, CT, October 17, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- After five months of role model video submissions of young medical scientists by student and professional filmmakers from all over the United States, LabTV has announced the winners of the Second LabTV Tribeca Video Awards Contest.
Contest submissions featured scientists from dozens of universities and institutions. In addition to the Gold Award winners, also honored are finalists and semi-finalist award winners, with a special award being presented to the media department at Yale University for an overall outstanding collection of role model videos.
Over $18,000 of prizes and awards has been awarded to the winning filmmakers, courtesy of LabTV. This is the second video award contest run by LabTV. Unlike the first contest that included only student filmmakers, this competition also included entries from professional videographers. The winners will receive cash prizes and a certificate marking their achievement.
LabTV is an innovative, web-based video platform that showcases short, engaging videos of young medical scientists in labs across America. The mission of LabTV is to inspire today's high school and college students to become "tomorrow's heroes of medical science."
In announcing the awards, LabTV's founder Jay Walker noted: "It is an honor to share the work and passion of young scientists who have dedicated their lives to searching for the breakthroughs that will give all of us a better future. And we are equally excited to recognize the amazing work being done by young filmmakers on university campuses around the country who are on their way to celebrating hidden stories that the world needs to hear."
LabTV's Executive Producer David Hoffman was also overjoyed by the quality of submissions in this contest, saying, "We were very excited that this time around, talented student filmmakers were joined by both professional videographers and forward-thinking university media departments in creating videos that will inspire tomorrow's heroes of medical research."
Mr. Hoffman added: "The growing popularity of LabTV videos being made by hundreds of student filmmakers on dozens of campuses around the country is a testament to the excitement people have for the hope created by medical research. The level of work many of the students submitted was at a professional level, and we are excited to reward them for their talents and time as they create work that is worthy of the medical scientists and labs they profile."
GOLD AWARD WINNERS ($2,000 EACH)
Erik Leimkuhler, University of Virginia was honored for a role model video of Lindsey Brinton in the Kimberly Kelly Lab.
Baraa Ktiri, New York University was honored for a role model video of Bianca Jones in the Lab of Robert Froemke.
Hyacinth Empinado, University of Georgia was honored for a role model video of Jena Chojnowski in the Lauderdale Lab.
MOST OUTSTANDING UNIVERSITY PRODUCED VIDEOS AWARD
Yale University was presented with the first-ever Most Outstanding University Produced Videos Award. This award represents an exceptional body of work submitted by a university's internal media team.
Highlighting their excellence in editing, storytelling, and wonderful selection of scientists, Yale University is receiving a plaque in honor of the Role Model Videos of Andrea Stavoe, Daniel Colon-Ramos, Jessica Nelson, Josh Hawk, Lucelenie Rodriguez, Sarah Hill, Sori Jang, and Zhiyong Shao of the Colon-Ramos Lab, as well as the Role Model Videos of Maria Casteneda and Samir Zaidi of the Richard Lipton Lab.
FINALISTS ($1,000 EACH)
Lindsey Gloor, University of Missouri was honored for a role model video of Lori Eggert in the Eggert Lab.
Sam Li Shen Koay, University of Miami was honored for a role model video of Karen Nuytemans in the John Hussman Institute for Human Genomics.
Kevin Parks, New York University was honored for a role model video of Craig Ramirez in the Dafna Bar-Sagi Lab.
April Bailey, University of Georgia was honored for a role model video of Farah Samli in the Donald Harn Lab.
FoSheng Hsu, Cornell University was honored for a role model video created by and featuring FoSheng Hsu, from the Mao Lab.
Fernando Romero, University of Miami was honored for a role model video of Joseph Foster in the Hussman Institute.
SEMI-FINALISTS ($500 EACH)
Chris Yamada, Georgetown University was honored for a role model video of Clara Scholl in the Maximillien Riesenhuber Lab.
Premarah Williams, University of Arkansas was honored for a role model video of Serra Ucer in the Charles O'Brien Lab.
Max Minkowitz, University of Miami was honored for a role model video of Hassan Al-Ali, Salomi Mehta, and Sam Beckerman in the labs of Dr. Dalton Dietrich and Dr. Vance Lemmon. All are working in the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
Yoonji Kim, University of Chicago was honored for a role model video of Yu Cheng in the Lab of Dr. Lesniak.
Ansley Stewart, University of Georgia was honored for a role model video of Robin Webb in the Lab of Steve Stice.
Alyssa Stafford, University of Georgia was honored for a Role Model Video of Doug Terry in the Lab of Stephen Miller.
Amanda Shell, University of Hawaii, Manoa was honored for a role model video of Angel Yangihara in the Lab of Angel Yangihara.
Don Gloetzer, University of Arizona was honored for a role model video of Anity Koshy in the Koshy Lab.
Andrew Lowndes, University of Georgia was honored for a role model video of Babak Basiri in the Lab of Dr. Michael Bartlett.
Lee Addock, University of Georgia was honored for a role model video of Melissa Young in the Lab of Dr. Philip Holmes.
Corrine McAndrews, Drexel University was honored for a role model video of Youhan Sunny in the Bossone Research Lab.
Kristina Biddle, University of Delaware was honored for a role model video of Kelly Seymour in the Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab-Star Lab.
LabTV would like to thank all entrants into the contest. These winning videos, and all other LabTV videos, can be viewed at www.LabTV.com.
LabTV, in cooperation with the National Institutes of Health, inspires STEM-oriented students, particularly women and minorities, to consider a career in medical research. LabTV does this by having filmmakers, primarily undergraduates, interview young medical scientists, and post their interviews on LabTV.com where viewing students can find and connect with successful young medical scientists just like them.
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