Heinz Family Foundation Announces 2010 Heinz Award Recipients

The Pittsburgh-based has announced the recipients of the sixteenth annual .

Established in 1993 to honor Sen. John Heinz (R-PA), who was killed in a plane crash in 1991, the awards, among the largest prizes for individual achievement in the world, recognize significant accomplishment in five areas that were important to the senator: arts and humanities; the environment; the human condition; public policy; and technology, the economy, and employment. As in 2009, this year the family foundation chose to honor Sen. Heinz's commitment to the environment by awarding $100,000 prizes to ten individuals — instead of $250,000 to five individuals — whose achievements have contributed to a cleaner, more sustainable planet.

This year's awardees are James Balog, a photographer with the ; Frederick vom Saal, a professor of biological sciences at the ; Cary Fowler, executive director of the ; Terrence Collins, professor of chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University's ; Gretchen Daily, professor of biological sciences at and chair of the ; Daniel Sperling, a professor and founding director of the at the University of California, Davis; Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer at the ; Michael Oppenheimer, director of the at Princeton University; Richard Feely, senior scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's ; and Lynn Goldman, dean of the at George Washington University.

"We're living in a time of unprecedented global change. Our planet is facing rising temperatures, and our communities are affected by toxic chemicals that weren't on the market a hundred years ago," said Heinz Family Foundation chair Teresa Heinz. "We're recognizing innovators who are tackling some of the most vexing problems facing our planet."

"." Heinz Family Foundation Press Release 09/21/2010.