Copper Black Award winners

2016: Susan McLaughlin

2016: Susan McLaughlin

For her work developing a successful teaching strategy to narrow, close, and even reverse historically pervasive achievement gaps among students from diverse backgrounds, we proudly awarded Susan McLaughlin, from Blue Grass Mensa, with the Foundation's 2016 Copper Black Award.

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2014: Fred Katz

2014: Fred Katz

Fred Katz of Hauppauge, N.Y., received the 2014 Copper Black Award for Creative Achievement for his research and development of a motion sensor capable of discriminating between a home intruder and a wandering pet.

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2013: Kelly Cartwright

2013: Kelly Cartwright

Kelly Cartwright of Yorktown, Va., is the 2013 recipient of the Copper Black Award for Creative Achievement. Kelly received the award for her work developing and implementing an intervention for those with children suffering from Reading Comprehension Deficit.

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2012: Brett Gillet

Capt. Gillet received the award for his work on the design and implementation of new tactical operations for special support and equipment in the United States Army.

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2010: Jerry Martin

Jerry Martin of Grass Valley, Calif., received the 2010 Copper Black Award for his “Saluting New Readers” (SNR) reading program.

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2009: Dr. Gary Flom

Dr. Gary Flom, 2009 Copper Black winner

Dr. Gary Flom of Stockbridge, Ga., received the award for his development of universal forceps.

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2008: Ian Cheong

Ian Cheong, 2008 Copper Black winner

Ian Cheong of Baltimore, Md., received the award for his discovery of a "cancer bullet" protein.

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2007: Dr. Harry I. Ringermacher

Dr. Harry I. Ringermacher, 2007 Copper Black winner

Dr. Harry I. Ringermacher received his second Copper Black award, this one for his invention of a flexible X-ray imager.

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2005: Dr. Kay Thomas

Dr. Kay Thomas, 2005 Copper Black winner

Kay Thomas, Ph.D., received the award for her creation of the Bilingual SpeedReading method of foreign language literacy learning.

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2004: Dr. Kathleen Campbell

Kathleen C.M. Campbell, Ph.D., received the award because of her work on protective agents to mitigate hearing loss.

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