Monessen Native Reaps Awards, Honors

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On any given day or night -- even weekends -- Jennie Hunter- Cevera might be found leading research in the biosciences at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, directing an international conference or accepting an award in recognition of her distinguished career.

"I enjoy being busy, it's as simple as that," said Hunter- Cevera, a Monessen native and president of the institute. "You know that old saying about not letting the grass grow under your feet."

Hunter-Cevera's already bulging calendar grew recently with more activities.

In April she was honored as one of the 2009 Influential Marylanders.

She has been named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women of 2009. This is the third time Hunter-Cevera has garnered this award and she joins a select group of so honored women in the Circle of Excellence.

She was selected chair of the Industrial Science and Technology Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C.

"I'm appreciative of and humbled by this recognition," Hunter- Cevera said of the Influential Marylanders, Top 100 Women and Circle of Excellence honors presented by The Daily Record newspaper in Baltimore. "Just to be considered as part of this diverse group of people is something special."

Christopher A. Eddings, publisher and president of The Daily Record, said in a story by executive editor Tom Linthicum that the Influential Marylanders list recognizes an " ... eclectic list of people who are influential in many different ways and in many different venues ... extraordinary, influential and amazing people."

Hunter-Cevera was chosen in the technology category.

Meanwhile, she is looking forward to her work with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

"This is going to be a fun as well as meaningful assignment," she said. "I know many of the people involved with AAAS and it is a privilege and pleasure to be serving with them. …