WASHINGTON (AP) — Smithsonian magazine is awarding its first American Ingenuity Awards honoring nine innovators in media, arts, science and technology.
The awards were presented Wednesday night at the National Portrait Gallery. Smithsonian Editor-in-Chief Michael Caruso says the magazine wanted to showcase people who are shaping the future.
Sebastian Thrun of Google Labs was honored for innovations in online education. Filmmaker Benh Zeitlin and musician Esperanza Spalding received arts awards.
Lawyer Bryan Stevenson was honored for social progress after winning a Supreme Court case declaring life sentences for juveniles unconstitutional.
Fifteen-year-old Jack Andraka of Glen Burnie, Md., won for youth achievement after developing a test for pancreatic cancer.
Elon Musk of SpaceX and Tesla was honored for technological innovation. Geneticist Pardis Sabeti and scientist Jim Anderson were honored in science.