JFK New Frontier awards go to mayor, scientist
Nov. 13, 2014
BOSTON (AP) — The innovative mayor of a central New York city and the founder of a company that empowers scientific research in developing countries have been named recipients of the 2014 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards, the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum announced Wednesday.
Kennedy's grandson, Jack Schlossberg, will present the awards on Dec. 10 to Ithaca, New York, Mayor Svante Myrick and Nina Dudnik, CEO of Boston-based Seeding Labs.
Myrick, 24 years old when first elected in 2011, is credited with spurring economic growth and entrepreneurship in the city.
Myrick, whose childhood included periods of homelessness, also revised zoning policies aimed at increasing downtown Ithaca's density and livability, and encouraged the adoption of a living wage for city workers.
Dudnik, sent research tools that were being discarded in the U.S. to 22 developing nations. She has supported researchers developing treatments for tuberculosis and malaria, expanding access to clean drinking water, improving crops and more.
She was inspired during a Fulbright Fellowship in Africa, when she worked with highly skilled scientists who lacked access to the basic tools of scientific research.
The awards were created by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and Harvard University's Institute of Politics to honor Americans under age 40 who are changing their communities and the country with their commitment to public service.
They were inspired by Kennedy's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention on July 15, 1960 when he said, "We stand today on the edge of a New Frontier. A frontier of unknown opportunities and perils — a frontier of unfulfilled hopes and threats."