2nd Annual Humanitarian STAR Awards

2017 Awardees

The distinguished winners of the 2017 Rigel Humanitarian STAR Awards stand above the rest. Each of these individuals has done something that advances the cause of humanity greatly.

Lifetime Achievement
2017 Award Winner

William “Bill” Patzert; Ph.D.

Research scientist in Oceanography at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Health and Medical
2017 Award Winner

Kimberly A. Shriner, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Director, Founder, The Phil Simon Clinic

Knowledge Sharing
2017 Award Winner

Denise McCain-Tharnstrom, Ph.D

Denise McCain – Tharnstrom, Ph.D

Executive Director – Our Children LA

Environmental Improvement
2017 Award Winner

Frances H. Arnold, PH.D.

Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry; Director, Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center
Nominated by: Sandra Ell, Investment Consultant; Chief Investment Officer Emeritus, Caltech

Disaster Relief and Recovery
2017 Award Winner

Sam Bloch

Founder of Communitere International

Jim Lux

Telecommunications Specialist V at JPL