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Winners: Daniel Murphy, doctor Winners: Nicholas Samios, scientist Winners: Maria Tedeschi, educator Winners: Jennifer Parente, educator

Daniel Murphy


Daniel Murphy of Garden City was the honoree at the 44th annual Gentlemen's St. Patrick's Dinner hosted by the Friends of Mercy Medical Center for his dedication to the Rockville Centre hospital. Murphy has served as the hospital's director of emergency medicine since 2004 and as senior director of patient care services since 2008. He has also served as medical director of the emergency department at Maimonides Medical Center and as assistant professor of emergency medicine at SUNY Health Sciences Center, both in Brooklyn.

Nicholas Samios


Nicholas Samios of Port Jefferson has been inducted into the Long Island Technology Hall of Fame. Samios is director of the RIKEN BNL Research Center in Upton and former director of Brookhaven National Laboratory, which he joined as an assistant physicist in 1959. He is credited with helping to lead construction of the lab's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and experiments that led to the discovery of quark-gluon plasma, a type of matter that existed microseconds after the Big Bang.

Maria Tedeschi


Maria Tedeschi of North Bellmore has received the Richard Gazzola Teacher Fellowship Award from the New York State PTA and a $1,000 grant for advanced graduate study that will allow her to "improve her teaching skills and professional knowledge." Tedeschi has been an American Sign Language teacher in West Islip school district for the past two years and was an ASL teacher in Rochester. She is a member of the Long Island Language Teachers Association.

Jennifer Parente


Jennifer Parente of Long Beach has been named Outstanding Middle School Teacher of the Year for 2009 by the New York State Social Studies Council based on her effective teaching and knowledge. Parente has been a social studies teacher at Carle Place Middle School for the past eight years and is a member of the school's Accreditation for Growth Committee on Critical Thinking and adviser of the Outdoor Club. She was previously a social studies teacher in the Malverne school district.


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