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Stanley Leibo,

a professor at the University of New Orleans, was awarded the 2009 Pioneer Award at the annual conference of the International Embryo Transfer Society for his work in developing mammalian embryo transfer technology. Leibo was the first scientist to successfully freeze in liquid nitrogen mammalian embryos that later developed into live offspring. An expert in cryobiology, Leibo is recognized as a world authority in freezing and cryopreservation of embryos.

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Benjamin Franklin High School

in New Orleans has been named by BusinessWeek as the Louisiana school with the "Best Overall Academic Performance" in the magazine's Best High Schools in America rankings. The school received a perfect score in its review and the highest possible score, five stars, in its parent rating. Four other Louisiana schools — Forest School, Forest; Elizabeth High School, Elizabeth; Fontainebleau High School, Mandeville; and Ridgewood Preparatory School, Metairie — were also recognized as top scholastic institutions.

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Cameron Falcon,

a sophomore at Archbishop Shaw High School in Marrero, was recently selected for the USA Rugby National Team for players under the age of 17. The team will represent the fledgling American youth rugby program in international competition and will travel to London in March to play national youth teams from Europe. Falcon, who also plays on Shaw's rugby team, was chosen because he is considered one of the top American players in his age group.

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Eric Skrmetta,

public service commissioner from Metairie, recently voted against a ban on free food and beverages for commissioners from the companies the Public Service Commission regulates. Skrmetta replaced Jay Blossman, who accepted more than $1,500 in free meals on 49 different occasions in a period of less than three years. Thankfully, three other PSC commissioners recognized the obvious ethical problem of being wined and dined by those they're supposed to be regulating, and now the ban is in effect.

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