Heinz Awards honors 6 for solving critical human issues

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Posted: Apr 23, 2015 12:08 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Six people have been chosen to receive Heinz Awards from a Pittsburgh-based charitable foundation for their innovative work in the arts, environment, human condition, public policy and economics categories.

This year's winners, announced Thursday by the Heinz Family Foundation, include Dr. Sangeeta Bhatia, a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She's used computer microchip technology to develop artificial human "microlivers" used to test the safety of drugs on people, without damaging real human livers.

New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, who last year published a memoir about caring for her elderly parents, is the arts category winner.

Each of the five awards includes $250,000 — with this year's human condition category award split by two co-winners.

The winners will be recognized at a ceremony in Pittsburgh on May 13.