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Winter 2010 Newsmakers

FRANK BUONANOTTE, a 54-year-old entrepreneur in Atlanta, Ga., established and runs "500 For Life," a non-profit organization that raises funds to donate portable thermal imaging cameras to fire departments around the U.S. The cameras allow firefighters to "see" through smoke and walls to find victims, fallen comrades and the source of the fire. Since its founding in 2007, his charity has donated 40 cameras to fire departments in 27 states. Frank and his family absorb the administrative costs so that all contributions go directly to buying the cameras that cost $10,000 each. About 80,000 firefighters are injured annually in the line of duty.

ALFONSE CINOTTI, M.D., who founded the Institute of Ophthalmology and Visual Science (IOVS) at the New Jersey Medical School in East Orange, N.J., has had a chair of ophthalmology named in his honor to recognize his leadership in this medical field. The Alfonse Cinotti-Lions Chair is a $1.5 million endowed research chair that will support IOVS research in preventing and curing blindness. The institute Dr. Cinotti founded cares for 50,000 patients annually, many of whom are poor and uninsured. Dr. Cinotti, 86, is the son of an Italian immigrant from Campo Basso in Abruzzi-Molise. His mother's people were from San Giorgio a Cremano near Naples.

TINA MAIOLO, Esq., an attorney with the Carr Maloney Law Firm in Washington, D.C., has been certified by the Embassy of Italy to serve as its official referral contact concerning requests for legal aid that the Embassy receives from its constituency. She is the only attorney in the U.S. to receive this certification. The Embassy chose her "based on her experience, legal acumen and strong dedication to the Italian American community," according to an official statement.

ENNIO MORRICONE, the legendary Italian composer, gave a concert at LA's Hollywood Bowl last October. He conducted music from his most famous film scores - including The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Cinema Paradiso and A Fistful of Dollars. Morricone, 81, has composed and arranged scores for more than 500 film and TV productions and is considered one of the most influential film composers in the last 50 years.

TRICIA STRIANO, Ph.D., a recognized expert in early childhood development and professor of psychology at Hunter College in New York City, delivered a lecture in Berlin last November as part of celebrations commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Dr. Striano spoke on child development and the early detection of autism. Her research involves studying the social, cognitive and communication skills that help very young children learn.