Navigation Links
Environmental stewardship motivates latest White House Champions of Change
Date:3/25/2014

Benjamin Blonder and Billy Spitzer are among 14 environmental and conservation leaders honored by the White House as Champions of Change at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., last week for their work on environmental stewardship and community involvement.

Benjamin Blonder is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow who recently completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona. He co-founded the University of Arizona's Sky School, a residential science school that provides inquiry-based environmental education on a campus located in the heart of the Coronado National Forest. Because of his efforts, each year hundreds of K-12 students, primarily from Title I schools, are now able to conduct independent research while exploring the unique ecology, geology, and astronomy resources of the region.

"My science outreach has been possible with the financial support of my Graduate Research Fellowship," says Blonder. Among his outreach prior activities was a GK-12 (NSF Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education) collaboration between the University of Arizona and Miles Exploratory Learning Center in Tucson to bring science resources to teachers and classrooms.

Billy Spitzer is vice president for programs, exhibits, and planning at the New England Aquarium. He is responsible for oversight of exhibit design, visitor experience, volunteer, and education programs, as well as institutional strategic planning. He is supported by NSF through the Division of Research on Learning to strengthen the capacity of informal science education institutions to increase public understanding of climate change and its impacts on coastal zones and marine life. In addition, he is funded by the Division of Ocean Science to take a leadership role with the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence.

"NSF support has enabled us to develop, test, and refine our climate change training program, and now is enabling us to scale it up to reach more than 150 aquariums, zoos, and science/nature centers across the country," says Spitzer.

The Champions of Change program began in 2011 when President Barack Obama called for recognition of citizens doing extraordinary things at a local level. Champion of Change honorees are chosen through a rigorous nomination and selection process. Two NSF-funded educators were honored earlier this year, and four NSF-funded scientists were among the Champions of Change honored in 2013. Previous NSF-supported honorees include Liesl Chatman, Elisabeth Hayes, Bobby Schnabel, Virginia Stern , David Rose, Christine Reich, George Kerscher, and Henry Wedler.


'/>"/>

Contact: Maria C. Zacharias
mzachari@nsf.gov
703-292-8454
National Science Foundation
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. Effects of environmental toxicants reach down through generations
2. Reproductive health providers should discuss environmental exposure risks with patients
3. Environmental factors in Tiny Tims near fatal illness
4. Increasing water scarcity in Californias Bay-Delta will necessitate trade-offs; hard decisions needed to balance various environmental risks
5. Stomata development in plants unraveled -- a valuable discovery for environmental research
6. Long-term research reveals causes and consequences of environmental change
7. New museum-university partnership ushers in new era of environmental science education
8. Tiny plants could cut costs, shrink environmental footprint
9. Wells Fargo fosters environmental conservation through University of Miamis RJD program
10. Environmental benefit of biofuels is overestimated, new study reveals
11. Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge shortlists 2012 projects
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Environmental stewardship motivates latest White House Champions of Change
(Date:1/20/2016)... SAN JOSE, Calif. , Jan. 20, 2016 ... leading developer of human interface solutions, today announced ... touch controller solution for wearables and small screen ... appliances such as printers. Supporting round and rectangular ... the S1423 offers excellent performance with moisture on ...
(Date:1/13/2016)... 2016 http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/7h6hnn/india_biometrics ... the  "India Biometrics Authentication & Identification ...  report to their offering.  ... the addition of the  "India Biometrics ... & Forecast (2015-2020)"  report to ...
(Date:1/8/2016)... 2016 NXTD ), a company ... , a privately held leading direct seller of vacation ... 5000 fastest-growing company announced that on December 31, 2015, ... in Nxt-ID to develop a proprietary new wireless smart ... , a unique smart wallet that serves to securely ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/6/2016)... ... February 06, 2016 , ... The Center for Excellence in ... and high school teachers on Wednesday February 10, 2016. This Bite of Science ... School of Conservation, located at 1500 Remount Road in Front Royal, VA from 5:00 ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... , Feb. 5, 2016  In the pharmaceutical ... for a host of launch activities including the identification ... this launch activity is especially high in the oncology ... Best Practices and the Role of Medical Affairs ... companies focused on oncology therapies find better ways to ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Australian-US drug discovery and development company, Novogen Limited (ASX:NRT; NASDAQ: ... Chairman, Mr John O,Connor , and new Deputy Chairman, ... James Garner , has also been formally appointed to the ... Iain Ross , will resume his role on the ... , has also been formally appointed to the Board as ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... -- Sangamo BioSciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: SGMO ), the leader ... Lanphier , Sangamo,s president and chief executive officer, will ... Therapeutic ® development programs and an overview of ... Thursday, February 11, 2016, at the Leerink Partners 5 ... being held in New York . ...
Breaking Biology Technology: