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Utah biologist wins 2011 AAAS Public Engagement with Science Award
Date:1/8/2012

Jan. 9, 2012 University of Utah biology Professor Nalini Nadkarni is being honored by the world's largest general science society the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) with the group's 2011 Public Engagement with Science Award. The AAAS has issued the news release below:

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has named Nalini M. Nadkarni as the recipient of the 2011 AAAS Public Engagement With Science Award, recognizing "her unique, persistent and innovative public engagement activities that have served to raise awareness of environmental and conservation issues with a broad and exceedingly diverse audience."

Those nominating Nadkarni for the award included the AAAS Committee on Science and Technology Engagement with the Public as well as Peter Raven, a renowned naturalist, past AAAS president and president emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Nadkarni a professor in the Department of Biology and director of the Center for Science and Math Education at the University of Utah has helped to build bridges between science and society, and between humans and nature, Raven said. "Few people in the world can boast both the scientific pedigree and the innovative science outreach work of Nalini Nadkarni," Raven wrote in a letter of support. "Her combination of creativity and enthusiasm brings scientific information to public audiences who have little or no access to science education."

In particular, said Shirley Malcom, director of education and human resources at AAAS, Nadkarni's outreach efforts "have brought an awareness of environmental issues to people in settings ranging from prisons and churches, to boardrooms, bookstores, legislatures and rap music stores."

Nadkarni established the successful Sustainable Prisons Project, while working for the Evergreen State College, to bring science and scientists to incarcerated men and women in state prison. With fun
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Contact: Lee Siegel
lee.siegel@utah.edu
801-581-8993
University of Utah
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