This award, named in honor of Darwin's very public supporter T. H. Huxley, was established in 2013 to recognise outreach and education achievement for early and mid career scientists. Winners of this award are provided with support to present on behalf of the Society for the Study of Evolution at the annual meeting of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT). Annual calls for nomination will be advertised on the SSE web site and through appropriate Evolutionary Biology web sources such as EVOLDIR in late January/early February.
The Society of Evolution Education and Outreach Committee is pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 T.H. Huxley Award, Laura Bankers and colleagues working on the National Center for Science Education (NCSE)'s booster club initiative.
The award, named in honor of Darwin's very public supporter, was established in 2013 to recognise outreach and education achievement for early and mid career scientists. Winners of this award are provided with support to present on behalf of the Society for the Study of Evolution at the annual meeting of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT).
In addition to Laura Bankers, colleagues involved in the project included Kyle McElroy, Joseph Jalinsky, James Woodell, all current graduate students at the University of Iowa, in addition to Claire Adrian-Tucci (former grad student now full-time staff at NCSE), Katelyn Larkin (former grad student), Robert Todd (Creighton University graduate student), Jorge Moreno (University of Iowa undergraduate), Dr. Emily Schoerning, and Dr. Maurine Neiman. The group collaborated with the National Center for Science Education. The project was started in Iowa in 2015, with the goals of (i) raising funds for micro-grants that help K-12 STEM teachers obtain the basic equipment necessary to teach science effectively, (ii) increasing community science education and engagement by developing and implementing hands-on activities that make evolution and climate change accessible to general audiences, and (iii) raising awareness and support for quality science education. The participants in the clubs are primarily graduate students, and the number of clubs has grown from one in 2015 to 15 in 2017. By collaborating with external partners the booster clubs have also increased their capacity to reach thousands of community members. The Booster Club efforts have increased science literacy in our community and provided important career training experiences for the student volunteers. All educational content developed, as well as materials for implementing the activities, are currently being nationally distributed through NCSE free of charge in the form of starter kits for new booster clubs.
More information on the project can be found here: https://www.grad.uiowa.edu/grad-students-bring-science-to-the-public
Project Website: https://ncse.com/scienceboosterclubs
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