Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Priest

The staff at the center would like to congratulate Dr. Jeff Priest for receiving the Governor's Award for Excellence in Science Awareness. Dr. Priest was presented this award from Governor Jim Hodges in May.

Senn Recognized for Innovative Excellence

Dr. Gary J. Senn of the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center received the Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology at the Twelfth International Conference on College Teaching and Learning in April 2001.

Congratulations to Hanna Fowler Robert E. Alexander K-12 Administrator of the Year Award Winner.

The first annual recipient of the R.E. Alexander K-12 Administrator of the Year Award goes to Hanna Fowler from J.A. Maxwell Elementary School located in Thomson, Georgia. The K-12 Administrator Award is presented to a school administrator or a school district administrator who has done an outstanding job in promoting and supporting high quality science and mathematics education for all students. Nominations are made in the Spring.

N.R.S.M.E.E.P. Receives Three Awards

In September 2000, our Natural Resources, Science, Math, and Engineering Education Program (NRSMEEP) received an Honorable Mention Award for the USDA Forest Service's Conservation Education Outstanding Achievement Awards program for the southeastern region. Only one other program in the Southeast outscored NRSMEEP for the top award. It was mentioned that the two programs were so exemplary that they should be replicated throughout the United States.


In February of 2001, the USDA Forest Service Savannah River was awarded the Taking Tracks Multiple Year Conservation Education Award by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). NRSMEEP taught a wildlife management lesson to over 15,000 students that focused on the comeback of the Wild Turkey throughout the United States. NRSMEEP's 40 hour Woodsmanship/Hunter Education day camp also focused on the wild turkey as a game species and included a trip to the NWTF's national headquarters in Edgefield. Both of these efforts were instrumental in helping the Forest Service win this coveted national award.


In March of 2001, NRSMEEP was elected as the recipient of the Environmental Educator of the Year Award presented by the Environmental Education Association of South Carolina for its impact on students and teachers with respect to environmental issues and concerns.

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The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center Newsletter is a publication of the RPSEC for educators. The Center encompasses the CSRA HUB, CEET, Dupont Planetarium, and NRSMEEP. If you have any information that would be beneficical to the audience of this newsletter, or would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact Cindy Sparling, Editor, at (803) 641-3594. Deadline for submission in the next newsletter is March 15, 2002

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