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E-M:/ Great Lakes outreach award

The deadline for nominations for the International Association of Great Lakes Researchers' outreach award has been extended to Jan. 30. It recognizes sustained contributions in informing the public about regional and global Great Lakes scientific issues. Details below:

The John R. (Jack) Vallentyne IAGLR Outreach Award
This award is named after and dedicated to the late Dr. John R. (Jack) Vallentyne who had a long
and distinguished career as a scientist, but also dedicated decades of work to education and
outreach. Nominated at the discretion of the IAGLR Outreach Committee, it recognizes
individuals or groups of individuals for their important and sustained contributions to informing
and educating the public and policymakers on regional and global Great Lakes scientific issues.
Individuals or teams (individuals who together contributed to education/outreach outcomes)
eligible for this award should have contributed substantially to the education and outreach in the
Great Lakes community (children and/or adults) for 20 years or more and their outreach
accomplishments should be beyond the local community. Deserving candidates can be from any
Great Lakes of the world, including North American Great Lakes, African Great Lakes or other
Great Lakes. Educators, environmental journalists, and others bridging the gap between the
science community and an informed, involved public are eligible for this award.
Membership in IAGLR is not necessary to be eligible for this award. However, it is required that
nominations of individuals or teams of individuals for this award be submitted by an IAGLR
member who is in good standing with the Association.
The nomination must be in the form of a nomination letter with three letters of support. The
letter should clearly indicate how the nominee(s) has/have made a notable contribution to the
advancement of understanding of Great Lakes regional issues and problems through education
and/or outreach activities targeted to the general public (children and/or adults) and
The judging panel will largely base their decision on three criteria:
• Contribution: The significance of the education/outreach in the basins of the Great Lakes.
• Scope: The influence of the contribution beyond a local Great Lakes community.
• Impact: The translation of Great Lakes research results into education/outreach activities
that likely had positive impact on scientifically based resource management and/or policy
decisions, or likely contributed to the building of a Great Lakes constituency in support of
Great Lakes protection and restoration.

Please send nominations to:
Holly Patrick
Great Lakes Fishery Commission
2100 Commonwealth Blvd., Suite 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Ph: (734) 662-3209 ext. 11

David Poulson
Associate Director
Knight Center for Environmental Journalism
Michigan State University
517 432 5417
Twitter: DPoulson