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UW SEA GRANT RECEIVES FRIEND OF SCIENCE EDUCATION AWARD



NEWS RELEASE
For Release:   IMMEDIATELY
April 21, 1999

For More Information:
Mary Lou Reeb, Education Coordinator, (608) 263-3296
Allen Miller, Assistant Director for Advisory Services, (608) 262-0644
James Lubner, Education Specialist (414) 227-3291


UW SEA GRANT RECEIVES FRIEND OF SCIENCE EDUCATION AWARD 

MADISON, Wis. - The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute has been
selected to receive the 1999 "Friend of Science Education" Award from
the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST).

The award recognizes "outstanding contributions to the support of
science teachers and science education" by individuals and groups
outside the science education community.  In announcing the award, WSST
described UW Sea Grant as an "active supporter of science education in
Wisconsin for over 30 years."  

The award committee noted three UW Sea Grant efforts in particular: the
Global Environmental Change Education Initiative, led by Allen Miller,
Assistant Director for Advisory Services; Operation Pathfinder,
conducted by James Lubner, Education Specialist; and the Madison JASON
Project, coordinated by Mary Lou Reeb, Education Coordinator.  

Miller, Lubner, and Reeb will accept the award on behalf of UW Sea Grant
at the WSST Convention on April 23 in Lake Geneva, Wis.

Madison JASON is part of the international JASON Project, a high-tech
science education program for middle-school students founded by Robert
Ballard, discoverer of the wreck of the RMS Titanic. Nearly 80 teachers
and 3,000 students in the Madison area participate in the annual
program.

The Global Change Environmental Education Initiative conducts workshops
for secondary and post-secondary teachers and non-formal educators to
produce a more scientifically literate, environmentally aware, and
technologically equipped population.  Nearly 400 teachers throughout
Wisconsin have participated in the one- to three-day workshops.

Operation Pathfinder is a three-credit graduate course taught at
UW-Milwaukee to increase awareness and understanding of oceanography,
limnology, and coastal processes among elementary and middle school
minority teachers and teachers of minority students. 

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Created in 1966, Sea Grant is a national network of 29 university-based
programs of research, outreach, and education dedicated to the
protection and sustainable use of the United States' coastal, ocean, and
Great Lakes resources.  The National Sea Grant Network is a partnership
of participating coastal states, private industry, and the National Sea
Grant College Program, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration,
U.S. Department of Commerce.


John R. Karl
Science Writer

University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
Goodnight Hall, Floor 2
1975 Willow Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1103

Phone: (608) 263-8621
FAX: (608) 262-0591
www.seagrant.wisc.edu