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Title: Environmental Citizen of the Year Awarded to NY Sea Grant Educator
News from New York Sea Grant

For Release Prior to September 21, 2002
Contact: Helen Domske, NY Sea Grant, 716-645-3610

NY Sea Grant Educator to be Honored as Environmental Citizen of the Year

Buffalo, NY ' On September 21st The Center for Great Lakes Environmental
Education, the Erie County Environmental Education Institute, and the Great
Lakes Center at Buffalo State College will present Helen Domske, a coastal
education specialist with New York Sea Grant , with the 2002 Paul
MacClennan Environmental Citizen of the Year Award. A reception (2 pm) and
the presentation (3 pm) will take place at the Center for Great Lakes
Center at Buffalo State College Field Station.

³Helen is most deserving of this award. She works tirelessly and
enthusiastically to share her knowledge on the aquatic environment with
diverse audiences,² comments Dave White, Great Lakes Program Coordinator
for New York Sea Grant, Oswego. ³The multiplier effect of how many people
Helen reaches through her workshops and teaching materials is innumerable
and is having a positive impact on our environment and on the interests of
our coastal communities.²

Helen has more than 20 years¹ experience as an aquatic science educator and
has worked with tens of thousands of students, teachers, scout and youth
group leaders, and her peers with such agencies as the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, and New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation. Helen conducts exotic species workshops and offers educators
an ³Escape from Exotics² compendium of classroom-ready resource materials
on how to identify exotic species. She is also Associate Director of the
Great Lakes Program at the University of Buffalo, and editor of the Great
Lakes Research Review. Helen has written numerous teaching materials and a
book on Western New York¹s freshwater ecology.

Earlier this year Helen received an award for Outstanding Service to the
Buffalo/Niagara Rivers from the Friends of the Buffalo/Niagara Rivers.

For information on Helen¹s work with New York Sea Grant, call 716-645-3610
or visit www.nyseagrant.org on the web. For details on the awards presentation,
contact the Great Lakes Center at 716-858-7678.