Research Triangle Park, NC, May 04, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- The first annual SMT Awards were presented at the SMT Celebration on Saturday, April 19 in Cary, N.C. Sam Houston, President and CEO of the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center (SMT Center), was on hand to announce the awards.
The Champion of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Award was given to J. Donald Cline. Cline led an effort to save the Rosman Research Station, a radio telescope facility that had been operated by the Department of Defense, from being closed. In the late 1990’s Cline helped save the center and transform it into the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI). PARI provides educational programs at all levels for students and teachers.
PARI is located in the Pisgah Forest, southwest of Asheville. It houses radio and optical telescopes and earth science instruments that are available for use from students and adults.
“Engaging children at a young age in science so they will get excited about a career in science is one of the main goals of PARI” said Houston., “People like Donald Cline should be celebrated because they are the ones who are making a real difference in STEM educational efforts.”
Other awards given at the ceremony included: The Partnership Award in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, which was given to Shodor and to the Granville Partnership Foundation Technology Committee; The Business and Industry Award in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education was given to GlaxoSmithKline ; The Student Leadership Award of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education was given to Adam Meyer, a senior at Raleigh Charter High School; and The Outstanding Educator Award in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education was given to Myra Halpin, Ph.D.
The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian award given by the Governor, was presented to Dr. Enriqueta Bond, President and CEO of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for her years of dedication and service to her community.
About the SMT Center
Founded in 2002, the SMT Center promotes and supports innovation in science, mathematics, and technology learning. Focusing on North Carolina’s elementary and secondary schools, the SMT Center works to provide all children in North Carolina with the necessary knowledge and skills to have successful careers, be good citizens and advance the economy of the state. For more information about the SMT Center, please see the website: www.ncsmt.org.