Riechert is Science Educator of the Year

Susan Riechert, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the Univ. of Tennessee and senior NIMBioS collaborator, was recognized for her “Biology in a Box” program in her award Dec. 2 as Science Educator of the Year by the Tennessee Science Teachers Association Higher Education. Riechert directs the Biology in a Box program, co-funded by NIMBioS. The prestigious award, given by the state’s major science education organization, recognizes outstanding science teachers across the state. Biology in a Box consists of boxes that house scientific materials such as preserved specimens, instruments, and audio and visual clips, with corresponding exercises that integrate science and mathematics at all grade levels. The program is currently employed in 80 school systems across the state and has been successful in stimulating student interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Also this year, Gov. Phil Bredesen appointed Riechert to his STEM Advisory Council, to help guide the state’s efforts to improve STEM education. The council’s goal is to help promote the state’s aggressive and comprehensive public education reform plan, which is part of the federal “Race to the Top” initiative. Congratulations Dr. Riechert!

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