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Tony Meunier Awarded Eastern Section 2017 Digman Award

Tony Meunier Awarded Eastern Section 2017 Digman Award

Recognizing amazing Earth science educators with 2016 NAGT-Eastern Section Awards

2017 NAGT Eastern Section award winners by Steve Lindberg University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

EASTERN SECTION 2017 DIGMAN AWARD

The Digman Award was established to recognize a non-teacher that brings Geoscience experiences and instruction to the general public. This year the Digman Award was presented to an individual who’s efforts over the past 6 decades qualify him to not only be recognized for his contributions, but perhaps as a lifelong achievement award for continuous support for science education. Tony’s first participation in NAGT meetings began in the late 1960’s as a Geology and Geography student while at SUNY Buffalo and SUNY Geneseo, N.Y. In the 1970’s, while a graduate student at SUNY Brockport, he studied under the tutelage of some legendary NAGT members including Dick Liebe, Bob Cassie, Ira Geer, Bob Adams, John Hubbard and Victor Schmidt. While at Brockport, Tony began a real association with NAGT on a regular basis.

In May 1972 Tony began his professional career with the USGS, first as a Cartographer and then as a Physical Scientist retiring in 2010 to become a USGS Emeritus Senior Scientist. In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s while with the USGS Earth Science Application Office he ran a very successful Educational Outreach program coined Quantum Leap. Quantum Leap developed programs in coordination with the larger than life NAGT legend James O’Connor to stress Earth Science Education in elementary, middle and high school curriculum. A traveling exhibit was designed and funded through Tony’s program that also included the wide distribution of free educational pamphlets at NAGT

From Lindberg, Stephen, 2017, Recognizing amazing Earth science educators with 2016 NAGT-Eastern Section Awards in National Association of Geoscience Teachers, Eastern Section Bulletin, edited by Callan Bentley: Norther Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA, v.67, #2 Summer 2017, p.16. Summer 2017 NAGT-ES Bulletin CB.pdf

ECWG Bombash 2017 Report

ECWG Bombash 2017 Report

The 2017 Explorers Club Washington Group Bombash took place in Philadelphia from 29 September to 1 October 2017. Organized by Arnella Trent MN10 as a joint program with the Philadelphia Chapter, forty-two members and guests joined for a remarkable weekend of history and camaraderie centered around Independence Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Members from the George Rogers Clark, St. Louis and NY Chapters joined for the events. The weekend began with an informal dinner in Little Italy on Friday evening, followed on Saturday by a guided walking tour of Independence National Park, lunch at City Tavern, and a tour of the Museum of the American Revolution. The day’s activities concluded at Union League with a reception and lecture by Senior Fellow and Historian at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Robert Peck FN83: A Glorious Enterprise: Two Hundred Years of Exploration and Discovery at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. As we left, all agreed that the weekend was a total success – and that we should get together with our Philadelphia colleagues again soon!

Awarding of Certificate of Appreciation: Lonnie Schorer (Chair, ECWG), Robert Peck (Philadelphia Chapter/Speaker), AJ Obara (Chair, Philadelphia Chapter)

 

Independence Square guide with Betsy Stewart and Chester Schmidt
Philadelphia Chapter Board members: AJ Obara, Doug Soroka, Arnella Trent (ECWG), Robert Griffith, Robert Peck (Speaker), James Robinson, Benjamin Hulsey (ECWG/St. Louis Chapter)

 

ECWG Board members:
Betsy Stewart, Arnella Trent, Lonnie Schorer, Marilyn Livingood, Jay Kaplan, Debbie Bell, Bruce Blanchard

  

 

 

ECWG Board Member Awarded The Explorers Club Flag

ECWG Board Member Awarded The Explorers Club Flag

Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Eric L. Fies, FRGS MN’16 was awarded the honor of carrying The Explorers Club Flag #114 on his upcoming expedition to Kenya. Fies and his team of combat-wounded Veterans, along with former U.S. Marine and Expedition Documentarian Allan R. Smith MN’04 and Expedition Photographer Amber Fies, will join a team of Kenyan Wildlife Rangers on foot patrol through the Mara Loita Forest. Team Resolute, as they are known, will deliver new field equipment to the Rangers and assist and advise them using best practices from their considerable military experience. Smith, owner of DreamQuest Productions, is filming the expedition to produce a documentary capturing the tremendous dedication of these brave Rangers coupled with the continued selfless service these amazing Military Veterans bring to wildlife conservation efforts and a new “battlefield”. Flag #114 has been on 22 expeditions since 1944. This Flag Expedition will be in the field from 16-27 October. Follow Team Resolute’s progress on Facebook at:

https://m.facebook.com/Camo4Conservation

Good Luck and Godspeed, Explorers!

ECWG 2017 Summer Picnic Report

ECWG 2017 Summer Picnic Report

The ECWG 2017 Summer Picnic was held Saturday morning July 15, at the U.S. NATIONAL ARBORETUM, Washington, DC. An illuminating tour of the NATIONAL BONSAI & PENJING MUSEUM was provided by a curator of the collection, Michael James. His robust voice ensured that our group of 25 members, family and guests, had no problem hearing the interesting facts put forth on the history and cultivation of these unique specimens.

Following the tour, we gathered for lunch at tables with umbrellas, and cool shaded walls on the terrace of the Administration Building. For dessert, ECWG picnic organizers prepared and served banana splits to order and homemade cookies. It appeared that good time was had by all!