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BYU professor named fellow of national science organization

Gary M. Booth, Brigham Young University professor of plant and wildlife sciences, has been elected a 2008-2009 SENCER Leadership Fellow by the National Fellowship Board of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement

SENCER is the Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities program supported by the National Science Foundation to improve teaching throughout the world.

“This is literally the single most important thing I have done to improve teaching in my 35 years of teaching science,” said Booth. “I am honored to have this opportunity to stretch my creative juices and bring credibility to teaching and help my colleagues see the importance of teaching here at BYU.”

As a SENCER Leadership Fellow, Booth will expand his vital outreach activities as he continues to support the development of exceptional science courses, student research projects and service learning initiatives at BYU.

“Professor Booth truly has been an ambassador for the SENCER ideals on his own campus where he has instituted a broad range of pedagogical reforms in his biology courses,” said David Ferguson, National Fellowship Board chair. “Beyond BYU, Gary has worked tirelessly to connect improvement in science learning to service learning and research-connected initiatives in Utah and around the nation.”

The fellowships honor educators for exemplary leadership and commitment to the improvement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. SENCER Leadership Fellows are elected to an 18-month term, and a total of 76 Fellows were chosen from among the nominees drawn from the 1,300 eligible faculty members and academic leaders.

For more information, contact Gary M. Booth at (801) 422-2458.

Writer: Angela Fischer

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