Dr. George "Pinky" Nelson, retired astrophysicist and former Western Washington University professor, was recently honored for his passion for advancing science education.
Nelson received the 2012-2013 Science Champions: Science Education Advocate Awards, according to a press release.
The award is presented by Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform, a program of the Pacific Science Center, Battelle and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories.
After three trips to space and a successful career as an astrophysicist and WWU professor, Pinky turned his efforts to outreach and supplemental science education for rural school districts with limited scholastic resources.
He spearheaded the North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership, a program that supplemented science education for students and trained teachers in nearly 26 school districts across the state. The program also brought WWU professors to classrooms in rural and underserved communities.
Nelson donated the $5,000 award from Boeing Company to the Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Program at WWU.
BTC, WCC STUDENTS ON ACADEMIC TEAM
Four students from Bellingham Technical College and Whatcom Community College were named to the 2013 All-Washington Academic Team on March 21 in Olympia at South Puget Sound Community College, according to a press release. Sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the awards honor 65 students representing 34 community and technical colleges in Washington.
BTC students Edward Bellew and Robert Alexander and WCC students Faline Jett and Troi (Kashia) Gale received medallions from Gov. Jay Inslee. KeyBank also awarded $500 to each honoree.
Ed and Robert "are prime examples of what our college aims to provide its students - the skills and educational credentials for a successful future and career," said Patricia McKeown, BTC president.
"Faline and Troi are outstanding students and compassionate women whose personal stories illustrate the positive - often life-changing - impact of earning an associate's degree at Whatcom," said Kathi Hiyane-Brown, WCC president.
Ed is vice president of the BTC Associated Student Body and is enrolled in BTC's electromechanical program. He plans to graduate in spring 2013, and hopes to start his own company in his field and concurrently plans to continue on with a four-year degree in engineering.
Robert is pursuing a degree in instrumentation and control technology at BTC and plans to graduate in spring 2013. After getting a four-year degree in psychology, he found he needed further skills training to be more employable.
Faline graduated from WCC last fall with an associate of applied science degree. She now works with community literacy programs, and hopes one day to work at the Smithsonian Institution as a scholar.
Troi was accepted into Western Washington University's Fairhaven College last fall after gaining her transfer degree in anthropology at WCC. A Bellingham native, she volunteers as an advocate for domestic violence and assault survivors and works at the public library. Her goal is to open a resource and advocate center for low-income families.
FERNDALE HONORS ART WINNERS
Ferndale Arts Commission has announced the winners in its Free Verse Photo Project, which was sponsored by the commission to celebrate April National Poetry Month. All of the winners are Ferndale High School students.
First place went to Rainey McLaurin for her entry, "Waiting for flowers." Second place was awarded to Nick Stewart for "Glistening in the dark, longing for north, the silence of birds gone south," and third place went to Alex Kuehnel for "Grandfather kept a watch of silver."
Photographs were taken of words from a favorite poem and were presented in a nontraditional format.
Ferndale Haggen, The Silver Reef Hotel Casino and Spa, and Carol's Cake Designs provided prizes.
Entries are on display through April at Whatcom Educational Credit Union, Carol's Cake Designs, Celebrations, McKay's Variety, Floralescents, Good Burger, Barb's Pies and Pastries, Haggen and International Athletic.
NEW THEATER DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Larry Feder has joined Mount Baker Theatre as development director, according to a press release. He brings more than 25 years of fundraising and development experience from his work at City of Hope National Medical Center and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center.
Larry will manage the development team and help reach the theater's long-range goals with focused efforts on major gifts to the theater.