Lake Erie College honored with “Friends of Science” award


The faculty in Lake Erie College’s School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics continuously expand their curriculum through on-campus initiatives and partnerships with local schools and organizations.

In recognition of the faculty’s commitment to and passion for science education, the organization Partners in Science Excellence (PSE) recently awarded the College their “Friends of Science” award.

Presented at PSE’s annual Grant Symposium and Celebration of Science Excellence event on Jan. 9, 2018 at Lake Metroparks Environmental Learning Center, the award applauded LEC’s dedication to promoting science and improving STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education in Northeast Ohio.

“LEC was chosen based on their support of science education, including having hosted PSE events like workshops and grant symposiums on campus,” said PSE Chairperson Anthony Marinelli. “This award also recognizes the work John Tedesco has conducted with science teachers in the region.”

Dr. Tedesco, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and associate professor of chemistry, has been involved with PSE since 2012, serving as a member of the organization’s board.

“STEM education in the region is a serious need and this organization’s mission aligns with some of my personal values on that front,” said Tedesco. “I believe we need to involve the higher education industry and community members in K-12 education, especially STEM education, and PSE includes representation from each of those areas.”

Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Bryan DePoy accepted the award on the College’s behalf, recognizing the faculty members who work diligently to educate the next generation of STEM professionals.

Originally formed in 1989 as a partnership between scientists, educators and the business community, PSE seeks to improve, expand and promote science education in the region. The group accomplishes this mission by way of grants supporting inquiry-based projects and professional development opportunities promoting STEM endeavors.

Lake Erie College congratulates the members of its faculty who earned this well-deserved recognition.

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