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E=MC2 honored at Princeton University Sigma Xi Awards

submitter: E=MC2
published: May 21, 2004
posted to site: 05/21/2004
E=MC2 will be honored again this year at the Princeton University Sigma Xi Awards on Wednesday, May 26th, 2004 at 5:30 p.m.  Sona Polakowski, Project Director nominated the following recipients for their outstanding work in Science Education.  A special thank you to Anne Catenna and Richard D. Smith for their work with Princeton University, Sigma Xi Chapter and recognizing the work of E=MC2

Danita Ishibashi is a principal of the Lawrence Intermediate School in the Lawrence School District.  She has been a key supporter of science education and has established a model of how principals should support elementary teachers in the implementation of a quality science program.  She has done this through release time for teachers to go and learn.  Danita also has a large number of staff who are Lead Teachers in the E=MC2 program.  The infrastructure in Lawrence would not be a sustaining one without her hard work and her ability to articulate the science program.   She leads through example and demonstrates a high level of commitment to science education for all students.

Beth Eaves is a fifth grade teacher at the Millstone River School, West Windsor-Plainsboro, New Jersey.  She serves as a Building Science Coordinator and an E=MC2, K-8 Lead Teacher.  Beth has attended E=MC2 Institutes on Inquiry and Assessment and Technology.  Ms. Eaves is a master teacher and presents workshops on Science Pedagogy and the New Jersey State Core Standards.  She has also been instrumental in developing our content unit on "What is Life?"  This unit has been developed through a congressional appropriation and funding from the US Dept. of ED.

Jennifer Dawson is a sixth grade teacher at the Fisher Middle School, in Ewing.  She is a Lead Teacher in the E=MC2, K- 8 project for 2002 - 2003, fall, winter and summer Institutes.  She is Mentor teacher for her building.  Jennifer, along with, Beth Eaves developed and teaches the module, entitled, "Stepping Up to Standards."  It has been well received at the Aaron Lemonick Institute on Inquiry.  Jennifer Dawson has also presented on the State Level.

Sharon Zubricky is a Computer Technology teacher at the Millstone River School, in West Windsor-Plainsboro.  She is a Lead Teacher for the E=MC2, K-8 project in Technology.  She teaches the modules, entitled, "Power Point" in the E=MC2 Institute on Assessment and Technology.  Her focus is on helping teachers involved in the project to learn how to incorporate the use of technology into their classroom.  Sharon has been involved in the development and implementation of the NSF E=MC2 program since its inception in the year 1996. She has also been instrumental in the continuous success of the E=MC2 program and its impact on students.

Sigma Xi was founded in 1886 as an honor society for science and engineering.  Today, it is an international research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement.  There are nearly 90,000 Sigma Xi Members in more than 500 Chapters at colleges and universities, industrial research centers and government laboratories.

In addition to honoring scientific achievement, Sigma Xi also encourages support of original work in science and technology and promotes an appreciation within society at large for the role research has played in human progress.