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October 17, 2018

NY Sea Grant Educator Receives Distinguished Scientist Award


New York Sea Grant Coastal Education Specialist Helen Domske has received the 2016 Distinguished Scientist award from the Western New York Science Congress. She was bestowed the honor at the WNY Regional Science and Engineering Fair 2016 Awards Ceremony in early May.

NY Sea Grant Coastal Educator Specialist Helen Domske, front row far left, with a teach-the-teacher group aboard a federal research vessel on the Great Lakes.

NY Sea Grant Coastal Educator Specialist Helen Domske, front row far left, with a teach-the-teacher group aboard a federal research vessel on the Great Lakes.

Each year, the WNY Science Congress Board of Directors identifies a renowned scientist from one of Western New York’s eight counties whose accomplishments are of importance not only to the region, but possibly recognized nationally or globally.

Previous winners of this Distinguished Scientist award include the inventor of the pacemaker and a Nobel Prize winning scientist.

Domske, based in Buffalo, has perfected teach-the-teacher educational workshops that provide K-12 teachers with hands-on learning and science-based Great Lakes curriculum development opportunities along the shoreline of NY and aboard federal research vessels that regularly monitor the Lake Ontario and Lake Erie ecosystem.

She is an active leader in the award-winning Great Lakes Sea Grant Network campaigns to keep pharmaceuticals and microplastics out of New York state waters.

She annually coordinates a State of Lake Erie meeting that features fisheries experts with local, state and federal agencies and is attended by diverse stakeholders from the Western NY region.

‘Helen’s educational expertise benefits not only teachers and students, but has positively impacted businesses; local, state and federal government representatives; and all those who live, work, and play along New York coastlines,’ said Kathy Bunting-Howarth, Associate Director of New York Sea Grant, Ithaca.

Domske is also the Associate Director of the Great Lakes Program, located at the University at Buffalo.

Fact sheets developed by Domske and other New York Sea Grant Great Lakes educators, RSS, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube links are available online at http://www.nyseagrant.org.

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