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Gibson to share enthusiasm for science, learning

Gibson to share enthusiasm for science, learning

Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 8:07 am

Gibson to share enthusiasm for science, learning

Dr. Michael Gibson
Dr. Michael Gibson, University of Tennessee at Martin professor of geology, will deliver an address, “The Central America-Tennessee Connection: Microbes and Asteroids Lead to Global Life and Global Death,” at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 3, in Watkins Auditorium of Boling University Center. Gibson received a B.S. degree in geology from the College of William and Mary, a master’s in geology from Auburn University and a doctorate in geology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has been a UT?Martin faculty member since 1988. Among the busiest and most widely respected scientists in the state, Gibson has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the UT Martin Cunningham Award, which he received twice (1996 and 2008), the Neil Miner Award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (2008), the Higher Education Science Teacher of the Year Award (2003) and the Distinguished Educator of the Year Award (2006) from the Tennessee Science Teachers Association. Gibson is associate curator for the Pink Palace and Coon Creek Science Center. He is a member of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) and served as southeastern president of the NAGT (2000-03) and counselor-at-large on the executive committee (2003-06), during which he helped to construct the NAGT position statement on the teaching of evolution. He served as secretary (1989-94) and president (1994-96) of the Southeastern Section of the Paleontological Society and is currently in his second term on the Paleontological Society Executive Council as national chair of education. He is geology editor for the Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science and was one of the founders of the Tennessee Earth Science Teachers (TEST), which he continues to serve as a higher education adviser. Finally, Gibson was instrumental in the establishment of the Cretaceous bivalve Pterotrigonia (Scabrotrigonia) thoracica as the official state fossil of Tennessee in 1998. He has published more than 75 articles and is currently working on a book about Tennessee’s state fossil. He is the recipient of a series of state and federal grants worth millions of dollars, many of which promote science education. He is often involved in development programs and field trips for Tennessee educators and serves on several State of Tennessee Department of Education committees, including the committee to write the state science standards. “Honors Programs applauds and appreciates the support of Chancellor (Tom) Rakes in continuing the tradition of including a member of the faculty on the Academic Speakers Program,” said Dr. Dan McDonough, Honors Programs director. “There is no finer individual to continue this tradition than Michael Gibson, whose research, teaching and dedicated service have built a reputation for excellence that extends throughout the state of Tennessee and even to national levels. His enthusiasm for science and for learning is infectious, as will be demonstrated in his presentation.” For more information, contact McDonough at 881-7436 or danmc@utm.edu. wcp 10-28-08

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