UT Martin associate professor honored
Posted: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 11:49 am
The Messenger 01.05.11
Dr. Lionel Crews, University of Tennessee at Martin associate professor of physics, recently received the Ptero Award from the Tennessee Earth Science Teachers for his contributions to the teaching of earth science in Tennessee.
The award was presented at the area National Science Teachers Association meeting in the Tennessee Science Teachers Association awards luncheon at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville.
Dr. Michael Gibson, UT Martin professor of geology, 2001 Ptero Award recipient and TEST higher education adviser, made the presentation.
Crews has been active in the teaching of earth science over the past decade. He has been involved in two grant programs, Revitalizing Earth Science Education in Tennessee and the Institute for Middle Grade Educators in Science, and has made numerous presentations at National Science Teachers Association and Tennessee Science Teachers Association conferences. He also makes regular school visits to do presentations on astronomy in the classroom, as well as helps local teachers host a “star party” for observing the night sky.
He recently completed an astronomical observatory at UT Martin and plans to allow teachers to use it for experiential learning, as well as student research projects.
Ptero is the nickname for the official state fossil of Tennessee, Pterotrigonia (Scabrotrigonia) Thoracica.
The UT Martin Geo-Club received the award in 1999.
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