The 2009 Genetics Society of America Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education: Sarah C. R. Elgin

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                                                             The 2009 Genetics Society of America
                                                                 Elizabeth W. Jones Award for
                                                                    Excellence in Education

                                                                            Sarah C. R. Elgin




                   Sarah C. R. Elgin


T    HE second Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excel-
      lence in Education, which recognizes significant
and sustained impact on genetics education, is awarded
                                                             an understatement. It has attracted numerous grants to
                                                             support its innovative programs, and its mission is now
                                                             carried out by an outstanding full-time Director, Vicki
to Sarah C. R. Elgin, the Viktor Hamburger Professor in      May (recruited and mentored by Sally), and her
Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.       dedicated 14-member staff. The team supports K–12
Sally is an indefatigable leader and innovator in science    teachers in many ways, including providing materials
education for students of all levels. No one is more         and equipment for laboratory classes, facilitating part-
worthy of this award.                                        nerships between teachers and university faculty, driving
   A lifelong scientist, Sally knows that the best way to    curriculum development, enriching teachers by pro-
learn science is by doing science. In the early 1990s she    viding graduate level science education courses in
partnered with teachers and administrators of the            partnership with the University’s Department of Educa-
schools in her St. Louis community, University City, to      tion, and engaging interested teachers and students in
help implement a novel ‘‘hands-on’’ science curriculum       laboratory research experiences.
for grades K–8 and to bring hands-on DNA science to the         The Science Outreach Office has a remarkable reach,
high school genetics curriculum. These efforts trans-        serving over 20,000 students and 1500 teachers each
formed the science experience for many students. She         year. Since 1991, the Modern Genetics for All Students
and her colleagues obtained a grant from the National        curriculum that Sally helped develop has been taught to
Institutes of Health to work with high school teachers.      39,000 high school students through hands-on inves-
The effort was so successful that in 1994 the school         tigations. The program currently provides lab materials
district administrators were inspired to fund construc-      for about 80 St. Louis area teachers working with 4000
tion of new science laboratories dedicated to hands-on       students. During the academic year, the Outreach
investigation for each grade school! With the help of        Office offers courses for which elementary and mid-
many teachers and parents, Sally had quickly brought to      dle-grade teachers earn graduate education credit while
reality her vision of learning science by doing science.     acquiring hands-on science teaching skills. Among
   That first effort blossomed into many others—so            these are the ‘‘Heredity and Life Cycles’’ course de-
many that it is difficult to keep track of them (even for     veloped by Sally, which teaches Mendelian and molec-
this author,
				
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Description: The Science Outreach Office has a remarkable reach, serving over 20,000 students and 1500 teachers each year. Since 1991, the Modern Genetics for All Students curriculumthat Sally helped develop has been taught to 39,000 high school students through hands-on investigations.
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