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At the 2011-2012 Curricular Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Award Ceremony, honors went to four notable Briggsies.
"These award recipients represent the best of those efforts during 2011 and 2012, and we congratulate them on their hard work, focus, and willingness to make a difference," said Karen McKnight Casey, director of the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement at MSU (who hosted the event).
The awards celebrate the work of faculty (and academic specialists) who demonstrate innovative education and/or incorporate service-learning and civic engagement into the classroom.
Doug Luckie, an associate professor at Briggs and in physiology, was recognized for his creative use of engaged learning in both his classes at Briggs, and in his study abroad lectures. Students in his courses create documentary videos that explore the intersection between science and societal issues (ranging from medical care to social justice), chronicled from various viewpoints taken from the community.
Ryan Sweeder, an associate professor of chemistry at Briggs, and Philip Strong, assistant dean, were recognized for the creation of a science outreach-based senior seminar. The students were all members S-STEM program, a program funded by the NSF that supports academically talented students with financial need who plan to pursue careers in science fields. The course challenged students to understand the advocacy role of scientists, and culminated in an outreach-based project- ranging from science-based, after school enrichment activities at Lansing schools to research and dissemination of information to the general public having to do with vaccines and misconceptions.
Kari J. Storm, outreach coordinator for the Office of Diversity and Vetward Bound Programs at the College of Veterinary Medicine, is a Briggs alum (Class of 2009) who was recognized for multiple outreach efforts (see sidebar for more information).
Congratulations to all of those honored, and especially to the Briggsies who demonstrate the college's dedication to innovative education and inclusion.
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