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Weis Museum Director Recognized with Prestigious International Award

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Dr. Joanne Kluessendorf, director of the Weis Earth Science Museum at the University of Dr. Joanne KluessendorfWisconsin-Fox Valley in Menasha, has been named the 2006 recipient of the American Geological Institute (AGI) Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Understanding of the Geosciences. This international award honors an individual or organization for contributions that lead to greater public appreciation and better understanding of the role of the geosciences in society.

Dr. Kluessendorf was selected for the award based on her work developing, designing, securing funding for, and implementing construction of the Weis Earth Science Museum, which has been designated the official mineralogical museum of Wisconsin. She is the founding director of the museum. In addition, her selection was based on her efforts in nominating numerous geologic sites for National Historic Landmark status, all of which were subsequently designated as such by the National Park Service. Dr. Kluessendorf has written more nominations for geologic sites than anyone else in the nation. Also cited was her lifelong dedication to geo-science outreach.

The AGI Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Understanding of the Geosciences was first presented in 1985. Previous recipients of the award are the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) for the TV series Making of a Continent, Robert Ballard of Titanic fame, dinosaur paleontologist John R. Horner, Science editor Richard Kerr, Harvard University scientist Stephen Jay Gould, and author John McPhee.

The award was presented to Dr. Kluessendorf on October 24, 2006, at the Geological Society of America annual meeting held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Posted 11/30/2006