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SVC Science Professor Receives Vernier Software and Technology Award

Marielle Postava-DavignonSouthern Vermont College is pleased to announce that Marielle Postava-Davignon, Assistant Professor in The John Merck Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, received the Vernier Software and Technology Award. This award was given for a project entitled “Climate Effects on Maple Ecology at Southern Vermont College,” a proposal involving students in a long-term research project on campus. The Award was recently presented to Postava-Davignon at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference on Science Education in Atlanta, Georgia.

One of the top science educators from around the country honored, Postava-Davignon was recognized for her outstanding work and achievement in science education. Postava-Davignon said, “I am grateful to Vernier and the NSTA for this award that will provide an amazing opportunity for our students to have access to modern data collection technology. This project will give them valuable hands-on experience in field research, experimental design, data collection and analysis, collaboration, and allow them to contribute to a currently relevant field of study.”

Founded in 1944, the NSTA is an association of science teachers in the United States and is the largest organization of science teachers worldwide. NSTA’s current membership of approximately 55,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education. The organization’s mission is “to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.”

At SVC, Postava-Davignon teaches biology, chemistry, environmental issues and sociobiology. She has broad research experience in invertebrate ecology, social immunity and insect-microbe interactions.

Postava-Davignon received a doctorate degree in biology from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from State University of New York, Fredonia.

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