WV Department of Education Employee Receives Honor

October 30, 2002

Phyllis Barnhart, Science/Project CATS of the West Virginia Department of Education, received the West Virginia Science Teachers Association (WVSTA) 2002 Distinguished Fellow Award during the 2002 WVSTA Science Conference. The Distinguished Fellow Award is given to those who have made a significant contribution to science education in West Virginia.  

Dr. Eric Pyle, West Virginia University and President-Elect of WVSTA, and Phyllis Barnhart, 2002 Distinguished Fellow winner

Other 2002 WVSTA Distinguished Fellow Award recipients were Dr. Bob Behling Professor of Geology, West Virginia University; Dr. H. Andrew Cook, retired Dean of Natural Sciences and current Grants Coordinator, West Liberty State College; Dr. Joe Evans, Professor of Physical Sciences, Glenville State College; Dr. Jim Meads, retired Professor of Biology, Glenville State College; and Dr. Patricia Obenauf, Professor of Science Education, West Virginia University.  

The 2002 WVSTA Science Conference was a resounding success with more than 650 teachers from across the state in attendance. There were more than 140 workshops, eight tours, and 40 exhibitors during the three-day event.  

The highlight of the conference was the opening session with Dinah Zike, educational author, consultant, and inventor, who delivered the keynote address: Living Life Literate-ly: Experiment, Examine, and Express. Other speakers included John ‘Jack’ Horner, who presented Cool Things About Dead Dinosaurs. Dr. Horner is Curator of Paleontology at the Museum of the Rockie in Bozeman, Montana.  

Next year’s WVSTA Conference will be held at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, October 10-12, 2003. The West Virginia Department of Education co-sponsors the annual event.

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