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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Rutgers marine science educators win statewide 4-H award


C. Sage Lichtenwalner and Carrie Ferraro of the Rutgers Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences were recently recognized by the New Jersey Association of 4-H Agents with the 4-H Educator of the Year Award for their significant contributions to the 4-H program / Courtesy of Jeannette Rea-Keywood

Two Rutgers Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences employees have been recognized by the New Jersey Association of 4-H Agents for their efforts to promote education.

The 4-H Educator of the Year Award is given to individuals or groups in recognition of their professional education support of the NJ 4-H Youth Development Program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, according to a news release.

Carrie Ferraro of Highland Park develops and conducts many programs for K-12 students, teachers, scientists and adult learners as part of her efforts as the program coordinator for the Marine Science Education and Public Outreach group at the institute. Currently, she also is funded through National Science Foundation for work with the Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence Networked Ocean World. Ferraro has supported 4-H in a number of ways, including assisting with the 4-H Climate and Environmental Change Teen Summit, 4-H Rutgers Science Saturdays and the 4-H Summer Science program. While these initiatives are not part of her ongoing work, she volunteers and supports these programs because of her dedication to STEM education and promoting Rutgers Universit, according to the news release.

C. Sage Lichtenwalner of Roselle Park is a research coordinator for the institute and funded by NSF to develop software solutions for the Ocean Observing Initiative Education and Public Engagement program. He dedicates his time to 4-H by offering technical advice and support. He built the 4-H Science website, assists with webinars, programs, and professional development programs that involve technology.

The New Jersey Association of 4-H Agents is dedicated to encourage, support and provide resources to 4-H youth development professionals in pursuing opportunities, networking and collaborating with other professionals in providing current programming for youth. The 4-H Educator of the Year is one tool the association and 4-H staff use to reach those objectives, according to a news relesae.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13, on an age-appropriate basis.

For more information about the New Jersey 4-H Program, administered by Rutgers Cooperative Extension, visit: http://nj4_h.rutgers.edu.

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