NCCC pro­fes­sor among STEM award re­cip­i­ents

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HART­FORD — At its an­nual award break­fast on April 24, the Con­necti­cut Sci­ence Cen­ter will cel­e­brate in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions in STEM (sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math) who share in the mis­sion of life­long learn­ing through in­ter­ac­tive and in­no­va­tive ex­pe­ri­ences that ex­plore our chang­ing world through sci­ence. Along with the Sci­ence Cen­ter’s STEM Achieve­ment Awards, the Pe­tit Fam­ily Foun­da­tion Women in Sci­ence Lead­er­ship Award is pre­sented to a fe­male leader who makes a sig­nif­i­cant ef­fort to sup­port other women and en­cour­age girls' in­ter­ests in STEM.

This year’s hon­orees in­clude Michele Dischino, pro­fes­sor at Cen­tral Con­necti­cut State Univer­sity; Sharon Gusky, pro­fes­sor at North­west­ern Con­necti­cut Com­mu­nity Col­lege; and the Girl Scouts of Con­necti­cut.

“Through pub­lic nom­i­na­tions, the STEM Achieve­ment Awards al­lows not only us, but the com­mu­nity as a whole, to ac­knowl­edge fan­tas­tic in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions in STEM,” said Matt Fleury, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Con­necti­cut Sci­ence Cen­ter. “Our hon­orees, Michele, Sharon, and the Girl Scouts of Con­necti­cut, along with our fi­nal­ists, rep­re­sent a group of truly re­mark­able in­di­vid­u­als who are shap­ing our com­mu­nity as well as our fu­ture work­force.”

Gusky, the 2018 STEM Achieve­ment Award In­di­vid­ual Hon­oree, is a bi­ol­ogy pro­fes­sor at North­west­ern Con­necti­cut Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Winsted. She is a found­ing mem­ber and cur­rent pres­i­dent of the Con­necti­cut As­so­ci­a­tion of Bi­ol­ogy Teach­ers, a found­ing mem­ber and chair­woman of the Con­necti­cut Com­mu­nity Col­lege Bi­ol­ogy Fac­ulty As­so­ci­a­tion, and a found­ing fel­low of the Part­ner­ship for Un­der­grad­u­ate Life Sci­ence Ed­u­ca­tion. Gusky is the statewide chair­woman for the Com­mu­nity Col­leges’ Cen­ter for Teach­ing.

Dischino is the 2018 Pe­tit Fam­ily Foun­da­tion Women in Sci­ence Lead­er­ship Award hon­oree. Dischino is a pro­fes­sor of tech­nol­ogy and en­gi­neer­ing ed­u­ca­tion at Cen­tral Con­necti­cut State Univer­sity, where she teaches cour­ses in a va­ri­ety of sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math sub­jects. She served as co-prin­ci­pal in­ves­ti­ga­tor on two NSF-funded grants through which she de­vel­oped prob­lem-based learn­ing cur­ric­ula used by ed­u­ca­tors through­out the U.S. and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

The Girl Scouts of Con­necti­cut is this year’s STEM Achieve­ment Award Or­ga­ni­za­tion Hon­oree. Cur­rently the largest youth or­ga­ni­za­tion in the state, the Girl Scouts of Con­necti­cut pro­vides pro­grams fo­cused on lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment for girls age 5 through 17.

Tickets are $40 for the gen­eral pub­lic and $35 for Con­necti­cut Sci­ence Cen­ter mem­bers and cor­po­rate mem­ber em­ploy­ees. For more in­for­ma­tion about the 2018 STEM Achieve­ment Awards, visit CTS­cienceCen­ter.org/awards.

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