December 2015/January 2016 Newsletter

A Closer Look #156


Mike Hassett

Vail wins 2016 Informal Science Educator Award

We congratulate Dr. Janet Vail, the vessel education coordinator and research scientist at AWRI, who was awarded the 2016 Informal Science Educator Award by the Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA). 

Vail was selected for the award for her contributions to the improvement of non-school-based science education, as well as scholarly contributions. Janet has provided environmental education for schools, teachers, students and businesses for more than 25 years, including 20 years with the innovative research vessel education program. More than 5,000 students and teachers take part in the hands-on science programs each year where they learn about Lake Michigan and environmental stewardship.