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Gallagher Honored, Makes Conference Presentations

During February, Dr. Debra Gallagher, assistant professor of education, received the Friend of Science Award and made presentations at two conferences.

The Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) presented her with the Friend of Science Award in recognition of her positive influence on science education. The award is based on information submitted by a nominator. Gallagher received the award for her part in establishing an active undergraduate student affiliate for SECO. Janet Struble from the University of Toledo and Gallagher started the BG/UT SECO student affiliate 10 years ago. The group has an active membership and a variety of programs for preservice (entry level) teachers,

On Feb. 19, Gallagher made a presentation at the Ohio Middle Level Association Annual Conference in Columbus.

Titled, “Engaging 100% of Your Students in Learning,” the presentation talked about cooperative learning, an approach to get students and teachers engaged in active learning.  “It provides a teaching strategy that engages all students and provides a way to build classroom community. These cooperative learning strategies are useful in any middle school classroom,” she said.

On Feb. 26, she made a presentation at the Science Education Council of Ohio Annual Conference in Columbus.

Her presentation dealt with “MESSENGER:  Mission to Mercury.” The MESSENGER spacecraft has been named one of Time magazine's best inventions in 2009. “Teaching space science has never been more interesting and fun,” Gallagher said. Information about the MESSENGER satellite's mission and teaching materials for teaching many concepts about Mercury and other space topics was the focus of the session.