The 2013 Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. Charles Lytle at the annual spring meeting held in Cary on April 27th 2013. This award is named in honor of Michael C. Jackson for his many contributions over the years to NCSLA and to science education in North Carolina. The award is generously sponsored by Fisher Scientific and was presented with the support of Sean Nichols from ThermoFisher Scientific.
Charles Lytle was selected for the award for his outstanding support of science education at the state and local levels spanning a career in education from 1960 to 2007. During those 47 years, he taught thousands of students at Tulane, Pennsylvania State, and North Carolina State Universities with an innovative approach to student learning that was engaging, exciting, and educational. In 2007, Dr. Lytle retired from NC State where he is an Emeritus Professor of Zoology.
Dr. Lytle has spent countless hours conducting education outreach to the K-12 scientific community in North Carolina and beyond. His accomplishments include the start-up of the Summer Institute for AP Biology teachers, a popular program that is active today benefiting hundreds of biology teachers over the years.
Not knowing he would be honored with an award, Dr. Lytle was on a river cruise in Europe during the NCSLA spring meeting. However, his son Eric Lytle was able to attend the meeting and accept the award on behalf of his father.
The NCSLA congratulates Dr. Lytle as the recipient of this year's Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service Award.
Submitted by Wayne Fisher