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“To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science. “
As 2016 comes to a close I looked back and reflected on all the incredible discoveries and events that occurred during the year. We saw the incredible views of the Supermoon during the months of October, November, and December. During the summer we saw a scare of the Zika virus being transmitted by mosquitos in over 34 countries. Scientists announced they have succeeded in detecting gravitational waves from the violent merging of two black holes in deep space. The detection was hailed as a triumph for a controversial, exquisitely crafted, billion-dollar physics experiment and as confirmation of a key prediction of Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. These are just a few items that occurred in 2016.
Within NCSLA we saw two wonderful conferences planned by Gina Barrier in the spring and Wayne Fisher in the fall on improving literacy through science leadership. The organization celebrated Linda Stroud as the spring recipient of the Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service Award and Pam Gilchrist as the fall recipient for the Herman and Emma Gatlin Award for Outstanding Science Education Leadership. The organization also selected and welcomed new elected President-Elect Alisa Wickliff and Director at Large officers Tammy Lee, and Shawn Moore with the winter elections.
As we move forward into 2017 I see new opportunities for the organization. Voting is just around the corner and we welcome anyone to sign up for our committees online. NCSLA has revamped the committee selection process to give its members more opportunities to be actively involved in the work of NCSLA to promote science education leadership in North Carolina. NCSLA has moved to an online committee application process so please apply today to be a part of a committee with NCSLA.
In closing I invite you to attend this year’s spring summit in Raleigh, NC. Wayne Fisher is completing his final details to this year’s theme “A Summit for Science/STEM Education Leadership in North Carolina.” More information is below about the summit and how to register. Please remember to save the date April 29, 2017 on your calendar for this year’s summit. I am looking forward to seeing you there!
2016-2017 NCSLA President