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Waubonsee Professor Voorhees Awarded Honor by American Association for Advancement of Science

David Voorhees

Students and colleagues of David Voorhees, Associate Professor of Earth Science/Geology at Waubonsee Community College, have long recognized his commitment to advancing both science and education.

Recently, that commitment has also been recognized by an organization of his peers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which elected Voorhees a 2014 AAAS Fellow.

This year, the AAAS awarded the honor to 401 association members, selecting them based on their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

The AAAS said Voorhees was selected as a result of his efforts to organize, promote and operate GEO2YC, an organization to encourage and facilitate collaboration and communication among geoscience educators and enhance instruction in geoscience at America’s two-year colleges.
Voorhees served as GEO2YC’s first president in 2011-12.

“I was quite humbled and honored to even be nominated to be a AAAS Fellow, as the formation of GEO2YC has truly been a synergistic effort with many of my talented and energetic 2YC colleagues from around the country,” Voorhees said. “The success of GEO2YC is as much from their effort as mine.”

Voorhees’ selection for the honor in the organization’s Section on Education was ratified by the AAAS Council. He will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin, representing science and engineering, during the 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting on Feb. 14, 2015, in San Jose, Calif.

The AAAS Council is the policymaking body of the association, the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

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