26th Annual Thomas Jefferson Awards to be held March 14
Nominations are being sought through January 18 for the Virginia Museum of Natural History’s 26th Annual Thomas Jefferson Awards honoring individuals and corporations for outstanding contributions to natural science and natural science education. An award ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the German Club on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
Doug Domenech, secretary of natural resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia, will serve as keynote speaker at the event. Appointed as Secretary on January 17, 2010, Domenech previously served as senior vice president of Artemis Strategies, a Washington, DC based bipartisan government relations and strategic communications firm.
Domenech also served in the George W. Bush Administration at the U.S. Department of Interior from 2001 to 2009. While there, he held positions as Deputy Director of External and Intergovernmental Affairs, White House Liaison, and in 2005 he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the Interior, the number two staff position in the Office of the Secretary. In this position, he worked with senior managers for all nine Interior Bureaus, had senior oversight of the US/UNESCO World Heritage Program administered by the United Nations, and oversaw the Interior Crisis Action Team.
Nominations are being accepted for the following awards:
The Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science: presented to an individual who has consistently made outstanding contributions to natural history.
The Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science Education: presented to a Virginia educator who has made significant contributions to natural history or natural science education at any academic level.
The William Barton Rogers Corporate Award: presented to a corporation that has shown significant support for the natural sciences in Virginia, through contributions to: research, science education, or other relevant programs of the Virginia Museum of Natural History.
The Thomas Jefferson Award for Conservation: presented in recognition of significant conservation efforts in Virginia.
Applications for nominations are due January 18, 2013.