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March 25, 2016

Thomas Jefferson Awards recipientsThe Virginia Museum of Natural History’s 29th annual Thomas Jefferson Awards ceremony was held on Thursday, March 24 at the historic Wayne Theater in Waynesboro, Virginia.  The VMNH Foundation Thomas Jefferson Awards ceremony is a statewide event that honors individuals and corporations for outstanding contributions to natural science, natural science education, and conservation.

Dr. James N. Galloway, Sidman P. Poole Professor for the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia served as keynote speaker at the event. Dr. Galloway spoke about the Virginia Trout Stream Sensitivity Study, a notable project that represents the longest continuing historical look at native trout habitat. Our native species is the brook trout, and it requires very specific habitat characteristics to thrive.  Dr. Galloway discussed what he and his team have learned, and the implications for managing our native trout species in the Shenandoah Valley and beyond.  Dr. Galloway was also honored with this year's conservation award.

This year’s award recipients include:

The Thomas Jefferson Award for Conservation was presented to Dr. James Galloway, Sidman P. Poole Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia. This award is presented by the VMNH Foundation in recognition of significant conservation efforts in Virginia.  This award was presented by Dr. Christine May, Assistant Professor of Biology at James Madison University.

The Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science was presented to Dr. Oliver S. Flint, Jr., Curator Emeritus, Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. This award is presented to an individual who has consistently made outstanding contributions to natural science.  This award was presented by Dr. Arthur V. Evans, VMNH Trustee and Research Associate.

The Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science Education was presented to Lisa Robinson Deaton, Forestry Education Specialist for the Virginia Department of Forestry. This award is presented to a Virginia educator who has made significant contributions to natural science education at any academic level.  This award was presented by Ann Regn, Director of Public Information and Outreach at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

The William Barton Rogers Corporate Award was presented to the Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited. This award is given to a corporation or organization 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.  This award was presented by Dr. Thomas Benzing, Professor, Department of Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University, and a VMNH Trustee.

The Matthew Fontaine Maury Distinguished Service Award was presented to Sammy Redd, former Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Virginia Museum of Natural History. This award is given to an individual or organization that has provided exemplary service in the development of the Virginia Museum of Natural History.  This award was presented by Dr. Joe B. Keiper, Executive Director of VMNH.

This year’s event was sponsored by Bruce Wingo.

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