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March 20, 2015

Dr. Denny CaseyDr. Dennis A. Casey, director of education and public programs at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, has been elected District VIII Director of the National Science Teachers Association. As director, Casey will lead the efforts of NSTA in Virginia, Kentucky, and West Virginia via a 3 year term of office, beginning June 2015.

"As District Director, my goal will be to effectively and enthusiastically represent the entire region and to find new ways to collaborate and share services and resources," said Casey. "Our collective energies can serve to elevate the profession at all levels and to ultimately be an advocate for science for everyone."

NSTA is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all ages. It is comprised of 55,000 members from over 100 countries, including science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives , and others committed to science education.
Casey points to two major issues presently facing modern science that he believes NSTA can play a crucial role in overcoming.

"As science educators, we stand at a crucial crossroad," said Casey. "From one direction, students come with many misconceptions about science which lead to ignorance and mistrust. At the same time, we live in an increasingly complex technical world that demands better understanding and professional guidance. NSTA has a critical role to play. As the nation's foremost professional organization, NSTA must provide a focused direction and a clear voice for science literacy. We need to communicate why science matters and the social benefits of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) not only for the science education community but also for the public and policymakers."

Casey has served as Director of Education and Public Programs at the Virginia Museum of Natural History since 2001. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct instructor at Hollins University, Mary Baldwin College and Virginia Commonwealth University. Casey has held a number of leadership roles in science education, including serving as past president of the Virginia Association of Science Teachers.

Casey earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech, a Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech, and a B.A. in Secondary Science Education, also from Virginia Tech.For more information about Dr. Casey, visit www.vmnh.net/denny-casey. For more information about NSTA, visit www.nsta.org.

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