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Fisheries Researcher Acknowledged with Education Award

Alison Colotelo receives the Fitzner-Eberhardt for her contributions to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education

July 2015

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory awards staff for their significant contributions to science and engineering education with the Fitzner-Eberhardt award. This year, PNNL is proud to acknowledge Alison Colotelo, a research scientist in the Ecology group.

Colotelo uses a hands-on approach and excels at providing opportunities for young scientists to be actively involved in her projects. This involvement goes beyond the menial to include building the skills that future leaders in the sciences will require to be successful.

She also performs outreach to the community, volunteering at local science fairs, bringing hands-on demonstrations of her trade into classrooms, and participating in events such as the Benton Conservation District's Salmon Summit. Colotelo takes on community challenges readily—and not out of a sense of obligation, but because of her passion to teach others.

Colotelo's passion for education goes beyond fisheries science. She has become involved with other technical groups working in building energy use and with the Smart Grid. She then extended her knowledge of these topics to the community through demonstrations.

Colotelo has mentored directly or indirectly nearly 20 Master's Interns, Post-Master's Research Associates, Fellows, and SULI interns over the past four years. Some have even sought her out. This doesn't count the hundreds of young people she has touched through community outreach. It's clear that Alison's passion has had a major impact on the future of our scientific workforce as she shares her love of science with others.

The Fitzner Eberhardt award is named in honor of Dick Fitzner and Les Eberhardt, wildlife biologists in PNNL's Environmental Sciences Department who were tragically killed in 1992 when their helicopter crashed while conducting bird surveys near the Yakima Firing Center.


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