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Grants & Fundraising
I have contributed to $1,541,135 of successful grants and fundraising. I have been PI or co-PI on $1,089,135 of successful grants and contributed to $452,000 in grants issued to organizations to which I contributed grant writing support or no PI or co-PIs were indicated, along with $138,600 in funds raised by students and mentees. See CV for details.
Awards & Honors
2021 Invited. Steering Committee Member. NSF Enhancing Undergraduate Biology Education through Science Communication Research Coordination Network (RCN).
2021 Invited. People’s Choice Judge. Visualizing Science image contest, Canadian Science Publishing, Academy of Science, Royal Society of Canada.
2021 Elected appointment. Steering Committee Member. Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research.
2021 Promoting Intellectual Engagement in the First-Year teaching award; blind nomination by students. University of Wyoming.
2021 Professional Mentor, Genetics Society of America’s Early Career Leadership Program. (declined)
2020 Invited appointment. Associate Editor/Subject Editor in Integrative Sciences, Science Communication, and Zoology. FACETS peer-reviewed journal, Canadian Science Publishing, Royal Society of Canada’s Academy of Science.
2020 Antell Diversity Award, OWN IT Women in STEM Award. University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming.
2020 Invited member, Communication Across the Curriculum (CxC) Advisory Board. Academic Affairs, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming.
2020 Lifeology Women in STEAM Biography Series, LifeOmic, Indianapolis, Indiana. Nominated by a grad student, accepted through competitive review process.
2020 Decelerator Residency, The Strange Foundation, New York. Co-PIs: K. Schwarz and E. Cook. Selected through competitive application process.
2020 Outstanding Associate Editor Award, Journal of Natural Sciences Education, Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies.
2020 Official Tour Selection, Colorado Environmental Film Festival, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capitol, Gutsy Girls Adventure Film Tour, No Man’s Land Film Festival, and Wild and Scenic Film Festival; for Deer 139 film.
2019 Honorable Mention, Education Section Publication of the Year Award, Ecological Society of America. Award received for Januchowski-Hartley, S.R., N. Sopinka, N., B.G. Merkle, C. Lux, A. Zivian, P. Goff, and S. Oester. 2018. Poetry as a creative practice to enhance engagement and learning in conservation science. BioScience. Vol 68(10): biy105. doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biy105.
2019 Invited appointment. Associate Editor. Natural Sciences Education. A peer-reviewed journal published by the Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies and American Society of Agronomy.
2019 Shortlisted (1 of 5 teams, out of 220 submissions). Art in Public Buildings Project for University of Wyoming Science Initiative new research facility. Potential contract: $90,000.00. Co-PIs: B. Gellis and M. Thompson Stanton.
2019 Best Atlas Award, 40th Annual Map Competition, Cartography and Geographic Information Society; Best in Show Award, 40th Annual Map Competition, Cartography and Geographic Information Society; Wildlife Publication Award for an Edited Book, The Wildlife Society; Finalist, High Plains Book Award; for Wild Migrations: Atlas of Wyoming’s Ungulates.
2019 Official Tour Selection, Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, for Deer 139 film.
2019 Invited/Nominated. Associate Member of Sigma Xi – Research Scholarship Honors Society.
2019 Member of 2019 cohort of Leaving the Light On: A LAMP Educator’s Community (ELC), Science Initiative, University of Wyoming. Selected through competitive application process to participate in inaugural cohort of an extension of the Learning Actively Mentoring Program, an on-going faculty and grad student training program. ELC participants have a responsibility to be a change agent in the continued shift to active-learning, student-centered pedagogies the University of Wyoming.
2018 Invited. Founding section editor. Communicating Science section, The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America.
2018 Invited. Founding columnist. Writing Science column, The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America.
2018 Invited. Advisory council member. Science Communication Professional Development for Scientists Initiative by the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium.
2018 Invited. Lead, Training Section. “Strategy Development: Increasing the Impact of Public Engagement Within and Beyond ESA,” Ecological Society of America (4-person committee funded by ESA; I am leading a team of ~10 people to develop a white paper about training for science communication and engagement within ESA.)
2018 Participant. OCEANDOTCOMM professional science communicators training residency, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. Participation by application only (42 accepted out of 75 applicants).
2016 University of Wyoming, Alumni Association Graduate Student Award
2016 Creative writing residency at AMK Ranch, University of Wyoming/National Park Service Research Center
2016 Promoting Intellectual Engagement in the First-Year teaching award; blind nomination by students; 170+ nominees, 26 awardees; University of Wyoming
2016 Selected for inclusion in Poems Across the Big Sky (2), a 2016 anthology, ed. Lowell Jager, Many Voices Press; >1,200 submissions, ~250 poems selected.
2016 University of Wyoming Art Museum’s Art-Science Symposium/Initiative planning committee; only student on committee comprised of faculty/staff from numerous UW departments (2015-2016)
2015 Best Environmental Reporting (3rd place) for article “An eel is an eel is an eel, or is it?” Québec Community Newspaper Association (QCNA)
2015 University of Wyoming Art Museum’s Art-Science Symposium/Initiative planning committee; only student on committee comprised of faculty/staff from numerous UW departments (2015-2017)
2015 University of Wyoming MFA in Creative Writing Program (2015-2017); one of ten admitted out of >300 applicants
2014 Best Special Section, 1st place, Québec Community Newspapers Association (QCNA) award for 250th anniversary special edition magazine I edited/coordinated for the Québec Chronicle-Telegraph, North America’s oldest newspaper
2014 Best Community Newspaper Promotion, 1st place, QCNA award for year-long 250th anniversary campaign I coordinated for the Québec Chronicle-Telegraph
2014 National journalism award, Newspapers Canada/Canadian Tire Jumpstart Foundation
2014 Feature photograph on back cover, Montana Outdoors annual photography issue
2013 Best Business Column or Feature, 1st place, QCNA
2013 Best Investigative or In-depth Reporting, 2nd place, QCNA
2013 Best Newspaper Promotion, 2nd place, QCNA
2013 Best Special Section, 3rd place, QCNA
2013 Commissioned photography project. Commissioned by Parks Canada, Prince Albert National Park
2012 Best Newspaper Promotion, 2nd place, QCNA
2012 Best Sports Story, 2nd place, QCNA
2012 Outstanding Photojournalism award, QCNA
2012 Best Sports Photograph, 2nd place, QCNA
2012 Best News Photo, 3rd place, QCNA
2007 Heisey Foundation Scholarship
2007 Montana Baker Grant
2006 ‘Best of the Best’ writing assessment award, University of Montana
2006 Elizabeth Jestrab-Chaffee Scholarship
2006 Montana Baker Grant
2006 Montana Motor Carriers Association Leonard Eckel Memorial Educational Trust Scholarship
2006 University of Montana anonymous donor scholarship
2005 Montana Motor Carriers Association Leonard Eckel Memorial Educational Trust Scholarship
2003 Member, NASA Space Consortium student project; Selected by Dean of Engineering to be a member of a student design team which constructed and carried out experiments whose purpose was to collect data about the feasibility of full-scale near-space experiments. Montana Tech of the University of Montana
2003 1st Place, Front Range Art Association’s Choteau High School Art Award
2003 Anne Wiprud Memorial Scholarship
2003 Choteau Kiwanis Scholarship
2003 Elizabeth Jestrab-Chaffee Scholarship
2003 Montana Baker Grant
2003 Montana Motor Carriers Association Leonard Eckel Memorial Educational Trust Scholarship
2003 Montana Tech of the University of Montana scholarships ($3948)
2003 3 Rivers Communication Scholarship ($500)