COSEE Director Receives Outreach Award

Toledo, Ohio – The International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) presented the prestigious John R. (Jack) Vallentyne IAGLR Outreach Award to Dr. Rosanne Fortner, a distinguished professor, educator and environmentalist, at its 52nd annual Conference on Great Lakes Research. This award recognizes important and sustained contributions to informing and educating the public, youth, adults and policymakers on Great Lakes scientific issues.

Dr. Fortner, Professor Emerita, The Ohio State University and retired Ohio Sea Grant educator, has dedicated her life to improving Great Lakes education and outreach. She is a recognized leader in curriculum development and teacher training/infusion programs. She has served as an associate editor of education research for IAGLR’s Journal of Great Lakes Research, authored 10 books and published more than 150 papers on Great Lakes education.

She is a past president of the National Marine Educators Association, Fulbright Senior Fellow in Environmental Education in Cyprus, and the Director of the Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE Great Lakes). Fortner is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the OSU Distinguished Teaching Award in 2004. She has guided 42 students to masters degrees and 16 to the doctorate and has secured over $5 million for programs in Great Lakes and environmental education.

Dr. Fortner is considered the premier Great Lakes educator who is highly respected by her peers throughout the basin. She has developed educational materials and award winning web sites for the general public, and is an outspoken advocate for broad public education to enhance the environmental understanding of decision makers and stakeholders.

The award recognizes the importance of taking scientific information to the public (both youth and adults) and to policy makers in order to help citizens and leaders to make informed decisions about our protecting and preserving the Great Lakes.

IAGLR is a scientific organization composed of researchers who study the North American Great Lakes and other large lakes of the world. Members share an interest in aquatic ecology and oceanography, as well as the management of large-lake ecosystems. IAGLR is dedicated to research on the large lakes of the world.