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CWU Scientist to Speak at Seattle March for Science April 22

Geology professor and AAAS Science award-winner Anne Egger is an invited speaker at Seattle's March for Science on Earth Day, April 22. Egger, who has taught at Central Washington University for six years, is also a member of a state-wide consortium to improve science education in Washington and the Director of Undergraduate Research at CWU. Egger currently serves as president of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), which has endorsed the national March for Science.

"NAGT endorsed the national March for Science because we share the same values, including advocating for cutting-edge science education, for diversity and inclusion in the scientific endeavour, and basing policy and decision-making on evidence. It is particularly energizing for us as Earth scientists that the March is also happening on Earth Day."

The March for Science in Seattle is satellite march of a non-partisan national movement to celebrate science and to raise awareness of the importance of science in public policy, legislation, and education. Other speakers at the Seattle March for Science include Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, former EPA scientist Michael Cox, and University of Washington physics student Tyler Valentine.

"Speaking at the March is an opportunity for me to share my values of Earth literacy for all and high-quality science education," Egger added. "The evidence for what works in the classroom comes from social and behavioral science research; the evidence for how to prepare for the inevitable earthquake comes from Earth science and engineering studies.

"We want our policies to be based on that evidence, and we want a citizenry that is equipped to develop and vote on those policies."

Egger received the American Association for Advancement of Science Science magazine award for inquiry based instruction in 2011. She is participant of InTeGrate, a $10 million National Science Foundation grant for infusing Earth literacy and sustainability across the undergraduate curriculum. She has also received grants for earthquake hazard assessment and geologic mapping from the United States Geological Survey. Egger holds a doctorate in geological and environmental sciences from Stanford University.

There will also be an Earth Day March for Science in Ellensburg at noon, April 22, starting at the post office. CWU geology professor Susan Kaspari and math professor Dominic Klyve will be speakers.

Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,
April 20, 2017

Edited April 21, 2017 to include Professor Klyve's participation in the Ellensburg march.