The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum is delighted to announce Dr. Wayne W. Sukow of Fairfax,Virginia as the winner of the 2013 Dr. Charles A. Salotti Earth Science Education Award, marking the 15th annual presentation in honor of Dr. Charles A. Salotti, and in recognition of excellence in earth science education. The award is sponsored by the Salotti family, the Edith Dunn and E. W. Heinrich Trust, the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum Society, and the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum.
Holding degrees in physics and biology, nuclear physics, and a Ph.D. in chemical physics, Dr. Sukow spent much of his early career (1973-1984) as a physics professor and department chairman at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Following that, he served as executive director of the West Central Wisconsin Consortium (the University of Wisconsin), and eventually devoted himself to a new career as program director and section head at the National Science Foundation's Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education (1992-2004). His service leadership in education have spanned all levels and permeates his career in numerous capacities as a school board member, consultant, advisory board member, and invited speaker. His service, leadership and teaching in the earth sciences have been equally extensive, serving in all capacities from speaker to bulletin editor to officer in local gem and mineral clubs. In 2003 He became the Assistant Director and later Director of the Eastern Federation of Mineral and Lapidary Societies (EFMLS)-Wildacres. During 2006 He took a one-year leave of absence to serve as EFMLS President.
One of his many supportive testimonials cites, "Wayne exemplifies the principles of the Dr. Charles A. Salotti Earth Science Education Award through his long service to the earth science education as well as his activities to inspire and encourage people, particularly young people, to understand and appreciate the Earth’s geological heritage and mineralogical treasurers."
Dr. Sukow is author of numerous popular articles in Lapidary Journal, Rock & Gem, and Deposits Magazine on topics of his mineralogical and lapidary interests, especially datolite and agates from the Lake Superior region. He has also helped to educate untold numbers of people of all ages through his lectures and exhibits at clubs, shows, and museums, and through his award winning American Federation of Mineralogical Societies program competition entries. To top it all off, he regularly volunteers as a visiting science teacher in Washington metropolitan area middle and high schools. Congratulations to Dr. Sukow.