Graduating valedictorian of her class at Payson High School in 1971, Linda Ann Walter has had an extensive career in science education lasting more than 35 years. Her interest in science came from her early childhood years of being raised on a farm by her single father. Something of a tomboy, she helped her father with various aspects of the farm work, including delivering claves, feeding cows and other labor-intensive tasks. It felt like no surprise at all when she realized that her interests were in the sciences. A single mother of seven with one on the way when she began her studies, Ms. Walter was already intimately familiar with how all children learn differently, having seen how some of
Constance Nuss Knight, PhD, formerly known as Constance Dodge, hails from a family of German and Russian immigrants and credits her grandfather, William Stoll, with teaching her that she could do anything that boys could. It was an early fascination with rocks and nature that eventually drew Dr. Knight to the field of geology, though she began her college education studying music. Receiving a full-ride scholarship to the University of Arizona, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in geology in 1970, followed by a Master of Science in geology in 1973, during which time she served as a teaching assistant. Dr. Knight is deeply grateful to Theodore Dodge, a geologist, who helped set her up with her first internship during
Peggy R. Henry-Watkins, MS, BS, was inspired early on to a career in education due to having family members who were accomplished educators and scientists. Further encouraged by a number of great teachers and professors, she earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Bennett College in 1968. She began her career as a biology teacher at Western High School in North Carolina that same year, also serving as the teacher adviser for Future Teachers of America from 1968 to 1970. In 1970, Ms. Henry-Watkins joined Sedgefield Middle School as a teacher and chair of the science department, roles she held until 1989. During this time, Ms. Henry-Watkins sought to further her own education and obtained a Master of Science
First earning an Associate of Science from the Community College of Baltimore County, Kendra Grichuhin initially intended to pursue a career as a nurse, but rapidly fell in love with the sciences, particularly microbiology, while taking her nursing pre-requisite courses. She continued her studies with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Charleston in West Virginia and culminated her education with a Master of Science in microbiology from the University of Iowa in 2006. From there, Ms. Gichuhin returned to her early thoughts of a career in health care, this time turning her focus to laboratory research. Ms. Grichuhin joined Vanda Pharmaceuticals in 2013, where she spent her first two years doing work with genotyping samples. She then concluded
Connie D. Dunn, PhD, holds considerable expertise in biology, analytical chemistry, microbiology, quality assurance, and environmental and clinical work. First earning a Bachelor of Science in biology from Texas Tech University, she went on to obtain a master’s degree in microbiology from Abilene Christian University. During this time, she was also active with the United States Air Force, where she served for 15 years to the rank of major. The Air Force sent her to study medical technology at the Wilford Hall Medical Facility at Lackland Air Force Base, where she obtained medical technology certification, and she took her education even further with a master’s degree in analytical chemistry and a Doctor of Philosophy in chemistry from Texas Tech University.
Excelling in the sciences since she was in high school, Lois McCoy Floyd was a high school merit scholar and was recognized as the Most Outstanding Science Student in 1962. Furthermore, she won multiple awards from the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair during her high school years, placing second her first year and fourth the subsequent three. During her final year, she was further recognized for a project on DNA. Following her excellence in high school, she received a full scholarship to attend Colorado State University, where graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1967. After her undergraduate studies, Ms. Floyd received a National Science Foundation scholarship grant and spent a year in graduate school, pursuing further studies.
Inspired and encouraged by her high school science teachers and college professors, Diane Marie Dudzinski, PhD, excelled in her advanced placement classes during her high school years and began her postsecondary studies at Villa Maria College, now part of Gannon University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in 1968. Going on to join Fordham University in New York City, she worked as a lab assistant from 1969 to 1972 and a teaching fellow from 1972 to 1974 while she worked toward a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy, which she obtained in 1970 and 1974, respectively. During this time, she also worked as an instructor at Ladycliff College from 1970 to 1971 and at Pace University from 1972
Fueled by a love for science, mathematics, and language, Helen Elizabeth Voegele Gourley spent seven decades as a, scientist, engineer, physicist, lecturer, and educator. From 1971 until her passing in 2021, she dedicated herself to System Sciences Group in San Francisco, where, in the role of chief optical scientist of her own consulting firm, she focused her expert skills on designing and analyzing optics relating to illumination for medical, military, and manufacturing instruments. In an industry largely occupied and run by men, Helen — through her hard work, tenacity, and knowledge — earned a place at the table for women in science. Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Helen grew up devouring books and music — both of which
Patricia A. Werner, PhD, is a renowned ecologist, a Professor Emeritus of the University of Florida (UFL) and an Honorary Professor in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia. She joined the Michigan State University (MSU) faculty in 1973 as an Assistant Professor and, over the next decade, advanced to become a full Professor. During her tenure, she notably conducted research on plant populations with respect to community structure and function in succession systems and prairies. In 1982, Prof. Werner began research on tree population dynamics in Kakadu National Park, which is the largest national park in Australia, during a sabbatical leave from MSU and funded by her grant from the
Michelle L. Montague is a geologist and educator celebrating nearly two decades of promoting stable and sustainable copper extraction and promoting earth sciences to the next generation of students. A curious and committed student with a passion for the outdoors, Ms. Montague’s interest in teaching started in childhood. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in earth science education and completed a Master of Arts in geosciences education in 2001. Ms. Montague began her career the following year as a science teacher at Globe High School, where she developed a reputation for outstanding classroom skills, earning the Gila County Excellence in Education award in 2007. In 2006, Ms. Montague joined the faculty of