The 2010 Herman and Emma Gatling Award for Outstanding Science Education Leadership in North Carolina was presented to Judy Benton Day at the annual fall meeting of the North Carolina Science Leadership Association held in Greensboro on November 10, 2010. The Gatling Award goes to the person who has exemplified the high standards Herman and Emma Gatling of Durham County set in their work and lives. This award recognizes the recipient as the outstanding science education leader in the state of North Carolina. Mr. Herman Gatling was given the first award posthumously in 1989. This award is generously sponsored by Carolina Biological Supply Company and was presented with the support of Mr. Robert Bynum of Carolina.
Judy Day is recognizes as a “born teacher” who has both the disciplinary knowledge and enthusiasm to excite students of all ages. She served as a Program Coordinator for both the Burroughs Wellcome Student Science Research Program and the Howard Hughes Science Exploration and Outreach Program helping to address critically important state and national K-12 science teacher training initiatives. In this role, Day supervised a teacher training program for science teachers in schools in rural North Carolina, providing them with sets of laboratory equipment and helping them learn how to best use that equipment. Day worked with summer undergraduate research programs providing opportunities for students from smaller colleges in North Carolina who might not have had the opportunity to conduct extensive research on their home campuses to work in research laboratories at the NC State University. Day served as a leader for the annual NCSU Expanding Your Horizons conference for middle school girls promoting creative inquiry-based learning.
The Herman and Emma Gatling Award recipient has also volunteered countless hours at the state, national and international level for K-12 science teachers and students in her capacity as Director of the North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair, involvement in BRIDGES Academic Leadership for Women, and serving as a District 3 Director and State Science Fair representative on the board of the North Carolina Science Teacher Association.