IMG 4169The 2014 Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. Todd Boyette at the 25th Anniversary Celebration held in Chapel Hill on April 12th, 2014. This award is named for Michael C. Jackson for his many contributions over the years to science education in North Carolina. The award is generously sponsored by Fisher Scientific.

Nominated by the senior management team of the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, Dr. Boyette has dedicated the last 25 years to improving science education in North Carolina. He has served as the director of three science centers across the state that include Imagination Station in Wilson, The Health Adventure in Asheville, and presently as director of the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

An innovative leader, Todd is a founding member of the North Carolina Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative, a state-wide initiative to focus on informal science education. An outstanding example of his efforts to bring science to all citizens is the creation of the North Carolina Science Festival, a state-wide celebration of everything science. The Festival is in its third year, but is considered a national model for science engagement, and this year over 300,000 people participated in NC Science Festival events.

The NCSLA congratulates Dr.Todd Boyette as the recipient of this year’s Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service Award.


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