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Joan Messer (USA)

E-mail:  director
Name of the Institute:  American Junior Academy of Science
Web:  www.amjas.org

Employment: Instructor; Jones County Junior College; Ellisville, Mississippi
Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors; University of Southern Mississippi (USM) 1988

Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry; USM 1994

Professional affiliations/positions:

  • Executive Director- American Junior Academy of Science 1999-present
  • National Association for the Academies of Science- board member 1999-present
  • World Academy of Young Scientists- member and liaison
  • Network for Youth Excellence -charter member and liaison
  • Member/director of the US delegation; International Science & Engineering Camp, South Korea; 2004.
  • Speaker at the NATO-UNESCO Advanced Research Workshop; Eger, Hungary; 2004
  • 1996 Preproposal Review Panel Member for the National Science Foundation in Advanced Technological Education
  • ississippi Community & Junior College Faculty Association president
    National teaching awards:
  • Exxon Education Foundation Innovation Teaching Award (1996)
  • Invited speaker to the National Academies of Science Executive Teacher’s Council; 2005

State teaching awards:

  • Outstanding Contributions to the Teaching of Science at the Community College Level Teaching Award for the State of Mississippi (1997)
  • Recognized by the Mississippi House of Representative, Mississippi State Senate and Lt. Gov. Ronnie Musgrove for "significant contributions in the teaching of science in Mississippi"- 3/3/97.
  • Honored in House Concurrent Resolution No. 91 passed by the Mississippi House of  Representative (3-16-2000) & Mississippi  State Senate "for recognition in being named the National Director of AJAS " 3/22/2000.
  • The Dudley F. Peeler Award for Outstanding Contributions to The Mississippi Academy of Sciences (2002)
  • Eight peer-reviewed publications and over 60 published abstracts, short articles and newsletters
  • Eighteen grants/events submitted/funded

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