On June 1, Dr. Karen L. Ostlund, a member of the Advisory Council for
the Texas Natural Science Center at The University of Texas at Austin
and adjunct professional developer at the Lawrence Hall of Science at
the University of California at Berkeley, began her one-year term as
president of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the
largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and
innovation in science teaching and learning for all.
A dedicated and passionate member of the science education community,
Ostlund brings more than 35 years of leadership and teaching experience
to NSTA. She began her professional career as a classroom teacher in
Minnesota before moving to Texas to become a professor of science
education at the University of Texas at Tyler. In 1985, Ostlund left the
University of Texas at Tyler to accept a position as a professor of
science education at Texas State University. Before joining the College
of Natural Sciences as the director of the UTeach/Dell Center for New
Teacher Success at the University of Texas at Austin in 2002, Ostlund
was the director of the Science Education Center at the University of
Texas at Arlington.
"We are excited to have Karen on board as president," said Gerry
Wheeler, NSTA Interim Executive Director. "Dr. Ostlund is a
well-respected leader in the science education arena nd we are
fortunate to have her leadership and expertise at NSTA."
An NSTA life member and recipient of the NSTA Distinguished Teaching
Award, Ostlund has contributed extensively to the association. Ostlund
has served on the advisory board for NSTA's Science and Children
journal, worked on the program committee for the 1998 NSTA Area
Conference in Albuquerque, and was the local arrangements chair for the
1995 NSTA Area Conference in San Antonio. Additionally, she was a
contributor to the 1997 resource book, NSTA Pathways to the Science
Standards; has presented annually at NSTA conferences since 1984;
and was a member of the Children's Book Council.
Ostlund's devotion to science education is also evident by her
involvement in numerous other professional organizations and
contributions to the field. Before becoming president of the Council for
Elementary Science International (CESI) in 1997, Ostlund served on the
organization's board of directors. She has also served on the board of
directors for the Informal Science Education Association of Texas from
2000-2002 and authored many books, chapters, textbooks and journal
articles on a variety of topics in science education.
Ostlund was the recipient of the 2006 Skoog Cup and the 1995 and 2004
Texas Council of Elementary Science Rebecca Sparks Elementary Science
Award. Her other awards and accomplishments include receiving the You
Make a Difference Award from Eanes Independent School District in 1998;
the 1994 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Kenosha Bradford High
School Alumni Association; the 1989 TEA Award for Promoting Educational
Innovation; being honored as "favorite professor" by the Alfred Nolle
Chapter of Alpha Chi; and being named a finalist for the Presidential
Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activity.
Ostlund earned her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education,
M.A. in elementary education and Ph.D. in education from the University
of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), www.nsta.org,
is the largest professional organization in the world promoting
excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.
NSTA's current membership includes approximately 60,000 science
teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and
industry representatives, and others involved in science education.
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