The late Dr. John C. Park, associate professor in the School of Education from 2012 until he passed away in June, was recently honored with posthumous awards by national organizations in science teaching.
The School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA) awarded Park the George C. Mallinson Distinguished Service Award, the SSMA’s highest award recognizing notable and extensive service. At the time of Park’s passing, he was serving as past president of SSMA.
Park’s wife, Lory, accepted the award on his behalf at the SSMA annual convention, held October 29-31 in Oklahoma City. “John’s life was a great achievement,” she said. “For over 30 years he was able to do what he loved, and that was to teach and more specifically teach science. He loved science, and he loved sharing his knowledge with his students.”
SSMA also established the John Park Graduate Student Award, recognizing Park’s interest in encouraging new researchers. Lory presented the scholarships to the first three recipients, who receive financial assistance to attend the SSMA convention. Continue Reading →