Elena Sparrow, AWIS Sustaining member and President of the AWIS Alaska Fairbanks Chapter, is a recipient of a 2014 Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching, Research and
Service Award. These awards are presented each year to top faculty at the University of
Alaska Fairbanks. Sparrow, a research professor and education outreach
director at the International Arctic Research Center, received the service award.
Sparrow has worked at UAF since 1985, focusing on work to
share science with elementary
and secondary school students. Her work with the Global
Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment program works to engage
students and teachers as citizen scientists. GLOBE is an international science
and environmental education program in which students and teachers gather and analyze
Each year, a committee that includes members from the
faculty, the student body and a member of the UA Foundation Board of Trustees evaluates the
nominees. Each of the winners receives a cash award of $10,000.