December 1, 2006
On 13 October 2006, Susan Musante, director of the AIBS Education and Outreach Program, and Janet Powell, associate director and chief science education officer at the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, presented the 2006 NABT (National Association of Biology Teachers) Evolution Education Award to Donald Cronkite. The ceremony took place during the 2006 NABT annual conference.
Cronkite teaches core courses on evolutionary biology, embryology, and the history of biology; he also teaches annual seminars on “special topics in evolutionary biology,” each of which focuses on a specific aspect of evolution. His work in promoting the understanding of evolutionary biology extends beyond the college classroom. He has organized conferences and workshops for high school biology teachers, and has taken an active role in promoting an understanding of science and science education in his community.
In his letter nominating Cronkite, Hope College Provost James N. Boelkins said, “He is a scholar who writes and presents material relevant to his life-long interest in biology and the topic of evolution. He is a gentleman who can engage in difficult discussions on the topic of creation and evolution with sensitivity to other viewpoints and with integrity to scientific knowledge.”