10 May 2006
For Immediate Release
Hamilton College Geologist
to be Awarded Honorary Degree
Clinton, NY -- Barbara Tewksbury, the William R. Kenan Professor of Geosciences and 1973 graduate of St. Lawrence University, will be honored at St. Lawrence University's Commencement on Sunday, May 21, at 10 a.m.
Tewksbury has been a faculty member at Hamilton since 1978; she is the past Stephen Harper Kirner Professor of Geology and past chair of the department. She earned her graduate degrees at the University of Colorado.
Tewksbury's specialty is structural and planetary geology and plate tectonics; her current research is on deformation in metamorphic rocks in northern New York. A leader in science pedagogy reform, she's received numerous grants from the National Science Foundation to lead workshops on innovative teaching.
She is the past president of the American Geological Institute, the National Association of Geoscience Teachers and the Geology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research. She has won numerous awards, including New York State Teacher of the Year in 1997, and has been recognized for her courses linking the teaching of science to human issues.