Members of Neiman Lab Win Outreach Award

Steve Kehoe, UI Department of Biology
June 18, 2017

Members of the Neiman Lab in the UI Department of Biology won the Thomas Henry Huxley Award from the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE). The award, named in honor of Darwin’s very public supporter, T.H. Huxley, was established in 2013 to recognize outreach and education achievement for early and mid-career scientists.

Current and former Neiman Lab graduate students Claire Adrian-Tucci, Laura Bankers, Joe Jalinsky, Katelyn Larkin, Kyle McElroy, and James Woodell, Neiman lab undergraduate student Jorge Moreno, former UI Biology graduate student Rob Todd, Prof. Maurine Neiman, and Dr. Emily Schoerning from the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) won the award for the NCSE’s Science Booster Club initiative. This project, which was started in May 2015, is a new way to support science education at the community level by developing and implementing hands-on activities that make evolution and climate science accessible to the general public. Since 2015, the project has grown from four original members to more than 1100 with four clubs across Iowa and 11 clubs in other states throughout the U.S. The Science Booster Clubs have reached nearly 60,000 Iowans through community outreach events, funded 15 teacher grants, and developed a large set of hands-on activities to teach complex scientific concepts while increasing scientific literacy.

Winners of the T.H. Huxley Award are provided with support to present on behalf of the SSE at the annual meeting of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT). Bankers took the lead on submitting the proposal and is the official recipient of the award.

Sponsors of the Science Booster Clubs include the NCSE, the National Science Foundation, and the University of Iowa’s Office of the Executive Vice President & Provost, Graduate College, and Department of Biology. For more information, please visit