The Society for Neuroscience presented its Science Educator Award to James E. Olson, Ph.D, Boonshoft professor of emergency medicine, neuroscience, cell biology, and physiology. The award recognized Olson as an outstanding neuroscientist who has made significant contributions in promoting public education and awareness about the field of neuroscience.
Olson’s work, promoting the inclusion of neuroscience topics in state and national Science Olympiad competitions, has introduced grade-specific neuroscience education to more than 5,000 middle school and high schools across the United States. As a member of Science Olympiad’s Biological and Life Sciences Committee, he has helped define health science and anatomy events, ensuring that neuroscience topics are included in the Science Olympiad curriculum. In addition, Olson created a program called “Neuroscience (This is your brain)” that was used in regional competitions across Ohio and was adopted as a national trial event.
Science Olympiad is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving K-12 science education. Wright State University recently announced that it was chosen to host Science Olympiad’s large-scale national tournament in 2013. VS