Recipient, "2013 Outstanding Advocate for Science & Technology Award"
The Science Museum of Long Island recently named Betty Borowsky as a recipient of a 2013 OUTSTANDING ADVOCATE FOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY AWARD. Betty will be honored on Wednesday, February 6th at the Westbury Manor for her outstanding contributions toward the advancement and education of science and technology.
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A summary of Betty Borowsky's impressive list of accomplishments:
Dr. Borowsky has been an environmental advocate for her entire life, both professionally and in her private life. As Director of Planning and Data Management at the Nassau County Department of Health, in collaboration with the Asthma Coalition of Long Island (ACLI), she helped establish the rate of asthma (whose acute symptoms are frequently caused by environmental triggers) in school aged children onLong Island. After joining the Biology Department at Nassau Community College, she taught courses in many ecology-related areas, including “Birds of Long Island”; “Tropical Rain Forest Ecology in Costa Rica”, conducted on-site; “Animal Ecology”; and “Natural History of Long Island”.
Dr. Borowsky participates in many local environmental groups. At present she is past president of the ACLI, and is a member of the advisory board of the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center (TRSAC),Oyster Bay,NY. As Second Vice-Chair of the Friends of Tackapausha Museum and Preserve, located inSeaford,New York, she worked with others to persuade the Nassau County Department of Parks and Recreation to keep this important environmental museum open to the public. She is Education Chair of the South Shore Audubon Society (Freeport,NY), and, in that capacity, for the past 13 years, has coordinated a program that sends financially disadvantaged children fromNassauCountyto the environmental day camp program at TRSAC each summer.
Dr. Borowsky received a Masters in biology fromQueens College,NYand a PhD in the physiological ecology of marine invertebrates from theGraduateCenterof the City University of New York. After obtaining her PhD she was awarded a Jessie Smith Noyes Postdoctoral Fellowship to continue her studies at the Osborn Laboratories of Marine Sciences, at the New York Aquarium,Brooklyn,New York. She has received grants from the Department of the Navy, the Osservatorio Geologico de Coldigiocco, the New York City Audubon Society, Sigma Xi, the Nassau Community College Foundation, ACLI, and others.
Dr. Borowsky has published over 30 original research papers in refereed journals, and presented abstracts and posters at many professional meetings based on her work. Her principal research activities involve determining the patterns of reproduction of amphipod crustacea, and learning how local environmental constraints shape the animals’ reproductive activities. Recently she has been studying amphipods that live in the FrasassiCaves, in Italy. These extraordinary animals thrive in waters with levels of hydrogen sulfide that are highly toxic to most living things. The work has already resulted in the discovery and naming of two species new to science.
The inaugural ADVOCATES FOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY AWARDS takes place on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 6pm to 8pm, at Westbury Manor. To register or for more information, call Tracey Gittere at (516) 222-0550 or TGittere@LegendaryEvents.net
When & Where
Science Museum of Long Island
Chartered by the New York State Board of Regents in 1963, SMLI is a not-for-profit science activity center located in Plandome on the Leeds Pond Preserve in Nassau County. The Science Museum offers enrichment workshops for children on weekdays and during school vacations. SMLI provides teachers and community leaders with field trips as well as programs that can be brought onsite to field locations. Activities at the Science Museum are typically pre-registered hands-on science workshops.