Recipient, "2013 Outstanding Advocate for Science & Technology Award"
The Science Museum of Long Island recently named Jim Jones as a recipient of a 2013 OUTSTANDING ADVOCATE FOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY AWARD. Jim will be honored on Wednesday, February 6th at the Westbury Manor for his outstanding contributions toward the advancement and education of science and technology.
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A summary of Jim's impressive list of accomplishments:
After graduating college, Jim was fortunate enough to be hired as a full time science teacher in the Port Washington School District. It was a relationship that would last for 34 years, until he retired in 2007.
Jim started out in his career in the middle school (Weber Jr. High; “a great place to begin for a young teacher”) and then moved to the high school (P.D. Schreiber) when it became a four year institution. Both schools had their own special appeal. Jim still remembers, while at Weber, when he was finally able to acquire a new telescope and begin ‘star-gazing parties’ in the evenings. “They were a hit with the kids and their parents.”
At Schreiber, Jim was able to develop the genetics and zoology electives. “We were one of the first schools to participate in the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Curriculum Study Project, and our genetics students were soon performing genetic engineering experiments and learning about the wonders of DNA”
In zoology, Jim’s students assisted him in building, and installing osprey nesting platforms all around Hempstead Harbor and Manhasset Bay. They also built great horned owl nesting cones which they installed at Bethpage State Park with the aid of a bucket truck.
One of Jim’s fondest memories was when a group of very dedicated kids asked him to be the advisor for an environmental club, ‘Treehuggers.’ Together they did some wonderful things around the school and in the community at large.
Since retiring, Jim spends a good deal of time observing, and defending, nature. He continues his at one time volunteer work as a raptor researcher at Bethpage State Park where Jim is now a part-time employee. There is studies of the great horned owls and red-tailed hawks continue to provide Jim with rare glimpses into the lives of these great raptors.
Jim spends the greater amount of time working as an educational program presenter and board member for Volunteers for Wildlife, a non-profit wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and education organization located at Bailey Arboretum in Lattingtown. Jims involvement in educational programs for Volunteers feeds his continued need to teach. “There is almost nothing as rewarding and enjoyable as standing in front of an audience with a raptor on my arm and talking about the wonders of the natural world. Additionally, I get a deep sense of satisfaction when rescuing an injured, sick or displaced creature and helping it return to the wild. Nature needs defenders,” explained Jim.
Jim is also currently trying to get his second book published. Possible titles are, ‘For the Birds, My Life as The Birdman of Bethpage’, and ‘A Passion for Raptors’. “There have been so many experiences, covering the entire range of human emotions that I think that people will enjoy reading about them,” Jim said about his book.
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.