Recipient, "2013 Outstanding Advocate for Science & Technology Award"
The Science Museum of Long Island recently named Leah Aversa as a recipient of a 2013 OUTSTANDING ADVOCATE FOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY AWARD. Leah will be honored on Wednesday, February 6th at the Westbury Manor for her outstanding contributions toward the advancement and education of science and technology.
Please help support Leah in her goal to raise a minimum of $1,000 for this important fundraiser.
Proceeds support the Science Museum of Long Island's programs and services for the children and families of the region!
A summary of Leah Aversa's impressive list of accomplishments:
After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in biology from SUNY Stony Brook, Leah took a part time job at SMLI as a science teacher. After several months, Leah began helping in the office and assisted with fundraising. Before Leah knew it, Dr. John Loret had convinced her to pursue her Master’s Degree in Marine Biology. While in graduate school, Leah continued to teach more classes and became more involved with the daily functioning of the education office. Before long, she was promoted to education coordinator. Leah implemented new programs, trained new teachers, wrote the brochures, ran summer camp, created professional development workshops for Elmont and Bayville School Districts, wrote grants and assisted with all of the fundraisers. Leah also received funding to start a girl’s science club to enhance and promote females in science.
Through her effortless involvement with the Science Museum, she has had the opportunity to meet world renowned explorers through the Explorer’s Club and have had the opportunity to travel to interesting places, such as Patagonia. Leah accompanied Dr. Loret on a scientific exploration for adults. She learned about the environment: including habitats, geology, oceanography, marine biology, avian biology and the culture of people from Argentina to Puerto Deseado. The Science Museum sparked a love for exploration. Even her honeymoon had to be filled with some type of adventure.
Even though she had left SMLI to pursue a family and other career opportunities, she is still actively involved. Leah’s 7 year old daughter loves the science programs. She attends holiday workshops and summer camp. Leah volunteers to help with fundraising and has recently been renovating the bathrooms.
After starting a family Leah’s love for science and education continued, so she did what any new mother would do, she switched gears and began nursing school at Molly College. Leah holds a second Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and graduated Sum Cum Laude. After nursing school Leah completed a critical care fellowship at North Shore Hospital and is currently a critical care nurse with the North Shore LIJ Health System.
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.