PAUL L. SIESWERDA
Recipient, "2014 Outstanding Advocate for Science & Technology Award"
The Science Museum of Long Island recently named Paul Sieswerda as a recipient of a 2014 OUTSTANDING ADVOCATE FOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY AWARD. Paul will be honored on Wednesday, April 30th at the Westbury Manor for his outstanding contributions toward the advancement and education of science and technology.
Please help support Paul in his 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 Paul's impressive list of accomplishments:
Paul L. Sieswerda began his career as a volunteer at the New England Aquarium in 1969. As he likes to says, he "skyrocketed to the middle" as Curator of Fishes and mammals. His great pride in that position was to bring together an animal care team of dedicated staff, many of whom still form the core staff of that institution or have gone on to manage other institutions around the United States. During those years he helped pioneer the techniques for raising larval marine fish.
In 1988 Mr. Sieswerda joined the Wildlife Conservation Society as Curator, at the New York Aquarium where he oversaw the Animal Department during its rebuilding phase, bringing new and innovative exhibits to that facility. Throughout his career he had the opportunity to lead expeditions to numerous exotic locations, including W. Africa, Alaska, the Amazon and the Philippines, fulfilling his youthful dream of "getting in the ocean, like Jacque Cousteau."
Now in retirement, his latest adventure is the development of Gotham Whale, a research and education organization that is studying the marine mammal population in the water around New York City. Whales, dolphins, and seals are returning to this area and Gotham Whale is maintaining a database, tracking sightings of these animals as well as keeping the New York City Humpback Whale Catalog that identifies individual humpbacks from the distinctive patterns on their flukes. Gotham Whale shares this data with other researchers and agencies serving as a central information point for the western New York Bight.
The 2014 ADVOCATES FOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY AWARDS takes place on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6pm to 8pm, at Westbury Manor. For more information, 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.