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Duquesne Professor Recognized as Outstanding Educator

Edward Schroth, an adjunct professor of biology at Duquesne University, will be recognized for his outstanding contributions as a university/post-secondary educator.

Schroth will receive a 2013 Carnegie Science Award honorable mention at a reception on Friday, May 3, as one of the individuals improving lives through their commitment and contributions in science and technology.

In his 13 years in Duquesne's Center for Environmental Research and Education, Schroth has been driven by the mission to encourage science students to work in the community as well as in the laboratory, gaining hands-on experience and making connections between their work and the lives of others. He has led the Duquesne study abroad opportunity, Exploring the Environments of China, offering young scientists access to global scientific awareness and connections while providing a rare opportunity for college scientists, who often miss the chance to learn and travel overseas.

Closer to home, Schroth has championed service-learning opportunities for biology students, guiding them to put their training to work in coal mine drainage remediation at Wingfield Pines, a once polluted, swampy area that now provides 80 acres of hiking opportunities and wetlands habitat in Upper St. Clair and South Fayette townships. Under his leadership, students helped to replant the area and continue to monitor water quality in the passive remediation system.

He also has worked with students in the fields of urban gardening and homeless fellowships.

For more than 30 years, Schroth has collected data on Little Sewickley Creek, which has remained a pristine environmental treasure in Western Pennsylvania. Working with undergraduate and graduate students, Schroth has applied to the state for a special designation for this creek.

A longtime resident of Sewickley, Schroth had served as a science teacher in the Quaker Valley School District before coming to Duquesne.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.