Dr. Cynthia Welsh, EdD, Cloquet Science Teacher, was awarded the 2011 Bill Boyle Educator of the Year Award. The award was established in 2007, by the Central Water States Association (Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan) (www.cswea.org) and recognizes accomplishments in the education and development of future water environment professionals by educators at all levels, from primary grades through graduate students. This award honors Professor William C. Boyle, Professor Emeritus of Environment Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he served as mentor to many CSWEA members. Dr. Welsh emulates Dr. Boyle’s commitment as a tireless promoter of ongoing water resource education. Her talents nurturing the minds of our next generation of water professionals are especially showcased by the dedication and success of her students at the Stockholm Junior Waterprize (SJWP) (www.wef.org/sjwp) and other science fair events. Her daughter Elizabeth Welsh represented the state of Minnesota attending the Stockholm Junior Waterprize four times, two of those four times she was o ne of four National Finalists. Elizabeth is currently a graduate student at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), working with Dr. Elizabeth Minor, in Water Resource Sciences at the Large Lakes Observatory. Welsh’s research is focusing on the photodegradation of carbon in streams. Kevin Robertson (Northland College Environmental Science Major), Sara Gleason (Nursing student), Rupa Erie (UMD science major), and Logan Pallin (Duke University majoring in Environmental Science) all represented the state of Minnesota at the Stockholm Junior Waterprize.
Last May, Cloquet High School Students Cassandra Roy, Alec Lamirande, Preston Jackson, Anna Pollak, Chelsea Derrick, Trevor Neff, Bethany Rosemore and Courtney Jackson, their teacher Dr. Cynthia Welsh, with chaperones Amy Jackson and Scott Welsh attended the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Los Angeles (www.societyforscience.org/isef). At Intel ISEF over 1500 students from 50 countries present their science research projects. Courtney Jackson and her project about mapping the surface of Venus, was given the Naval Research Award and a $3,000 scholarship. She received professional assistance from Dr. Vicki Hansen a University of Minnesota geology professor. Jackson is currently attending Penn State on a Fellowship, majoring in Geology.
Attendance at Intel ISEF is supported by Cloquet Public Schools, the Cloquet Educational Foundation, and the NE MN Regional Science/American Indian Science & Engineering Fair and its major sponsors, Minnesota Power Foundation, IKONICS, UMD Swenson College of Science and Engineering, Carlsen Orthodontics, American Chemical Society—Lake Superior Section, Rotary Club # 25 of Duluth, and Donneray Consulting. As well as from the Manoomin Project and the University of Minnesota's Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), and the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory's Center for Earth-surface Dynamics (NCED).
Last June, Dr. Cynthia Welsh’s Cloquet High School research students, Cassandra Roy, Preston Jackson, Alec Lamirande and Bethany Rosemore attended the first annual Genius Olympiad, in Oswego New York www.geniusolympiad.org). Cassandra Roy’s project, The Effect of Carbohydrate Composition (sucrose/hexose ratio) of Nectar on the Type of Pollinators that Might Pollinate Two Species of Brassicaceae (B. juncea and B. rapa was given assistance from UMD Biology Professor Dr. Clay Carter. Lamirande and Jackson’ project was titled Stopping Power! The use of non-Newtonian fluid and recycled paper and plastic to stop a projectile and possibly be used in a bullet proof vest—Phase IV. This international fair focused on environmental/ecological research. Bethany Rosemore, a Cloquet senior, was awarded a Silver Grand Award for her project, The Effect of Egg Density, Salt Concentration, and Incubation Temperature on Japanese Medaka (Oryzias latipes) Embryo Development—Phase IV. Rosemore did some of her research at the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, in Duluth, Minnesota with guidance from Dr. Rodney Johnson, Dr. Kevin Flynn and Scientist Kevin Lott. Attendance at Genius is supported by Cloquet Public Schools, the Cloquet Educational Foundation, and the NE MN Regional Science/American Indian Science & Engineering Fair and its major sponsors, Minnesota Power Foundation, IKONICS, UMD Swenson College of Science and Engineering, Carlsen Orthodontics, American Chemical Society—Lake Superior Section, Rotary Club # 25 of Duluth, and Donneray Consulting.