Tom Purucker, an instructor at the University of North Georgia’s Oconee campus, was honored at the White House in April with the Presidential Early Career Award for scientists and engineers.
“The classroom and laboratory activities here at UNG have really helped me to be a better science communicator,” Purucker said in a news release. “The award itself would not have been possible without my involvement on this campus, both in terms of how it has impacted my research and because the White House puts a lot of weight on public service, such as science teaching and mentoring, when selecting award recipients.
Purucker is a research ecologist in the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Exposure Research Laboratory in Athens.
He was one of 101 other scientists and engineers in the ceremony at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The group also traveled to the White House, where they met President Barack Obama.
County, city school boards meet this week
The Board of Education of the Hall County School District meets at 5 p.m. today beginning at First Baptist Church. Following special recognitions, the meeting will reconvene in the district’s central office, 711 Green St.
The Gainesville City Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Gainesville High School Performing Arts Center, 830 Century Place.
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