Greg Bock, associate director of safety programs at Lewis and Clark Community College (Ill.), has been invited to be a trainer at the 2014 Community College Consortium for Health and Safety Training Train-the-Trainer Course. Bock began teaching at L&C as an adjunct faculty member in 2005 while fire chief of the Alton Fire Department. Bock left the AFD in 2012 to work full-time at his current position with L&C’s Corporate and Community Learning division. He teaches courses on a variety of safety topics including the Basic Orientation Plus© for contractor safety, CPR, first aid, blood borne pathogens and Occupation Safety and Health Administration Construction and General Industry. A 24-year veteran of the AFD, Bock has assumed many roles and responsibilities in the areas of training and instruction.
Four N.Y./ N.J. teachers are among 24 educators selected to fly on NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, the world’s largest flying telescope, in 2014.
Margaret Holzer (Chatham High School, Somerset, N.J.) and Theresa Roelofsen Moody (New Jersey Astronomy Center at Raritan Valley Community College, High Bridge, N.J.) along with Michael Maccarone and Elizabeth Rosenberger (Avenues: The World School, New York) are scheduled to fly on board SOFIA. The observatory flies from its home base in Palmdale, Calif., and the educators will work side-by-side with astronomer teams witnessing all stages of scientific research, from preparations to observations to data analysis and publication. They will normally fly aboard the observatory twice, and then implement classroom lessons and public outreach programs based on their experiences. SOFIA’s Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program began in 2010 and has flown 26 educators from 14 U.S. states and eight from Germany on science flights in 2010-2012. SOFIA is an extensively modified Boeing 747SP jetliner equipped with a 100-inch (2.5 meter) diameter telescope. The observatory enables the analysis of infrared light to study the formation of stars and planets; chemistry of interstellar gases; composition of comets, asteroids and planets; and supermassive black holes at the center of galaxies.
Payal Doctor, the faculty advisor of the Alpha Theta Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at LaGuardia Community College, (N.Y.) was honored by the honor society for her significant contributions to the growth of the LaGuardia chapter and its student members.
The associate professor of philosophy received the 2014 Paragon Award for New Advisors, which recognizes advisors who have served less than four years, and who have served as the chapter’s advocate on campus and encouraged the chapter members to get involved at the organization’s local and regional levels. Doctor was among 39 PTK advisors internationally who were nominated by their chapters and selected by a panel of judges from over 100 nominees worldwide. The honoree received her award at the Chapter Advisors Luncheon and Hallmark Awards Gala in Orlando, Fla.