May 8, 2006
UCSC faculty honored by Educational Partnership
By Jennifer McNulty
Two current UCSC faculty members and a professor emeritus were
among the seven "partners" recently honored for their
service to the Educational Partnership Center.
Eugene Switkes, professor of chemistry, and Michael S. Isaacson,
professor of electrical engineering, were honored along with
Edward M. Landesman, professor emeritus of mathematics and director
of special projects at the Higher Education Collaborative, during
the EPC's open house and awards ceremony on May 5.
The event took place at the EPC's new downtown offices and
culminated with the awards ceremony that honored the center's
K-12, community, and university partners for their dedication
and commitment to serving students.
The EPC works with educational partners throughout central
California to improve student learning and increase the college-going
rates among students from educationally underserved families.
"Increasing the number of students attending college
is something that will benefit the entire community. Our programs
have been tremendously successful. It is important that the
community know more about our programs so they can collaborate
with us on this work," said Carrol Moran, EPC executive
Switkes was recognized for his contributions to programs that
reach underserved populations, his commitment to improving science
education for precollege students, and his contributions to
programs that integrate mathematics into middle-school science.
Isaacson was hailed for his participation in numerous programs,
including the Developing Effective Engineering Pathways program,
the nanotechnology cluster of the California State Summer School
for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS), and the California Math
Science Partnership-funded middle-school mathematics project.
Landesman also collaborated on the engineering pathways program
and was recognized for his help pursuing grant opportunities
in mathematics and science and building links with community
colleges and the California Center for Teaching Careers (CalTeach)
program. He was described as "a true team player"
and a "tireless supporter" of the efforts to improve
mathematics and science education for underrepresented students.
In addition to UCSC faculty, the EPC honored David Jolly, statewide
director of the California Academic Partnership Program (CAPP);
Nancy Kotowski, associate superintendent, Monterey County Office
of Education; Diane K. Siri, superintendent, Santa Cruz County
Office of Education; and Edward J. Valeau, president/superintendent
of Hartnell College.