A Leetsdale resident and adjunct professor of biology at Duquesne University was recently recognized for his outstanding contributions as a university and post-secondary educator.
Edward Schroth 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.
At 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 also applied to the state for a special designation for the creek that runs through seven communities from Sewickley Heights to the Ohio River in Edgeworth.
A longtime local resident, Schroth served as a science teacher in the Quaker Valley School District before going to Duquesne.
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