National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Southeastern Section Newsletter
Email Edition - Winter / Spring 2004
From David C. Kopaska-Merkel    

Last May 14, I was in a serious car accident. I nearly died then and more
than once in the hospital. I am now confined to a wheelchair but continue
to improve. Attending meetings will be difficult, but I may be able to make
it to Biloxi. I am working 3/4 time from home and am ready to start helping
out again with earth-science education. Fortunately, the other officers
picked up the slack and covered for me very well. Beyond that, a large
number of friends, more than I even knew I had, including some of you,
helped me more than I can say. I only hope that I can give back what I have

On the subject of science education, recent events in Georgia remind us of
how far we have to go. Our declining membership is another sort of wake-up
call. I believe that the solution for both problems lies in us increasing
our visibility. How do we do that? I want you all to be thinking about
this. I plan to nominate a teacher for the OEST award, for starters. After
that? Ii'm working on that one.

David C. Kopaska-Merkel
SE Section President on "medical leave"

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