Every year, the IAGD honors those who are going above and beyond to include all students in their classes and research experiences. This year, Dr. Michele Cooke has been named the 2020 IAGD Inclusive Geoscience Education and Research Awardee.
Dr. Cooke has been a foundational leader in accessible and inclusive geoscience teaching in both the classroom and field for over 20 years, while maintaining a successful research career in geomechanics and structural geology. She is a strong advocate for accessibility within her department and college, and also in geoscience education abroad. Dr. Cooke’s continued support of D/deaf and hard-of-hearing geoscience students and teachers from primary to postsecondary education exemplifies the IAGD community and the IGER award. You can read more about Dr. Cooke here: https://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/michele-cooke-recognized-leadership
Please visit The Mind Hears, a blog co-run by Dr. Cooke, for excellent resources and insights about navigating academia as a d/Deaf or hard of hearing person: https://themindhears.org/
Do you know someone deserving of recognition for their work in making the Geosciences more accessible and inclusive? Make a nomination for next year’s award! Learn more at: https://theiagd.org/iger/