HOUSE RESOLUTION NO.2009-4646, by Representative Carlyle

     WHEREAS, The State of Washington considers science, mathematics, and technology education to be among the highest priorities in preparing students for the workforce of tomorrow; and
     WHEREAS, The State of Washington has developed science and mathematics curricula that will prepare students to live and thrive in a science and technology-based society; and
     WHEREAS, Dennis Schatz, Senior Vice President for Strategic Programs at Pacific Science Center, has been awarded the prestigious 2009 Faraday Science Communicator Award at the National Science Teachers Association's conference in New Orleans; and
     WHEREAS, Dennis Schatz received this award for his lifelong efforts to inspire public interest in, and appreciation of, the sciences through piloting educational programs, authoring children's books on scientific topics, serving at the Pacific Science Center, and many other endeavors; and
     WHEREAS, This is Dennis Schatz's fourth award from the National Science Teachers Association, receiving in the past the 1996 Distinguished Informal Science Educator Award; NSTA's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005; and, in 2006 NSTA made him an Association of Science Technology Centers Fellow; and
     WHEREAS, Dennis Schatz has authored twenty-one science books for children, which have sold almost two million copies and have been translated into twenty-three different languages; and
     WHEREAS, As Senior Vice President for Strategic Programs at the Pacific Science Center, Dennis works with the Portal-to-Public program and the Washington State Leadership and Science Education Reform (LASER), where, as codirector, he coleads an effort to implement an inquiry-based science program in every school district in our state; and
     WHEREAS, More than one hundred eighty school districts in the state are using the LASER process to implement a standards/inquiry-based K-8 science program; and
     WHEREAS, Dennis Schatz has served the Pacific Science Center since 1977, promoting the sciences through numerous exhibits, education programs, and community-based organizations;
     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives commend Dennis Schatz for his outstanding efforts in making science accessible to all by his ability to communicate the scientific method effectively and help the public understand current science research through face-to-face interactions with scientists; and
     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be immediately transmitted by the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives to Dennis Schatz and the Pacific Science Center.

I hereby certify this to be a true and correct copy of
Resolution 4646 adopted by the House of Representatives
April 7, 2009

Barbara Baker, Chief Clerk