Posted February 26, 2009
A pioneer in service learning, Ed Laine has engaged geology students in community-based research since 1986. In partnerships with Friends of Casco Bay, The Nature Conservancy, Sagadahoc Regional Rural Resources Initiative, and others, Ed’s students in both introductory and advanced courses have carried out important field studies to further our understanding of the role and responsibility of geological studies in protecting the environment.
Most recently, his Geology 393 students helped map glacial features in Washington County as part of a larger research effort to create a regional strategic conservation plan that land trusts, towns, and agencies can use in making decisions about the region’s natural resources.
In recognition of Ed’s commitment, Maine Campus Compact invited him to be a facilitator for the Northern New England Faculty Consulting Program specializing in departmental civic engagement. A passionate and effective advocate, he has worked as a consultant with faculties on campuses throughout New England. He also promotes connecting classroom and community at the national level through workshops at the Science Education Resource Center, a National Science Foundation-supported program, and at the American Geophysical Union.
“More than 150 faculty members across the disciplines from about seventeen campuses throughout New England have been trained, and I hope inspired, to use service learning in their classrooms. Many are seeking ways to involve entire departments in bringing the community into the classroom.”