Rutgers Marine Scientist is New Jersey CASE Professor of the Year

Rutgers Marine Scientist is New Jersey CASE Professor of the Year

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Scott Glenn,
who led a team of faculty, students and staff in a successful effort to send
the first submersible robot glider across an ocean, has been named the 2010 New
Jersey Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of
Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

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Scott Glenn, CASE New Jersey Professor of the Year, shows some future oceanographers around the Coastal Ocean Observation Laboratory.

The award
recognizes professors for their outstanding impact on and involvement with undergraduate
students and for their scholarly approach to teaching and learning.

Glenn, who has
been at Rutgers since 1990, is the co-director of the Coastal Ocean Observation
Laboratory (RU-COOL)
in the Institute
of Marine and Coastal
Sciences (IMCS)
. In spearheading Rutgers’ trans-Atlantic glider project, he made
heavy use of undergraduate students, who helped transport, deploy and navigate
the glider during its 221-day flight from New Jersey
to Spain
in 2009.

Glenn’s emphasis
on student participation reaches beyond Rutgers
– in fact, well beyond universities. He often tours elementary and middle
schools in New Jersey
to bring the excitement of ocean exploration and the power of observatory
technologies to a wider, younger audience.

Robert
M. Goodman, dean of the School
of Environmental and
Biological Sciences,
of which IMCS is a part, praised Glenn’s spirit of
innovation, both in scholarship and teaching. “Scott Glenn has shown that a
scholar need not be a recluse, and that science isn’t just for scientists,”
Goodman said. “He is a living, thinking, learning example of the phrase, ‘Jersey roots, global reach.’”

Glenn’s commitment
to students and scholarship has been recognized by Rutgers
in the past. In 2000, he received the first Rutgers University Scholar-Teacher
Award and the Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences in
2008. He was recently recognized by the National Science Foundation as one of
10 scientists making an impact on science education.

Glenn was brought
to Rutgers’ then fledgling Institute
of Marine and Coastal
Sciences by its original director, J. Fred Grassle, professor of marine
science.

“Scott was a leader from the
start – one of the Teaching
Excellence Center’s
Teaching Fellows in 2000, one of the President’s Scholar-Teacher Award
recipients, and the first to develop an ocean observatory,” Grassle said. “He
has carried the early vision of a continuous ocean presence much further than
others have imagined.” 

“Through
his dedication to teaching and passion for science, Scott Glenn has inspired
countless students of all ages to care about the oceans, to inquire about the
oceans' health, and to understand the connection between the oceans and all
life on this planet,” said Francisco Werner, director of the Institute of Marine
and Coastal Sciences. “He has influenced and helped shape future marine
scientists at home and internationally. When we talk about Rutgers having
"Jersey roots, global reach," it's
people like Scott we're talking about.”

Under Glenn’s
leadership, the Coastal Ocean Observation Laboratory has become a leader in the
science of ocean-observing – that is, the use of various technologies to
observe the ocean whole, as close as possible to real time. Glenn and his
colleagues use information from satellite imagery, high-frequency radar, sea
floor sensors and submersible robot gliders to give them a holistic picture of
the ocean.

In particular,
Glenn’s lab has worked with the manufacturer of the Slocum Electric glider to
improve its performance and expand its use, from very short coastal trips a
decade ago to the first trans-oceanic mission of a submersible robot glider last
year. That glider, the Scarlet Knight, was deployed off New
Jersey in April 2009 and was recovered in Spain in
December.

“I'm very honored
to receive this award and am confident it will help us continue to advance the innovative approaches to education my colleagues and I have
developed at RU-COOL.,” Glenn said. His group, he said, strives to combine the
excitement of ocean exploration with the power of observatory technologies to
bring the ocean into the consciousness of students of all ages.

“By enabling
students to participate in exploratory ocean science,” Glenn said, “we can
inspire more of them, increase ocean literacy and broaden the definition of
who can be an oceanographer.”

 

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