The program honors individuals and organizations from more than 15 categories who have distinguished themselves by making unparalleled contributions to science and technology in various disciplines. Eatmon was one of two teachers who earned an honorable mention in the category of University/Post-Secondary Educator.
“The Carnegie Science Awards spotlight some of the most innovative minds today,” said Ron Baillie, Henry Buhl Jr. Co-Director of Carnegie Science Center. “These individuals are making a global impact starting with our own region. We know they are already inspiring a new generation of leaders.”
Eatmon, who joined the Allegheny College faculty in 2007, teaches courses that examine political, economic, technological and cultural considerations in achieving environmental sustainability. He also has worked with students and community partners to establish a program in aquaponics, a gardening system that uses fish and circulating water to grow plants.
In 2010 Eatmon was named Allegheny College’s 2010-11 faculty leader for Project Pericles, a not-for-profit organization that encourages and facilitates commitments by colleges and universities to include education for social responsibility and participatory citizenship as an essential part of their programs.
Eatmon is also actively involved in K-12 educational outreach that facilitates science education for students of all backgrounds. Invested in closing the academic achievement gap that exists in the nation’s public school system, he has been an active participant in national efforts to increase the resources available to students in underserved communities.
He holds a B.S. from North Carolina State University, an M.Ed. from the University of St. Thomas and a Ph.D. from Southern University.
Photo: TJ Eatmon, center, works with students Elyse Schmitt, Dave Shuster and Erin Cavagnaro and local fisheries owner Vaughn Raup on an aquaponics project at Raup Fisheries. Photo by Bill Owen