The Science and Mathematics Program Improvement (SAMPI) at WMU is pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Jenness, emeritus researcher for SAMPI, has received the George G. Mallinson Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Science Education by the Michigan Science Teachers Association.
Jenness retired in 2010 after serving as the founding director of SAMPI, an outreach division of the Mallinson Institute dedicated to evaluation, research, and technical assistance for K-12 schools and other educational institutions.
After earning his bachelor’s degree from Nazareth College and master’s and doctoral degrees from WMU, Jenness garnered grants from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, Kellogg Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, Michigan Department of Education, and several other agencies. Jenness’ award is based on his body of work in the fields of scientific and educational research. Jenness became a research associate in 1992 and then co-director and senior researcher of WMU’s SAMPI from 1993-98. In 1998, he became director and senior researcher of SAMPI.
George G. Mallinson was the founder of Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA) and was a noteworthy participant and scholar in the field of science education and research. In the 1990s Mallinson and his wife established an award to bestow upon a person who has shown a high standard of commitment to advancing scientific education. According to Mary Anne Sydlik, adjunct assistant professor and senior researcher for the Mallinson Institute, the award Jeness will obtain is the most prestigious award that MSTA gives out.
Jenness remains an active researcher seeking to improve education efforts on both a local and global scale. He received the award March 9 in Lansing, Mich.