Ed.D. student honored as New Jersey’s Outstanding Earth Science Teacher for 2012

Edward Cohen, an Ed.D. student at Rutgers Graduate School of Education, was selected to receive the 2012 Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award for the state of New Jersey from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. Chosen for his dedication to teaching and the concepts of geoscience, Cohen is being honored as a truly Outstanding Earth Science Educator.
An eighth grade teacher at Quibbletown Middle School in Piscataway, Cohen recently defended his dissertation research proposal, focused on the use of computer simulations for promoting climate science knowledge and the understanding of the nature of science.  Last year, he was selected to participate in an international collaboration with a Japan Fullbright contingency focused on science teaching, and in 2010 spent several weeks aboard a scientific research vessel helping ocean geoscientists translate their shipboard research into teaching lessons. 
As a doctoral student at Rutgers’ GSE, Cohen presented pre-dissertation research at the 2010 annual meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching, a professional educational research society, with GSE faculty member Dr. Tim Zimmerman.  In January this year, he published a book chapter on this research co-authored by Dr. Zimmerman.
Cohen will be honored on June 2 at the awards banquet during the annual meeting of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers-Eastern Section (NAGT/ES), hosted by Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.