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Professor Lynn Moorman receives Emerald Award

Professor Lynn Moorman, PhD (Earth and Environmental Science Department) accepted an Emerald Award on the evening of June 8 from the Alberta Emerald Foundation at their 25th annual awards ceremony at Telus SPARK. Uniquely Albertan, the Emerald Awards recognize and celebrate outstanding environmental achievements of large and small businesses, individuals, not-for-profit associations, community groups, youth and governments. Moorman received the honour in recognition for Public Education and Outreach, and as an acknowledgement of her Canadian Geographic Education program, the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge, which engaged 35,000 students in Canada this year alone. Moorman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and serves as both the Governor, Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Post-secondary Representative, Canadian Geographic Education.

Lynn is co-investigator of two completed IES supported research projects, Contributions to Ecosystem Health Assessment in Calgary's Urban Natural Areas through Technology-enabled Citizen Science and Geospatial citizen science for sustainable management and monitoring of ecosystems and wildlife populations.

Lynn Moorman teaches in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and in the Department of General Education, providing courses in spatial analysis, physical geography, and scientific literacy. Her research integrates these disciplines, looking at geospatial literacy and the practice of geographic education. She explores the role of geospatial technologies in the construction of people's geographic skills, knowledge, and sense of place. Current work includes the application of Digital Earth to scientific research via the medium of visualization walls, facilitation of geospatial data collection for citizen science applications, and understanding user requirements for effective learning with Digital Earth technologies.