Crockett Receives Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement (CAEPE)
Joan Crockett, Associate Petroleum Geologist at the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS), was recognized April 9 with a 2014 Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement (CAEPE), presented by Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise and Pradeep K. Khanna, the associate chancellor for corporate and international relations. CAEPE awards recognize faculty members, academic professionals, and students who have consistently applied their knowledge and expertise to issues of societal importance for the public good. Crockett was honored for her expertise in Illinois petroleum geology and oil and gas resources, and for her outstanding outreach efforts. In her more than 30 years with the ISGS, she has served the industry and the public, providing research and information services for wise development of Illinois reservoirs and source rocks. Crockett is also a member of the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council team, which coordinates training programs for the petroleum industry. She has organized and conducted numerous well-attended workshops for industry and is passionate about broader outreach and education. She is an active member of the ISGS Outreach Committee, which assists in fulfilling the Survey’s public engagement priorities. Crockett is also a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Youth Education Activities Committee and has served many times as chair for the annual Rock and Mineral/Fossils event of the statewide Illinois Science Olympiad.
Along with Kristin Camp, Champaign Unit 4 curriculum coordinator for science and health, Crockett organized an ambitious five-year Kickapoo Geology Field Trip Program for fifth graders in the Champaign Unit 4 School District. The Kickapoo State Park area is a unique outdoor laboratory for the study of geology and nature. After conducting a successful pilot program for several fifth-grade classes, the program was expanded to a districtwide field trip for all Unit 4 fifth-grade classes. Over a six-day period, the program engages about 800 students in an outdoor science experience that also meets state earth science education standards. This effort is a great success for Unit 4 students and is an excellent example of collaboration between the university and local schools.