Dragonfly students, staff, and partners are doing inspiring work to benefit human and ecological communities throughout the world. Read articles and media by them and about them by scrolling through the links below.
Appeared September 2013
Published in AZA CONNECT
Advanced Inquiry program student Mollie O'Neil, who also serves as the Volunteer Coordinator at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, explores connections between senior citizens and nature, and how educational programming at zoos and aquariums can effectively reach this growing segment of our population, in Connections with Nature: Programming for a Larger Community, published in the Association of Zoos & Aquarium's September 2013 issue of CONNECT.
Appeared August 2013
Published in AZA CONNECT
Earth Expeditions instructor Ricardo Stanoss, who also serves as the Director of Education and International Training at our Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) partner institution, the Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo, reports on the successful first year of the Global Conservation Leadership Program for Youth‑Botswana on WildExplorer.org. You can also read about the project in his Conservation Endowment Fund Update published in the August, 2013 issue of AZA CONNECT magazine.
Appeared August 25, 2013
Published in the Bonner County Daily Bee
Think twice before deleting that next email. It could just be the key that opens the door to a life-changing adventure.
That proved to be the case for Perky Smith-Hagadone, principal at Northside Elementary School. About three years ago, a note popped up in her inbox that would have been easy to ignore, even easier to click off into the world of cast-off messages.
“It was a little, obscure email that said, ‘Earn your masters, travel the world and learn about conservation,’” said the educator, who not only read the note, but also signed up for the graduate degree program through Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. “It has been a life-changing program.”
Appeared July 17, 2013
Published in the Dayton Daily News
Kathrene Mayne, science teacher at Horace Mann PreK-8 School, will be heading to the Central American country of Belize at the end of this month, returning just two days before school starts. But, Mayne won’t be vacationing; instead, she’ll be busy studying marine biology, scientific examination and conservation through Global Field Study, a Miami University on-site master’s program.
Appeared June 25, 2013
Published in the Othello Outlook.com
Once the final test is handed in and the last bell has rung, a pair of Othello teachers will finish packing their bags and head to the Southeast Asia island of Borneo for a study abroad trip. Miciah and Anthony Marzano will be studying primate conservation strategies and the impact the palm oil industry on the island has on species like the orangutan as part of their master's degree program from Miami University of Ohio.
Appeared June 6, 2013
Published in the Stow PatchAlex McMahan takes the trip of a lifetime this month to the Baja Peninsula, where he will spend 10 days studying the unique combination of environments found on the 750-mile stretch along the Pacific Coast.
Appeared June 3, 2013
Published in the Middletown Journal
Two local residents will be studying abroad for nine days this summer to gather research as part of a seven-month Miami University course. Dr. Kenneth Willman, of Fairfield, and Andrea Kaercher, of Lebanon, will be completing studies as part of Project Dragonfly’s Earth Expedition program at Miami University.