Chris Beck: 'Hero' to the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve
As a professor of pedagogy in Emory’s Department of Biology, Chris Beck is engaged in the scientific study of laboratory teaching, with a particular focus on how inquiry-based learning impacts students' science process skills and their understanding of the nature of science. Dr. Beck is a faculty member in the PBEE program.
This month, however, Beck is being recognized for his work involving a very different laboratory.
Beck has been named as one of three finalists for the 2016 Cox Conserves Heroes award for his volunteer work at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve (CSNP), a 28-acre wildlife sanctuary located along the floodplain of South Peachtree Creek in Decatur.
For more than a decade, Beck has volunteered at CSNP, coordinating hundreds of volunteers from both Emory and the wider community, leading fundraising efforts and managing capital improvement projects. He’s also served as president of the CSNP volunteer board of directors for the past seven years.
In addition, this academic year Beck is serving as president of the Emory College Faculty Senate.
The Cox Conserves Heroes award was created by Cox Enterprises and The Trust for Public Land to honor volunteers “who create, preserve or enhance the shared outdoor spaces in our communities.”
Each finalist will be awarded $5,000 to be donated to a local environmental nonprofit of their choice; Beck has selected CSNP as his non-profit.
The final winner will be selected through an online public vote and will receive an additional $5,000 donation to their nonprofit.