Office of State Archaeologist shares national award

The Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) at the University of Iowa is sharing in a national Partners in Conservation Award for its participation in Project Archaeology, a network of state and regional programs to provide educational materials and professional development opportunities to 10,000 educators nationwide.

The award is sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior and is made to organizations that have achieved exemplary conservation results with community engagement and local partnerships.

The OSA has been a Project Archaeology partner for over a decade. Two OSA staff members, Lynn M. Alex, director of education and outreach, and Shirley J. Schermer, burials program director, serve on the national team that helps develop curriculum and programming.

In Iowa, the OSA has trained archaeologists and K-12 educators across the state and taught students in schools, conservation-education settings, and at summer classes for the UI Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development.

The OSA is also planning two Project Archaeology professional development teacher workshops for the summer of 2012 in partnership with the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and National Historic Site and Golden Hills Resource, Conservation and Development, a nonprofit organization in western Iowa’s Loess Hills.