Video Description

This video provides an overview of the STEM outreach efforts in a local Pike County high school led by the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. During the 2012/2013 academic year, one class of Waverly High School students worked with the Voinovich School to learn about site cleanup through subject matter expert lectures and by studying aspects of site cleanup efforts. The students then reviewed the Annual Site Environmental Report and summarized it in order to make it more reader-friendly and publically accessible.

Project Description

Ohio University sponsored and helped develop an Annual Site Environmental Report (ASER) Summary utilizing staff and students from a local high school. This ASER Summary was tailored after a similar report produced by DOE’s Oak Ridge Operations. The ASER Summary utilized information found in the recent ASER released publically by DOE PORTS and presentation materials (e.g., tables and figures) developed by the high school staff and students. The goals when producing the ASER Summary were to educate regional high school students about environmental cleanup activities and future career options to consider related to the PORTS site and to develop materials that will facilitate area residents learning more about DOE’s work at the site. Ohio University has carried-out this task annually for the past three academic years. High schools that have participated include Waverly High School, Piketon High School, and Eastern Local High School.

Principal Investigator Bios

Dr. Lesli Johnson

Dr. Lesli Johnson joined Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs in 1997 to lead the Planning, Evaluation, Education and Research team. In 2007, Dr. Johnson joined the School’s faculty. Dr. Johnson holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Ohio University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma. She has twenty years of experience working in community programs, including mental health, health, education and child welfare.

Margaret Hutzel

Margaret Hutzel manages and conducts education and social services projects including evaluations, technical assistance and applied research for private foundations, non-profits, social service agencies and other government organizations. Margaret joined the Voinovich School in 1999. Margaret holds a Master of Fine Arts and a Master of Public Administration both from Ohio University.