Hickory Hills, resident John Gorman, a master’s student in the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) from Miami University’s Project Dragonfly and Chicago Zoological Society-Brookfield Zoo, will travel to Hawaii this summer to study the extinction of Hawaiian species and what it takes to save them in the wild.
Gorman is a science teacher.
Since the program began 10 years ago, Earth Expeditions graduate courses from Miami University’s Project Dragonfly have engaged more than 1,500 people in firsthand educational and scientific research at critical conservation field sites in Africa, Australia, Asia and the Americas. Dragonfly’s AIP master’s program began in 2010 with the Chicago Zoological Society-Brookfield Zoo and Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. The program is now also offered at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Denver Zoo, Phoenix Zoo, San Diego Zoo Global, Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo and Woodland Park Zoo (Seattle).
Cornell College, a private liberal arts college in Mount Vernon, Iowa, has accepted several students from the area, including: Jacob Slusinski of Oak Lawn, who was also awarded the Community Enrichment Award; Timothy Daker and KateLynn Hohman, both of Evergreen Park, and who were also awarded the Presidential Scholarship.