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Citadel News Service
5 Feb 2015

Annual Citadel Academy of Science & Mathematics Awards: SC leaders in science, health, and conservation to be recognized

Charleston Marriott on Lockwood Blvd.

The Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics will honor professionals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in their work, The Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics logoclassrooms, or through their research during the academy’s upcoming annual awards event. The Citadel Academy of Science and Mathematics Awards will be held on March 12 and will also include highlights about the innovative work being done by cadets, students and their faculty advisors, as well as major initiatives underway within The Citadel School of Science and Mathematics. 

Among those being honored will be: Dr. Thomas Blackwell, Dr. David Fleming, Dr. Richard Porcher, and Brigadier General Harvey W. Schiller.

Blackwell is a physician, educator, entrepreneur, and expert in disaster medicine.  He created one of the largest EMS post-graduate programs in the U.S., holds the patent for the first mobile emergency hospital system and became CEO of MED-1 Partners, the company that manufactures these systems. Blackwell has extensive involvement in community EMS programs, and has been widely published in the fields of disaster and emergency medicine. He is currently an Assistant Dean at the University of South Carolina Medical School in Greenville.

Fleming is an established educator, teacher, coach, and mentor at elementary, secondary, and higher education levels. In a relatively short career, he has accumulated an impressive publications record and received significant extramural funding, and assumed leadership roles such as former president of the Southern District American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Professionals. Fleming is an expert in integrating science, technology, engineering and mathematics education into exercise programs for at-risk youth that take place outside of school.  He is currently an Associate Professor at Clemson.

Porcher is a scholar, educator, and widely-known conservationist.  His distinguished teaching career at The Citadel integrated field biology into the curriculum. Porcher is the author of several definitive books on South Carolina botanical and cultural resources. He has dedicated the proceeds from his books to student scholarships. Porcher also employs his experience and knowledge as a conservationist to influence regional environmental policies. He was the recipient of the 2007 South Carolina Environmentalist of the Year Award, and has mentored many prominent southeastern naturalists.

Schiller commanded a distinguished academic, business and military career. He has been awarded the Legion of Merit and Distinguished Flying Cross for his military service in the United States Air Force. Additionally, Schiller was chairman of the Department of Chemistry at the United States Air Force Academy. He was also executive director of the United States Olympic Committee, CEO of YankeeNets, and president of Turner Sports, Inc.

The banquet will be begin at 6 p.m. at the Charleston Marriott located at 170 Lockwood Boulevard, Charleston, S.C. Tickets cost $75 per individual, $125 per couple and upwards for sponsorships and can be purchased in advance here. The Citadel Academy of Science & Mathematics Awards are made possible by the generosity of donors and sponsors.  All proceeds go towards the college’s science and mathematics programs. For more information, please email or call 843.953.5300.

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