Honors in scientific careers are somewhat rare, compared to some other occupations, but when they come, they are the more special and sometime come in waves. That is the situation this spring for EMC Director Dr. Michael Stoskopf who has been honored twice in rapid succession by very different organizations.
First, in March, Dr. Stoskopf was named a Steward of the Future by The Research for Ocean Health and Community Sustainability Regional Exchange Group for “his lifelong dedication to the care and health of all animal species through research, teaching and mentoring, research on the environmental impacts on captive and free-ranging/swimming animals, establishment of aquatic and zoological programs for hundreds of veterinary, graduate and undergraduate students, and providing expertise and service to state,
national and international panels and commissions aiding in the protection of aquatic species in North Carolina and globally.” That is quite a statement but it certainly describes the energetic founder and director of the EMC.
The Research for Ocean Health and Community Sustainability Regional Exchange Group is sponsored by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and NC East Alliance. The goal of the group is to engage scientists, business leaders and policy makers in open discussion on issues of importance in our coastal communities.
Then, in April, Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine featured Dr. Stoskopf in an Alumnus Profile. The article, authored by CSU combined DVM-MPH student Claire Tucker, features some amusing anecdotes and a bit of advice to veterinary students today. It is an enjoyable read for all who know Dr. Stoskopf.