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March 29, 2013
Award recognizes accomplishments in developing and conducting innovative research in parks and protected areas that has advanced the social science of natural resources field, while mentoring future researchers and park managers.
Associate Dean of Academics for Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources Peter Newman has been awarded the 2013 George Wright Society Social Science Achievement Award.
Imagine Excellence, the George Wright Society (GWS) Awards Program, consists of five awards given every two years that recognize outstanding accomplishments in research, management, administration, or communication about parks and other protected areas. The GWS Social Science Achievement Award specifically recognizes mid- to senior-level career achievements of excellence in social science research, administration or education related to parks, reserves or other protected areas.
Newman received this award for his accomplishments in developing and conducting innovative research in parks and protected areas that has advanced the social science of natural resources field, while mentoring future researchers and park managers. He was formally presented with his award at the George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites on March 14 in Denver.
“Peter is a national and international leader in the application of social science to park and protected areas management,” said University of Vermont Professor Robert Manning, who nominated Newman for the award and served as his mentor in graduate school. “He has made great contributions to the field by taking a systems-wide approach to visitor use research and nurturing collaborative partnerships that bring specialists together to create integrated solutions.”
Newman and his team have studied visitor attitudes, beliefs and values, and how these lead to behaviors and use patterns in parks; perceptions of visitor-related impacts; crowding; soundscapes and transportation systems in parks. His research has helped guide management of many iconic units of the National Park System, including Yosemite National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Muir Woods National Monument, and Denali National Park and Preserve, and has earned multiple awards and produced nearly 40 peer-reviewed papers in scholarly journals.
As associate dean of academics, Newman has energized Warner College’s education programs. He also holds the position of associate professor of protected area management in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and Park Studies Unit, where he has been instrumental in developing the academic program in protected area management and award-winning Conservation Leadership Through Learning master’s program. He was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, has successfully advised more than a dozen masters and doctoral degree students, and is a senior fellow and advisory board member for CSU’s Institute for Teach and Learning.
“I am really honored to receive the 2013 George Wright Society Social Science Achievement Award and feel very lucky to have worked with an amazing team of colleagues and friends in national parks and universities from Vermont to Alaska and here in Fort Collins, Colorado,” said Newman. “I am most proud of my team of undergraduates and graduate students and what they have accomplished for the NPS and the field in general.”
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