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Dr. Paul Bartelt appointed as north central region STEM advisor

Waldorf College

Forest City, Iowa – Waldorf College biology professor Dr. Paul Bartelt will join Governor Terry Branstad’s Advisory Boards to strengthen the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in local and statewide schools.

Dr. Bartelt is one of the 15 advisors in the north central regional hub and the only advisor representing Forest City. A total of six regional network hubs were launched in May this year as part of a major initiative by Governor Branstad to promote academic excellence in STEM and create a greater STEM workforce. As one of the advisors, Dr. Bartelt will promote STEM education in high schools and encourage students to consider STEM careers.

“We need to get high school students more excited about STEM,” said Dr. Bartelt. In addition to the Waldorf College community, Dr. Bartelt frequently educates the public about STEM through symposia on the nature of science and presentations on his amphibian research throughout Iowa. “If people have a better understanding of STEM, it will help us find solutions to a lot of our social, economic and political problems.”

As an advisor for the STEM Regional Advisory Boards, Dr. Bartelt will not only provide leadership in building the STEM initiative in the Forest City area, but also work collaboratively with other network hubs to improve science and math education in schools across Iowa.

About Dr. Paul Bartelt

Dr. Paul Bartelt is a professor of biology at Waldorf College, an institution he has served since 1981. Dr. Bartelt's primary research interest focuses on the ecology of amphibians, especially their habitat relationships. From 2002 - 2005, Dr. Bartelt worked at EROS, a remote-sensing and research facility of the U.S. Geological Survey near Sioux Falls, SD, where he developed predictive, geospatial models of amphibian habitats in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Dr. Bartelt is also keenly interested in improving the public understanding of science. While he does this every day for his students, he has also served on statewide committees to promote public understanding of science in Iowa.

Dr. Bartelt is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Herpetology, Subject Editor for the Journal of Fish & Wildlife Management, and a Fellow and Past-President of the Iowa Academy of Science, where he chaired the Conservation Section and its Societal Issues Committee. He is also a technical advisor to state agencies for conserving and managing amphibian populations, and serves as Secretary for the Spatial Ecology & Telemetry Working Group of The Wildlife Society.