Dr. Jason Crean currently teaches in the Department of Biological Sciences at Saint Xavier University-Chicago where he has instituted coursework like “Zoo Biology: Animal Nutrition, Behavior & Diagnostics.” Dr. Crean is also a zoo consultant, working with zoological institutions in the areas of nutrition, enrichment, and biologically-appropriate exhibit design. He currently serves as the Director of Science & Education at Indian Creek Zoo in Lambertville, Michigan but also consults for other institutions like the Chicago Nature Museum and the Wildlife Genetics Laboratory. Crean has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching by President Obama in 2009, the 2010 Science Leadership Prize by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as awards from the National Science Teachers Association, the National Association of Biology Teachers, the Illinois Science Teachers Association, among others. Most recently he was awarded the Golden Apple award for excellence in teaching as well as the Distinguished Science Teaching award by the National Science Teaching Association. Dr. Crean is active in a host of different state and national organizations including the Association of Presidential Awardees in Science Teaching and the College Board’s National Science Advisory Panel.
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