NRM’s Warren Conway garners WT-AWIS Champion of Women Award
By: Norman Martin
A nationally-known wildlife ecology expert with Texas Tech University's Department of Natural Resources Management has been selected to receive the 2019 Champion of Women Award from the West Texas Association for Women in STEAM (WT-AWIS) for his work to support and encourage women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, agriculture and mathematics (STEAM).
Warren Conway, Tech's Bricker Endowed Chair in Wildlife Management, was presented the honor in a special ceremony on today (May 2) at the La Diosa Cellars in Lubbock. The award is presented to active supporters of women in science, and individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the education, training and mentoring of women, as well as to overall gender equity in science.
"I'm honored and humbled by this recognition, and this is even more meaningful because of the coalition of strong women scientists who went out of their way to submit this nomination on my behalf," Conway said. "I am proud to have had the opportunity to work with them as students, and as colleagues and collaborators in the future. They'll continue to serve as mentors and role models for future students and scientists here at Texas Tech and elsewhere."
Conway's current research focuses upon migratory connectivity of snowy plovers; mule deer and pronghorn survival and habitat selection; urban mesocarnivore community ecology; elk response to prescribed fire and thinning; wintering waterfowl ecology and response to moist-soil management; and wildlife disease and toxicology of populations of bighorn sheep, axis deer, and American woodcock. In the classroom, the Rhode Island native is known for encouraging student-led dialogue and challenges undergraduate students to engage in both the topical materials within the classroom, but in professional development opportunities outside the classroom.
Prior to joining the Tech faculty in 2014, Conway worked as a professor of wildlife management at Stephen F. Austin State University's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. He received his bachelor's degree in wildlife biology and management from the University of Rhode Island. His master's and doctorate degrees in wildlife science are from Texas Tech. He is a Fellow for The Wildlife Society, and a past president of the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, and remains involved in several professional organizations.
WT-AWIS is a group of Texas Tech faculty, staff, students and community members founded in 2008 with the mission to actively support and encourage women of all ages and career choices. The group – composed of both women and men – envisions a day when women will participate fully in science, technology, engineering, agricultural sciences and mathematics as manifested through equal opportunity, pay equity and recognition commensurate with their accomplishments.
CONTACT: Warren Conway, Bricker Endowed Chair in Wildlife Management, Department of Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-6579 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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