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2017 Award Winners - Kay Ho
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SETAC provides meaningful member services through volunteer leadership in elected and mentor roles. The Eugene Kenaga Membership Award recognizes a member whose efforts to cultivate development opportunities for the broader membership stand out. Ho became a full member and began volunteering in 1992, after earning her Ph.D. in chemical oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. Her work on the national membership committee resulted in higher recognition and participation from non-governmental organizations (NGOs). As a result, the NGO sector plays a more active role within the society. Ho was a founding member of the North Atlantic Chapter of SETAC, an active and vibrant group that nurtures student development and has prioritized science communication. SETAC meetings have benefited from Ho’s contributions to the student mentor program, her willingness to judge student presentations, and she has twice served on program committees for annual meetings – a huge time commitment. Ho noted that “the time and energy I have invested in volunteering for SETAC has come back to me over two-fold in my ability to connect with peers, develop new collaborations and promote science in protecting our environment.”