Andrew Warnock

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Role: Director of the Natural Sciences Education & Outreach Center, CSU Fort Collins

How are you connected to Spur?

The Natural Sciences Education & Outreach Center collaborates with CSU faculty researchers to design authentic hands-on STEM research experiences for 4-12th grade students. We hope to share these experiences with students and teachers who visit the Spur campus.

When did you get involved with Spur and why is it important to you?

I joined the Spur Hydro building design team in ~2015. Contributing to the design of such a well-positioned facility has helped me clarify the education approaches we use at our center and has helped me think about how those approaches should be improved to make our work as accessible as possible to an even wider diversity of learners.

What outcomes have you seen or do you expect from work at Spur?

I have already begun to see growing enthusiasm from faculty who would like to engage with a more diverse audience, but do not know how. Learning from our partners, like those at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, has been a tremendous help.

What would you like others to know about Spur?

Getting involved will expand your horizons and lead to opportunities that you cannot predict. The team is small and welcoming and needs everyone to help make it a really transformational and inclusive space.

BIDTAH BECKER

Associate Attorney, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Ms. Becker has dedicated her career to the Navajo Nation and its natural resources.  She is currently serving as an Associate Attorney for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.  Prior to this position, she had the honor of serving as the Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources from May 2013 to January 2019, as an appointee of President Begaye and Vice-President Nez, after serving eleven (11) years as an attorney for the Navajo Nation focusing on water rights and natural resources issues.  Continuing her deep interest and passion for water, she serves on the Leadership Team for the Water and Tribes Initiative in the Colorado River Basin, as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, as an appointee of Governor Lujan Grisham, and on the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission, as an appointee of Speaker Damon.  Ms. Becker is equally passionate about supporting artists and serves as a Trustee for the Institute of American Indian Arts and Culture (IAIA), as an appointee of President Obama.  Ms. Becker is a member of the Nation and lives on the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance with her husband and two school age children.

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