Kirk Brown (CA '99)
Director of Science and Special ProjectsSan Joaquin County Office of Education
At the time of the Award, Kirk Brown was:Teacher
Tracy Joint Union High School
Kirk Brown taught biology and biotechnology in the International Baccalaureate program at Tracy High School in Tracy for 25 years. He is Nationally Board Certified in adolescent and young adult science, Brown has been a partner in several science education projects with organizations ranging from the California Department of Education to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He is also an adjunct faculty member of San Joaquin Delta College. As a high school teacher, Brown inspired many graduating seniors to major in biology-related fields in college. Brown not only ignited their interest in science; he also provided them with the equipment and resources to replicate current research being conducted by professional scientists. Several of Brown's students have seen their work published on such projects as identifying the cause of stem rot disease in rice or studying the carcinogenic effects of barbecued foods. Brown created an integrated Agricultural/Scientific Academy at Tracy that is geared toward students interested in careers in agriculture, horticulture, veterinary science and medicine. Kirk has recently authored a textbook, Biotechnology; A Laboratory Skills Course, published by Bio-Rad Laboratories. He is currently the Director of Science and Special Projects at San Joaquin County Office of Education where he directs efforts for both the county and is Co-director of the Delta Sierra Science Project.
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