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Farmington Teacher Gets Clean Energy Lesson

June 14, 2004, Sponsored by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, Farmington High School science teacher Laura Butterfield Ph.D. will spend eight weeks in Colorado this summer taking part in a prestigious national energy and science program developed for teachers by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

Dr. Butterfield is the first Connecticut teacher to attend the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) program in Golden, Colorado. NREL is the U. S. Department of Energy’s premier renewable energy and energy efficiency research laboratory.

A significant portion of the NREL program will focus on the generation of energy and the role of renewable energy sources. The NREL program is designed to revitalize the research interests of science teachers and improve their content knowledge and scientific skills during eight, intense weeks of activities. Upon her return to Connecticut, Dr. Butterfield will work with the Clean Energy Fund to share the experience and knowledge with members of her profession and various interest groups. Dr. Butterfield is committed to two additional summer programs at a National Laboratory of her choice.

A resident of Colchester, Dr. Butterfield has taught at Farmington High School since 1999. She previously taught at several Connecticut universities. A 1991 graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, she earned her Ph.D. in plant physiology from Pennsylvania State University in 1995.


Contact: Michael Trahan / Creativenergy (Agency) / 860-589-5160 x233