Emerging Explorers: The New Class

EE1_.jpgEE2_Shapiro.jpgNational Geographic just announced its new class of Emerging Explorers yesterday.

Left: Herpetologist/Toxinologist Zoltan Takacs
Right: Molecular Biologist Beth Shapiro

Fourteen visionary, young trailblazers from around the world — including an electrical engineer, a musician, a bioarchaeologist, a mobile technology innovator and a herpetologist — are among the 2010 awardees.

“National Geographic’s mission is to inspire people to care about the planet, and our Emerging Explorers are outstanding young leaders whose endeavors further this mission. We are pleased to support them as they set out on promising careers. They represent tomorrow’s Edmund Hillarys, Jacques Cousteaus and Dian Fosseys,” said Terry Garcia, National Geographic’s executive vice president for Mission Programs.

We in Education, a part of the “Missions Programs” branch that encompasses non-profit work in research, exploration, conservation, public programs, education, and grantmaking, are just as thrilled as EVP Terry Garcia about the addition of these leading-edge innovators to our family. We hope to work with many of them in our educational outreach over the coming years, so stay tuned for news on upcoming projects!

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