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JohnAcorn01

John Acorn, BSc, MSc

Faculty Service Officer

Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences

Renewable Resources

About Me

Awards

  • 2013 - Entomological Foundation Medal of Honor
  • 2012 - Royal Society of Canada's McNeil Medal for Science Promotion and Awareness
  • 2010 - ASTech Excellence in Science and Technology Public Awareness Award
  • 2009-13 - Faculty Teacher of the Year award, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences
  • 2008 - NSERC Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion.
  • 2005 - 2005 University of Alberta Distinguished Alumni Award.
  • 2003 - Carr Award for promotion of amateur entomology from the Entomological Society of Alberta.
  • 2000 - First Place in the Film and Video Category in the Emerald Awards of Interpretation Canada, for gallery videos at the Royal Tyrrell Museum (with McCloskey Productions).
  • 1998 - Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Awards Foundation Prize for Excellence in Science and Technology Journalism.
  • 2003 - 2003 Bowman Award for Lepidopteran discovery from the Alberta Lepidopterists’ Guild.
  • 2001 - First Place in the Film and Video Category in the awards of the U.S. National Association for Interpretation, for gallery videos at the Royal Tyrrell Museum (with McCloskey Productions).
  • 2005 - 2005 Alberta Book Design Awards: best design for "Damselflies of Alberta: Flying Neon Toothpicks in the Grass."

Research

Major Responsibilities/Research Interests

The University of Alberta Alumni Association awarded John Acorn the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award. The Alumni Recognition Awards celebrate the diverse accomplishments of alumni and the recognition they bring to the University. Affectionately known around the world as the Nature Nut, John Acorn has shared his love for Alberta's entomology and natural history with the world. Acorn is an internationally known scientist, author and broadcaster whose career has been marked with creativity and a passion for science. The host and creative force behind the popular TV series Acorn, the Nature Nut, he has educated and entertained audiences worldwide. As a best-selling author, he has had a huge impact on amateur entomology, and his field guides have earned him numerous awards. As research associate at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology and the E. H. Strickland Entomology Museum, Acorn continually goes beyond his professional commitments and generously gives his time to promote the field. He served as president of the Entomological Society of Alberta, and he participates in numerous other associations. Acorn's work has been honoured in many ways, including the Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Award Foundation Prize for Excellence in Science and Technology Journalism and two "Rosies" from the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association.