ROYAL OAK, Mich., May 2, 2012 – Scott Carter, Chief Life Sciences Officer for the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS), has graduated the 2011-2012 class of Noyce Leadership Fellows, becoming the first individual from a zoo or aquarium to complete the executive leadership training.  The Noyce program is a prestigious global initiative that focuses on science education and community engagement.  

Carter was selected for the fellowship by the Noyce Leadership Institute (NLI) in collaboration with the Association of Science-Technology Centers and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  The NLI brings together a handful of leaders of science centers and related institutions each year to act as change agents at the crossroads of societal trends, global issues and the cutting edge of informal science education.  The organization bears the name of Robert Noyce, co-founder of Intel and inventor of the integrated circuit.  

Carter is using his Noyce Fellowship as a springboard to further develop the external elements of the DZS’s Greenprint strategic plan, which includes improving “green” literacy in Metro Detroit.  

“We’re excited about the opportunities this fellowship has provided for Scott and the focus it brings to knowledge of sustainability and the environment in our community,” said DZS Executive Director and CEO Ron Kagan, who was one of 18 Noyce sponsors.  

Through the 2011-2012 Noyce experience, Carter and 17 other Fellows from science centers, children's museums, natural history museums and related community science centers worldwide have gained access to knowledge, tools, best practices and professional networks that enhance their capacity to lead effectively and to advance innovation in their own institutions and the broader community.