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Shark Lab Receives Wooden Ethics In Leadership Award

Published: April 4, 2016

At the presentation of Nell and John Wooden Ethics in Leadership Award were (l-r) Michael Solt, Blake Christian, Chris Lowe and Louise Ukleja.
At the presentation of Nell and John Wooden Ethics in Leadership Award were (l-r) Michael Solt, Blake Christian, Chris Lowe and Louise Ukleja.

The Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership at CSULB honored the CSULB Shark Lab with its 2016 Nell and John Wooden Ethics in Leadership Award on March 17.

The award presentation took place at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach during “Living Ethics Every Day,” a business ethics seminar offered by the Ukleja Center and Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Approximately 400 individuals attended the seminar with Shark Lab director Chris Lowe delivering a keynote presentation titled “Restoring the Beach: The Role of Science and Environmental Stewardship.” Accompanied by a $10,000 check, the award was presented by Louise Ukleja, chair of the Ukleja Center’s advisory board.

For nearly 50 years, CSULB’s Shark Lab has deepened the world’s understanding of the great white shark. Its cutting-edge research, which has been published in countless journals and featured on national television, plays a significant role in educating people about the true nature of sharks. With a long history in innovative research, Lowe and his Shark Lab students use acoustic and satellite telemetry techniques to study the movement, behavior and physiology of sharks. Their research has made a substantial contribution to the field of knowledge for this enigmatic species.

The award is named for Nell and John Wooden, to promote their practice of ethical leadership and to celebrate leaders who embody the Ukleja Center’s core values of integrity, excellence, empowerment and servant leadership. It is designed to honor a person or organization whose contribution is built on ethical behavior and visionary leadership. John Wooden, who passed away at the age of 99 in 2010, received the center’s inaugural Ethics in Leadership Award in 2009. Wooden, the legendary basketball coach at UCLA coach for 27 years, is best known for his ability to instill confidence and transmit the values of his “Pyramid of Success” to the on-court behavior of his players.

“Nell and John Wooden represent the highest standards of ethical behavior. I am sure they would be pleased with this year’s award recipient, the CSULB Shark Lab,” said Michael Solt, director of the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership and Dean of CSULB’s College of Business Administration. “We all have a stake in healthy oceans and vibrant marine life, and the Shark Lab’s decades-long effort to increase science-based understanding and restoration of marine life is truly a model of ethical leadership. It is also wonderful to recognize a dedicated leader–and outstanding academic–like Chris Lowe. The fact that the award will be utilized to help students educate the public on ocean and marine life stewardship solidifies the Shark Lab as an excellent Nell and John Wooden Ethics in Leadership Award recipient.”

–Jane Roeder