Native- and female-owned Kauffman & Associates, Inc., a professional services firm specializing in public health, education and economic development issues, has received industry awards for two videos produced for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
The NSF video, “Weaving STEM Education and Culture,” won a bronze Telly Award in the cultural category and a gold Aurora Award in the documentary category. The video supports the federal agency’s Tribal Colleges and Universities Program, "which gives grants to innovative, culturally relevant programs that engage American Indian and Alaska Native students in science, technology, engineering, and math—STEM—education."
The NSF video highlights students' stories and unique education programs. One professor connects traditional Ojibwe teachings with plant taxonomy. A nutritional science program is centered around Native foods.
Students at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute conduct research for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s “Bringing Back Smiles” video won a bronze Telly Award in the social issues category and a gold Aurora Award in the news report/update category. The video profiles dental therapists who provide basic dental care in remote Alaska Native villages as part of the Alaska Dental Health Aide Therapist Initiative, spearheaded by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. In December, the firm also won a 2010 Gold Ava Award in the nonprofit category for “Bringing Back Smiles.”
Film and video industry professionals judge both awards. The Aurora Awards is an international competition for the film and video industries. The Telly Awards, which annually attracts about 13,000 entries, honors local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs as well as video and film productions and web commercials.
Kauffman was founded in 1990 by Jo Ann Kauffman (Nez Perce). The firm is based in Silver Spring, Maryland, and Spokane, Washington, serves federal, tribal, state, and regional governments, associations, foundations, and private-sector businesses. For more information about KAI, visit www.kauffmaninc.com.