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College of Health professor recognized for outstanding contributions in parks and recreation

Parks, Recreation and Tourism professor honored for work on equity and environmental justice in outdoor recreation.

Adapted from a release by the American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration.

Daniel Dustin has authored more than 14 books including Nature’s Grace: America’s Veterans and the Healing Power of Nature on the healing power of nature for veterans.

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University of Utah Health professor Daniel L. Dustin will be awarded the prestigious Cornelius Armory Pugsley Medal from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) October 20, 2020.

Dustin serves as professor in the College of Health, Department of Health, Kinesiology and Recreation. He is a philosopher, teacher, mentor, environmentalist, activist, public intellectual, and scholar in the field of parks and recreation. Dustin is the author of over 14 books, dozens of book chapters, and hundreds of presentations and professional articles. Dustin’s writings and presentations have focused on emerging ideas related to conservation, equity, and health and wellness primarily through connections with the outdoors.

The Honorable Cornelius Amory Pugsley Medals are the most prestigious awards that recognize outstanding contributions to the promotion and development of public parks and conservation in the United States. The inaugural Pugsley Medals were awarded in 1928.

Dustin joins a distinguished list of Pugsley Medal winners, including Stephen Mather, the founder and first director of the National Park Service; landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.; two former Secretaries of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt and Stuart Udall; and US Senator and former State of Tennessee Governor, Lamar Alexander.

Read more about Dustin’s work and about the Pugsley Medal here.