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CCC Honors Research Scientist, Writer with Outstanding Alumna Award


Research scientist and writer Julie Feinstein has received Camden County College’s 2012 Outstanding Alumna Award. The Brooklyn, N.Y., resident nurtured her desire to explore the world of living things and developed the ability to “extract something important from each lesson” in her classes with now-retired CCC faculty member Philip Winkie and has applied this skill and her education to furthering both the discipline of science and the popular enjoyment of science.


After earning her associate degree from CCC in 1980, she completed a bachelor's degree in biology at LaSalle College. She later received a master's degree in botany from the University of Delaware, a master's degree in biology from City College of New York and a writing program certificate from Columbia University. She is now pursuing a doctorate in biology at the City University of New York.


Feinstein is the collection manager for the Ambrose Monell Cryo Collection at the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. It is the world's best collection of its kind for cryo-preserved animal specimens and DNA. She also has completed fieldwork in locales as close as her city of residence and as far away as Peru, French Guinea and Taiwan.


In addition to her primary work, Feinstein has shared the expertise she has developed and the knowledge she has accumulated by authoring the book Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, contributing articles to journals and magazines and writing the blog She also has presented her research and observations at events and programs that have included symposia, seminars, workshops and Camden County College's annual Earth Day observances.


CCC's Outstanding Alumna/Alumnus Award has been presented annually since 2008. Past recipients include Vietnam veteran Eugene J. Toni (Class of 1973); internationally recognized agronomist J. Mark Powell (Class of 1973); Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Trymaine Lee (Class of 2000); and award-winning documentary filmmaker Robert A. Edmonds Jr. (Class of 1996).

Published: June 12, 2012