The 2018 Distinguished Service Award:

Leonard Weiss


On the 32nd anniversary of Science Exploration Day, our committee is pleased to acknowledge the years of service that Leonard Weiss has given to this educational program that has served more than 35,000 students over the years.  Len has played an active role in planning and coordinating this event since its inception in 1986.  He was a driving force behind building the diversity of presenters and quality of presentations that this event is now recognized for.   


Len started his career as a chemistry teacher at Cleveland Hill High School in 1946 and spent his entire career there until his retirement.  He served as Science Department Chair for many years, improving the quality of science instruction in the school district.  Known for an ability to share his love of science with students of all age groups and backgrounds, Len had a true impact on the students he taught during his long career. 


This ability to share a passion for science is demonstrated by the fact that his son, Dr. Paul A. Weiss, is a practicing Pediatric Dentist in Williamsville and teaches Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Buffalo.  Len's love of science and teaching is clearly reflected in his son's career choice.


We on the SED committee are pleased to recognize Len's contribution to the success of the event over the years.  We appreciate his spirit, quick wit and dedication that makes him a treasured colleague and valued friend.