Wednesday, 15 January 2014 11:35

Genetics Education Award to ASCB Member Malcolm Campbell

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Campbell A Malcolm 11A. Malcolm Campbell of Davidson College
was recently awarded the Elizabeth W. Jones
Award for Excellence in Education.
Singling out his work on the Genome Consortium for Active Teaching (GCAT), an educational cooperative that buys microarray chips in bulk and distributes them to undergraduate labs, the Genetics Society of America (GSA) awarded ASCB member A. Malcolm Campbell of Davidson College, the Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education. The GSA award recognizes a "significant, sustained impact on genetics education at any level."

Campbell, long active on the ASCB Education Committee, was recognized for bringing cutting-edge research experiences to the undergraduate classroom. Campbell's research collaborations with undergrads have led to nine publications. In the 13 years since GCAT was formed, the organization has trained over 500 instructors on how to teach microarray research techniques to students.

The award is named for Elizabeth W. Jones who chaired the Life Sciences Department at Carnegie Mellon and was a stalwart member of both ASCB and GSA, serving on many committees and publications including the ASCB Council and as Editor-in-Chief of Genetics. Jones attributed her dual loyalties to her cross training in yeast genetics and bacterial physiology. She was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute professor in 2002 for her pioneering work in stimulating undergraduate research. Born in Seattle in 1939, Jones had a childhood that sounded straight out of Little House on the Prairie, if the story had taken place in a remote hydroelectric station in the northern Cascades of Washington State.  She died in 2008.