The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education have named Arizona State University scientist Jane Maienschein the 2010 Arizona Professor of the Year. Maienschein, a Regents' Professor and Parents Association Professor in ASU's School of Life Sciences, was selected from more than 300 top professors in the United States.
"Teaching is a team sport," Maienschein says, with credit to colleagues and the Distinguished Teaching Academy that has created a culture of teaching and learning excellence at ASU. Amy Ostrom, a professor of marketing with the W.P. Carey School of Business, won an state award in 2004 and serves as president of the academy.
"Outstanding teaching and research go hand in hand. They reinforce each other. This recognition is a statement about ASU as a whole and a tradition of caring about teaching excellence." Maienschein will be honored at a ceremony to be held in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 18.
Maienschein is director of the Center for Biology and Society at ASU, a dynamic center that promotes the exploration of the conceptual foundations and historical developments of the biosciences and their diverse interactions with society. The center works across disciplines, stimulating intellectual ferment and impact through research and educational collaborations and communications (cbs.asu.edu).
Her leadership has created undergraduate and graduate degree programs that attract gifted students from across the country, including Bioethics, Policy, and Law; Ecology, Economics, Ethics and Environment; History and Philosophy of Science; and Responsible Conduct in Research. Some specific projects developed at the center include the Embryo Project, the Bioethics in Films Series (at ASU) and the History of Biology course held at the renowned Wood's Hole Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts. What distinguishes her creations most, however, are her attentio
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