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The recipient of the 2013 ASM Graduate Teaching Award is Jo Handelsman, Ph.D., Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. This award is given to an individual for the distinguished teaching of microbiology and mentoring of students at the graduate and postgraduate levels, and for encouraging students to subsequent achievement. Handelsman’s nominator, Eric V. Stabb, describes her as spreading “excellence in graduate teaching through publications, course materials, and service to groups such as the HHMI and the ASM committee on graduate education.”
Handelsman is co-author of three books about teaching: Entering Mentoring, Scientific Teaching, and Biology Brought to Life. Stabb says, “I have used the Entering Mentoring handbook that she helped develop in workshops, and not only do graduate students find it useful, but such workshops would probably not exist if not for Jo's efforts.” She also co-edits the series, Controversies in Science and Technology. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, Wisconsin Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the AAAS; member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering; Director of the Center for Scientific Teaching at Yale; and co-Director of the National Academies Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology. She was elected to serve as president of ASM 2013-14; has received numerous awards in recognition of her mentoring, teaching, and research contributions; and in 2009, Seed magazine named her "A Revolutionary Mind" in recognition of her unorthodox ideas. In 2011, she was one of 11 individuals selected by President Barack Obama to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring and recently co-chaired a working group that produced the report to the President, “Engage to Excel: Producing One Million Additional College Graduates with Degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics,” about improving STEM education in postsecondary education.