Thursday, 14 December 2017 13:39

ASM Members Named HHMI Professors

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ASM members Avery August and Andrew Ellington, and mBio editor, Margaret McFall-Ngai, have been named Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Professors, an honor that recognizes excellence in research and education.

The award empowers recipients to pursue novel approaches to challenges in science education. The HHMI Professors Program, created in 2002, selects highly accomplished research scientists who have compelling ideas to advance science education, and provides them with support to test and implement these ideas. HHMI awarded 10 individual grants of $1 million each and two grants for collaborative projects for $1.5 million each over five years.

andrew ellington 400x400Andrew Ellington, PhD, of the University of Texas at Austin, will use his grant to pursue work on the merging of undergraduate and graduate education. The project, that will be done in collaboration with Eric Anslyn, will build on current UT Austin integrated research programs and expand them towards improving entry into professional school and the corporate world.


avery august 400x400Avery August, PhD, of Cornell University, will work on a Cornell University Research Transfer project, which will enhance the research experience of community college transfer students. The CU Research Transfer Program aims to increase the participation of 2-year transfer biology students in undergraduate research. Avery is the chair of the steering committee for the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), a meeting managed by the ASM.


margaret mcfall 400x400Margaret McFall-Ngai, PhD, of the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, will use the grant for her project, "It's the Small Things: Integrating Microbiology into Biology Cirricula." The goal of the project is to transform the teaching of biology at the undergraduate level by promoting the integration of microbiology and macrobiology into a single, comprehensive ‘systems biology.’ Margaret is an editor of mBio, an open-access journal of the ASM.

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