Michelle Whaley is 2014 Indiana Professor of the Year

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Michelle A. Whaley, a educating professor in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the 2014 Indiana Professor of the Yr by the Carnegie Basis for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Help of Training (Case). She will be announced as the award winner at a luncheon Thursday (Nov. twenty) at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

“Michelle is extraordinarily devoted, progressive, impactful and profitable, and clearly between the really greatest teachers in the College of Science and the University of Notre Dame,” Gary A. Lamberti, professor and former chair of the Division of Biological Sciences who nominated Whaley for the award, stated. “She is the undisputed leader of undergraduate initiatives in our department, specifically people surrounding undergraduate investigation. Simply place, she is the heart and soul of undergraduate scholarship in biology.”

This is the 1st Indiana Professor of the Year Award for a Notre Dame faculty member. Dennis Jacobs, a former Notre Dame faculty member who is now provost and chief academic officer at the University of Santa Clara, was named a single of four all round Situation/Carnegie Professors of the 12 months in 2002.

Whaley, who joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1993, earned her doctorate in molecular genetics from Notre Dame. Her doctoral function characterized a gene concerned in Drosophila (fruit fly) visual system advancement that, when mutant, triggers adult retinal degeneration.

Whaley’s research is at the moment centered on the characterization of Aedes aegypti mosquito visual genes and how gene expression might impact mosquito behavior. A lot of undergraduates have participated in her investigation during her Notre Dame profession. Her preceding function was in the visual program of Drosophila, and she even now makes use of this program to examine mosquito genes in transgenic flies. All her analysis is completed in collaboration with Joseph O’Tousa, a Notre Dame professor of biological sciences.

Her educating has focused on establishing vital pondering and study expertise in students early in their careers. She teaches three main investigation-primarily based courses: Junior and Senior Honor Analysis seminars Molecular Genetics Laboratory, which is a semester-lengthy study venture and Cell Study, which is a two-credit score independent study research program.

She also directs the summertime Study Experience for Undergraduates (REU) system in the Division of Biological Sciences and has received sixteen years of steady National Science Foundation assistance for her summertime REU System in Molecular and Cellular Biology. The system trains undergraduate college students from across the nation at Notre Dame in the course of the summertime. A certain emphasis of the system has been on coaching college students from underrepresented groups, with generally half of every single summer group consisting of minority students.

Whaley is the faculty coordinator of the Undergraduate Research program in the Department of Biological Sciences and the chair of the Undergraduate Investigation Committee, a group of primarily tenured faculty who produce policy and opportunities for undergraduate analysis in the department.

Whaley has also been instrumental in developing a series of novel initiatives that engage her department and the School of Science with the regional neighborhood and school districts. She produced and leads the Genetics Mentor System for middle and higher school youth at the Robinson Community Understanding Center and was instrumental in bringing to Notre Dame the DNA Studying Center following her check out to the Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory, the place the system is centered.

Whaley has acquired several teaching awards from Notre Dame, which includes two Joyce Awards for Educating Excellence and three separate Kaneb Educating Awards.

“Dr. Whaley has had an immense influence in my job discernment and specialist advancement,” Manuel Rocha, a single of the college students who nominated Whaley for the award, said. “She has been ever-existing with unconditional support as I have explored my future plans and aspirations. She has usually been there to listen to me and provide guidance, even though demanding me to grow as a pupil, scientist and person.”

Case and the Carnegie Basis have been partners in providing the U.S. Professors of the 12 months awards plan because 1981. Further support for the system is received from Phi Beta Kappa, which sponsors an evening congressional reception, the Skilled and Organizational Improvement (POD) Network in Larger Training and other greater schooling associations.

This yr, a state Professor of the Yr was recognized in 31 states. Case assembled two preliminary panels of judges to select finalists. The Carnegie Basis then convened the third and last panel, which picked four national winners. Case and Carnegie select state winners from best entries resulting from the judging approach. Whaley was chosen from faculty members nominated by schools and universities all through the country.

The Carnegie Basis for the Advancement of Educating is an independent policy and study center that supports essential transformations in American education through tighter connections among teaching practice, proof of student finding out, the communication and use of this proof, and structured opportunities to create information.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in London, Singapore and Mexico City, the Council for Advancement and Support of Schooling is a expert association serving educational institutions and the advancement specialists at all ranges who function in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing and advertising and other regions.

Get in touch with: Mandy Kinnucan, Office of Media Relations, 574-631-2523, mandy.kinnucan@nd.edu

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