January 25, 2016
Dr. William B. “Bill” Wood, CU-Boulder distinguished professor emeritus and former MCDB department head, has been awarded the 2016 Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education from the Genetics Society of America (GSA). The award, given “in recognition of his significant and sustained impact in genetics education,” was announced today in a press release. It will be presented in a ceremony in Florida in July.
Dr. Wood joined the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology in 1975 as a visiting professor, rose to Department Chair in 1978, and was named a CU Distinguished Professor in 2002. In 2014, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Stanford University Medical Center Alumni Association for his seminal work on biomedical research and science education.
A member of the National Academy of Science, Dr. Wood has led several National Academies panels on science education, and helped develop the National Academies Summer Institutes on Undergraduate Education in Biology.
In the announcement, GSA Executive Director Adam Fagen, who has worked with Dr. Wood on the Summer Institute, remarked “it is inspiring to see someone who has been such a leader in scientific research apply the same enthusiasm, commitment, and rigor to science education. Bill continues to inspire and innovative, and we are glad to honor his continuing leadership in genetics education.”
MCDB congratulates Dr. Bill Wood on this latest well deserved honor!