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March 10, 2006


NEW YORK, March 10, 2006 – Sally Hoskins, Professor of Biology at The City College of New York (CCNY) and Ross H. Nehm, Assistant Professor of Biology and Education, this week were named Education Fellows in the Life Sciences by the National Academies.  The titles were conferred upon the two CCNY professors for having completed a summer institute sponsored by the Academies aimed at fostering innovative approaches to teaching undergraduate biology.

Professors Hoskins and Nehm were invited to attend the highly competitive program based on the quality of ideas they submitted for enhancing undergraduate biology education and their institutions’ commitment to support teaching innovations.  Academicians from 19 other research-intensive colleges and universities, including Cornell, Dartmouth, New York University and UCLA, participated, as well, and received similar designations. 

Since 2003, Professor Hoskins has been involved in
an undergraduate biology education project supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  She and her collaborator, Dr. Leslie Stevens of the University of Texas, have developed a new method for using scientific journal articles to help undergraduates learn to read and analyze scientific literature, design experiments and think creatively about science. 

Professor Hoskins is a graduate of
the University of Illinois at Urbana (BS, Biology) and of the University of Chicago (Ph.D., Biology) and has taught at The City College since 1988.  In 1989, she received a five-year NSF Presidential Young Investigator grant.  

Trained as both a
scientist and science educator, Professor Nehm conducts research on student and teacher understanding of evolution and the nature of science.  He is currently completing a book with co-author Ann F. Budd on evolutionary stasis (Springer: New York).  He received a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California at Berkeley and his honors include the NSF’s prestigious CAREER Award for young scientists in 2003.


About The National Academies

The National Academies, which comprise the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and Institute of Medicine, perform an unparalleled public service by bringing together committees of experts in all areas of scientific and technological endeavor. These experts serve pro bono to address critical national issues and give advice to the federal government and the public.


About The City College of New York

For over 158 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines.  Over 12,200 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Science, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the Grove School of Engineering, the Center for Worker Education and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.