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American Society for Microbiology

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The American Society for Microbiology, founded in 1899, strives to advance the microbiological sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health, environmental and economic well-being worldwide.


Mary Mawn
Editor Degrees: 

Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

M.Ed., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

B.S. in Biochemistry, College of Mount Saint Vincent


About Teaching and Course Source: 

Dr. Mary Mawn is an associate professor and academic area coordinator in science, mathematics, and technology at the Center for Distance Learning, SUNY Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, NY, where she teaches courses in microbiology, genetics, molecular and cellular biology, and science education. Dr. Mawn earned a B.S. in biochemistry from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Riverdale, NY, and an M.Ed. in educational technology and Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she studied ribosome structure and function in Escherichia coli and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Her current research interests focus on identifying ways to teach scientific process skills in online science courses, exploring ways to design rigorous lab-based biology courses for distance learning students, and promoting the online professional development of science teachers. As a discipline editor for CourseSource, she looks forward to working with biology colleagues from across institutions and teaching settings, to support and promote the development and dissemination of original, peer-reviewed biology teaching resources that foster student learning and active engagement.



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