Emory alumni honor SVC professor

BENNINGTON — A professor at Southern Vermont College was recently named to the Emory University Alumni Association's inaugural "40 Under Forty" list.

Melinda Maris is the dean of Teaching and Learning, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and associate professor of biology at SVC. She received her Ph.D. in genetics and molecular biology from Emory University, which is located in Atlanta, in 2006.

Maris is joined on the list by entrepreneurs, doctors, politicians, executives, and more who are working all over the world. Over 150 Emory alumni under the age of 40 were nominated for the distinction.

"Prior to SVC, Dr. Maris has held faculty positions, student support positions, and faculty development positions at a wide range of institutions around the world, from organizations for gifted children to community colleges to liberal arts colleges to medical schools, providing her with insight into the teaching and learning needs of diverse learning environments," according to a release from SVC. Maris' other teaching work includes time Vesalius College in Belgium and as a postdoctoral fellow in genetics and molecular biology at Johns Hopkins University.

"Maris is the recipient of numerous awards, including being named a Biology Scholar by the National Science Foundation and the American Society for Microbiology, a Georgia Governor's Teaching Fellow, and a National Endowment for the Humanities/Arthur Blank Teaching Fellow," the release continues.

She has also been awarded grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to implement transformative, experience-based science courses."

Reach staff writer Derek Carson at 802-447-7567, ext. 122 or @DerekCarsonBB


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