The University of Wisconsin has a news article out on my new position as HHMI Faculty Fellow: "Forest and Hawks named 2012 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Faculty Fellows".
Hawks is an innovative educator and experienced mentor with a strong commitment to active learning and getting students involved in research.
It is important to me that science be accessible, and that means that undergraduate students should be trained as creators, not merely consumers, he says.
This is a really engaging program to work with, and we have to potential to do some real research on how biology undergraduate education can be improved. Plus, there's a great group of graduate and postdoctoral students now preparing to run the program in the fall, and it should be fun to mentor them!