Associate Professor Jonathan S. Minden Wins Mellon College of Science Award for Innovation in Education
The first annual Innovation in Education Award was presented to Jonathan Minden in recognition of his significant innovation in MCS’s educational programs. Minden, associate professor in the department of biological sciences, was commended for developing “a truly creative and novel educational idea” — the Faculty to Faculty course in Frontiers of Biology. Designed to demystify some of biology’s most newsworthy topics, such as drug design, neurobiology and genomics, the course was hailed by a participant as “one of the most exciting intellectual activities that I have ever seen and/or participated in.” The first time Minden offered the class, he received 90 emails from interested faculty within an hour.
Faculty from such diverse departments as Drama, Psychology, Design and Mathematical Sciences have taken part in this “exceptionally creative teaching activity.”
Minden will be recognized at the University Celebration of Teaching ceremony on April 5. His accomplishments will be further celebrated at the Mellon College of Science annual meeting on April 30.