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Professor of Molecular Biology Earns Teaching Award

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J. Greg Ferry, the Stanley Person Professor of Molecular Biology, has been selected to receive the 2001 Graduate Microbiology Teaching Award from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

The award, which includes a monetary prize and a commemorative plaque, recognizes distinguished teaching and mentoring of students at the graduate and post-graduate level, plus their encouragement to attain subsequent achievements.  A member of the Penn State faculty since 1995, Ferry will receive the award during the ASM General Meeting Awards Dinner on 21 May in Washington, D.C.  At that time, he will present a lecture titled "Methanogenesis: A Student Playground."

"I have always approached research by considering the student first, asking which projects provide the best training opportunities," Ferry said.  "I have found this approach to be productive, and now to be honored as a mentor and teacher is 'icing on the cake.'  The award is in large part a tribute to my past and present students and the nurturing environment provided by the department and college."

Prior to joining the Penn State faculty, Ferry was an associate professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. During his distinguished career, he has earned numerous awards and honors.  In just the past five years, he has been invited to present more than 30 lectures and seminars.  He was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in 1992.  He received his doctoral degree in microbiology and biochemistry from the University of Illinois in 1974 and his bachelor's degree in agronomy and soil microbiology from the University of Georgia in 1968.

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