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Prof. Campbell's Work in Biology Education Earn Him "Fellow" Status in International Science Organization

by Davidson College
Prof. Malcolm Campbell
Prof. Malcolm Campbell

Professor of Biology A. Malcolm Campbell has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Campbell was cited for distinguished contributions to undergraduate science education, particularly for establishing the Genome Consortium for Active Teaching and founding the journal CBE Life Sciences Education.

Campbell created the James G. Martin Genomics Program at Davidson, and continues to serve as its director. He introduced courses in genomics and synthetic biology to the curriculum, and co-authored with Professor Laurie Heyer of the mathematics department the first true genomics textbook for undergraduates, titled, Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics. He and Heyer have also directed scores of students in research projects that include building a bacterial computer, and using the principle of evolution to optimize drug production by microbes.

Campbell and collaborators in the American Society for Cell Biology launched CBE Life Sciences Education in 2002. This free, online quarterly serves professionals engaged in biology teaching at all levels by publishing peer-reviewed articles on life science education. The journal has become an international leader in education research in the life sciences.

Campbell founded the Genome Consortium for Active Teaching (GCAT) in 2000, and through it has trained more than 360 undergraduate faculty members to bring genomics into the undergraduate curriculum. Originally focusing on delivering affordable DNA microarray experiments to students, GCAT now also brings the tools and resources of synthetic biology and next generation sequencing to undergraduates nationwide. With funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and National Science Foundation, GCAT has helped more than 36,000 undergraduate students conduct their own microarray experiments.

Campbell has received several previous honors for his commitment to science education and Davidson College. Earlier this fall The Genetics Society of America awarded him its Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education.

He also received the American Society for Cell Biology's Bruce Alberts Award for Excellence in Science Education in 2006, and the college's Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching Award in 2008.


He received his B.S. in biology from Davidson in 1984, his Ph.D. in biology from The Johns Hopkins University, and joined the Davidson faculty in 1994.

He is among 702 AAAS members named as Fellows this year because of their outstanding efforts to advance science or its applications. New fellows will be presented with the association's traditional certificate and rosette pin on Saturday, February 16, 2013, during the association's annual meeting in Boston.

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Members can be considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the association's 24 sections, or by any three fellows who are current AAAS members and are unaffiliated with the nominee's institution, or by the AAAS chief executive officer.

Each steering group then reviews the nominations of individuals within its respective section and a final list is forwarded to the AAAS Council, which votes on the aggregate list.

The Council is the policymaking body of the Association, chaired by the AAAS president, and consisting of the members of the board of directors, the retiring section chairs, delegates from each electorate and each regional division, and two delegates from the National Association of Academies of Science.