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Cardinale again tapped to mentor other biology professors

Jean Cardinale tapped to mentor promising life sciences professors.

Jean Cardinale tapped to mentor promising life sciences professors.

When the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) needs someone to mentor promising life sciences professors, it knows exactly who to choose: Jean A. Cardinale, associate professor of biology in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Alfred University.

This is the third time that Cardinale has been chosen to mentor BioSciEdNet (BEN) Scholars, who are themselves considered to be among the best undergraduate life sciences faculty members in the nation. Moreover, she’s been a mentor since the program began in 2006.

"I'm very honored to have been asked again to work with such a strong group of innovative educators from around the country. It's exciting to be involved in the BEN Scholars program and to facilitate dissemination of high quality educational resources," said Cardinale, who holds a dual appointment as an associate professor of biomedical materials engineering science in the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering. She is also co-chair of the Division of Biology at AU.

Cardinale is one of six mentors who are working with 34 faculty members from around the country. Scholars are selected through a competitive application process, and are expected to publish curricular material in addition to conducting outreach activities for biological sciences faculty on their campuses, through their region, and nationally through professional societies.

BEN Scholars receive training in leadership and effective use of digital libraries; resources to use in their own classrooms and to share with colleagues through presentations, workshops and one-on-one mentoring; integration into the BEN Scholars Network; and recognition from participating organizations.

Cardinale is curriculum editor for the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. She was editor-in-chief of the American Society for Microbiology MicrobeLibrary Curriculum Collection from 2005-10; and served on the Society’s Committee for Technology Enhanced Education from 2005-10.

Also recently, she was among the invited participants who at "Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A View for the 21st Century," in Washington, DC, in 2009. She was co-chair of an American Society for Microbiology-UNESCO Leadership program for International Educators program in San Francisco in 2010, and an educational resource advisor for ASM-UNESCO Education Fellows during a one-year learning institute in 2010.

Cardinale has presented numerous talks and lectures, and has authored or co-authored, often with her undergraduate students, numerous research articles.

Cardinale, who has taught at Alfred University since 2000, earned a Ph.D. and a master of science in microbiology and immunology, and a bachelor’s in cell and developmental biology, all from the University of Rochester (NY).

The BEN Collaborative was established in 1999 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) with 11 other professional societies and coalitions. The BEN Collaborative’s overall mission is not only to provide seamless access to electronic resources, but also to serve as a catalyst for strengthening teaching and learning in the biological sciences.