Thank a Teacher Thursday: White House Edition

October 31, 2014 9:04 PM

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Thank a Teacher Thursday: White House Edition

As Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Jo Handelsman, Ph.D. Technology Policy, Dr. Jo Handelsman, "helps to advise President Obama on the implications of science for the Nation, ways in which science can inform U.S. policy, and on Federal efforts in support of scientific research." She took leave from her position as Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor and Frederick Phineas Rose Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University to serve the nation in this new role. But this is hardly the first time that Jo has taken on major challenges in addition to her academic research. When she sees a need, she dives in -- usually by applying a stiff dose of science.

No doubt lots of assistant professors, more or less confident in their ability to do research, find their roles as teachers and mentors more challenging than they expected. Jo -- who became an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, at the ripe old age of 26 -- certainly did. So...

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