John Doctor Education Prize

The John Doctor Education Prize was established in memory of John Doctor, a Society for Developmental Biology member, who passed away suddenly and prematurely in the fall of 2005. John was very active in the society as a member of the Professional Development and Education Committee (PDEC), a participant in education sessions at regional and national meetings, and as an organizer of the 2004 Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. His enthusiasm and enjoyment for teaching was inspirational for many who met him at SDB meetings.

In 2006, SDB began awarding the John Doctor Best Education Poster Award.  In 2016, the PDEC reinvented the award as an education video competition and challenged SDB members to produce engaging videos that teach difficult-to-explain developmental biology topics.  The John Doctor Education Prize includes a certificate and a check for $1,000.

Challenge:  Produce a short video (up to 5 minutes in length) of your approach to teaching one of the following developmental biology topics to an undergraduate, graduate, or lay public audience: (1) Differential Gene Expression, (2) Body Axes, or (3) Gastrulation.  Videos with broad appeal and those demonstrating active learning exercises or hands-on activities are preferred.

Selection Criteria:  The presenter or team of presenters must be current SDB members (2019 dues paid).  Videos will be evaluated on both the content of the work presented and the quality of the presentation. Videos should be clear, concise, and visually appealing. The presenter should be knowledgeable and engaging. A brief written summary about the video (no more than 3 pages double-spaced) is required with the submission.  It should include tips for how the video could be used in the classroom, as well as the intended audience.

Submission Deadline: Friday, July 5, 2019 (11:59 pm EDT)

John Doctor Education Prize Winners

Amy Ralston (Michigan State University)
Developmental Origami: An active learning exercise to explore the developmental origins of the body axes
Youngeun Choi (Harvard University) My Fate is in Your Hands: Inductive Signals For Cell Fate Determination pdf
Caryl A. Forristall (University of Redlands)Teaching the Concept of Induction with Feathers and Hen's Teethpdf

    Past Poster Award Recipients:

    Sandra Leal, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS. "A forward genetic screen as a developmental biology laboratory exercise for undergraduates identifies gene candidates that regulate embryonic CNS development in Drosophila." Developmental Biology 356 (2011): A55.

    Sally Hoskins, City College of New York, NY. "Demystifying and humanizing research through intensive analysis of primary literature--testing the C.R.E.A.T.E. approach in diverse student populations and topic areas." Developmental Biology 356 (2011): A56.
    Judith Thorn, Knox College, Galesburg, IL. “Humanoids: a creative application project for developmental biology courses.” Developmental Biology 344 (2010): 438.

    Jamie Shuda, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. “Impacting K-12: what makes Project BioEYES work?” Developmental Biology 344 (2010): 421
    Sally Hoskins, City College of New York, NY. “Novel use of primary literature in class promotes critical thinking as well as interest in research careers.” Developmental Biology 306 (2007): A66.
    Michael Klimkowsky, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO.  “Mapping student misconceptions using Ed’s Tools, an online analysis system.” Developmental Biology 295 (2006): 349.

    Last Updated on 08/20/2019