Education Committee Mission and Goals

Vision: Students and cell biology professionals will engage in educational activities that promote the entry of future scientists into the many disciplines available to them for careers. Cell biology education will produce a scientifically literate citizenry able to participate in policy discussions and decisions for the United States and internationally re: science. The science education of the nation’s youth is a critical responsibility accepted by the ASCB membership.

Goals: The ASCB Education Committee (EdComm) will: 1) promote biology education, science literacy, and career development in biology-related fields focused on K-12 students, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty, and science professionals; 2) engage ASCB members in these activities at both ASCB meetings and home institutions; 3) collaborate with the Women in Cell Biology (WICB) Committee and Minorities Affairs Committee to support equity and access to education and these career opportunities; 4) promote EdComm member participation in one educational activity beyond their job requirements each year (a substantive classroom visit, an educational session at a professional meeting, a “town hall meeting” in their congressional district about science education, etc.; 5) encourage all ASCB members to support these goals.


EdComm will achieve its goals by: 1) providing education policy advice through the Public Policy Committee (PPC); 2) informing its target audience about ASCB educational activities through the Public Information Committee (PIC); 3) engaging in a variety of activities at the Annual Meeting across the range of educational levels and issues; 4) interacting with sister professional societies [including the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)] to maximize and leverage resources; 5) encouraging ASCB members to publish their educational activities in CBE—Life Sciences Education;6) maintaining and updating the ASCB BioEducate website; and 7) providing information resources for federal agencies and foundations studying pedagogy, curriculum, and assessment strategies.

How to get involved

Education Committee Liaison: Thea Clarke

Interested in joining the Education Committee? We welcome volunteers (from all levels of education and all types of educational institutions) to become associate members for a year to see if the committee is a good fit. Those who are able to contribute value to the committee are often invited to become full members. Please contact Thea Clarke.

Attention faculty and postdocs: Apply for an ASCB active learning mentoring grant


Programs & Activities


Educator Resources




Education Committee

Name Inst./Co. Term Ending
Susan Wick Univ Minnesota 2014
Name Inst./Co. Term Ending
Merri Casem California State Univ-Fullerton 2015
Lena Diaw NHLBI/NIH 2015
Joyce Fernandes Miami Univ 2016
Tracie Gibson Univ Texas-Permian Basin 2016
Jennifer Hood-DeGrenier Worcester State University 2016
Caroline Kane Univ California-Berkeley 2014
Tony Koleske Yale Univ 2015
Irina Makarevitch Hamline Univ 2016
George Plopper Rensselaer Polytech Inst 2015
Amy Prunuske Univ Minnesota 2016
Omar Quintero University of Richmond 2016
Cheston Saunders North Caroline State Univ 2016
K. Schmeidler-Sapiro Irvine Valley Coll 2014
Michael Wolyniak Hampden Sydney Coll 2015
Name Inst./Co. Term Ending
Stefano Bertuzzi American Society for Cell Biology 2099
Laurence Clement American Society for Cell Biology 2014
Erin Dolan Univ Texas-Austin 2015
Sarah Goodwin ASCB 2014
Mark Peifer Univ North Carolina 2014
EDCOMM Associate
Name Inst./Co. Term Ending
Edward Cluett Ithaca Coll 2014
Daniel Goduti Culver Academies 2014
Melissa Kleinschmit Trinidad State Junior Coll 2014
Patrick Lajoie Univ Western Ontario 2014
Shannon Seidel Univ California-San Diego 2014
Jenny Sider Amundsen High School – CPS 2014
Melanie Styers Birmingham-Southern Coll 2014
Name Inst./Co. Term Ending
Kellyann Jones-Jamtgaard 2014