Each year, the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) presents awards to recognize biology and life science teachers for their expertise in specific subject areas, for contributions to the profession, and to recognize service to NABT, life science teaching, or leadership in learning communities.This year’s NABT Genetics Education Award went to Baylor’s Dr. Elizabeth Forrester.
The Genetics Education Award recognizes innovative, student-centered classroom instruction to promote the understanding of genetics and its impact on inheritance, health, and biological research. The award includes a $1000 honorarium, a recognition plaque to be presented at the NABT Professional Development Conference, and one-year complimentary membership to NABT. The award is sponsored by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and the Genetics Society of America (GSA).
Outside the classroom, Dr. Forrester and Baylor colleague Dr. Dawn Richards, who are also Ph.D. research scientists, developed a testing protocol for COVID-19 and have provided testing for more than 10,000 local samples from Hamilton County health organizations in the Baylor lab since March 27. Dr. Forrester and Dr. Richards are trained in molecular biology and in working with viruses and have the necessary specialized equipment in their lab at Baylor. Dr. Forrester and Dr. Richards donated their time to the project.
The NABT named Dr. Forrester the recipient of Tennessee's Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for 2016-2017. The NABT gives annual Outstanding Biology Teacher Awards in each state, province, and territory.