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DATE: May 15, 2002
CONTACT: Calvin Burns, (901) 333-5338 or Marilyn Duncan (901) 333-4247
Southwest Professor Focused on Cutting-Edge Technology;
To Co-Chair National Conference on Microbiology
Dr. Indiren Pillay, associate professor of Biology and Microbiology in the
Department of Natural Sciences at Southwest Tennessee Community College,
will co-chair a national conference that is aimed at keeping faculty
abreast of cutting-edge technology. He will co-chair the ninth American
Society for Microbiology (ASM) Undergraduate Microbiology Education
Conference May 17-19 in Salt Lake City.
As national co-chairperson, Dr. Pillay has worked for the past year to
plan and organize the conference. The three-day event is designed to
update biology and microbiology instructors about the latest trends and
developments in the Allied Health arena. Topics of discussion for the
Discussing Active Learning in the Classroom
Bioterrorism and Ways to Teach It
Emerging Issues in Microbial Biodiversity
Developing a Strategy to Implement Science Teaching Reform Methods
Unseen Life on Earth
"The forum will also allow me to interact with faculty who are teaching
Biotechnology courses, and serve as an excellent sounding board for
Southwest's own Biotechnology program development," states Dr. Pillay.
Dr. Pillay also serves as co-director of Southwest's Bridge to the
Biomedical Sciences Program. Funded by a grant from the National
Institutes of Health (NIH), the Bridge initiative is aimed at increasing
the number of minority students who successfully transfer from Southwest
to four-year colleges and helping them establish careers in the areas of
Biomedical and Natural Sciences.
This educational outreach project places qualified minority students in a
faculty-mentored program where they are exposed to biomedical research
experiences. Since its inception in 1995, more than 25 students at the
Union Avenue Campus have completed the program and transferred to the
University of Memphis to earn a Bachelor of Science degree.
Currently there are 16 students enrolled in Southwest's Bridge to the
Biomedical Sciences Program. For more information about this unique
project, call Southwest at (901) 333-5220.
Community College is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution.