Jamie Shuda, director of life science outreach for the Institute for Regenerative Medicine (IRM) at Penn, has been named co-recipient of the 2018 Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence by the Genetics Society of America (GSA) for “extraordinary contributions to genetics education.” The prize will be presented to Dr. Shuda and her co-recipient, Dr. Steven Farber, a principal investigator at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Baltimore, at the 59th Annual Drosophila Research Conference (a GSA-affiliated meeting), which will take place next month in Philadelphia.
Dr. Shuda and Dr. Farber have been recognized for establishing BioEYES, a K-12 science education program that provides classroom-based, hands-on lessons in basic scientific methods, biology and genetics using live zebrafish. The BioEYES program, in use in more than 100 schools, has been in operation in Philadelphia since 2002, and more than 115,000 students in the U.S and Australia have participated to date.
At IRM, Dr. Shuda develops and implements community outreach programs in the life sciences for K-12 students; teaches Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) undergraduate courses in biology and bioethics that partner with local high schools; supervises Penn student mentors to work with local teachers and students; provides professional development to dozens of teachers each year; and creates new curricula to enhance K-12 science. Dr. Shuda also collaborates with Penn faculty members university-wide to develop community outreach projects as part of their federal grant awards.