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The 2006 HHMI Professors

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Biographical profiles and photos of the new and continuing HHMI professors.

Richard M. Amasino
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

Richard Amasino has been growing plants ever since his mother let him plant his first seeds. He will use plant genetics to involve undergraduates in original experiments and to develop genetics-based teaching units for K-12 science. 

Winston Anderson
Howard University
Washington, DC

Winston Anderson, a professor of biology at Howard University, plans to help undergraduates at the historically African-American institution develop skills that will give them a competitive edge for entrance into graduate and professional research careers in the biomedical sciences.

Bonnie Bartel
Rice University
Houston, TX

When she was an undergraduate at Bethel College, Bonnie Bartel was aware of only two things she could do with her biology degree—go to medical school or teach five college classes a semester.

Victor G. Corces
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Victor Corces' philosophy is 'never too young.' His plan to expose Baltimore high school students to research as early as their freshman year is built on the belief that students need to hear from real scientists—early. 

Catherine L. Drennan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA

Catherine Drennan understands why some Massachusetts Institute of Technology students may sign up for her freshman chemistry class grudgingly and only because it is required.

Irving R. Epstein
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA

Chemist Irving Epstein will collaborate with the Posse Foundation to bring two 'science posses' to Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts—in addition to the 10 Posse Foundation students that already enter Brandeis each year.

Louis J. Guillette
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

Spend a few minutes poking around Louis Guillette's personal web site, and you get the sense that he's quite at home in the swamp. 

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