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Jeanette McGuire Recognized for Teaching Excellence

Integrative Biology Assistant Professor, Jeanette McGuire, was recently awarded the 2016 Lorena V. Blinn Endowed Excellence in Teaching Award through the College of Natural Science. The Lorena V. Blinn Award is awarded to faculty members that demonstrate expertise in the teaching subject matter and integrate current research and/or new advancements relevant to the course topic into the pedagogy. 

When asked about receiving the award, Jeanette McGuire highlighted the support she receives from the Department of Integrative Biology and the Center for Integrative Studies in the General Sciences. "I am deeply honored to be a recipient of the 2016 Lorena V. Blinn teaching award. As faculty in the College of Natural Science, we all strive to provide the best possible education and experiences for all students here at MSU. It is wonderful how supportive the departments I work with are in these endeavors."

Jeanette McGuire is also the lead faculty member on the new Conservation Medicine in New Zealand study abroad program through the Department of Integrative Biology that provides an interdisciplinary approach to health, while providing cutting-edge research opportunities for students on the program. In the spring semester 2017 program, students will be working on three cutting-edge research projects including gene-drug discovery using bacteria, ecosystem health and food security issues in marine ecosystems, as well as biodiversity surveys of endemic species. "With a little luck and a lot of hard work, we will make some discoveries and show our students what it feels like to first-hand be a part of pushing back the frontiers of knowledge."

The Conservation Medicine program is now taking applications for Spring Semester 2018. Contact Jeanette McGuire at for more information, or apply online at

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