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Aug. 27, 2012

Birmingham-Southern College professor receives faculty development award

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Dr. Melanie Styers, assistant professor of biology at Birmingham-Southern College, is the 2012 recipient of the Bob Whetstone Faculty Development Award, given recently by the Office of the Provost.

Dr. Melanie Styers (second from right), received the award from (far left) BSC Provost Dr. Mark Schantz and Dr. Bob and Janelle Whetstone.
Dr. Melanie Styers (second from right) with BSC Provost Dr. Mark Schantz (far left) and Dr. Bob and Janelle Whetstone.

Named for the professor emeritus, college alumnus, and former longtime chair of the education division at BSC, the annual award recognizes a non-tenured faculty member who demonstrated excellence in teaching during the preceding academic year. A cash award is set aside for the professional development and travel budget of the recipient.

In addition to teaching biology, Styers is doing research on the characterization of the role of membrane trafficking in human disease using the yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe as a model. She earned her Ph.D. from Emory University, where her studies focused on interactions between the cellular membrane trafficking machinery and the cytoskeleton.

"I'm delighted to have received this award," remarked Styers. "I've had so many great students who make teaching at BSC a joy in the classroom and out of the classroom."

She joined the Birmingham-Southern faculty in 2010 and is a 1999 graduate of the college.

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