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Professor Luciane Vieira de Mello from the School of Life Sciences has been awarded the Biochemical Society’s 2019 Teaching Excellence Award.
Luciane, who is a Professor of Bioscience Education at the University, was one of eleven distinguished scientists and exceptional early career honoured in the Biochemical Society’s annual Awards.
The Teaching Excellence award is given to those who have demonstrated Individual excellence, Commitment to own continuing professional development and commitment to students and colleagues.
Luciane (Lu) was given the following tribute from the Biochemical Society: “Lu has published over 40 research articles in biochemistry and bioinformatics but in 2012 she decided to direct her career towards teaching and learning. Lu’s broad educational research interest focuses on student–staff partnership, internationalisation, and employability. Lu’s contribution has been to devise, test and disseminate a range of novel methods that enable such students to understand and use bioinformatics effectively.”
“Students in science struggle to recognise and reflect on transferable skills gained during their undergraduate and life. Lu designed an online reflective log and a skills audit in a placement module to help students recognise and reflect on the transferable skills gained during their undergraduate degree. The positive impact on student experience has been evaluated, and some of the assessment procedures have since been adopted across the Faculty.”
Newly elected Chair
Luciane also has recently been elected as Chair of the Biochemical Society’s Training Theme Panel. This role is responsible for developing the direction of the Society’s growing portfolio of face-to-face and online training events and courses, working closely with Society staff and the Training Theme Panel. The position also plays a key role in liaising between the Society’s Education and Conferences Committees and is responsible for representing the Society’s training activity on Council of Trustees.
Luciane received her award from Professor Rob Beynon, Chair of Proteomics in IIB at the University of Liverpool and also the outgoing Chair of the Education Committee of the Biochemical Society (pictured above). The award was presented at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, Cambridgeshire.
Rob said: “The Biochemical Society is extremely active in Education, Training and Public Engagement. The Society created this award as a fitting recognition of the excellence, dedication and commitment of academic staff who ensure that our teaching is evolving and innovative, uses best practice, and that best practice is shared. Lu is absolutely deserving of this award.”
The Awards recognize scientists for the excellence of their work and the profound impact their research has had on the scientific community and wider society. They also highlight outstanding work by early career researchers.
For more information about the Biochemical Society Awards please visit: http://www.biochemistry.org/Awards/2019Winners.aspx
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