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- John Van Hoesen receives 2013 Biggs Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching
POULTNEY - John Van Hoesen, associate professor of geology and
environmental studies at Green Mountain College, has received the
2013 Biggs Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching. The
award, presented annually to one person by the Geological Society
of America, recognizes innovative and effective teaching of earth
science among early career faculty.
"It's a very deserved honor," said dean of faculty Tom
Mauhs-Pugh. "John brings a great deal of personal experience and
enthusiasm to all of his classes, and actively involves students in
his research. He is an expert mentor, providing students with deep
and meaningful educational experiences."
Van Hoesen is director of GMC's Community Mapping Lab, which
provides equipment and facilities for students to execute mapping
projects for faculty, graduate students or members of the local
community. In 2011 he received a Fulbright Award to investigate the
origins of manganese used in burial masks by the ancient Chinchorro
people, in what is now Chile. His work has explored the behavior
and migration patterns of the Chinchorro, who developed
mummification techniques 3,000 years before the Egyptians.
Van Hoesen holds a Ph.D. in geoscience from University of
Nevada, Las Vegas. He currently serves as associate editor for the
Journal of Geoscience Education.