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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.