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Outstanding teacher is two-time award
year students have bestowed a familiar honor on Craig Beeson,
Ph.D., by selecting him as the College of Graduate Studies Outstanding
Teacher of the Year Award for 2007-2008.
Beeson, associate professor for the College of Pharmacy, was selected
by first-year students as the best among 10 professors nominated for
the annual top teacher honors. Beeson also was chosen by first year
students for the same award in 2004-2005.
An expert in cell biology, Beeson came to MUSC about seven years ago
from the University of Washington, Seattle. A graduate of California
State University, Northridge; Beeson received his master’s degree from
San Diego State University; and earned his doctorate degree at the
University of California, Irvine.
The Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award was initiated in 2002 by
College of Graduate Studies Dean Perry Halushka, M.D., Ph.D., to
encourage teaching excellence in the college.
As the award winner, Beeson received a personal plaque, his name on a
plaque outside of the college’s office, $250 and a free parking space
for a year.
One student said: “Dr. Beeson is a great professor/teacher/mentor. He
is an expert in his field, and he can express his knowledge and explain
scientific information very efficiently. He also interacts well with
the students, and he helps us learn what he is teaching easily and
rather quickly. He did a great job in putting together the metabolism
unit, which is a great asset to the college and to professors.”
Research in Beeson’s lab is described as “a fusion of chemistry and
cell biology,” in which specific projects include studies of T-cell
activation and myocardial glucose utilization. The results of the
Beeson’s T-cell studies are being used to develop possible treatments
for autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis; and a by-product
of the studies is helping researchers develop treatment for
Friday, May 16, 2008
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