Professor Merrill Tawse, Professional Instructor of Biology, was recognized as the recipient of the 2014 Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award during the recent Academic Honors Convocation. Professor Tawse joined the Ashland University faculty in 2010 from the MedCentral College of Nursing and is currently teaching human anatomy and physiology, entomology, as well as a core ecology course for the Department of Biology/Toxicology. Following presentation of the award, Professor Tawse spoke on his teaching philosophy for motivating students in an address titled “Let’s Catch Stuff!”
A resident of Mansfield, Professor Tawse has more than 30 years in outdoor education and research at the Gorman Nature Center and his areas of expertise include the distribution and foraging behaviors of the insectivorous bats found within the four-state region through the utilization of mist netting, acoustic monitoring, radio-telemetry and fecal pellet analysis.
Professor Tawse is the third AU Science faculty member selected for this award. Dr. MasonPosner, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology/Toxicology, received this honor in 2009. Dr. Perry Corbin, Associate Professor of Chemistry, was the recipient in 2012.
The following AU Science students were recognized with Department Awards during the Academic Honors Convocation.
Department of Biology/Toxicology
Sophomore Award: Krista Lewis
Junior Award: Mallory Balmert
Senior Award: Cassie Nix
Department of Chemistry/Geology/Physics
Sophomore Award: Alex Kaple
Junior Award: William Horn
Senior Award: David Hogue