June 4, 2018 Duc Tinh

WINSTED, CT – June 4, 2018 – The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) awarded Sharon Gusky, professor of Biology at Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC), a 2018 ASM-IUSSTF Indo-US Teaching Professorship. The Indo-US Teaching Professorship seeks to broaden scientific collaboration between India and the United States by providing microbiologists in each country with opportunities to teach short interactive courses within a microbiology discipline abroad.

Professor Gusky will travel to India in December to teach a course on The Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment (PARE) at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Kolkata. She will be hosted by Dr. Jayasri Das Sarma, a biology professor at the Institute. The PARE project is a crowd-sourcing authentic research project developed by Carol Bascom-Slack, a professor at Tufts University. Gusky currently teaches the PARE project in her microbiology course at NCCC. This collaboration will also provide her students in Connecticut the opportunity to interact remotely with students in India.

Professor Gusky earned her bachelor’s degree at Fairfield University and her graduate degree from Dartmouth College. She recently received the 2018 STEM Achievement Award from the Connecticut Science Center and was named Connecticut’s Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation in 2015. She is a founding member and current president of the Connecticut Association of Biology Teachers (CTABT), a founding member and current chair of the Connecticut Community College Biology Faculty Association (C3BIOS), a founding Fellow of the Partnership for Life Science Education (PULSE), and state-wide chair of the Connecticut Community Colleges’ Center for Teaching (CFT).

The ASM-IUSSTF Indo-US program was launched in 2003 and provides five awards annually to support research and teaching professorships between India and the US. Since 2003, ASM and IUSSTF have supported 75 professorship grants through this program resulting in long-term collaborations through the research grants and dissemination of expertise to hundreds of students through the teaching professorships.