Biotechnology Grad Receives Award
A Merced College
biotechnology program graduate has won a prestigious science teaching
award. Dave Menshew, lead teacher of the biotechnology/forensics program
at James C. Enochs High School in Modesto, received the Amgen Award for
Science Teaching Excellence.
Menshew was one of six California teachers to receive the award which
included an unrestricted $5000 cash award, plus a $5000 cash grant for
expansion or enhancement of his school's science program. The Science
Teaching Excellence award recognizes extraordinary contributions by full-time
classroom teachers who are elevating the level of science literacy through
creativity in the classroom and motivation of students.
Menshew has been active in programs offered by the San Joaquin Biotechnology
Center as well as the Edward Teller Education Center (ETEC), including
a summer internship at Lawrence Livermore National Lab. After earning
a biotechnology certificate from Merced College, Menshew proposed a biotechnology
course to his school district as an advanced high school science elective.
The district asked if he could expand the proposal. The four-year Forensics
Biotechnology Career Pathway Program at James C. Enochs High School is
The new forensics/biotech program includes almost 225 students in 4 sections
and is one of the most popular programs at the new school. "We're
using forensics as the hook to get students interested in science,"
says Menshew. "Our goal is to teach science, aligned to state content
standards, that meets our student expectations and need for job skills
For more information on the biotechnology program at Merced College, contact
Dr. Douglas Kain at (209) 384-6344.