David Mangus Receives 2016 Biotechnology Teaching Award

January 19, 2017



David Mangus Receives 2016 Biotechnology 
Teaching Award

Teaching a high school based biotechnology program is not unusual. Designing and teaching a four-year program that is vertically integrated to build on previous knowledge is not only unusual, it is transformative. That is exactly what Dr. David Mangus has done at Brockton High School in Brockton, MA. This non-vocational pathway allows students to explore key concepts and science practices before engaging with more in-depth study in Forensics. Their experience then culminates with a year-long original research project. NABT and Bio-Rad Laboratories are proud to recognize David for his innovative approach by awarding him the 2016 Ron Mardigian Biotechnology T eaching Award.

David is very familiar the learning progression needed to become a research scientist. He received a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology from Indiana University. He spent 18 years, first as a postdoctoral fellow and then as a research assistant professor, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School researching post-transcriptional aspects of gene expression mediated by poly(A)-binding protein. This multifunctional protein regulates diverse aspects of gene expression, including mRNA processing, export, and turnover, as well as translational control.

David has been at Brockton High School for four years, where his research experience, personal philosophy, and vision of biology have informed his classroom practice. “The laboratories that I designed for the biotechnology program allow students to explore key concepts in ways that make those concepts transparent, quantifiable and understandable,” David said. Learning how to do science is only one aspect of the course. In addition to the biotechnology course being vertically integrated, David works with his colleagues to horizontally integrate the course across the math, science, and history curriculum. 

As a leader in his school, David works diligently to ensure he, his fellow teachers, and students have access to the very best resources available. As a leader in his school and As a result, said Jonathon Shapiro, the head of Science Department at Brockton, “Brockton’s low-income urban students may be characterized generally as underrepresented in the field, but they are not underserved.”

“As an educator, I am inspired by the abundance of opportunities available to future generations and can’t wait to see what discoveries and advances the scientists we are training will make.” The impact Dr. David Mangus makes on his students will result in more than a few of those future discoveries, and we are honored to recognize him with the 2016 Ron Mardigian Biotechnology Teaching Award.

The Ron Mardigian Biotechnology Teaching Award is sponsored by