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Release: Oct. 8, 2002
English professor Miriam Gilbert wins Hubbard award for teaching excellence
Lauded as "an exemplar of teaching excellence," Miriam Gilbert,
a professor of English in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences, accepted the Philip G. Hubbard Award for Outstanding Education at
the 2002 UI Convocation Tuesday, Oct. 1.
The one-time award was created by Joseph A. Walder, M.D., Ph.D., a former
UI professor of biochemistry and founder of Integrated DNA Technologies in
Coralville. In honor of the late UI professor and administrator Philip Hubbard
and his commitment to educational excellence, Walder provided $18,000 for
the award to recognize a UI faculty member who has demonstrated extended teaching
In nominating Gilbert for the award her colleagues described her as "devoted,"
"imaginative," "passionate" and "energetic."
Even after more than 30 years teaching Shakespeare to undergraduates, Gilbert
continues to seek innovative ways to present the material. In the past five
years, aided by an explosion of film and video versions of Shakespeare's works,
Gilbert has created a collection of CD-ROMs containing several versions of
individual scenes from the plays. This enables her to present contrasting
versions of the same scene at the click of a mouse, allowing students to compare
the actors' and directors' interpretive choices.
"Miriam's commitment to the advancement of teaching at all levels, both
here on campus and throughout the world, are richly evident in her service
record," Boyd said in presenting the award. "Her generosity and
her deep care for each of her students not only make her the perfect choice
for this award, but a standard by which all other faculty can measure their
Gilbert began her teaching career in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
in 1969. She is the co-editor of two major drama anthologies for college students,
"Stages of Drama," and "Modern and Contemporary Drama."
Her work on Shakespeare's plays in performance includes a number of articles,
plus a book-length study of "Love's Labor's Lost." She is also known
for her articles on teaching Shakespeare through classroom performance-based
activities, and has directed eight summer seminars, sponsored by the National
Endowment for the Humanities, for both college and high school teachers of
Shakespeare and other dramatic texts.
Walder's company, Integrated DNA Technologies, grew out of his UI research
and initially was housed in the UI Technology Innovation Center business incubator
on the Oakdale campus. The company now employs more than 300 people at its
corporate headquarters at 1710 Commercial Park in Coralville and has executive
offices in suburban Chicago. The biotechnology company, is a major force in
advancing biomedical research as both a supplier of custom oligonucleotides
and a developer of innovative new biotechnology. As a leading manufacturer
of synthetic DNA/RNA IDT provides products to over 14,000 customers worldwide.