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David has been with CTAHR for more than 27 years, serving as a chair and professor in MBBE. His passion for teaching and ability to relate complex concepts in a way that makes the subject of molecular biosciences easier to understand has inspired confidence in his students to go further in their academic careers and achieve more than they once thought possible. David regularly ties in current events into his teachings, driving home the relevance and importance of the world of biotechnology and successfully engaging students to want to learn more. The spark that few can ignite in their students is a skill that he possesses, which is only part of what makes him deserve this year's Teaching Award. His impact as an educator and mentor was echoed through 15 letters of recommendation from current and former students, who cite the main cornerstone of their success being his teaching. Thank you, David, for your dedication, infectious spirit, and guidance to the next generation of scientists! Congratulations!
David will be honored at the 2022 CTAHR 'Ohana Banquet.