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ABE Featured Member - January/February 2024

What are your name and title/rank?

Peter Huwe, Associate Professor of Biochemistry

peter.huwe@belmont.edu

How long have you been a member of ABE, and what attracted you to the organization?

I have been a member of ABE since 2020. I was attracted to the organization for the chance to connect with Biochemistry educators at other medical schools. I wanted to see what other people are doing, and what resources that are using. 

Looking at your time with the association, what have you most enjoyed doing? What are you looking forward to?

I have enjoyed making content as a member of the ERDC. I look forward to more collaborations to develop additional teaching resources for ABE members. 

Tell us more about your ABE conference contributions. If you aren't presenting, what are you most excited about engaging in?

At the 2023 meeting, I presented scholarship and co-led a workshop on Rx Bricks. I always look forward to all of the workshops and to meeting colleagues from other institutions in-person. 

If people would like to follow you on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc), what are your handles?

Instagram: pjhuwe

What interesting things are you working on outside of the association right now? Research, presentations, hobbies, etc.

A new project that I am working on involves analyzing admissions data to identify at-risk students and inform the design of pre-matriculation interventions. Outside of work, my one-month-old and 20-month-old children have supplanted almost every hobby that I used to have.




What are your name and title/rank?

Jana Simmons, Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

simmjana@msu.edu


How long have you been a member of ABE, and what attracted you to the organization?

I have been a member since 2013.  I was attracted by the idea of an organization dedicated to the discipline of biochemistry for health colleges.  It feels like this organization was made for me!  I loved the networking and sharing of ideas and was eager to get involved.


Looking at your time with the association, what have you most enjoyed doing? What are you looking forward to?

I have made wonderful professional networking relationships and friendships in ABE.  I loved serving on the Board for 8 years and plan to stay involved in the organization now that I am rotating off the Board.  I thoroughly enjoy our biennial meetings and the wonderful people who seek to learn from each other and improve biochemistry education together.


Tell us more about your ABE conference contributions. If you aren't presenting, what are you most excited about engaging in?

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I have attended each conference since 2013 and presented either an oral or poster at each one.  Other than presenting, I am most excited about the networking and catching up with my ABE friends in person this year!


If people would like to follow you on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc), what are your handles?

I'm not that exciting... really. My LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jana-simmons-585a6a4a/


What interesting things are you working on outside of the association right now? Research, presentations, hobbies, etc.

I am a member of the Michigan Medical Nutrition Education Consortium and we are working on a couple projects to increase nutrition education in medical schools and advocate for nutritional biochemistry in medical curricula, especially in Michigan.


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