Paul Cammer, Ph.D., 2008 Life Sciences Award

Written by on August 15, 2008 in 2008, Educator, Life Sciences Award

Paul Cammer

Paul Cammer, Ph.D.

Director, Neurobiology Research Laboratory
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Alexandria, Virginia

In 2007 Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ) in Fairfax County, Virginia, was ranked as the number one school in the Nation by U.S. News and World Report. This distinction is due in large part, to the innovative teaching methods implemented by the faculty. Students at TJ are high-achievers, and the teachers must put forth special efforts to keep their students challenged. Dr. Cammer is one such educator. When Dr. Cammer was teaching freshmen, he required each of them to prepare a 15-minute PowerPoint presentation to the class as if the student were the research scientist at a conference of his or her peers. Many of these students have returned from college to tell Dr. Cammer that particular project was the ‘single most difficult yet most useful task they performed in high school.

He now teaches mostly upperclassmen, who he continues to challenge far beyond what they think is possible. In addition to Advanced Placement Biology, Dr. Cammer teaches Senior Research in Neuroscience, as well as classes in Neurobiology, Physiology and the Arts, and Bionanotechnology at TJ.

Dr. Cammer received a B.A. in Biology at San Jose State University, and a M.S. in Biochemical Toxicology and Ph.D. in Biochemical Toxicology at Purdue University.

After a career in government and private industry, Dr. Cammer found his passion in teaching. He has been a biology teacher at TJ since 1996.

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation is honored to have had the assistance of the following distinguished individuals serving on the 2008 Life Sciences Awards Evaluation Committee:

  • Russel A. Bantham, Esquire
  • Dr. Diane Bunce
    Department of Chemistry
    The Catholic University of America
  • Dr. Patrick Clemins
    Division of Biological Infrastructure
    National Science Foundation
  • Dr. Edward Eisenstein
    Director & Associate Professor
    University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute
  • Dr. Brent Miller
    Directorate for Biosciences
    National Science Foundation
  • Dr. Venigalla Rao
    Department of Biology
    The Catholic University of America
  • Dr. Reid Schwebach
    Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings
    National Science Foundation
  • Dr. Phillip A. Singerman
    Senior Vice President
    B&D Consulting
  • Dr. John Trant
    Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs
    University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute


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