LOUISA A. STARK portrait
  • Professor, Human Genetics
  • Director, Genetic Science Learning Center
  • Co-Director, Community Collaboration & Engagement Team, Clinical & Translational Science Institute, School Of Medicine-Operations
  • Adjunct Professor, Population Health Sciences
  • Clinical Professor, Urban Institute for Teacher Education
  • H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair, Human Genetics

Professional Service

  • Association for Clinical and Translational Science. Role: Member. Education Committee. 2018 - present
  • American Society of Human Genetics. Role: Chair. Information and Education Committee. 2015 - 2016
  • American Society of Human Genetics. Role: Member. Information and Education Committee. 2010 - 2014
  • National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics. Role: Advisory Committee Member. Genetic Alliance, Harvard Partners, and March of Dimes. Family History for Prenatal Providers project. 2009 - 2012
  • National Association of Health & Science Education Partnerships. Role: President. 2008 - 2009
  • American Society of Human Genetics. Role: Member. National Advisory Board, Geneticist Educator Network of Alliances (GENA) project. 2007 - 2010
  • National Association of Health & Science Education Partnerships. Role: Member. Executive Council. 2007 - 2010
  • National Association of Health & Science Education Partnerships. Role: President-Elect. 2007 - 2008
  • National Association of Biology Teachers. Role: Board of Directors. 2005 - 2006
  • National Association of Biology Teachers. Role: Member. Professional Development Committee. 2005 - 2005
  • National Science Teachers Association. Role: Member. "The Science Teacher" Advisory Board and Review Panel. 2004 - 2008
  • Utah State Office of Education. Role: Consultant. Fifth Grade Teacher Resource Book. 2002 - 2002
  • National Association of Biology Teachers. Role: Coordinator. Region VIII (2001-03, 2004-06, 2006-08). 2001 - 2009
  • National Association of Biology Teachers. Role: Member. International Activities Committee. 2000 - 2006

Internal Service

  • Leadership Team & Hospital Volunteer, 2018 - present. service.
  • Carnegie Reclassification Task Force. Member, 2018 - present. service.
  • Tenured Faculty/ Career-line Faculty Review Committee. Member, 2016 - 2016. service.
  • Imagine Perfect Care Patient Voice Committee. Member, 2015 - present. service.
  • Curriculum Committee. Acting Chair, 2015 - present. service.
  • Curriculum Committee. Member, 2014 - present. service.
  • Patient Education Steering Committee. Member, 2014 - present. service.
  • Elementary Teacher Certification Program Admissions Committee. Member, 2014 - 2014. service.
  • Retention, Promotion and Tenure Statements Revision Committee. Member, 2013 - 2014. service.
  • Department of Languages and Literature Internal Program Review Committee. Member, 2013 - 2013. service.
  • Faculty Task Force on Multiple Approaches to Course Instruction. Member, 2012 - 2012. service.
  • Curriculum Committee. Member, 2011 - 2014. service.
  • Masters of Science Degree for Secondary School Teachers, Steering Committee for Biology and Chemistry Cohort. Member, 2010 - 2012. service.
  • Elementary Teacher Certification Program Admissions Committee. Member, 2010 - 2010. service.
  • Awards Committee. Member, 2010 - 2011. service.
  • Steering Committee. Member, 2009 - 2010. service.
  • Awards Committee. Member, 2009 - 2009. service.
  • Leadership Team. Member, 2008 - 2015. service.
  • My Research Assistant (MyRA) Website Committee. Member, 2008 - 2010. service.
  • Website Committee. Member, 2008 - 2009. service.
  • Director Search Committee. Member, 2008 - 2009. service.
  • Community-Based Research Collaborative Committee. Member, 2007 - 2007. service.
  • Life Science Observatory Advisory Committe for New Museum. Member, 2006 - 2007. service.
  • Museum Vivion Committee, two Director of Education search committees, and a School Programs Coordinator search committee. Member, 1999 - 2007. service.
  • Health Professions Academy and Health Sciences Academy Committees. Member, 1999 - 2002. service.

Honors & Awards

  • MERLOT Award for Exemplary Online Learning Resources – MERLOT Classics 2017, for the Learn.Genetics and Teach.Genetics websites. Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT), 2017
  • Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education. Genetics Society of America, 2015
  • Inaugural Fellow, Academy of Health Science Educators. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 2013
  • Honorary Membership Award (NABT's highest award). National Association of Biology Teachers, 2011
  • Governor's Medal for Science and Technology. State of Utah, 2010
  • Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (for the Learn.Genetics and Teach.Genetics websites). AAAS/Science Magazine, 2010
  • First Place, Noninteractive Multimedia, for "The Epigenetics of Identical Twins" movie, 2009 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. National Science Foundation and AAAS/Science Magazine, 2009
  • Gene Screen Film Festival Award for "Using Family History to Improve Your Health" movie. Genetic Alliance, 2009
  • Distinguished Alumni Award. Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, 2009
  • Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education. American Society of Human Genetics, 2008
  • Friends of Science Education Award (lifetime achievement award). Utah Science Teachers Association, 2008
  • Outstanding Higher Education Award. Utah Science Teachers Association, 2005
  • 2004 Science and Technology Web Award for the Stem Cells in the Spotlight module (http://gslc.genetics.utah.edu/units/stemcells/); one of the top five sites on the Internet for “Health and Medicine” and one of the top 50 sites for science. Scientific American, 2004
  • 2003 Science and Technology Web Award for the Genetic Science Learning Center website (http://gslc.genetics.utah.edu); one of the top five sites on the Internet for “Biology” and one of the top 50 sites for science. Scientific American, 2003
  • Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. National Science Foundation, 1987

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