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Oct. 19, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

SRU biology professor earns Minority Achiever Award

Wayne Forbes, assistant professor of biology at Slippery Rock University, will be honored tonight in Pittsburgh as a “Minority Achiever” as part of the Annual Minority Achiever’s Awards Program sponsored by Minority Opinion/Talk Magazine.

The magazine sponsors the awards as a way of giving recognition and showing appreciation to minorities who have made outstanding contributions in their professions as well as a way to inspire others to similar accomplishments.

“I am truly pleased Dr. Forbes has been selected for this honor. While I have only been here a short time, I have already heard of his strong classroom teaching talents and of his devotion to student success. He is truly a leader in our biology department and on our campus, and I join in congratulating him on his latest recognition,” said Cheryl Norton, SRU president since June.

“I am grateful for being honored with this award,” Forbes said. He credited his upbringing for his classroom success, saying, “I developed a strong work ethic toward gaining knowledge, and now, as an educator and a passionate life-long learner, I encourage my students to be committed to and excited about learning, thereby increasing their likelihood of achieving success.”

A Jamaican by nationality, Forbes was reared in Wakefield, Jamaica. He earned an honors bachelor’s degree in zoology and botany from the University of the West Indies and his doctorate in life sciences at the same university. He completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in parasite neurobiological studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

He joined the SRU biology faculty in 2003 after having taught in the department of pathobiology at the University of Pennsylvania. He was also a scientific officer for the Scientific Research Council, Jamaica, W.I. Forbes is internationally recognized for his work and has been awarded two international patents from the U.S. and one national patent from Jamaica.

He is an active and engaged member of the SRU community. He serves as the faculty adviser for Campus Crusade for Christ, is on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service committee and is a faculty mentor for the University’s Jump Start program, designed to help minority and underrepresented students make a smooth transition to college. In 2011, he was named the Beta Beta Beta Professor of the Year, and in 2005 won the Frederick Douglass Institute Award.

Forbes receives his award during ceremonies at the Holiday Inn University Center.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.