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Dr. David Westenberg, professor of biological sciences, has been named Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor.
The Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professorship was established at S&T in 1990 to honor outstanding professors, call attention to teaching excellence, and foster improvements in teaching and learning.
Westenberg, who joined the Missouri S&T faculty in 1997, holds a Ph.D. in microbiology and molecular genetics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He spent two years in Germany as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow and four years as a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) postdoctoral fellow at Dartmouth College. His research focuses on the role of rhizosphere microorganisms on plant nutrition and bioremediation with an emphasis on the Bradyrhizobium japonicum/soybean symbiosis. His research goal is to use the interaction between bacteria and their host plants to enhance crop yield, improve plant nutrition and remove toxic materials.