Wake Forest professor honored by Biology association

By Cheryl Walker
April 4, 2006

Ronald V. Dimock Jr., T.D. Kitchin Professor of Biology, received the Meritorious Teaching Award from the Association of Southeastern Biologists at their 67th annual meeting in Gatlinburg, Tenn., March 30.

Ronald V. Dimock Jr.

The award is the association's most prestigious and recognizes outstanding contributions to the training of both graduate and undergraduate biology students. Candidates must be nominated by former students. Each nomination must include testimonials from former undergraduate and graduate students, as well as from colleagues at Wake Forest and other universities.

Dimock is the first Wake Forest winner of the award since 1970.

"This is a well deserved recognition of the tremendous impact that Ron has had on our students and I am very pleased that they recognized the value of the training that he gave and continues to give to them," said Herman Eure, chair of Wake Forest's biology department.

A recognized authority on the symbiotic interactions between bivalve mollusks and aquatic mites, Dimock joined the Wake Forest faculty in 1970. He regularly teaches marine biology, invertebrate zoology, comparative physiology and physiological ecology. He has led field trips with students to a variety of field sites over the course of his career, including trips to the southwestern United States, Mexico and the Galapagos Islands. He teaches a tropical marine ecology course in Jamaica during the summer session and has also taught for many years at the Duke Marine Laboratory summer program in Beaufort.