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Falcon Spotlight - Ram Nayar

Dr Ram Nayar

Ram Nayar, 2013

  • Senior Professor, Microbiology / Director, Academic Research
  • DSC employee since August 1994

Degrees and schools where awarded:

  • Ph.D., Howard University, Washington D.C.;
  • M.S., Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois;
  • MSc., Vikram University, Gwalior, India;
  • BSc, Kerala University, Trivandrum, India

Career/Professional Honors:
National Recognition:

  • The White House Initiative Faculty Award for Excellence in Science and Technology [1988]
  • Exxon Education Innovation Award [1996]
  • Extramural Associates Award, National Institutes of Health [2000]
  •  National Role Model Mentor Award, Minority Access Inc. [2001]

State Recognition:

  • Special Award for Contributions to Science Education, Volusia Association for Science Teachers [1986, 1987, 1989, 1990]
  • Educator of the Year Award, Phi Delta Kappa, East Central Florida Chapter [1993]
  • Exemplary Practice Award from the Curriculum and Instruction Commission of the Florida Association of Community Colleges (FACC) now known as the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) [2000]

DSC Recognition:

  • Presidential Medallion for Teaching Excellence [2003]
  • Faculty Senate Award for Student Advocacy and Support [1999-2000]

Outside Interests: Competitive tennis; physical training; 5K races; public speaking (scientific and motivational topics); writing professional articles in and out of subject areas; community service; organization of  conferences and seminars; write proposals for funds to implement  programs for the college; ballroom dancing; listening to classical and contemporary music; reading non-fiction and suspense stories.

What did you do prior to joining DSC?

  • Associate Professor, Microbiology at Bethune-Cookman University [1984-1994]
  • Senior Research Scientist, Geomet Technologies Inc., Rockville, Md. [1980-1981] - Prepared criteria documents for National Institutes of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on "Worker Exposure to Chemicals in the Dye and Pigment Industries"  and criteria documents of toxic chemicals as a project for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow and Co-Principal Investigator, Microbiological Associates Inc., Bethesda,  Md. (1975-1980) - Worked on "Chemical Carcinogenesis" and "Endogenous Xenotropic Virus Expression in Inbred Strains of Mice."

What Projects are you working on now?

  • Working on a seminar presentation on the topic "The Role of Epigenetics in Health and Wellness."
  • Providing guidance to a faculty to write an NIH grant.

What has been the most rewarding thing about your DSC experience?  The satisfaction of hearing from former students on their success stories in their profession and the fact that they appreciate the mentoring they received during their time here.

What is the one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? To promote faculty-guided research at DSC that involves students as the norm, rather than the exception.

One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: Actually two things, if I may. I used to scuba dive in the Indian Ocean every day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for six months under the guidance of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), experts from the United Nations and other scientists as part of a research team investigating the causes for the depletion of natural pearl producing oysters.I also last year did a plank (static abdominal hold), a form of exercise, for 30 minutes and 40 seconds, guided by my trainer, a Marine. Not an easy task. Try it. (The world record is 1 hour 20 minutes and 5.01 seconds set by a Marine, named George Hood of Illinois in 2011]

Last Book I read: "The Lexus and the Olive Tree - Understanding Globalization" by Thomas L. Friedman

If they could bottle your personality, what would the label read? Caution: High-Energy Human Molecules Inside.

If you could have a dinner party and invite four people, dead or alive, the guest list would be:  Parents (deceased) of my wife and I.

The Daytona State of Mind to me is: Service without boundaries.

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Last updated: 2014-09-11T17:46:32.572Z