Ming Zheng

Ming Zheng, professor of biology, might be on sabbatical this semester, but he’s as busy as ever with his scholarship and professional contributions. In fact, on Friday, November 30th, Zheng will help lead Gordon in hosting the 46th Annual Fall Symposium & Business Meeting of the New England Society of Microscopy (NESM). Founded in 1967, the NESM’s purpose is to “increase, disseminate, and promote the interchange of microscopy and its applications in New England.”

Zheng—whose most recent research interests include ethical, legal, social, and economic impacts of genetic engineering—has been a member of NESM since 2003, which is also when Gordon began hosting the symposium. From 2008 through 2011, he  served on the Board as one of three biological directors. Last fall, he was elected president and will begin in that role January 1, 2013. As president, Zheng will plan monthly Board meetings, organize spring, fall and February conferences as well as the fall symposium and business meeting held annually on the Gordon campus. NESM members and speakers represent a wide variety of research institutions such as Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Harvard University, and  Zelenograd, Moscow. Here’s what Zheng said about his involvement in NESM:

“In a way, I see myself as a small fish swimming in a big pond, considering many of our members and speakers are researchers from strong research institutions like Harvard, MIT, Wellsley, etc. But our participation in the NESM provides a window for the wider academy to see the quality of our institution. It also allows some of our students to showcase their research and ability. For instance, Tiffany Hurlbut, ’07, presented her research with me in 2006 at Gordon and connected with a Harvard professor as a result. She then went to, and graduated from, Harvard’s graduate school. Other students have won first and second-place poster competitions. It’s rewarding to be a part of NESM because of the opportunities it provides our students to learn, and to contribute their outstanding work to a wider academic audience, which often leads to post-graduate opportunities. And it has affected my own scholarship by providing me with wonderful opportunities for enrichment, professional development and academic networking.”