Dr. Douglas Lobner, professor of biomedical sciences in the college of health sciences, was recently honored with the university’s highest teaching award, the John P. Raynor, S.J., Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.
In nominating Lobner, colleagues and students described him as an individual dedicated to his students and his profession. During his 15 years at Marquette, Dr. Lobner has developed meaningful and understandable ways to teach very complex information on human physiology and neuroscience within multiple programs, including the biomedical sciences major, the physician assistant studies program, the neuroscience graduate program, and the school of dentistry.
“What Doug is actually doing is initiating and sustaining a transformative process whereby students grow from novice learners to more sophisticated learners who begin to seek answers to their own questions,” wrote a colleague in a nomination letter.
In addition to teaching, Lobner has been principal investigator and co-principal investigator on more than $5 million in research grant awards, and is currently focusing on determining the role of environmental toxins in neurodegenerative diseases. Along the way, he has published some 23 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals in which Marquette undergraduate students were co-authors.