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Winsted, CT – Northwestern CT Community College is happy to announce Dr. Tara Jo Holmberg, Professor in Environmental Science and Biology, has been elected as the President of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT). Dr. Holmberg was presented the gavel at November’s National Conference in Indianapolis and will begin her term as president on January 1, 2023.

NABT is the largest professional society for biology educators and is recognized as the leader in life science education. At the national conference, Dr. Holmberg hosted the Honors Luncheon and conducted a live interview with Dr. Michael Thomas Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota and member of President Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board.

In addition to teaching and researching at Northwestern, Dr. Holmberg also serves as a Teacher Ambassador for BioInteractive at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and is a consulting editor for the College Teaching Journal. She has received numerous recognitions for her contributions to biology and environmental science education including the Connecticut Science Center’s 2021 STEM Achievement Award, the 2018 New England Formal Educator of the Year Award, and the Northwest Conservation District’s 2017 Conservation Educator of the Year.

Dr. Holmberg is the third NABT president from Connecticut. Elizabeth Cowles, Professor of Biology at Eastern Connecticut State University was president in 2018 and Sharon Gusky, Professor of Biology at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, served as president in 2020.


For Immediate Release
Contact: Susan Stiller