Dr. James Gentile of the Hope College faculty has been appointed to the Committee on Undergraduate Science Education (CUSE), a standing committee of the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education at the National Research Council in Washington, D.C.

          Gentile is the dean for the natural sciences and
  the Kenneth G. Herrick Professor of Biology at Hope.  His
  term on the committee will begin on Jan. 1, 1998, and
  continue through Dec. 31, 2000.
          For the next several years, CUSE will focus its
  attention on more effective preparation in science for
  undergraduates who will go on to careers as K-12 teachers;
  developing protocols and tools for more effective evaluation
  of undergraduate teaching by faculty in the nation's
  colleges and universities; increasing scientific literacy
  for all undergraduate students in the U.S.; and other
  projects related to improving science education.
          The CUSE committee of the NRC is affiliated with
  the National Academy of Sciences, and a substantial part of
  the membership of the committee is comprised of members of
  the National Academy.  CUSE currently has a total of 14
  members and is chaired by Dr. Marye Anne Fox, who is vice
  president for research at the University of Texas at Austin
  and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.  The
  committee will increase to 16 members in 1998 and to 18
  members by 2000.
          A member of the Hope faculty since 1976, Gentile
  has been active nationally and internationally in discussing
  issues related to science education.  He is a member of the
  Executive Committee of "Project Kaleidoscope," a Washington,
  D.C.-based initiative focusing on identifying and promoting
  effective models for undergraduate mathematics and science
  education.  He is also a council member for the Council on
  Undergraduate Research.
          His research in genetic toxicology has resulted in
  more than 60 papers during the past 15 years.  A past
  president of the Environmental Mutagen Society, he is the
  executive managing editor of the international journal
  "Mutation Research."
          Gentile is a consultant for the National
  Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, and is serving,
  at the appointment of Governor John Engler, on Michigan's
  State Hazardous Site Assessment Committee.  He is a
  consultant with the EPA's Office on Substances/Test Rules
  Development Branch, and a past consultant to the EPA's
  Science Advisory Board.  He is also a scientific program
  advisor to the Murdock Trust in Vancouver, Wash.