Mike U. Smith, Ph.D., Director of AIDS Education and Research and Professor of Medical Education at Mercer University School of Medicine (Macon, GA, USA) is a native of the state of Tennessee in the USA. He received his BS in biology at Union University (Jackson, TN), his MS in viral genetics at Purdue University (W. Lafayette, IN), and his Ph.D. in genetics education at Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL). Dr. Smith’s interests include AIDS education, genetics teaching and learning and the philosophical and pedagogical issues in the nature of science, evolution, and genetics.
Dr. Smith also serves as a member of the editorial/review boards of science education, philosophy of science teaching, and AIDS education journals. He has published some nine books/book chapters, along with numerous publications in 18 different national/international peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Smith has been named as an Outstanding Science Alumnus of his alma mater, Union University, and was recently named as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Smith received this distinction "for distinguished research and leadership in teaching and learning genetics, problem solving, evolution, and the nature of science and for service in HIV prevention."