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Faculty Friday Feature: Dr. Chintamani Manish

Faculty Friday Feature: Dr. Chintamani Manish

Apr 5th , 2013

Faculty Friday highlights a weekly faculty or staff member at Midland University. It gives students, staff, alumni, and future students a deeper look at members of the Midland Community.

Dr. Chintamani Manish has been teaching and advising at Midland for six years. Here are some things you may not have known about him:

What is your hometown? Hyderabad, India

What do you teach? General Biology, Organismal Biology, Environmental Science, Ecology, Botany, and Contemporary Issues in Science.

Are you involved in any clubs here at Midland? Recycling club (An informal collection of students interested in promoting recycling efforts on campus)

How long have you been at Midland? This is my 6th year. I started in the fall of 2007.

What is the best part about teaching at Midland? Without a doubt, the interactions with students in and outside the classroom - they make it all worthwhile.

Where did you graduate, and what was your major? BS in Agriculture (India), PhD in Plant Ecology (West Virginia University)

What is your favorite TV show? I like Seinfeld and MacGyver. My favorite current TV shows are Agatha Christie's Poirot, and BBC's Sherlock.  

What is your favorite Movie? Raiders of the Lost Ark, 12 Angry Men, When Harry met Sally, and Sholay (Indian movie).

Who is your favorite band or Artist? An Indian singer named Kishore Kumar.

What is your favorite book? It’s hard to pick one. I like Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling, Flint by Louis L'Amour, Persuader by Lee Child, and Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman, an autobiography by Richard Feynman.

What is your favorite food? Most Indian cuisine (Idli-sambar for sure). But I wouldn't say no to a rib-eye steak either, medium rare of course.

Most memorable moment at Midland? Graduation 2012 - watching my first batch of advisees (whom I had mentored for their full four years), walk across the stage. I was very happy to see how well the 4 of them had fulfilled their promise and was proud of the small role I had to play in it. I now totally understand why parents value every achievement of their children, no matter how trivial it may seem.

What accomplishment are you most proud of? Receiving a PhD in Plant Ecology on 05/05/05.

Do you have any interesting hobbies? Cricket occupies most of my free time. During the winter months, it is racquetball. I also enjoy traveling on weekends.

What is the best piece of advice you can offer to incoming freshmen? Whatever you've heard of or are expecting to experience in your four years at Midland, throw those notions or expectations out of the window. Challenge yourself to do more and do better than you'd ever hoped to. Maximize your productive time here and explore any opportunity to expand your horizons. Oh, and enroll in travel courses during Interterm if you can!