"Learning to do science," says John Hayes, "is more about understanding processes than it is about memorizing facts. We teach students to use the tools of science to solve problems, first by showing them what other people have done, then by sending them out into the field or into the laboratory to experiment themselves."
John works with students on topics ranging from the chemistry of acid rain to the mechanism of oxidative phosphorylation. He also works frequently on cross-disciplinary projects with students and faculty in solar energy and biology.
John and his colleagues make sure their students are trained broadly enough and in sufficient depth to go on to graduate school; about 75 percent do. He is the author and administrator of a $500,000 Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant which provides Marlboro students and faculty with many opportunities for research.
John is recognized nationally for his work in alternative energy. He has organized and chaired many national conferences on solar technology and is the editor of 12 books on solar energy. He has chaired the New England Solar Energy Association, was vice-chair of the American Solar Energy Society, and was named to the inaugural issue of Who's Who in Frontier Science and Technology.
John has co-authored two books on flatwater canoeing the Appalachian Mountain Club's "quiet water canoe guides" to Maine and New York. And his outdoor trekking hasn't been limited to the Northeast; he has led Marlboro College expeditions to Belize, Guatemala, the American Southwest and Florida's Everglades.
B.S. Illinois Benedictine College, 1966; Ph.D., Purdue University, 1971; Postdoctoral Fellow, The Johns Hopkins University, 1971 - 1973; Board of Directors, American Solar Energy Society, 1981 - 1984, Vice Chairman, 1984; Dean of Faculty, Marlboro College, 1985 - 1989, Marlboro College, 1973 -