Elaine N. Marieb
For Elaine N. Marieb, taking the student’s perspective into ac-
count has always been an integral part of her teaching style. Dr.
Marieb began her teaching career at Springfield College, where
she taught anatomy and physiology to physical education ma-
jors. She then joined the faculty of the Biological Science Divi-
sion of Holyoke Community College in 1969 a±er receiving
her Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Massachusetts
at Amherst. While teaching at Holyoke Community College,
where many of her students were pursuing nursing degrees,
she developed a desire to better understand the relationship
between the scientific study of the human body and the clinical
aspects of the nursing practice. To that end, while continuing
to teach full time, Dr. Marieb pursued her nursing education,
which culminated in a Master of Science degree with a clinical
specialization in gerontology from the University of Massachu-
setts. It is this experience that has informed the development of
the unique perspective and accessibility for which her publica-
tions are known.
Dr. Marieb has partnered with Benjamin Cummings for
over 30 years. Her first work was
Human Anatomy & Physiol-
ogy Laboratory Manual
Cat Version
), which came out in 1981.
In the years since, several other lab manual versions and study
guides, as well as the so±cover
Essentials of Human Anatomy
& Physiology
textbook, have hit the campus bookstores. ²is
textbook, now in its 9th edition, made its appearance in 1989
and is the latest expression of her commitment to the needs of
students studying human anatomy and physiology.
Dr. Marieb has given generously to provide opportunities
for students to further their education. She contributes to the
New Directions, New Careers Program at Holyoke Commu-
nity College by funding a staffed drop-in center and by provid-
ing several full-tuition scholarships each year for women who
are returning to college a±er a hiatus or attending college for
the first time and who would be unable to continue their studies
without financial support. She funds the E. N. Marieb Science
Research Awards at Mount Holyoke College, which promotes
research by undergraduate science majors, and has underwrit-
ten renovation and updating of one of the biology labs in Clapp
Laboratory at that college. Dr. Marieb also contributes to the
University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she generously
provided funding for reconstruction and instrumentation of
a cutting-edge cytology research laboratory. Recognizing the
severe national shortage of nursing faculty, she underwrites the
Nursing Scholars of the Future Grant Program at the university.
In 1994, Dr. Marieb received the Benefactor Award from
the National Council for Resource Development, American
Association of Community Colleges, which recognizes her
ongoing sponsorship of student scholarships, faculty teaching
awards, and other academic contributions to Holyoke Com-
munity College. In May 2000, the science building at Holyoke
Community College was named in her honor.
Dr. Marieb is an active member of the Human Anatomy
and Physiology Society (HAPS) and the American Association
for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Additionally, while
actively engaged as an author, Dr. Marieb serves as a consultant
for the Benjamin Cummings
Interactive Physiology
When not involved in academic pursuits, Dr. Marieb is
a world traveler and has vowed to visit every country on this
planet. Shorter term, she serves on the scholarship committee
of the Women’s Resources Center and on the board of directors
of several charitable institutions in Sarasota County. She is an
enthusiastic supporter of the local arts and enjoys a competitive
match of doubles tennis.
We dedicate this work to our students both present and past,
who always inspire us to “push the envelope.”
About the Authors
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