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Featured Biographies

  • Outstanding Cell Biologist

    George Malcolm Langford holds the prestigious title of Ernest Everett Just professor of natural sciences, professor of biology at Dartmouth College and also an adjunct appointment at Dartmouth Medical School. The distinguished title held by Dr

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Mathematician & Recipient of 2002 AAAS Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement

    "My entire career has been devoted to increasing the number of African American women in mathematics and mathematics-related careers."

    Calaway professor of mathematics Etta Zuber

    Monday,15 September 2008
  • Willie Pearson, Jr., is recognized nationally as a leading scholar in the sociology of science. Currently, he is Chair and Professor, School of History, Technology, and Society at Georgia Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the effects of ascriptive status on the career experiences

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Lydia Villa-Komaroff is Vice President for Research and Chief Operating Officer of the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Chair of the Board of Directors of Transkaryotic Therapies, Inc (TKT), a biopharmaceutical company that develops products for the treatment of rare diseases

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • In 1951 Percy Julian, a well-known chemist, visited the offices of Theodore K. Lawless, a dermatologist who practiced on the South Side of Chicago. Approaching Lawless's clinic, he came upon a crowd. "I [had] never before seen such a sight," he later recalled. "A line of [people] about two

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • On May 28, Dr. Sidney A. McNairy, Jr. received an honorary degree during Hunter College's 187th commencement ceremony. CUNY awards honorary degrees to people who have made outstanding contributions to the betterment of society.

    Dr. McNairy has gained favor and distinction for his

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Dr. David Satcher completed his four-year term as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States in February 2002. He also served as Assistant Secretary for Health from February 1998 to January 2001, making him only the second person in history to have held both positions of Surgeon General and

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • by Roberta Friedman

    Immunologist Martha Zuniga never imagined working with live animals in the lab, despite the early experience as a child that sealed her fascination with biology. She worked with cells in dishes, looking into immune responses, as a postdoc with Leroy Hood at

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Organic Chemist

    Donna J. Nelson is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oklahoma. She received her B.S. in chemistry at the University of Oklahoma and obtained her Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Texas with Michael J.S. Dewar. Her postdoctorate work was

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Cardiac surgeon, professor

    By Christine Reslmaier

    Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr. is the first African American to achieve the positions of Associate Dean of the Johns Hopkins University of School of Medicine and full Professor of Cardiac Surgery at Hopkins.

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • 1997 E. E. Just Lecturer

    Franklyn G. Prendergast, M.D., Ph.D. has focused his career on three important areas of research: the structure, dynamics and function of protein, biochemistry and biophysics of bioluminescence, and the biophysics of lipid-protein interactions.

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Avery August may look way too young to be a Ph.D., but he's definitely put in the time and effort to earn his degrees. August grew up in the Central America country of Belize, where he became captivated by the sciences "at around 6 or 7 years old," he says.

    Monday,15 September 2008
  • By Christine Reslmaier

    In her current role as Director of the Leadership Alliance; a consortium of 31 leading U.S. research and teaching academic institutions; Valerie P. Wilson hopes to develop more "value-added" programs at each phase of the academic pathway so that the

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Margaret Werner-Washburne is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque and an NSF Presidential Young Investigator. The daughter of a Mexican mother and German father, both college graduates, she grew up in a small town in Iowa and in a mixed Mexican/Anglo

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Professor of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz Ecologist, Anthropologist, Mom, Cyclist

    by Roberta Friedman

    Ecologist Erika Zavaleta grew up on Manhattan’s East Side seeking every opportunity to find greenery. She took bike rides

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • American Association for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, chairperson of Minority Affairs Committee.

    The vast majority of my work at all levels of my education and professional activity has been related to the study of diabetes mellitus. As a graduate student much of

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Physician, Biochemist, Kidney Specialist
    (1930-1981)

    By Christine Reslmaier

    Determined to make a difference in medicine, Samuel L. Kountz struggled to receive a proper education, and eventually he became one of the world’s most respected kidney

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Mentor And Champion of Desegregated Hospitals.

    By Star Lawrence

    When surgeon Charles DeWitt Watts, M.D., a renowned surgeon and activist in Durham, North Carolina, lay asleep in his hospital bed, there arose a commotion of “Hallelujahs” and “Praise the

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Sandra Murray has devoted her entire life to science. Her interest began at an early age when she attended a science fair at her north side of Chicago public school. Initially she went because, "the fair got me out of class," she says, but then discovered that science came easily to her and

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • By John G. Simmons

    A physician repeatedly listed as one of the best doctors in the United States, Roderic Pettigrew though trained in physics, his career combines research and clinical interests in radiology, bioengineering, and cardiology. In May 2002, Dr. Pettigrew was

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Biochemist, Neurobiologist, Distinguished Professor, 1996 E. E. Just Lecturer

    Dr. Baldomero "Toto" Olivera has devoted much of his career to critical issues in DNA replication and recently to the study of molecular neurobiology. Specifically, he and his collaborators

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Molecular Biologist

    By Christine Reslmaier

    Eppie David Rael was born in 1943 in the American Indian Village of Cochiti, New Mexico, the youngest of 17 children. His family's roots, however, trace back to Hispanic ancestors. His primary language was

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Anaerobic Mycologist

    Daniel Wubah was born in Accra, Ghana sometime in the second half of the 20th century. He attended high school at Accra Academy and then went to the University of Cape Coast for undergraduate studies where he majored in Botany and Education. He came

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Marine Biologist/Ecologist

    By Christine Reslmaier

    Ecologist Sonia Ortega has plenty of experience in research, but she has taken her experience to a different level. “I'm involved in connecting science with education,” says Dr. Ortega. “I enjoying

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Cell biologist and Biochemist

    Kenneth Olden, Ph.D., Sc.D., L.H.D., was named as the third director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the second director of the National Toxicology Program (NTP) on June 18, 1991, by Dr. Louis Sullivan

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Endocrinologist

    Dr. Frank Talamantes is an Endocrinologist and Professor of Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He was born in Los Angeles, Calif., the eldest of four siblings, and grew up in EL Paso, Texas, where he was educated in Catholic schools

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Influential Physician, Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    By John G. Simmons

    One of the most influential physicians of his generation, Louis W. Sullivan has played a wide range of roles in public health policy,

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Wildlife Zoologist; Ecologist

    By Christine Reslmaier

    Keith Miles grew up in an urban area where trees and wildlife were not exactly part of the setting. "I remember that the sciences were my favorite subject at Bryan Elementary Public School in

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • by Linda Wasmer Andrews

    As an inventor, Lewis Latimer hasn't quite achieved the household-name status of his illustrious contemporary Thomas Edison—but that may change if Katrina Miles has her way. Miles is executive director of the Lewis Latimer House in Flushing, New York,

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Physician, Advocate

    For almost 30 years, Dr. Rodrigo Munoz has been very active in Family Health Centers of San Diego; a group of clinics devoted to the care of minority patients. In addition to his regular practice, Dr. Munoz operates a second clinic that is funded

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • William McDade, MD, PhD is the Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs at the University of Chicago, a member of the medical school's admissions committee and a practicing physician. His interests include addressing minority health disparities through research and education and he maintains a

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • By Christine Reslmaier

    "I have always viewed myself as the drum major for one hell of a band," Dr. John Ruffin said, regarding his role as Director of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    Raised

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Patrice O. Yarbough has been successfully managing and directing research and development programs for over a decade and remains committed to the advancement of science and technology. She earned a Ph.D.

    Monday,15 September 2008
  • Plant Cell Biologist

    Maria Elena Zavala grew up in the former orange capital, Laverne, Calififornia in a very close-knit family with Mexican American and Native American influences. She graduated from Pomona College, a private college in Los Angeles with a B.A. in Botany

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • 2002 Recipient of the NAS Public Welfare Medal

    Recipients of the 2002 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) awards were honored for their achievements and influence at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Thomas D. Landefeld received his BA from Marietta College

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Organic chemist

    By John G. Simmons

    “I’m a biological chemist,” explains Eloy Rodriguez, “interested in the organic chemistry of natural drugs from plants, insects, and fungi.” Rodriguez is one of the founders of zoopharmacognosy, the study of animals’

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Pioneer Zoologist/Biologist

    Roger Arliner Young's story is one of grit and perseverance. In 1940, Young was the first black woman to receive a doctoral degree in zoology from the University of Pennsylvania and was the first black woman to conduct and publish research in

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Biologist

    By Christine Reslmaier

    ”Find someone who enjoys science and is doing great work, who has a great sense of what is important, who knows how to ask incisive (and answerable) questions of nature. Work with them. Emulate them. Don't compete in the

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Chemist

    Dr. Isiah Warner is Boyd Professor of Chemistry as well as Philip W. West Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry at Louisiana State University. He has also been appointed vice chancellor for strategic initiatives.

    When Isiah Warner entered

    Wednesday,17 September 2008
  • Graduate Student

    Tuesday,17 November 2009
  • Dr. Ruth Browne is an assistant clinical professor in the College of Health Related Professions and the Department of Preventive Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She received her doctorate from the School of Public Health at Harvard University. She received her two master degrees --a

    Monday,15 September 2008

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