May 24 , 2003
Guest, Dr. Erich D. Jarvis
Dr. Erich D. Jarvis is an Assistant Professor in the department of neurobiology
at Duke University Medical Center. Born and raised in Harlem, Erich attended
the High School of the Performing Arts in New York where he studied dance,
majoring in ballet. But his father's interests in science and the natural
world and his mother's admiration of science influenced Erich's choice
of career paths. Jarvis received a BA degree with two majors, Biology
and Mathematics, in 1988 from Hunter College in Manhattan. He went on
to graduate school at The Rockefeller University and received his Ph.D.
in neurobiology in 1995, one of only 52 African-Americans to earn a Ph.D.
in biological sciences that year. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship,
Jarvis received an appointment as an assistant professor in Duke's department
of neurobiology. There he studies the evolution of vocal learning and
the molecular biology of vocal learning. Dr. Jarvis still finds time to
take dance classes, African dance in particular, with students at Duke
University. He has a diverse lab, is director of minority recruitment
for his department, and enjoys challenging projects on how the brain generates
Duke University Department of Neurobiology
May 17 , 2003
Guest, Dr. Tasha R. Inniss
Dr. Tasha Inniss is an applied mathematician who specializes in aviation
operations research and statistics. She received a BS in mathematics,
summa cum laude, from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1993 and attended
the Georgia Institute of Technology as a David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Scholar where she received an MS in applied mathematics in 1995. In August
of 2000, she completed her Ph.D. in applied mathematics at the University
of Maryland. She was one of the first three African-American women to
receive a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Maryland. She is
currently a Clare Boothe Luce Professor of Mathematics at Trinity College
in Washington, D.C.
College, Department of Mathematics
Clare Booth Luce Program
May 17 , 2003
Guest, Dr. Saundra Herndon Oyewole
Saundra Herndon Oyewole, Ph.D. is currently Dean of
the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Biology at Trinity College
in Washington, D.C. A member of the faculty since 198l, Dr. Oyewole has
had the distinction of holding the Clare Boothe Luce Professorship in
Biology. She has served in a number of leadership roles at Trinity, including
Chair of the Biology Program and founding Director of Trinity's Post-Baccalaureate
Premedical Certificate Program, which she continues to direct. One of
the highlights of her career as a science educator was her service as
a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National
Science Foundation (1994-96). In that role she worked with the leading
innovators in science, math, engineering and technology education. Dr.
Oyewole was privileged to testify before the U.S. Congress on the status
of women in science as the representative of the Association for Women
in Science. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Howard University where she earned
her B.S. in zoology magna cum laude, Dr. Oyewole earned her M.S. in microbiology
at the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. in microbiology at the University
of Massachusetts, Amherst.
May 10 , 2003
Guest, Dr. Miquel Antoine
Dr. Antoine began her career at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics
Laboratory (JHUAPL) as a postdoc and is now a senior analytical chemist.
She has been in the Research and Technology Development Center (RTDC)
since joining APL and uses mass spectrometry to characterize biological
compounds. She holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University
of Maryland, Baltimore County. Prior to that, Dr. Antoine earned her BS
degree in chemistry from Spelman College and an MS degree in chemistry
from Hampton University. She considers obtaining an advanced degree and
being in the position to encourage more women and minorities to consider
scientific careers one of her most satisfying accomplishments. Dr. Antoine
is a member of both the American Chemical Society and the American Society
for Mass Spectrometry.
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics
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2 , 2003
Guest, Dr. T. Joan Robinson
Dr. T. Joan Robinson, Dean, School of Computer,
Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, Morgan State University
Dr. Robinson received her Dr. Ph.D. in Endocrinology/Cell Biology at Howard
University in Washington, D.C, in 1979. She pursued two years of postdoctoral
studies at the Mayo Clinic in the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular
Biology, and one year of postdoctoral studies at the Laboratory of Chemistry
at the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases
(NIDDK), National Institute of Health (NIH). Since 1998, she has served
as Professor and Dean of the School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural
Sciences at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. She currently
serves as Program Director of the RIMI/RCMI (Biomedical Research Infrastructure),
MARC (Minority Access to Research Careers); and the BRIDGES Programs at
Morgan State University. Dr. Robinson’s current research interest
is in stress and cardiovascular diseases. She has published significantly
in refereed journals and has presented at several scientific meetings
both nationally and internationally.
Morgan State University (MSU)
MSU's School of Computer,
Mathematical and Natural Sciences
Guest, Dr. Beth A. Brown
Dr. Beth A. Brown, Astrophysicist, National Space Science Data
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Dr. Beth A. Brown received a BS in astrophysics from Howard University,
and received an MS and Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Michigan.
She is the first African-American woman to obtain a doctorate from the
University of Michigan's Department of Astronomy.
Dr. Brown came to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (in Greenbelt,
MD) in 1998 as a Research Associate and joined the National Space Science
Data Center (NSSDC) at Goddard in 2001 as a civil servant. Currently,
Dr. Brown is active in astrophysics data acquisition, high-energy astrophysics
research, and outreach. Dr. Brown is one of NASA Quest's Women of NASA.
Dr. Brown is a member of the American Astronomical Society and the National
Society of Black Physicists, for which she has served on the Executive
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Space Science Data Operations Office
Quest - Meet Beth A. Brown, Ph.D.
Dr. Shirley M. Malcom
Shirley M. Malcom is head of Education and Human Resources at the American
Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and is an expert on
science literacy and issues related to minorities and women and girls
in science and mathematics. She is a former high-school science teacher,
university faculty member, and National Science Foundation Program Officer
in science education. Malcom holds a Ph.D. in ecology from Penn State
University. She serves on a number of boards and committees related to
science policy and science education at local, state, national, and international
levels. Malcom is a trustee of the Howard-Heinz Endowment, Caltech, and
American Museum of National History. She was appointed by former President
Bill Clinton, and confirmed by the Senate, as a member of the National
Science Board, and has served as a member of the President's Committee
of Advisors on Science and Technology. Malcom is author of publications
such as Equity and Excellence: Compatible Goals, Science Assessment in
the Service of Reform, and the Effect of the Changing Policy Climate on
Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Diversity.
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Dr. Dhyana Ziegler is the Host and Co-Producer of “The Delta SEE
Connection,”a one-hour radio program highlighting the contributions
of African American scientists in math, science, technology and engineering.
She serves as the Assistant Vice President for Instructional Technology
and Academic Affairs at Florida A&M University (FAMU). She also served
as the Acting Vice President for Research and Director of University
Planning & Analysis for the 2002-2003 academic year. Dr. Ziegler
came to FAMU in 1997 after she was selected as the Garth C. Reaves Eminent
Scholar Chair of Excellence in Journalism. Prior to that appointment,
she served as Professor of Broadcasting at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville
as well as the Associate Director for Diversity Resources and Educational
Services supervising research and technology under the Office of the
Dr. Ziegler is the first African-American to be elected as President
of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville Faculty Senate and later was
inducted into the University’s African-American Hall of Fame. Dr.
Ziegler has worked in higher education for over 20 years. She has a Ph.D
in academic administration, an M.A. in radio and television, and her
undergraduate degree is in the areas of journalism and music. She also
attended Harvard University’s Management and Leadership in Education
Institute as part of her post-doctoral work and was awarded a Fulbright-Hays
Scholarship for a Special Seminar to China in 2004.
Dr. Ziegler is the author of two books and has written numerous book
chapters, refereed journal articles, and other publications. Her credits
include serving as co-author of the landmark Jane Pauley Task Force Report
on the future of broadcast journalism entitled Tomorrow’s Broadcast
Journalists published by the Society of Professional Journalists in 1997.
Besides teaching and research, Dr. Ziegler is a television producer
and on-air personality and has produced several documentaries and other
audio/visual works. Prior to her work in higher education, Dr. Ziegler
worked for several mass media entities in New York City such as WCBS-TV
and WNEW-TV as a reporter/producer.
Dr. Ziegler has received several honors. For three consecutive years,
she was selected as one of the Top 50 Most Important African-Americans
in Technology (2002, 2003 and 2004). Dr. Ziegler is a member of several
national professional organizations, honor societies, and community organizations,
including Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Delta Kappa, Golden Key and Kappa Tau Alpha.
She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and serves on the
Board of Directors for the Delta Research and Educational Foundation.
Florida A&M University