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Wendy Gilbert, circa 2020
March 5, 2021
Congratulations to Associate Professor Wendy Gilbert who is the recipient of the 2020 Poorvu Family Fund for Academic Innovation Award. This honor reflects Dr. Gilbert’s...
Jane Cooke Wright
February 24, 2021
Dr. Jane Cooke Wright was truly a trailblazer in multiple aspects of her life. She was born in 1919 in Manhattan to Corinne Cooke, a school teacher, and Louis Wright, one of...
Ruth Ella Moore
February 22, 2021
Ruth Ella Moore, Ph.D. (1903-1994) was a bacteriologist known for her work on blood types, tuberculosis, tooth decay, and gut microorganisms. She completed her dissertation...
Marie Maynard Daly, Ph.D. (1921-2003)
February 17, 2021
Marie Maynard Daly, Ph.D. (1921-2003) was a biochemist known for her pioneering studies of nuclear proteins and her work on the relationship between diet and heart disease....
Joan Steitz
February 17, 2021
Congratulations to Dr. Joan Steitz for receiving the 2021 Wolf Prize in Medicine. The international Wolf Prize has been awarded since 1978 to outstanding artists and...
Willie Hobbs Moore & Edward Bouchet
February 11, 2021
Engineer Willie Hobbs Moore (1934-1994) was the first Black woman to receive a PhD in physics. Born in in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Moore began her undergraduate degree at...
Alfred Coffin
February 8, 2021
In 1889, Alfred Oscar Coffin became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in biological sciences. Coffin was born in the small town of Pontotoc Mississippi in 1861 and...