Sisters in Science

Overview

Author Diann Jordan took a journey to find out what inspired and daunted black women in their desire to become scientists in America. Letting 18 prominent black women scientists talk for themselves, Sisters in Science becomes an oral history stretching across decades and disciplines and desires. From Yvonne Clark, the first black woman to be awarded a B.S. in mechanical engineering to Georgia Dunston, a microbiologist who is researching the genetic code for her race, to Shirley Jackson, whose aspiration led to ...
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Overview

Author Diann Jordan took a journey to find out what inspired and daunted black women in their desire to become scientists in America. Letting 18 prominent black women scientists talk for themselves, Sisters in Science becomes an oral history stretching across decades and disciplines and desires. From Yvonne Clark, the first black woman to be awarded a B.S. in mechanical engineering to Georgia Dunston, a microbiologist who is researching the genetic code for her race, to Shirley Jackson, whose aspiration led to the presidency of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Jordan has created a significant record of women who persevered to become firsts in many of their fields. It all began for Jordan when she was asked to give a presentation on black women scientists. She found little information and little help. After almost nine years of work, the stories of black women scientists can finally be told.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557534453
  • Publisher: Purdue University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2006
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 954,395
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Diann Jordan is currently an associate professor of Biological Sciences at Alabama State University and an educational consultant. She was the first woman faculty ever hired in the Soil and Atmospheric Sciences Department, first African American woman tenured in a science department at the University of Missouri-Columbia (1996) and the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Soil Science at Michigan State University in 1987. For more than 10 years, she has given seminars and workshops and written articles on the issues facing young women and minorities in science and engineering. Her articles have appeared in the leading journals as well as in magazines and newspapers.
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Table of Contents

Timeline : black women in science, mathematics, and engineering 27
Civil rights for all 41
Still going strong 53
To the beat of her own drum 61
One of our own 73
A class act 81
It's in my genes 91
Destined to greater heights 107
The sky is the limit 121
An unlikely scientist 129
A woman's place 141
It's a good thing 151
Rebel with a cause 163
Her voice lives on 175
It's a family affair 191
Just call me a scientist 201
Still on the battlefield 207
A passion for mosquito research 219
Epilogue : continuing to tell the story 229
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