Title and Description Page
Early Years 1
Growing up in London, West Virginia. Parents. Good in school. Science classes in high school. Integration.
College Years 5
Entered West Virginia State College at only sixteen. Bachelor’s degree in chemistry at nineteen. Alpha Kappa Alpha. Spent year at Bellevue and Harlem Hospitals. Loved learning. Decided to combine chemistry and biology in biochemistry graduate work.
Graduate School in New York City 8
Entered City College of New York. Lived briefly with aunt in Harlem. Traveled among the CCNY campuses. Worked with Maria Tomasz and Burton Tropp. Obtained PhD; thesis dealt with gene expression in E. coli.
Entering Job Market 12
Assistant professor at College at Old Westbury. Visiting assistant professor at Rockefeller University. Meets future husband. Works on sickle cell anemia in Anthony Cerami’s lab.
University of Arizona 14
Moves to Arizona, marries. Research Associate at University of Arizona. Cares for elderly parents. Daughter. Faculty Development Fellow at Morehouse School of Medicine. Women in Science and Engineering. Research in angiogenesis. NOBCChE. Grants.
Need network of mentors. Seek help getting grants. Find structure that helps new faculty progress. Keep track of goals. Focus. Volunteer; ask what you can do.
Post-retirement interests 22
Nature of human consciousness. Continuing to learn about many things. Tai Chi. Grandchildren.