Diann Jordan
Diann Jordan

March 28 speaker: Black women in science

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(March 21, 2008)--As part of Women's History Month, the UTSA Honors College, the UTSA Women's Studies Institute and the UTSA College of Sciences will present Alabama State University biology professor and educational consultant Diann Jordan speaking on her book, "Sisters in Science: Conversations with Black Women Scientists on Race and Their Passion for Science." Free and open to the public, the lecture is 2 p.m., Friday, March 28 in the John Peace Library Building Assembly Room (4.03.08) on the 1604 Campus.

Jordan's book features interviews with prominent African American women scientists. She has discussed the book on C-SPAN's "Book TV" and Minnesota Public Radio's "The Forum." Her goal is to create a environment where all students can become scientifically literate, ultimately resulting in more minorities and women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Before returning to Alabama, Jordan worked more than 10 years as a professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. At UM-C, she was the first woman faculty member hired in the atmospheric soil and sciences department and the first African American woman tenured in a research science department. Her research spans 15 years in the areas of soil ecology and environmental microbiology. Her research focuses on nitrogen transformations in soils and earthworm ecology studies in agricultural and forest soil ecosystems.

She earned a B.S. degree from Tuskegee University, an M.S. degree from Alabama A&M University and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Before going to UM-C in 1990, Jordan did postgraduate training at the University of Georgia's Institute of Ecology and the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the Southern Piedmont Conservation Center.

For more than 15 years, she has conducted seminars, workshops and published articles on the issues facing young women and minorities in science and engineering. Her awards include the Woman of Color in Science and Technology Certificate of Merit in 1997 and the Faculty Enhancement Award for Diversity and Human Rights in 1999 from UM-C.

For more information, call the UTSA Honors College at (210) 458-4106.

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