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The “Dome of Security” at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Posted on Jul 09, 2019 by Claudia Rankins

In September 2016, I interviewed Dr. Michael Watson, Associate Professor of Physics at Fisk University. I have known Michael as a student in my Calculus classes at Hampton University in the mid-1980s, and later as a fellow Ph.D. student in Hampton’s Physics program. I studied theoretical particle physics, Michael studied plasma physics. I was at Fisk University to talk to Michael, a Black Physics ... Read More

The Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM – A Showcase of Talent and Promise for the Future

Posted on Apr 24, 2019 by Claudia Rankins

When I was a faculty member at Hampton University, one of my favorite activities was accompanying a group of STEM students to the Historically Black College and Universities-Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) Conference. These annual conferences were held at universities like Albany State, Southern in New Orleans, North Carolina A&T, to name a few, and gave students from HBCU-UP funded institutions ... Read More

At the Soul of Leadership – the Center for the Advancement of STEM Leadership

Posted on Sep 17, 2018 by Claudia Rankins

When I left my tenured position at Hampton University ten years ago, I envisioned having an impact on STEM research and education at ALL Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). My career at my alma mater spanned 22 years and I held many positions - starting as an instructor, ending as the dean of the School of Science. Since then, I have worked tirelessly as the lead program officer ... Read More

Who is ‘Minding the Gap’ in Undergraduate Engineering Education?

Posted on Jul 24, 2018 by Claudia Rankins

A brief review of the literature shows that diversity in science and engineering is important for many reasons, ranging from workforce needs, global competitiveness, and national security issues, to better science and social justice. Yet, despite decades of efforts to remedy and address the inequities in the participation of groups underrepresented in these disciplines, the disparities persist. ... Read More