A Love Letter for Black History Month: St. Elmo Brady, the first Black Ph.D. chemist in the United States

Orange banner showing a portrait of young Black man with text "The Power of I"

As we come to the end of Black History Month for 2022, I find myself contemplating the banner that hangs year-round in front of Noyes Chemistry Lab to celebrate one of the shining stars of my own department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC): St. Elmo Brady. Dr. Brady was the first African-American …

Black History Month Highlights

Last month, in honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, I highlighted notable Black STEMists on Twitter every week day for the month of February in collaboration with the @HaynesChemLab. Here's the thread I created to showcase some incredible Black STEMists. Dr. Kristala L. Jones Prather Dr. Prather worked at @Merck for several years before starting her academic research …

Notable Black STEMists: Celebrating Black History Month on Twitter

Annie Easley

Representation in STEM is something that is incredibly important to me. Higher education isn’t filled with people like me – people of color. The more I advance in my career, the more important I find it to use my platform to highlight people of color who have broken insurmountable boundaries to be successful in their …

Celebrating Black History Month with Science

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Happy February, everyone! It's the month of Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day, but most importantly for this blog post, it's Black History Month. Here at Sustainable Nano, we're celebrating with a collection of relevant readings and resources that we think you'll enjoy. According to History.com, Black History Month was not a month but a week …