UW students including sophomore biochemistry major Sumaya Addish researched and wrote BlackPast.org profiles of Black leaders in the sciences, including Calestous Juma, Chester Brown, Theodore K. Lawless, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, William Augustus Hinton, Sekazi Mtingwa, Claire Karekezi, and Vanessa Northington Gamble.
Dr. Tam'ra-Kay Francis, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry (pictured above), secured funding from the University of Washington Black Opportunity Fund to develop the BlackPast-PR2ISM Science Communication Internship in 2021. Through the internship, UW students create entries about Black scientists for the BlackPast website while building communication skills. They receive a stipend along with mentorship from Francis and Dr. Quintard Taylor, UW professor emeritus of history.
Read the story by Nancy Joseph in Perspectives, February 10, 2022
Sumaya Addish, biochemistry student and BlackPast-PR2ISM Science Communication Intern