Storer Lectureship (public lecture) by Fatimah Jackson: My Journey of Generations: An African American Woman's Academic Adventure and Scientific Reconciliation

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Fatimah Jackson, Professor, Howard University & Director, W. Montague Cobb Research Laboratory

Fatimah Jackson received her Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. (cum laude with Distinction in all Subjects) from Cornell University. Her research is focused on: 1.) Human-plant coevolution, particularly the influence of phytochemicals on human metabolic effects and evolutionary processes and 2.) Population substructure in peoples of African descent, developing Ethnogenetic Layering as a computational tool to identify human microethnic groups and differential expressions of health disparities. Dr. Jackson's research has been funded by: USAID, Ford Foundation, Huber Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, NIH (NIMHD and NHGRI), Wenner-Gren Foundation, and EPA. Dr. Jackson has taught at Cornell University, University of California - Berkeley, University of Florida, University of Maryland - College Park (where she is Distinguished Scholar Teacher and Professor Emerita), University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and now at Howard University. 

My Journey of Generations: An African American Woman's Academic Adventure and Scientific Reconciliation

Building on a strong, education-focused family in rural Colorado, Dr. Fatimah Linda Collier Jackson attended segregated schools but was privileged to attend Cornell University, conduct substantial fieldwork all over Africa, and launch into the highly competitive, racist, Islamophobic, and sexist environment of American academia. After 40 years at highly rated predominantly white institutions she migrated to a HBCU to expand the depth of her scholarship and integrate the divergent lines of research she had pursued to counteract the embedded biases of academia. The success of these efforts is the result of recent technological developments and philosophical growth in the life sciences as well as the maturation of thought in human evolutionary biology and anthropological genetics.

Location - Hybrid Format:
  • In person: Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) Ballroom B
  • Virtual: Zoom information will be provided to registrants
  • This event is free to attend. Registration is required for Zoom access. 

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  • 4:00pm - doors open
  • 4:10pm - introductory remarks
  • 4:15pm - talk begins
About the Series:

The Tracy and Ruth Storer Lectureship in the Life Sciences is the most prestigious of the endowed seminars at UC Davis. Established in 1960, the Storer Endowment makes it is possible to invite distinguished biological scientists to campus to present two lectures and meet with faculty members and graduate students in their field of interest. The series is presented by the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences.

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