HBCU CORE Site Liaison Profiles

 
Mentewab Ayalew  Associate Professor  Spelman College  MAyalew@spelman.edu 404.270.6200

Mentewab Ayalew
Associate Professor
Spelman College
MAyalew@spelman.edu
404.270.6200

Research Interest(s)

Antibiotic Resistance in Plants; Mathematical Modeling; Metal Uptake in Plants; Plant Associated Microbiome; Metagenomics & Metatranscriptomics

Professional Highlights

NSF - RUI: Mechanism of antibiotic resistance conferred by plant ABC proteins (2011-2015).
Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network, Faculty Development Program (2011-2013).
Faculty Sabbatical Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology/HHMI (2011).

Education

Ph.D., Institut National Polytechnique,
Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Agronomie de Toulouse (INP-ENSAT)
M.A., INP-ENSAT
Diplome d'Ingenieur Agronome, INP-ENSAT

Official University Page

https://www.spelman.edu/academics/faculty/directory/profile/mentewab-ayalew


Ruby Broadway  Associate Professor of Biology  Dillard University  rbroadway@dillard.edu

Ruby Broadway
Associate Professor of Biology
Dillard University
rbroadway@dillard.edu

Research Interest(s)

Research Interest:  Identification and Localization of Cardiac Myosin in Rabbit Embryos” and “Urban Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies

Professional Highlights

1. National Science Foundation Panelist (Physiology, Organismal & Developmental Biology) 
2. Reviewer for the National Environmental Education Foundation 
3. Best Practices. (2017). Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program Project Director’s Meeting; Washington, D.C. July 25, 2017. 
4. Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, and Health Learners 22nd National HBCU Faculty Development Network Conference; Atlanta, GA; October 2015 
5. The Saturday Science Academy (SSA) Pre-College Outreach Program.
Research Association of Minority Professor 32 Annual Conference Montgomery, Alabama, February, 2013 
6. Pre-College Outreach Science Program: Engaging Future Scientists. Research Association of Minority Professor 32nd Annual Conference Houston, Texas February, 2012 
7. Pre-College Outreach Science Program: Engaging Future Scientists Research. 19th National HBCU Faculty Development Network Conference. Orlando, Florida; October 2012 
8. Active Learning through Virtual Lab Experiences “Hands on in active learning via virtual laboratory experience” April 2011 
9. “Virtual Laboratory Experiences” HBCU Faculty Development Network, Atlanta, Ga. October 26-30, 2011; 
10. Enhancing Environmental Sciences through Virtual Laboratory Experiences, 68th joint Annual meeting of BXK/NIS, Atlanta, GA March 23-27, 2011. 
11. Integration of Virtual Laboratory into the Biology Curriculum at Du: Impact on Attitude on Learning, 

Education

B.S.: Biology Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC 
M.S.: Molecular Biology Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA 
PhD: Molecular Biology and Developmental Biochemistry Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA 

Official University Page


Steven Damo  Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Coordinator of the Chemistry Discipline, Co-Director MARC U*STAR Program  Fisk University  sdamo@fisk.edu 615.329.8559

Steven Damo
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Coordinator of the Chemistry Discipline, Co-Director MARC U*STAR Program
Fisk University
sdamo@fisk.edu
615.329.8559

Research Interest(s)

The Damo Lab is interested in understanding the mechanisms of fundamental biological processes at atomic resolution. We use the tools of structural biology and biophysical chemistry to understand protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions at the host-pathogen interface.

Professional Highlights

Grants: PI or Co-PI on NSF and NIH research, education, and training grants totaling > $6 million. Board Service: Sloan Scholars Mentoring Network. Awards/Affiliations: Sloan Scholar, Senior Ford Fellow. Other appts: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept of Biochemistry; Member, Center for Structural Biology Vanderbilt University.

Education

BS: Chemistry, New York University
PhD: Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
Postdoctoral training Weill Cornell Medical College and Vanderbilt University

Official University Page

https://www.fisk.edu/directory/steven-damo/


Tonya Davis  Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator Psychology/Counseling  Alabama A&M University  tonya.davis@aamu.edu 256.372.4299

Tonya Davis
Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator
Psychology/Counseling
Alabama A&M University
tonya.davis@aamu.edu
256.372.4299

Research Interest(s)

Virtual Mental Health Interventions, Math Anxiety, Psychoeducational/PsychologicalAssessment

Professional Highlights

2018 AAMU Faculty Excellence in Service Award winner; NSF Co-PI, Grant $992, 892 to study Virtual Mentoring using Avatars with Dr. Kinnis Gosha; Faculty Senate Secretary;

Education

BS: Sociology ( Auburn University)
MS: Counseling Psychology (Alabama A&M)
MS: Educational Psychology (University of Alabama)
PhD: School Psychology (University of Alabama)

Official University Page


Xuemin Chen
Professor
Texas Southern University
xuemin.chen@tsu.edu
713.313.7285

Research Interest(s)

Wireless sensor networks, virtual and remote laboratory, cyberlearning

Professional Highlights

Distinguished Research/Scholarly Activity Award, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, Texas Southern University, 2016.
Best conference paper award, 11th IEEE International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control (IEEE ICNSC 2014), Miami, FL., 2014
Faculty Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Research/Creative Activities, Texas Southern University, 2012.
Distinguished Undergraduate Advising Award, College of Science and Technology, Texas Southern University, 2011.
Dean’s Leadership Award for Research Committee, College of Science and Technology, Texas Southern University, 2011.
Top Research Innovations and Findings, Texas Department of Transportation, 2004.

Education

Ph.D: Electrical Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China
M.S.: Electrical Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China
B.S.: Electrical Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China

Official University Page

http://coset.tsu.edu/people/chenxm/


Clay Gloster, Jr.  Interim Dean of the Graduate College  North Carolina A&T State University  cgloster@ncat.edu 336.285.3134

Clay Gloster, Jr.
Interim Dean of the Graduate College
North Carolina A&T State University
cgloster@ncat.edu
336.285.3134

Research Interest(s)

STEM Education and Diversity and Reconfigurable Computing

Professional Highlights

Dr. Clay Gloster, Jr. led the efforts to establish the Bachelor of Science degree program in Computer Engineering at Howard University and the Bachelor of Science degree program in Information Technology at NCA&T State University. Under his leadership, the Master of Science in Information Technology degree program at NCA&T ranked 16th in the country by US News and World Report. Dr. Gloster has published numerous articles in peer reviewed conferences and journals and has made presentations throughout the US, Europe, Africa, and China. He has received numerous fellowships/distinguished awards, and holds two US patents.

Education

Ph D: Computer Engineering, North Carolina State University
MS: Electrical Engineering, North Carolina A&T State University
BS: Electrical Engineering, North Carolina A&T State University

Official University Page

https://www.ncat.edu/faculty/cgloster.html


Kinnis K. Gosha  Hortenius I. Chenault Endowed Associate Professor Computer Science  Morehouse College  kinnis.gosha@morehouse.edu 404.215.6048

Kinnis K. Gosha
Hortenius I. Chenault Endowed Associate Professor
Computer Science
Morehouse College
kinnis.gosha@morehouse.edu
404.215.6048

Research Interest(s)

Human Computer Interaction, Embodied Conversational Agents, Telementoring, and Technology Entrepreneurship

Professional Highlights

Total Funding Amount (As PI or Co-PI): $7,739,484.00

Education

Ph D: Clemson University
M.S.: Auburn University
B.S.: Albany State University.

Official University Page

www.kinnisgosha.com


Christopher W. Guillory  Associate Professor  Southern University and A&M College  christopher_guillory@subr.edu

Christopher W. Guillory
Associate Professor
Southern University and A&M College
christopher_guillory@subr.edu

Research Interest(s)

Retention models in Higher Education. Measuring student success in K-12 and higher education, Working with Big Data sets

Professional Highlights

National Data Institute Fellow, Huel D. Perkins Fellowship, IGERT Fellowship

Education

BS Mathematics, Masters of Science Mathematics, Masters of Applied Statistics, PhD Educational Research

Official University Page


Shubha Kale Ireland  Professor  Xavier University of Louisiana  504.520.5017  skale@xula.edu

Shubha Kale Ireland
Professor
Xavier University of Louisiana
504.520.5017
skale@xula.edu

Research Interest(s)

Science Education, specifically CUREs, competency based STEM education.  In addition to pedagogical scholarship, bench research involves understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the anti-cancer effects of naturally occurring phytochemicals.   actions of phytochemical-based anti-cancer effects  

Professional Highlights

I.  Served as a PI for several highly competitive grants such as:

i)  Multi-year externally funded by NIH MBRS and NIH SCORE1 grants in the field of 'aflatoxin' regulation (each ~ 750K  direct and indirect)

ii) The Sherman Fairchild Foundation grant (500K direct) to establish molecular and research facilities on Xavier's campus

iii) NIH-Louisiana Board of Regents 'PKSFI-Biothrust 21' program to revamp and modernize the freshmen year Biology curriculum (~ 1.14 million direct and indirect)

iv)  HHMI-supported 'SCICOMP' program to infuse assessment-centered competency-based education in STEM disciplines using Biology as a model system to better prepare our students for the rigors of graduate and professional programs (total 1 million direct)

v)  Currently serving as a PI for the NSF HBCU-UP Targeted Infusion Project to re-design two high enrollment freshmen level Biology courses into CUREs (course based research experiences) so that no Biology major is left behind and every freshmen gets an opportunity to receive training in and conduct real-world research. (total 400K direct and indirect)

vi)  Appointed as Special Assistant to the Provost on Life Science Education (Dec 2016)

vii)  Recipient of Endowed Professorship (since 2011) 

viii)  Served as a Director or Co-director to conduct national-level workshops at meetings and conferences (HHMI, AAC&U) on topics such as competency based STEM curriculum and the power of technology, assessment and interdisciplinary collaboration in science education (past 6 years)

ix)  Served as a research mentor for over 45 undergraduate students, many of whom have moved on to professional and/or graduate programs to become leaders in their respective fields 

Education

B.Sc.    University of Bombay, India     Microbiology, Biochem (minor)    1978     
M.Sc.    University of Bombay, India   Biophysics             1983     
Ph.D.    Tulane University                 Biology (focus Genetics)       1991       
Post-doc Louisiana State University   Biochemistry & Mol. Biology     1991-1994

Official University Page


Caesar Jackson  Professor  North Carolina Central University  crjackson@nccu.edu 919.530.5583

Caesar Jackson
Professor
North Carolina Central University
crjackson@nccu.edu
919.530.5583

Research Interest(s)

STEM Education Research, Self-Regulated Learning; Non-Cognitive factors affecting STEM learning

Professional Highlights

Principal Investigator on the DREAM STEM Project, funded by the NSF HBCU-UP; Principal Investigator on a collaborative grant from NSF National Research Traineeship Program.  Past visiting scientist at the National Science Foundation, serving as program officer and a short stint as acting division director.
Provides enrichment and intervention to undergraduate STEM majors through the DREAM STEM Project, including undergraduate research experiences and industry

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Physics (Nuclear Physics), North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC,
Master of Engineering, Electrical Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL,
Bachelor of Engineering Technology (summa cum laude), Electrical Engineering, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahassee, FL,

Official University Page

http://www.nccu.edu/directory/details.cfm?id=crjackson


Bernadette Kelley  Associate Professor/Education Lead Secondary Education Foundations and Technology  Florida A&M University  bernadette.kelley@famu.edu

Bernadette Kelley
Associate Professor/Education Lead
Secondary Education Foundations and Technology
Florida A&M University
bernadette.kelley@famu.edu

Research Interest(s)

Educational Technology/Educational Leadership/Environmental Education

Professional Highlights

I currently serve as the Educational Lead for a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Educational Partnership Program with Minority-Serving (NOAA-EPP-MSI) 

Education

B.S. English;
M.S. Computers in Education;
Ed.D. Leadership and Administration

Official University Page

http://ccme.famu.edu
http://afroamfl.org/
http://www.thefamuanonline.com/news/view.php/1015636/Providing-Excellence-with-Education


Albertha H. Lawson  Professor and Chair  Southern University and A&M College  albertha_lawson@subr.edu

Albertha H. Lawson
Professor and Chair
Southern University and A&M College
albertha_lawson@subr.edu

Research Interest(s)

Data Science; STEM Education and Informal Learning,

Professional Highlights

Education

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (Johnson C. Smith University),
Masters of Applied Statistics (The Ohio State University),
Doctor of Philosophy Education Research and Administration (University of New Orleans)

Official University Page

https://mathalliance.org/mentor/albertha-lawson/


Lin Li  Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator  Prairie View A&M University  lilin@pvamu.edu 936.261.9882

Lin Li
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator
Prairie View A&M University
lilin@pvamu.edu
936.261.9882

Research Interest(s)

Machine Learning, Data Mining, Computer Networks and Security

Professional Highlights

"Developing Innovative Privacy Learning Modules to Engage Students in Cybersecurity Education”, National Science Foundation (NSF), Award #1712496, $300,000, 08/2017-08/2020
"Capacity Building on Privacy Education through Curriculum Development”, National Security Agency (NSA), $136,282, 04/2017─10/2018. 
"Widening Implementation of Evidence-Based Pedagogy in STEM Education”, Department of Education, Award # P120A140064, $611,453, 10/2014─09/2019. 
"Enriching Computing Curricula through HPC Teaching and Research”, National Science Foundation (NSF), Award #1332566, $479,721, 07/2013─06/2019. 
Texas A&M System Teaching Excellence Award 2012.
Roy G. Perry College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award, PVAMU, 2013.
Roy G. Perry College of Engineering Outstanding Service Award, PVAMU, 2015.
Roy G. Perry College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award, PVAMU, 2017.
Member of IEEE and ACM
Graduate Program Coordinator of Computer Science Department, PVAMU, 2009-present
Committee member of Graduate Council, PVAMU, 2017-present
Committee member of CATIE, TAMUs, 2017-present
Faculty Senator of PVAMU, 2014-2016

Education

Ph.D. Computer Science, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.A,  
M.E. Computer Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, P.R. China
B.S. Computer Science, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, P.R. China

Official University Page

http://www.pvamu.edu/cs/people/faculty-staff/


Arun K Verma  Endowed University Professor and Chair  Hampton University  arun.verma@hamptonu.edu

Arun K Verma
Endowed University Professor and Chair
Hampton University
arun.verma@hamptonu.edu

Research Interest(s)

Modeling and Simulation, Perturbation Techniques

Professional Highlights

Education

Official University Page

https://science.hamptonu.edu/math/faculty/verma.cfm

Disclaimer statement: This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1760961. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed on posted materials are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.