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Jeannette Brown

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Jeannette Elizabeth Brown is a former Faculty Associate in the department of Pre-College Programs at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She held the title of New Jersey Statewide Systemic Initiative (NJSSI) Regional Director having served as the NJIT NJ/SSI Coordinator previously. In this position, she designed, developed and coordinated the NJIT NJSSI K-8 Professional Development Program.

Ms Brown is a Fellow (Cohort 3) of the WestEd National Academy for Science and Mathematics Leadership. She is the Chemical Heritage Foundation 2004 Société Fellow.

She previously held the position of Research Chemist and worked at Merck & Co. Inc for twenty-five years in that capacity. She synthesized new compound for testing as potential new drug candidates for human and animal health. She suggested new targets for development. At Merck, she became co – author of 15 publications and 5 patents and has one patent in her name alone. She earned a Management Award for her work with the Merck Black University Liaison Committee in which she worked with Grambling University to try to improve the chemistry department. She started her industrial career at CIBA Pharmaceutical Co. as a junior chemist and worked there for eleven years. She has a research MS degree from the University of Minnesota and a BS degree in the Field of Chemistry from Hunter College. She was elected to the Hunter College Hall of Fame for her work as a mentor for young students.

She was appointed to the National Science Foundation Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women Minorities and Persons with Disabilities (CEOSE) and served on that committee for two terms, six years. She has been elected Councilor of the American Chemical Society from the North Jersey Section three times and is currently a Councilor. She was Chair of the Project SEED Committee and reorganized the committee to make it function efficiently. Project SEED is a program for economically disadvantaged high school students. She also acted as the chief fundraiser for the program until it was taken over by a professional fundraiser. She is a member of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers and the Association for Women in Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

She was the 2004 Société de Chimie Industrielle (American Section) Fellow of the Chemical Heritage Foundation. She studied the History of African American women chemist and is currently lecturing and writing a book about her work. She recently received the Ullyott Fellowship from the Chemical Heritage Foundation to work on her book about African American Women Chemists. She held that fellowship from May to July 2009.

Her awards include the ACS Women Chemists Committee Regional Award for Contributions to Diversity 2002. She is listed in Who’s Who in America 2004 Vol. I. P 630. Her biography is profiled in “African American National Biography” Volume I P.617. She is also listed in the current issue of “Who’s Who in Science”. She is the 2005 recipient of the American Chemical Society Dreyfus Award for mentoring minorities in Science. She received an Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota in 2005. She also received an Alumni Award from the Hunter College Chemistry Department and her most recent award is the North Jersey ACS Harvey Russell Award for service to High school teachers. She is a 2007 AWIS Fellow. She is a member of the first class of American Chemical Society Fellows 2009, the only African American woman elected so far. She received first Metro Women Chemist Committee Award for Mentoring in April 2010. She also received and Outstanding Women of Somerset County New Jersey for volunteerism in March 2010, which consisted of certificates from every elected official in the State of New Jersey including the Governor.


African-American Women Chemists – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: An Update for the Twenty First Century

African American women in science have always labored under the "double bind” of being a woman and a minority in science. In the U. S. the first African American woman earned a PhD degree in chemistry in 1948, while the first white woman received this degree in the late 19th century. We will discuss the accomplishments of Marie Daly the first known African American woman to receive a PhD in chemistry, some of the pioneers who came before her and some contemporary women chemists and chemical engineers. We will also look into the future to talk about the emerging African American women chemists and chemical engineers and speak about how you can help increase the number of minorities in science.

The Life of an African American Woman Chemist and the History of African American Women Chemist Project

African American women in science have always labored under the "double bind" of being a woman and a minority in science. To date, limited knowledge exists on the educational experiences of African American Women Chemists. We will discuss the establishment of a project to extend the current knowledge base about African American women in chemistry. A look at the history of chemistry reveals much information about white male and even white female chemists. The available information about African American women chemists is harder to find; it is usually listed under African American women scientists. The motivation for this research is to help African American students understand that it is possible to succeed in chemistry now because some of these women succeeded against more impossible odds. We will illustrate this talk by discussing our history and the role of mentors in our career. We will talk about some of the students that we mentored during our career and end by discussing a new program that is being established in the North Jersey to increase the number of African Americans who pursue a career in chemistry, chemical education or chemical engineering. This paper will also detail the progress towards writing of a book and a web site for the History of African American Women Chemist Project.


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