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Spelman Professor Kimberly Jackson Wins Fulbright Scholarship to Teach in Antigua and Barbuda

May 2016

Kimberly JacksonKimberly Jackson, Ph.D., Spelman associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, spent the  spring semester teaching in Antigua and Barbuda as a Fulbright Scholar. For her project, “Communicating Chemistry Through Local Cuisine,” Dr. Jackson is teaching a biochemistry course with infused food chemistry modules at the University of West Indies from January until July. Featured on this page are images from an ice cream making demonstration in her class.

She recently was featured in a Chronicle of Higher Education article about efforts to increase diversity in the Fulbright program. The story also appeared in "University World News," based in London.

Dr. Kimberly Jackson Wins Fulbright AwardDr. Jackson is the second Spelman professor to receive a Fulbright Scholar award since 2010 – and one of more than 1,200 U.S. faculty or professionals who have received Fulbright Scholar grants this year to teach or conduct research abroad. Established in 1946, the Fulbright program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.

​"Spelman allows me to empower women of color to do dynamic science,” said Dr. Jackson, who has mentored more than 30 students since arriving at Spelman College in 2002 and provided them with research experiences in cancer therapeutics and drug discovery," said Jackson.​

Dr. Kimberly Jackson Wins Fulbright AwardIn addition to serving as an an associate professor of biochemistry and director of the new interdisciplinary food studies program at Spelman College, Dr. Jackson is also co-director of a living and learning community for STEM scholars, an initiative whose goal is to improve access to biomedical research careers for women of color, while addressing a critical national need by cultivating talent for the STEM workforce.

Dr. Kimberly Jackson Earns Fulbright AwardHer varied research efforts focus on the use of novel therapeutic agents for hormone refractory prostate cancer and the role of minority-serving institutions and women of color in diversifying the STEM pipeline. She maintains a strong and solid research program with a host of publications and has secured more than $1 million in funding from multiple agencies to support her research.

Students pictured here are enjoying the ice cream created in Dr. Jackson's class.

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