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Faculty Update: Spring Semester 2022

From Interim Provost Bradley Brennan, Ph.D.
December 30, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

I hope that you have been able to rest and renew during the winter break.

The sharp rise in positive cases of the COVID-19 virus has prompted Spelman and AUCC leadership to determine how best to approach the spring semester return to campus.

We ended the fall semester with much to be proud of when it comes to our health and safety protocols. The policies that we put in place, and that our community adhered to, resulted in one of the lowest positivity rates on a college campus in the country.

With the nationwide spread of the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus over the past two weeks, we are developing plans to continue to limit the spread of the virus among the members of our community, as we enter the spring 2022 semester.

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Celebrating Spelman's Recently Tenured and Promoted Faculty

The Office of the Provost and the entire Spelman College community would like to recognize and congratulate its recently tenured and promoted faculty: Drs. Leyte Winfield, Deanna Kortesky, Kimberly Jackson, Danielle Dickens, Nirajan Dhakal and Dorian Crosby for their excellence in teaching, scholarship and research.

Promoted Faculty: Dr. Leyte Winfield

Spelman Division Chair Leyte WinfieldLeyte Winfield, Ph.D., chair, Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is a synthetic organic chemist with experience in academic, industrial and military laboratories. From the combined experiences she has gained expertise in the various aspects of medicinal drug design, instrumental methods and synthetic techniques. Her efforts have been recognized by the American Association of Cancer Research and the Council for Undergraduate Research and have been funded in part by the National Institutes of Health. 

Her scholarly activity covers three major areas: 1.drug design and organic synthesis; 2. chemistry education research and practice; and 3. broadening participation in STEM.

Dr. Winfield has also published a book chapter, three peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as seven published proceedings. Additionally, her research expertise and knowledge of laboratory protocol and procedures is embodied in her joint authorship of “Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: An Update” published by the National Academy Press in 2011.

“Growing Diverse STEM Communities: Methodology, Impact, and Evidence” is an influential book edited by Dr. Winfield and her co-editors Drs. Wilson-Kennedy, Thomas and Watkins.

With support from the College, Dr. Winfield secured an initial patent for the discovery molecule LLW 3-6 (filed in February 2009 and issued in May 2011) and five subsequent patents associate with application of the discovery molecule. The additional five patents were filed between December 2011 and March 2012 and issued in 2012 and 2013. The patented molecular library covers eleven  unique tricyclic structural frameworks that have been modified to form 800 compounds.

Awards

Dr. Winfield’s success in writing grant proposals have secured $3.28 million in funding since her tenure and promotion in 2010.

What Others Have to Say About the Impact of Dr. Winfield's Work

Start of QuoteDr. Winfield’s research in drug design brings great value to the field and to society.”

“The LLW-36 developed by Dr. Winfield is a powerful prodrug addressing both metastasis and cancer cells resistance to drug therapy.”

“Dr. Winfield has accumulated a significant amount of intellectual property as evidenced by number of patents issued to her.End of Quote

 

COVID -19 Faculty Guidelines

Review faculty information about the fall 2021 semester. For information on vaccines, testing and the health protocols that apply to all Spelman College community members, additional details can be found on the AUCC website.

Spelman COVID-19 Faculty Guidance for Fall 2021


Interim Provost Dolores Bradley Brennan, Ph.D.

Dolores Bradley BrennanPresident Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., has appointed Dr. Dolores Bradley Brennan, who most recently served as vice provost for faculty and associate vice president for academic affairs, as Spelman College's interim provost. Dr. Bradley Brennan came to Spelman in 2001 under a joint appointment with the Yerkes National Primate Research Center of Emory University. A distinguished scholar in visual perception and development, physiological optics and visual system anatomy, Dr. Bradley Brennan has published 22 papers and book chapters on visual development and processing, most recently focusing on identifying effective treatments for childhood visual disorders. She was promoted to full professor at Spelman in 2010, and in 2012 elected to Epsilon of Georgia, the Spelman chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

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Regann M. Anderson
Faculty Affairs Specialist
Office of the Provost
Spelman College
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Atlanta, GA 30314-4399
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