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GSBS faculty member Jones a history maker

January 08, 2013

Tracey Barnett


GSBS faculty member Lovell Jones, Ph.D., has been selected as one of the top African American scientists in the U.S. by the HistoryMakers, a non-profit research and educational organization that records and preserves the oral histories of noted African Americans.

The organization received a grant from the National Science Foundation in 2009 to interview 180 of the nation's top African American scientists, create curriculum based on the interviews and hold public programs featuring the scientists. The goals of this initiative are to create positive role models; increase the number of African Americans, women and other minorities entering science, technology, engineering and mathematics professions; and use their life stories as a way to encourage others to enter these professions.

A video interview with Jones will be placed in a digital archive that will be open to the public.

Jones is a professor of Health Disparities Research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is also the director of the Dorothy I. Height Center for Health Equity and Evaluation Research, a collaborative partnership of MD Anderson and the University of Houston.