Black History Month: Contributions to Health and Science Disciplines
George Washington Carver ( 1894?-1943), was a scientist, botanist, inventor, and agricultural pioneer, developing new uses for the peanut and sweet potatoes and innovative methods of crop rotation.
Rick Kittles (1966?- ) is an American biologist specializing in human genetics. He is currently Professor of Surgery and Public Health at the University of Arizona School of Medicine. He achieved renown in the 1990s for his pioneering work in tracing the ancestry of African Americans via DNA testing and co-founded African Ancestry, Inc., a world leader in tracing lineages of African descent.
Pibiri, F., Kittles, R. A., Sandler, R. S., Keku, T. O., Kupfer, S. S., Xicola, R. M., & … Ellis, N. A. (2014). Genetic variation in vitamin D-related genes and risk of colorectal cancer in African Americans. Cancer Causes & Control: CCC, 25(5), 561-570. doi:10.1007/s10552-014-0361-y.
Torres, J. B., PhD., & Kittles, R. A., PhD. (2007). The relationship between “race” and genetics in biomedical research. Current Hypertension Reports, 9(3), 196-201. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11906-007-0035-1.
Kittles, R. A., & Weiss, K. M. (2003). RACE,ANCESTRY, AND GENES: Implications for Defining Disease Risk. Annual Review Of Genomics & Human Genetics, 4(1), 33-67. doi:10.1146/annurev.genom.4.070802.110356
Mae Jemison (1956- ) is a physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first female African American astronaut when she flew on the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992.
The following selected titles discuss African American contributions to chemistry, medicine, mathematics, nursing, science, and astronomy/space exploration. To search for additional titles, go to the GIL catalog.