CBMG DEI Newsletter

Personal Story - Priyanka Bharadwaj (Ph.D. Student, Chang Lab)
CBMG DEI Newsletter · 04. December 2022
Priyanka Bharadwaj is a Ph.D. student in Dr. Caren Chang’s lab. She is currently working on aspects of a new signal in plants – ACC, the precursor of the hormone ethylene. She enjoys playing chess and hiking during her free time. Read about the history and culture of her home city, Bangalore, in the Indian state of Karnataka.

Personal Story - Louisa Nkrumah (Learning Experience Designer)
CBMG DEI Newsletter · 04. December 2022
Louisa Nkrumah is a Learning Experience Designer with the UMD TLTC. She consults with instructors to provide input on effective teaching practices and inclusivity, and she leads many workshops and learning communities for instructors and faculty members at UMD. Outside of work, she enjoys baking, Zumba and Pure Barre classes, reading, watching reality TV, going to Disney Work, and spending time with family and friends. Read about how her family’s Ghanaian culture influences her work below.

Personal Story - Ginny Hutcheson (Learning Experience Designer)
CBMG DEI Newsletter · 04. December 2022
Ginny Hutcheson is a Learning Experience Designer with the Teaching & Learning Transformation Center at UMD. She leads pedagogy workshops, learning communities, and consultations for UMD instructors. Read her story below about her lifelong love of teaching and sharing her passion for diversity and inclusion.

Personal Story - Errica Philpott-Barber (Program Manager, Faculty Affairs,  Member of DEI Comittee)
CBMG DEI Newsletter · 04. December 2022
Errica Philpott-Barber is the Chair Coordinator for the CBMG department. Her primary role over the last 11 years has been supporting the Chair and managing all faculty-related affairs within the department, including Tenure/Tenure Track and Professional Track Faculty.

Personal Story - Kevin McIver (Professor and Chair of CBMG)
CBMG DEI Newsletter · 04. December 2022
Dr. Kevin McIver is a Professor and Chair of the CBMG department. He joined the department in 2006, and was formally named CBMG Chair this past summer after having served as Interim Chair since the spring of 2021. Read his “Pre-Science” story, including growing up near Colonial Williamsburg, below!

Personal Story - Elisabeth Gantt (Distinguished Professor Emerita)
CBMG DEI Newsletter · 04. December 2022
Dr. Elisabeth Gantt is a Distinguished Professor Emerita in CBMG who has won numerous awards and was elected into the National Academy of Sciences in 1996. A scientific award has been established in her name at her alma mater, Blackburn College, by her former classmates.

Personal Story - Zhongchi Liu (Professor)
CBMG DEI Newsletter · 26. August 2022
Zhongchi Liu, Professor of Plant Biology.

Personal Story - Dirk Joldersma (PhD Student, Liu Lab)
CBMG DEI Newsletter · 26. August 2022
Dirk Joldersma is a Ph.D. Candidate in Dr. Zhongchi Liu's lab.

Personal Story - Aurelie Niyongabo (MOCB/BISI Graduate Student, DEI Commitee)
CBMG DEI Newsletter · 26. August 2022
Aurelie Niyongabo is a MOCB/BISI graduate student in the Ofek lab.

Personal Story - Edgar Moctezuma (Senior Lecturer, DEI Committee Member)
CBMG DEI Newsletter · 17. August 2022
Edgar Moctezuma is a Senior Lecturer who began teaching at the University of Maryland in 2003.

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