SPIRE Welcomed Dr. Tuajuanda Jordan as the 2010 Distinguished Scholar - March 19, 2010

This year, the SPIRE fellows welcomed Dr. Tuajuanda Jordan to campus for the Annual Distinguished Scholar Seminar Series.  It was a busy two days as both fellows and students were given the opportunity to interact with a very dynamic scientist. 

Dr Jordan is currently the director of the Science Education Alliance (SEA) at HHMI. Dr Jordan has devoted much of her professional career mentoring students and working with programs designed to retain underrepresented minorities in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) disciplines. She began her visit here in at UNC interacting with the SPIRE fellows sharing some of her experiences and insights regarding career and life choices.  It was easy to see that Dr. Jordan is a natural storyteller and effortlessly captured the attention of all of the SPIRE fellows.  Her seminar focused on the evolution of scientists and how we as students and instructors can influence the minds and careers of future of scientists as well as the amazing the National Genomics Research Initiative (NGRI), SEA’s first initiative. 

In addition, undergraduate students from our partner MSIs had the opportunity to interact one-on-one with Dr. Jordan at lunch and toured several labs here on the UNC campus including visits to the zebra fish core facility and Lineberger Cancer Center.  The day concluded with a discussion panel of graduate students and administrators all aimed at informing students how to get into and survive graduate school.  All in all it was a fun filled day of science for all!!!!