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The Black In Micro Conference Aims to Highlight the Contributions of Black Scientists in Microbiology

The Black In Micro conference starts Sept. 28 and runs until Oct. 4, 2020. Black In Micro is a virtual event that “seeks to highlight the contributions of Black scientists to microbiology-related fields across all career stages—from undergraduates to tenured faculty and industry professionals,” explains one of the conference’s leaders, Chelsey Spriggs, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan. Led by a rockstar team of Black scientists and allies, the Black in Micro conference aims to showcase Black microbiologists and their work, foster a sense of community among Black microbiologists, and provide a space for discussing the issues that affect Black microbiologists. The free week long event kicks off with a keynote address from Beronda Montgomery, PhD, MSU Foundation Professor in the Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University. The conference will feature talks on STEM education, virology,...

Sep 29, 2020

DNA-Pioneer and Nobel Scientist James Watson Stripped of Titles For Racist Remarks

Nobel scientist James Watson has been stripped of his remaining honorary titles at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory following the racist statements he made during a recent episode of the PBS documentary “American Masters: Decoding Watson.” During his interview, Watson claimed that genes are the reason for black people’s lack of intelligence. “Dr. Watson’s statements are reprehensible, unsupported by science, and in no way represent the views of CSHL, its trustees, faculty, staff, or students,” CSHL said in a statement . “The Laboratory condemns the misuse of science to justify prejudice.” This is not the first time Watson has come under fire for racist and prejudice remarks. In 2007, CSHL removed Watson from his position as Chancellor and from all administrative duties in the lab after an interview in the Sunday Times where he claimed that black people’s genetics make them inferior and less intelligent than white people . Watson issued an apology after the interview, but CSHL said...

Jan 17, 2019