Black History Month as a time to honor the achievements, rich culture and history of African Americans and recognizes the significant achievements and contributions of Black people to society. In alignment with recognizing these many contributions, the Pharmacology department dedicated Black History Month 2023 to teaching and engaging its students, faculty, and staff with the scientific discoveries of several African American scientists who have made an outstanding and lasting impact in scientific research.
In February, Pharmacology hosted an event dedicating several Journal Club presentations to teaching students about the research and individual accomplishments of several Black researchers. Faculty members were paired with students to mentor them on papers that were presented to the department each week. Each faculty member gave a brief presentation about one or more African American scientists whose careers and research had influenced their own work. The students were then given the opportunity to present papers on the research published by those scientists who had been introduced by each of the faculty members whom they were paired with. The faculty and students explored and presented the work of scientists who included: