Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Catching Up with the Class of 2002: The First Group of "Emerging Scholars" Gives Us an Update on Life since Their Magazine Debut in January 2002 in What Was Then Black Issues in Higher Education

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Catching Up with the Class of 2002: The First Group of "Emerging Scholars" Gives Us an Update on Life since Their Magazine Debut in January 2002 in What Was Then Black Issues in Higher Education

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Dr. Danielle Allen

Education: M.Phil. and Ph.D., Classics, University of Cambridge; M.A. and Ph.D., Government, Harvard University; B.A., Classics, Princeton University

Update: "Since January 2002, my most significant intellectual and professional developments are my publication of Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship Since Brown v. Board of Education (2004); my service as dean of the Division of Humanities at the University of Chicago (20042007); my appointment as UPS Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.; and my service on several remarkable and exciting boards, in particular: Amherst College, the Pulitzer Prizes, JSTOR, the University of Chicago Charter School and the Black Metropolis Research Consortium."

Dr. Jill Bargonetti-Chavarria

Education: Ph.D., M.S., Molecular Biology, New York University; B.A., Biology (cum laude), State University of New York at Purchase

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Update: Now a full professor with tenure in the biological sciences department at Hunter College, Bargonetti-Chavarria and her colleagues at Hunter's Center for the Study of Gene Structure and Function are currently working to determine if tumor promotion in humans results by inhibition of p53 production. In December of 2004, Working Mother magazine profiled Bargonetti-Chavarria as one of the nation's "Stellar Moms" and in May of 2005 both NYU and SUNY Purchase gave her distinguished alumna awards. In 2007, she was awarded a "Power Woman" award from New York Moves magazine. The molecular biologist adds, "My children are growing up to be really nice people, and my family had a great summer vacation in Hawaii!"

Dr. Joan Coker

Education: M.D., Medical College of Ohio; B.S., Biology, Tuskegee University

Update: Coker, an ear, nose and throat doctor, says the past five years have been a whirlwind experience. She left Martin Luther King Hospital in 2003 to pursue a private practice opportunity in Chicago. "There, I learned a lot about the business of medicine," Coker says. In 2007, Coker decided to move back to her hometown of Wilmington, Del., to open her very own otolaryngology practice. "As of October 1, 2007, I have owned and operated my own business here at home. The response and support of the community, family and friends has been tremendous. It is so good to be back at home!"

Dr. Jonathan David Farley

Education: D.Phil., Mathematics, University of Oxford; A.B., Mathematics (summa cum laude), Harvard University

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Update: In 2003, Farley solved a math equation that had remained unsolved since it was posed by renowned MIT mathematics Professor Richard Stanley in 1981. Seed Magazine named him one of "15 people who have shaped the global conversation about science in 2005." Proteus published his monograph, "Toward a Mathematical Theory of Counterterrorism," in December. Farley's company, HollywoodMath.com, has consulted for the hit TV shows "Numb3rs" and "Medium" as well as the movie "Flatland" starring Martin Sheen. He is now at the California Institute of Technology as a visiting professor of mathematics.

Dr. Juan Gilbert

Education: Ph.D., M.S., Computer Science, University of Cincinnati; B.S., Applied Science, Miami University of Ohio

Update: "In 2006, I was named the T-SYS Distinguished Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department at Auburn University where I direct the Human Centered Computing Lab.

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"I also invented Applications Quest, www.ApplicationsQuest.com to address race-conscious admissions policies. I later formed Applications Quest, LLC as well. Applications Quest is gaining ground and publicity in admissions (The owners of Diverse's parent company, Cox, Matthews and Associates, each have a ownership interest in Applications Quest). …

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