Feb. 13 Program for African-American History Month

LAWRENCE D. BOBO, director of Stanford University's Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, will give the keynote address at a National Academies program celebrating African-American History Month. His presentation will focus on the need for a diverse scientific work force. The program will also include the unveiling of new additions to the Academies' portrait collection of African-Americans who have made significant contributions to science, engineering, and medicine.


  • ALEXA CANADY, a retired professor of neurosurgery and the first black female neurosurgeon in the United States
  • ARLIE O. PETTERS, professor of mathematics and physics, Duke University, Durham, N.C. He developed a mathematical theory of gravitational lensing, a phenomenon in space that distorts perceptions of stars and galaxies.

10:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, Feb. 13, in the auditorium of the National Academies building, 2100 C St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Reporters who cannot attend may listen to a live audio webcast of the event at http://national-academies.org. Admission is free to the public, but a photo ID is required to enter the building.

REPORTERS: REGISTER TO ATTEND by contacting the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail [email protected].


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