Tag: Jewel Plummer Cobb
, womens history month
The study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM] are of great importance because they are deeply intertwined into our daily lives.
You can imagine how differently our lives would be without the education, research and implementation of these fields of study.
In honor of Women's History Month, let's take the time to highlight the career of one of our great educators in STEM, Jewel Plummer Cobb
Born in Chicago in 1924, she
is the great granddaughter of a freed slave who went on to become a pharmacist; her
father, a physician.
Growing up in a family with such a background, it seemed almost inevitable for her
to venture into those fields as well.
It is said that she
education by reading her
father's collection of books and medical and science publications.
was raised in an environment where she
had plenty of interaction with great African American role models in professional industries, so she
herself was destined for greatness; and greatness is what she
Cobb earned her B.A. in biology from Talladega College and completed her PhD in cell physiology by the age of 26.
placed emphasis of her
research work on melanin and skin damage.
discovered the use of methotrexate to treat several kinds of cancers, including childhood leukemia.
Some of her
methods of methotrexate treatments are still used today through chemotherapy and some autoimmune diseases.
Aside from her work in the medical field, Cobb also spent a great deal of her life working as an educator at universities and colleges across the country.
At California State University-Fullerton, she
noticed the disparities between the number of African American students who pursued sports versus education, and implemented a plan to try and redirect their focus.
created a program in which faculty members would partner with students and tutor them in math, which she
believed was the foundation of a career in the sciences.
worked diligently to encourage minorities and women alike to pursue an education with emphasis on science.
also worked to gain funding for grants and fellowships for minority students so they could further their education.
In addition, she privately funded a program for minorities in premedical and predental fields at Connecticut College, where she served as dean and zoology instructor for seven years.
In 1991, Cobb was the principal investigator at Southern California Science & Engineering ACCESS Center and Network.
This program focused on providing the tools to get into engineering, mathematics and science for middle school students who were considered to be at an economic disadvantage.
Ten years later, she
ran a similar program for youth at CSU-Los Angeles.
vast career in STEM and education has earned Cobb numerous accolades.
She is a trustee at many institutions of higher education and holds 21 honorary degrees.
Dr. Cobb is a Fellow at the National Cancer Institute and has earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Science.
is also the recipient of the Achievement of Excellence Award from the Center for Excellence in Education
has blazed the trails and succeeded beyond measure in a European American, male dominated industry.
As an African American growing up at a time of extreme racial divide, she
did not allow the views of the dominant society decide what was best for her
took charge of her
education and created her
own path and subsequently, a path for many others.
For that, we salute Dr. Cobb
, a priceless Jewel
in the STEM field.