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Biotech 2004: Agenda
Ken Harewood, Ph.D., Professor of Biology and Director, Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute, North Carolina Central University
heraldsun.com: NCCU prof wins top UNC award
The recipient, Ken R. Harewood, is the GlaxoSmithKline distinguished professor of biomedical sciences and biotechnology at NCCU and directs its Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute.
"I am almost speechless," Harewood
said as he
accepted the honor, which includes a $20,000 cash prize, at the board's meeting Friday. He was born and raised in Barbados, West Indies, where, he said, his parents "instilled in me the value of hard work." He received an undergraduate degree from New York University and master's and doctoral degrees in biochemistry from the City University in New York.He then joined the cancer research division of pharmaceutical firm Pfizer Inc. Harewood joined the biology faculty at Florida A&M University in 1994, where he also created a biotechnology training initiative.
Moving from the corporate world to academe allowed him to focus on students from underrepresented minorities in biomedical research and help them increase their awareness of scientific research and education, Harewood
told the Board of Governors. Harewood came to NCCU in 1998 as the first director of the BBRI when it opened.
Since then, he's
also helped develop the Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise at NCCU
, for which a new building is planned.While there, he
has helped secure more than $30 million in external grants to support NCCU's
expanding research activities, including BRITE.
As a historically black university "that is literally in the shadow of the Research Triangle Park" NCCU
enjoys a "strategic location" where he
can try to advance biomedical education and the next generation of researchers, Harewood
"I view this award as an endorsement of my effort," he
JBHE: Latest News for 5/25/06
• Ken R. Harewood, professor and director of the Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute at North Carolina Central University, received the O. Max Gardner Award from the board of governors of the University of North Carolina.
Professor Harewood was honored for his research on racial disparities in health care and for his work to increase the number of black and minority students pursuing careers in the natural sciences.
Professor Harewood is a graduate of New York University.
He holds a master's degree and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the City University of New York.
When I first met Dr. Ken ...
When I first met Dr. Ken Harewood, I was greeted by a pleasant, soft-spoken gentleman who invited me into the small library beside his office.When I left an hour later, I felt I had been in the company of a modern apostle.The passion and commitment I witnessed in this man convinced me this story must be told!Harewood is the Director of the Julius Chambers Biomedical and Biotechnology Research Institute (BBRI) at North Carolina Central University in Durham.
The program, now in its fifth year, prepares students to become biomedical research scientists.This may not seem unusual, as universities commonly train scientists; however, there is an unusual approach at NCCU
for training scientists to become knowledgeable in the drug discovery process - which is of huge importance to North Carolina's burgeoning pharmaceutical / biotechnology industry!The unique aspects of the BBRI approach are (1) an applied teaching method based on current medically relevant problems and (2) getting college freshman into serious laboratory work at the beginning of their college experience.This relatively rare approach came about as a result of Dr. Harewood's
personal experience.Upon completing his
doctoral work at City College of New York
in 1971, he
entered the pharmaceutical industry with Pfizer
employer for the next 23 years.What Harewood learned at Pfizer
profoundly affected his
view of the educational system that produced him.He
made a commitment to some day enter academia and make some changes.Today, he
is carrying out his
commitment at NCCU
and it has evolved in two steps:
...Harewood is the principal architect of the recently funded Biomanufacturing Research and Industry Training Enterprise (BRITE) initiative at NCCU, a partnership between NC State University and the NC Community College System to train skilled personnel at all levels for the growing North Carolina's biotechnology industry.
As these projects progress, we can look forward to hearing of more achievements from Harewood
colleagues at NCCU
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Dr. Ken R. HarewoodDirector, Biomedical/Biotechnology Research InstituteNorth Carolina Central University