As head of Education and Human Resources Programs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Shirley Malcom is committed to finding and nurturing underrepresented talent in the sciences. Her drive is deeply personal.
Malcolm is a former member of the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation, and served on President Clinton’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. She earned her Ph.D. from Penn State and holds 16 honorary degrees.
WPSU's Patty Satalia talked with her about overcoming the deficits of her own segregated schooling, about her efforts to ensure women and minorities don't have the same hardships in science she had, and about why we need diversity in science.