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Black. Male. Scientist. Claiming space and place in research
- Deborah Stroman, PhD – Department of Health Behavior/EQUITY
- UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health – Inclusive Excellence
- Joseph N. Cooper, PhD, University of Massachusetts – Boston
J. Keith Motley Endowed Chair of Sport Leadership and Administration
Author, A Legacy of African American Resistance and Activism Through Sport (forthcoming)
Joseph N. Cooper is the inaugural Dr. J. Keith Motley Endowed Chair of Sport Leadership and Administration at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Boston. Prior to UMass Boston, Cooper served as an associate professor at the University of Connecticut (UConn) in the sport management program in the Department of Educational Leadership at Neag School of Education. Cooper earned his undergraduate degrees in sociology and recreation administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), master’s degree in sport administration in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science from UNC-CH, and a doctorate in kinesiology with a concentration in sport management and policy from the University of Georgia (Athens, GA).
Kevin Ileka, PhD, Bristol Myers Squibb, Analytical Chemist
Co-author, White Coats, Black Scientists
As a research investigator, Kevin Ileka is accountable for providing fit-for-purpose analytical methods and analyses which provide key insights and process knowledge for scale-up and process optimization studies for projects within the portfolio. He is also accountable for developing and transferring methods to other analytical release functions to support the timely release of clinical API batches. In his graduate research, Ileka characterized RNA-small molecule complexes via ion mobility-mass spectrometry and molecular dynamics, elucidated binding site information via gas-phase anion-ion and anion-electron reactions via FT-ICR mass spectrometry, identified RNA-peptide interaction sites via solution-phase crosslinking and LC-MS/MS and investigated gas-phase ion/ion proton-transfer reactions for improved negative-ion electron-capture dissociation efficiency in the structural characterization of nucleic acids and proteins.
Robert Smith III, PhD, UNC Department of Neurology, Associate Chair of Administration
Robert Smith III is currently the associate chair for administration in the Department of Neurology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the staff at UNC-CH, he was a full-time faculty member at the University of Virginia. During his tenure, he served as the director of human resources consulting services (HRCS). Dr. Smith utilized his team-building and leadership-development skills to rebuild and rebrand the HRCS business unit. Before joining human resources, he was the chief administrative officer in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and prior to that appointment, he held the same post in OB/GYN. Additionally, Dr. Smith held positions in Employee Concerns, Perioperative Services and Respiratory Care Services, all at the University of Virginia. In the private sector, he has worked as an International Health Care Consultant.
Robert Turner II, PhD, The George Washington University, School of Medicine and Health Science
Author, Not for Long: The Life and Career of the NFL Athlete
Robert W. Turner II is an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Science. Turner examines the interrelationships between multiple measures of psychosocial and neurocognitive factors associated with mTBI, accelerated cognitive aging and dementia. He earned his PhD in sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He also holds a position as a research scientist in the Center for Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research at Duke University. After attending James Madison University on an athletic scholarship, Turner played football professionally in the now-defunct United States Football League, the Canadian Football League and briefly in the National Football League. Turner is an active member of his local church and serves on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, D.C.