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Debt Retirement Campaign

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Thank You  

Thank you to all of the people and organization that donated to the debt reduction campaign. Unfortunately, we were not able to reach the $100000 total required to eliminate the debt completely. However, your donation, no matter the size, helps NSBP move towards the future free from debt and more able to accomplish this mission of developing and supporting efforts to increase opportunities for African Americans in physics.

If you were unable to donate money by the April 30 deadline, we are still accepting donations to help remove the debt. Please click on the button below to make your donation.

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AIP TEAM-UP Undergraduate Survey

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AIP TEAM-UP logoThe American Institute of Physics has commissioned a Task Force to Elevate the representation of African Americans in Undergraduate Physics and Astronomy (TEAM-UP) to investigate the persistent underrepresentation of African Americans in physics and astronomy, and develop recommendations toward increasing the number of African Americans students earning physics and astronomy bachelor’s degrees. The National Society of Black Physicists is assisting the American Institute of Physics with this investigation as a part of its ongoing mission to support efforts to increase opportunities for African Americans in physics.
 
The first step in TEAM-UP’s multi-pronged approach to this challenge is to survey African American undergraduates contemplating or completing a major in physics and related fields about their experiences as physics students. You can view the cover letters addressed to either current undergraduate students or people or organizations working with African American physics and astronomy undergraduate students by clicking on the appropriate links. To take the survey, simply click the button below labeled "Take the Survey".

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NSBP members honored in Essence Magazine

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  • Dr. Jedidah Isler is an award-winning astrophysicist, TED Fellow, and a nationally recognized speaker and advocate for inclusive STEM education. She is also the creator and host of the monthly web series “Vanguard: Conversations with Women of Color in STEM.”

    Dr. Isler received her bachelor’s degree at Norfolk State University’s Dozoretz National Institute for Mathematics and Applied Sciences (DNIMAS) before earning a Masters in Physics from the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-Ph.D. Bridge Program, a pioneering effort to increase the attainment of advanced STEM degrees by students of color. Dr. Isler continued her education at Yale University, where her research on supermassive, hyperactive black holes was supported by fellowships from NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. In 2014, she became the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Yale, completing an award-winning study that examined the physics of particle jets emanating from black holes at the centers of distant galaxies called blazars. Dr. Isler’s current research focuses on using simultaneous infrared, optical and gamma-ray observations to better understand the physics of these blazar jets. She was recently featured by ESSENCE Magazine alongside 14 phenomenal black women in STEM. Find out more at jedidahislerphd.com

  • Mareena Robinson Snowden is a nuclear engineer working in DC. She is a recipient of the NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program (NGFP) which is a unique opportunity for recent graduates to join the Nuclear Security Enterprise. She also collaborates with policy makers on top secret projects. She recently completed her PhD in the MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. Before that she earned a B.S. in physics from Florida A&M University. She was recently featured by ESSENCE Magazine alongside 14 phenomenal black women in STEM. Find out more at mareenarobinsonsnowden.com
  • Nola Hylton, PhD, is a Professor in Residence in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Co-Director of the Breast Cancer Research Interest Group, and Director of the Breast Imaging Research Group at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Hylton received her BS in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1979, and she obtained her PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University, California in 1985.
    Dr. Hylton has been integrally involved in the development of magnetic resonance imaging for the detection, diagnosis, and staging of breast cancer. Dr. Hylton is an internationally known leader in the field of breast MRI for more than 20 years. Her search has addressed the clinical optimization and evaluation of breast MRI technology. Her current research program focuses on the development and clinical evaluation of MRI techniques for characterizing breast cancers and assessing their response to treatment. Her laboratory collaborates closely with a multi-disciplinary team of radiologists, surgeons, oncologists, and science researchers nation wide. This is to optimize MRI techniques for the clinical management of breast cancer patients.
    Dr. Hylton is among the first group of scholars named the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Scientific Advisory Council. She served as co-leader for the DHHS office of Women’s Health International Working Group where she identified and addressed barriers to clinical dissemination of breast MRI. She also served as the institutional Principal Investigator of the NCI International Breast MRI Consortium, which is the first large multi-center clinical trial evaluating breast MRI for breast cancer diagnosing and staging.
    Dr. Hylton has over 80 published research articles, and she has written 13 book chapters and over 130 abstracts. She was recently featured by ESSENCE Magazine alongside 14 phenomenal black women in STEM. Find out more at http://profiles.ucsf.edu/nola.hylton#narrative
  • Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is a scientist, a writer, and activist. Presently she is a postdoctoral Research Associate in theoretical physics at the University of Washington, Seattle and lead axion wrangler and social media team member for the NASA STROBE-X Probe Concept Study. Her driving impulse: understand the origin of spacetime and the particles that populate it. Using ideas from both physics and astronomy, she responds to deep questions about how everything got to the be the way it is. Find out more at http://www.cprescodweinstein.com
  • Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green is a physicist who specializes in targeted cancer therapeutics using nanotechnology and lasers. She has over 10 years of interdisciplinary research experience including five years of training at the Comprehensive Cancer Center and one year in Pathology at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Her expertise lies at the intersection of immunotherapy and precision medicine and includes biocompatible nanoparticle fabrication, antiboy conjugation chemistry, humane animal experiments, and immunohistochemistry.
    Dr. Green has developed several patent-pending cancer treatment platforms that do not have any observed side effects in mice, a preliminary study to humans. Dr. Green was recently awarded a $1.1 million Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Research Scientist Training Program (RSTP) Career Development Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Research and Development for her work involving laser-activated nanoparticles that enable biomarker-specific platforms to target, image, and treat malignant tumors. The grant will support the further development of a 3-in-1 system for early detection, imaging, targeting, and selective treatment of head and neck cancer and a single 10-minute laser-activated nanoparticle treatment that induces approximately 100% tumor regression.
    Her goal is to demonstrate the efficacy of these treatments in a variety of cancer models including in breast, colorectal, brain, lung, ovarian, cervical, pancreatic, bladder, skin and prostate cancers, a $200 Million+ endeavor.
    Dr. Green has received a variety of research fellowships and scholarships including: David and Lucille Packard Foundation Fellowship; National Science Foundation Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship; National Physical Science Consortium Fellowship; Tom Joyner Scholarship; and Alabama A&M University (AAMU) Presidential Academic Scholarship.
    She has also recently received the Research Advocate of the Year presented by the Southern Company and Perennial Strategy Group and the Distinguished Trailblazer Award presented by The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter. In addition, she has been named to The 2016 Root 100 and The 2016 EBONY Magazine Power 100, lists of the most influential African Americans.
    Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green is one of the first 100 African American women to earn a Ph.D. in Physics. She is the 2nd African American woman and the 4th African American to receive a Ph.D. in Physics from UAB. Dr. Green completed her B.S. degree in Physics from AAMU. After serving two years at Tuskegee University, Dr. Green founded The Ora Lee Smith Cancer Research Foundation (www.WeAreOraLee.org) and joined the faculty at Morehouse School of Medicine to pursue her dream to reduce the suffering of cancer patients and change the way cancer is treated. Find out more at https://weareoralee.org/drgreen/

Debt Retirement Campaign

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NSBP was sued by the Renaissance Nashville (hereinafter referred to as “the Hotel”) and a judgment was awarded of over $325,000 to the Hotel against NSBP. The current agreement between the Hotel and NSBP is to pay the Hotel $2000 a month on the principal. Currently, NSBP owes the Hotel approximately $200,000 against that judgment. At the current rate of payment, NSBP would be paying the Hotel for over eight years. If NSBP defaults on this agreement and fails to make a monthly payment, interest is compounded at 1.5% monthly, putting NSBP over $900,000 in debt.

This debt to the Hotel keeps NSBP from being a principal investigator (PI) on any grant from the federal government. Any funding requested by NSBP has to go through a third party that has its own additional review process where can be denied even before it's submitted to the federal funding agency. If NSBP receives money from the federal government with our proposal, that third party takes a sizeable portion of that money as the PI on the grant.

NSBP has the opportunity to be done with this financial burden. The Hotel has offered NSBP a settlement on the debt if the organization can pay them $100,000 by April 30, 2018. This is a tremendous opportunity to be free from this financial burden that NSBP must take advantage of as an organization. Retirement of the hotel debt would decrease our organization's monthly expenses, freeing up money that could possibly be given to students or invested in projects to bolster NSBP as an organization. Additionally, retirement of the hotel debt would simplify submitting proposals for funding as well as increase the amount of money requested in proposals for external funding.

If you believe in the ongoing mission of the National Society of Black Physicists, please give to this campaign to allow us to meet our April 30, 2018 deadline. Any contributions given to NSBP are fully tax deductible. The retirement of this debt will allow NSBP to increase its efforts to develop and support opportunities for African-Americans in physics.