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African Americans in Science Today for Tomorrow

Argonne Outloud Lecture

Join us for a public lecture featuring Walter Massey, Ph.D., Argonne’s first African American Laboratory Director (1979-1984). Dr. Massey has been a trailblazer throughout his career, opening doors for African Americans in the fields of science, business, and education.

Just prior to leading Argonne, Dr. Massey spent nearly a decade at Brown University serving as the university’s first African American professor of physics and dean of the college. While there, he did important work on anomalous phonon dispersion in superfluid helium. During his tenure, he became increasingly interested in the challenge of bringing people from historically underrepresented groups into the sciences. In response, he founded the Inner-City Teachers of Science program, in which Brown University undergraduates studying to be science teachers served as mentors to high school students in urban areas.

Today, African American scientists are part of Argonne’s world-class community of talent. As with Dr. Massey, their research, innovation, and leadership will undoubtedly play a role in the careers of African American students coming behind them.

Dr. Massey will participate in a fireside chat with Argonne’s Laboratory Director, Dr. Paul Kearns followed by a conversation with Dr. Massey and a panel of today’s leading African American scientists to discuss the past, present, and future of Blacks in science.

Special Guests

Walter Massey, Ph.D.
Former Laboratory Director

Paul Kearns, Ph.D.
Laboratory Director


J’Tia Hart, Ph.D.
Program Lead, Strategic Security Sciences Division
Argonne National Laboratory

Brian Nord, Ph.D.
Scientist, Cosmology and Artificial Intelligence
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
University of Chicago

Raychelle Burks, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
American University

Registration is requested. The day before the event, you will receive login instructions on how to access the lecture.