Show and Tell

Well, it is almost the last day of Black History Month and I am behind on answering the traditional emails I receive at this time of year. As I said last year (with a few modifications):

clifford v. johnson at the board Pretty soon after February starts, the deluge of email I get every day gets enhanced a bit by emails from students from all over America. I become part of an assignment, you see. It seems that these students are instructed to find a black scientist and write something about them and do a presentation to their class about them1.

I’m always willing to help with this sort of thing (see the footnote for why), and so I usually send some links: to my personal webpage (here), or one of two profile pages for me at USC here and here (the latter by Katherine Yungmee Kim), a Daily Trojan news story by Diya Chacko here, or the departmental page on me (here), and a list of publications, and I hope that this is all of some use.

As to the standard “what is your date of birth?” question that is usually asked too, I don’t pass out that information over the web, but if you’re an interested student, you can email me for a bit more information if you wish, although I will not give out the exact date.

For a bit of biographical narrative, students can look on the “My Hero Project” (tremendously embarrassing name, I know) site where journalist Jennifer Lauren Lee reports on her chat with me about aspects of my life and work. (For the record, I tried in vain to get them to give up on the idea that I am some sort of science hero to be included on their site. they would not hear of it!)

It may be too late for Black History Month projects by time it comes out, but I ‘ll be doing a guest post at the blog Backreaction sometime very soon, all about what inspired me to choose this career. Check there periodically for the post.

I should write some more, but I’m falling asleep on my feet for want of sleep after my long trip. Sorry to be so brief.



  1. Of course, this is a very good thing overall (see earlier discussions here, here, and here -including the illuminating sometimes depressing discussion threads- (and more recently here, here and here, for example) about increasing the number of times that young people are made aware of a career choice that they can make that society, through the media, etc, tells them that they can’t make), and I’m very willing to help where I can. [return]
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