The Nature of the Universe

Friday 2/25/2011


Columbus, Ohio

The Nature of the Universe: Engineering the Power of Physics celebrated the life and work of Edward Alexander Bouchet (b. 1852 – d. 1918), who was the first African American to graduate from Yale, where he ranked sixth in a class of 124. In 1876 Bouchet successfully completed his dissertation on the new subject of geometrical optics, becoming the first black person to earn a Ph.D. from an American university as well as the sixth American of any race to earn a Ph.D. in physics. Bouchet's full impact on education will never be known; that he had an impact is undeniable  The moderator of the program was Dr. Patricia A. Blyden, former Director of Admissions at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.  The Center of Science & Industry (COSI) in Columbus was one of ScienceMakers' science centers partners in 2010, 2011, and 2012.


The participating scientists included:

          • Dr. Albert Antoine, Chemist, NASA Lewis Research Center (Ret.)
          • Dr. Isaiah Blankson, Senior Technology, NASA Glenn Research Center
          • Dr. Darnell Diggs, Program Officer, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
          • Dr. Sossina Haile, Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, California Institute of Technology
          • Dr. Stephen McGuire, Professor of Physics, Southern University and A&M College


During the day program, students were drawn from six area high schools who participate in a STEM Club sponsored by Honda Manufacturing of America. The purpose of the stem clubs are to “Increase the number of underrepresented students interested in studying STEM curriculum and pursuing STEM-related careers, in an effort to stabilize STEM industry workforce needs and grow the educational and economic strength of our society”. The program sponsors will track and report outcomes such as parental involvement; volunteer participation; activities and competitions; funding sources; partnerships; increases in student GPA, interest in STEM courses and STEM-related careers.


The HistoryMakers staff has created a finding aid for this event. View/Download below: 

ScienceMakers: Columbus Center of Science and Industry (Columbus 2011)