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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Mycologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Mangoes
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

Birthplace

Born:
7/20/1952
Birth Location:
Americus, Georgia

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Mycologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Mangoes
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

Birthplace

Born:
7/20/1952
Birth Location:
Americus
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Biography

Microbiologist Agnes A. Day was born on July 20, 1952 in Plains, Georgia to Annie Lee Laster and David Laster. The youngest of thirteen children, Day was raised by her third-grade teacher, Reverend Mrs. Rose Marie Bryon. Day’s interest in science began when she and her older brother would walk through the woods catching insects and animals. After graduating from Mainland Sr. High School, Day attended Bethune-Cookman College in Florida where she received her B.S. degree in biology. Day then attended Howard University, graduating with her Ph.D. degree in microbiology in 1984.

After obtaining her graduate degree, Day became a research fellow in the Bone Research Branch at the National Institute of Dental Research, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She left in 1988 to join the faculty at Howard University as an assistant professor. Since 1992, Day has served as a tenured associate professor of microbiology in the College of Medicine at Howard University. She also has held the position of chair of the department of microbiology. In addition to instructing students in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and coordinating graduate courses, Day is known for her research on drug-resistant fungi and breast cancer health disparities. She serves as a Scientific Reviewer for research grants submitted to the National Institutes of Health, The National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense Cancer Research Initiatives. Day is in demand as a science expert, having been interviewed as part of a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) special and TheGrio’s Black History series. In addition, she has served on numerous panels as a scientific expert in microbiology and breast cancer research.

In 1995, Day was awarded the Outstanding Research Award by the Howard University College of Medicine. She has also received the College’s Kaiser-Permanente Outstanding Teaching Award, and has mentored over forty students. Day is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research and sits on its Minorities in Cancer Research and Women in Cancer Research committees. She is also a member of the American Society for Microbiology where she is a member of the Committee on Microbiological Issues which Impact Minorities (CMIIM). Day received the William A. Hinton Award for outstanding research mentoring from this organization in 2011. She also served as a consultant for the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Black Churches-Black Colleges program. Day lives in Washington, D.C.

Agnes Day was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 4, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Agnes Day's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Agnes Day lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Agnes Day describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Agnes Day talks about her family's sharecropping roots in Plains, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Agnes Day describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Agnes Adeline Day explains how her father left the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Agnes Day talks about her mother's childhood connection with President Jimmy Carter
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Agnes Day recalls a sharecropping story from her brother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Agnes Day talks about relocating to Florida as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Agnes Day lists her siblings and describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Agnes Day describes her early childhood memories of her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Agnes Day talks about taking after her mother's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Agnes Day describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Agnes Day discusses the use of corporal punishment in her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Agnes Day recalls her most memorable sight as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Agnes Day talks about kindergarten and first grade in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Agnes Day talks about the history of and segregation in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Agnes Day remembers meeting her third-grade teacher, Rose Marie Bryan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Agnes Day talks about her love for reading, instilled by her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Agnes Day talks about being informally adopted by her teacher, Rose Marie Bryan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Agnes Day talks about Rose Marie Bryan and her foster children
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Agnes Day talks about living with Rosie Marie Bryan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Agnes Day reflects upon being torn between her mother and Rose Marie Bryan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Agnes Day talks about the Children's Center and vacation bible school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Agnes Day talks about her reputation in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Agnes Day describes the feud between the Laster family and the Persell family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Agnes Day talks about extracurricular activities and social life in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Agnes Day talks about her memories of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Agnes Day talks about moving from a segregated to an integrated high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Agnes Day describes her decision to attend Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Agnes Day describes her health problems at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Agnes Day talks about transferring to Bethune-Cookman University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Agnes Day talks about meeting her husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Agnes Day talks about her graduate program in bacteriology at Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Agnes Day talks about obtaining her Ph.D. degree in microbiology at Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Agnes Day discusses the differences between scientists and physicians
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Agnes Day describes her doctoral dissertation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Agnes Day talks about how she was encouraged to build confidence during graduate school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Agnes Day describes the findings of her research on Cryptococcus
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Agnes Day talks about future research on Cryptococcus
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Agnes Day describes her experience at the National Institute for Dental Research
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Agnes Day talks about joining the faculty of Howard University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Agnes Day discusses the implications of the excessive use of antibacterial agents
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Agnes Day describes returning to Howard University as a faculty member
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Agnes Day describes her research on breast cancer
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Agnes Day discusses her study of heritable and acquired skin diseases
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Agnes Day talks about the skin disease Xeroderma Pigmentosa
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Agnes Day talks about breast cancer in black women
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Agnes Day discusses environmental and genetic risk factors for skin cancer and protective measures against the disease
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Agnes Day talks about her coverage of the war against microbes on PBS
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Agnes Day talks about microorganisms in the body
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Agnes Day talks about her scientific publications
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Agnes Day talks about her daughter's diagnosis with breast cancer
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Agnes Day reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Agnes Day describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community today
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Agnes Day talks about her family and her brother Larry
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Agnes Day talks about how she would like to be remembered