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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Stew (Peanut Butter), Seafood, Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
A youngster should be very studious. -translated from Dinka

Birthplace

Born:
12/12/1948
Birth Location:
Bamako,

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Stew (Peanut Butter), Seafood, Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
A youngster should be very studious. -translated from Dinka

Birthplace

Born:
12/12/1948
Birth Location:
Bamako
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Biography

Scientist and educator Diola Bagayoko was born on December 12, 1948, and earned his B.S. degree in chemistry and physics from the Ecole Normale Superieure (ENSup) in Mali, West Africa in 1973. Prior to that, he received formal training in the theory and practice of teaching and learning from ENSup. During his undergraduate education, Bagayoko also taught high school physics and chemistry in Sikasso, Mali, West Africa. In 1978, Bagayoko received his M.S. degree in solid state physics from Lehigh University, and in 1983, he earned his PhD degree in theoretical solid state physics form Louisiana State University. After earning his PhD degree, Bagayoko served as a physics lecturer at the University of Benghazi in Libya, North African. In 1984, Bagayoko became an assistant professor of physics Southern University in Baton Rouge Louisiana. He was promoted to associate professor in 1989.

In 1990-91, Bagayoko established the nationally Timbuktu Academy in Baton Rouge, using experience gained through his years of mentoring. The Timbuktu Academy is a program and resource center based at Southern University that offers pre-college and undergraduate students a chance to pursue scientific fields. Funding comes from the Office of Naval Research, the Department of the Navy, and the National Science Foundation (NSF), among others. Bagayoko has also served as director of the academy since its inception. In 1999, Bagayoko was promoted to distinguished professor in f physics and beginning in 2002, he also served as adjunct professor of mathematics and science education.

In addition to his teaching and mentoring, Bagayoko worked as a consultant for several organizations, including the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Bagayoko as published over eighty scientific research articles on condensed matter physics and properties of metals, as well as over fifty papers concerning science education. Diola Bagayoko works in Baton, Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife, who is also on the faculty at Southern University.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Diola Bagayoko's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Diola Bagayoko lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Diola Bagayoko describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Diola Bagayoko describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Diola Bagayoko talks about his family and upbringing in Bamako, Mali
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Diola Bagayoko describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Diola Bagayoko describes the kinship of the Keita family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Diola Bagayoko describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Diola Bagayoko talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Diola Bagayoko describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Diola Bagayoko talks about his father's hunting in Bamako, Mali
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Diola Bagayoko talks about deforestation in Mali
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Diola Bagayoko talks about the wildlife in Mali
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Diola Bagayoko talks about his growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Diola Bagayoko talks about Mali's independence
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Diola Bagayoko describes the differences between French and American education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Diola Bagayoko talks about his experience at The School of N'tomikorobougou
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Diola Bagayoko talks about his education in Mali
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Diola Bagayoko talks about his grade school mentors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Diola Bagayoko talks about African naming conventions
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Diola Bagayoko talks about his studies at the School of N'tomikorobougou
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Diola Bagayoko talks about his high school experience and role models
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Diola Bagayoko talks about Malian music - part one
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Diola Bagayoko talks about Malian music - part two
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Diola Bagayoko compares STEM instruction in Mali to of that in America
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Diola Bagayoko talks about challenges with STEM education for underrepresented minorities in the U.S.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Diola Bagayoko talks about his decision to attend Ecole Normale Superieure de Bamako
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Diola Bagayoko talks about his experience and mentors at Ecole Normale Superieure de Bamako
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Diola Bagayoko talks about his experience at Lehigh University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Diola Bagayoko talks about his experience at Louisiana State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Diola Bagayoko talks about his level of STEM preparation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Diola Bagayoko describes his dissertation on the electronic properties of iron in the face center cubic structure
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Diola Bagayoko describes how he met his wife
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Diola Bagayoko talks about his experience at the University of Benghazi
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Diola Bagayoko talks about teaching at Southern University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Diola Bagayoko talks about naming Timbuktu Academy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Diola Bagayoko talks about Timbuktu Academy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Diola Bagayoko talks about his professional activities at the Louisiana Space Consortium and Southern University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Diola Bagayoko talks about the Louis Stokes Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Diola Bagayoko talks about receiving the Ciwara D' Exception National Award
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Diola Bagayoko talks about women wearing gold in Mali
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Diola Bagayoko talks about his funding opportunities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Diola Bagayoko talks about his professional awards
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Diola Bagayoko talks about the implementation of the Timbuktu Academy mentoring model at other HBCUs
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Diola Bagayoko reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Diola Bagayoko talks about the importance of mentorship and access
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Diola Bagayoko reflects upon his life decisions
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Diola Bagayoko talks about his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Diola Bagayoko talks about his children
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Diola Bagayoko talks about the political discord in Mali
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Diola Bagayoko talks about the BZW method
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Diola Bagayoko talks about his colleagues' significant contributions to his career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Diola Bagayoko talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Diola Bagayoko describes his photographs