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Dr. Lovell A. Jones

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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
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Occupation(s):
Molecular Endocrinologist
Biology Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chinese Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Big Island, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
If you don't care who gets the credit, you accomplish a lot.

Birthplace

Born:
1/12/1949
Birth Location:
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Molecular Endocrinologist
Biology Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chinese Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Big Island, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
If you don't care who gets the credit, you accomplish a lot.

Birthplace

Born:
1/12/1949
Birth Location:
Baton Rouge
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Biography

Molecular endocrinologist Lovell A. Jones was born January 12, 1949 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He attended the University of California, Berkeley where he received his Ph.D. degree in the field of zoology, with an emphasis on endocrinology and tumor biology. Upon completing his Ph.D., Jones worked as a post-doctoral fellow/instructor in the department of physiology and obstetrics, gynecology & reproductive sciences at the University of California Medical Center at San Francisco.

In 1980, Jones joined the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as an assistant professor in the department of gynecology and biochemistry, where he has served for over thirty years. As the first African American to be hired in the basic/behavioral sciences, he rose through the ranks to a tenured full professor. During his tenure, he focused on the role of steroid hormones in reproductive cancers and health disparities that exist in minority and medically underserved populations. Jones served as founder of the Biennial Symposium Series: Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Cancer and co-founder of the Intercultural Cancer Council. He has served as director and co-principal investigator of the National Black Leadership Initiative, the first major minority outreach project sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. In 2000, Jones was named the first director of M.D. Anderson’s Congressionally Mandated Center for Research on Minority Health (CRMH). In 2011, he assumed the positions of research professor of social work at the University of Houston and director of the joint Dorothy I. Height Center for Health Equity & Evaluation Research (DH CHEER).

Jones chaired the training session of the strategic fact-finding meetings on Minority Health and Training in Biomedical Sciences for the Office of the Associate Director for Research on Minority Health (now the National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities (NIMHD) at the National Institute of Health (NIH). Jones also served as a member of the Clinical Research Panel of the National Task Force on the National Institute of Health (NIH) Strategic Plan. In addition, he served on the Breast Cancer Integration Panel for the Department of Defense, and has published over 150 scientific articles on subjects ranging from hormonal carcinogenesis to health policy. By 2012, Jones had received more than $40 million dollars in research and educational funding.

In 2002, Jones received the Humanitarian Award from the American Cancer Society and was honored on the floor by the U.S. House of Representatives for his work. Jones was awarded the NIH/NICMHD Director’s Award for Health Disparities Excellence in Research, Policy & Practice. He received the 2012 Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award from the American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, as well as the NAACP Unsung Hero Award. In September 2013, upon his retirement from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Jones became the first African American to be honored by the University of Texas System with Professor Emeritus status at Anderson. He then became the first African American in the University of Texas System to be awarded a second title of Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 2014.

In retirement Jones is continuing his efforts to address the issue of health disparities and mentor the next generation.

Lovell A. Jones was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on 08/14/2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Lovell Jones' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Lovell Jones lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lovell Jones describes his mother's family background - part one
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lovell Jones describes his mother's family background - part two
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lovell Jones talks about his grandfather, Eddie Lockhart
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lovell Jones talks about his great grandmother and her family ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lovell Jones talks about his great grandmother's curse on her slave owner
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lovell Jones talks about his mother's growing up and the unique racial politics of Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lovell Jones talks about how he is related to Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lovell Jones talks about his mother's education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lovell Jones describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lovell Jones talks about the lasting impact of war on his father and his father's career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lovell Jones talks about his parents' relationship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lovell Jones talks about his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lovell Jones describes his childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Lovell Jones describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Lovell Jones talks about his experience in elementary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lovell Jones talks about the challenges of being an advanced student in school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lovell Jones talks about his experience in junior high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lovell Jones talks about his participation in the integration of Baton Rouge schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lovell Jones talks about his experience with racism in school - part one
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lovell Jones talks about his experience with racism in school - part two
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lovell Jones reflects upon his experiences in high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lovell Jones describes how he came to attend Louisiana State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lovell Jones talks about his experience at Louisiana State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lovell Jones talks about his transition from Louisiana State University to California State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lovell Jones talks about his grandmother and mother's influence on him
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lovell Jones talks about his impetus to study science
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lovell Jones talks about how he met his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lovell Jones talks about his decision to attend the University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Lovell Jones talks about his experience at the University of California, Berkeley and his mentor, Howard Burn
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lovell Jones talks about how he came to his dissertation research topic on the influence of natural estrogens on carcinogenesis
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lovell Jones talks about the impact of his dissertation research on the influence of natural estrogens on carcinogenesis
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lovell Jones talks about his post-doctoral work at the University of California, San Francisco
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lovell Jones talks about his reaction to his mother's diagnosis with cancer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lovell Jones talks about his career and his parents' experiences with cancer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Lovell Jones talks about his decision to work at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Lovell Jones talks about his efforts to increase awareness about the high incidence of cancer in black people
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Lovell Jones talks about his education, policy, and research initiatives
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Lovell Jones talks about his initiatives for addressing health disparities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Lovell Jones talks about cancer and race
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Lovell Jones talks about race and the difference in how cancer effects certain populations and communities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Lovell Jones talks about slavery's legacy on racial politics in the U.S and society's declining value for people
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Lovell Jones talks about the problems with the U.S. healthcare system
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Lovell Jones shares his views on the U.S. healthcare system
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Lovell Jones reflects on his career and talks about how people of color are valued in society
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Lovell Jones talks about his wife's encounter with discrimination
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Lovell Jones reflects on his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Lovell Jones talks about his students and mentee's
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Lovell Jones reflects on his life choices
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Lovell Jones talks about his children
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Lovell Jones talks about his wife and their marriage
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Lovell Jones talks about how he would like to be remembered