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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Biologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Peaches
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Spain
Favorite Quote:
Marvelous.

Birthplace

Born:
9/19/1950
Birth Location:
Peach County, Georgia

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Biologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Peaches
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Spain
Favorite Quote:
Marvelous.

Birthplace

Born:
9/19/1950
Birth Location:
Peach County
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Biography

Biologist Jeanette Jones was born in Peach County, Fort Valley, Georgia. After graduating from Fort Valley State University in 1972 with her B.S. degree in biology education, Jones enrolled at Ohio State University and went on to receive her M.S. degree in botany and mycology in 1973 and her Ph.D. degree in botany and mycology in 1976. Jones pursued further study at the University of Nevada, the University of California Medical School (San Francisco), the National Centers for Disease Control-Atlanta, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge).

In 1976, Jones was hired as an assistant professor of biology at Alabama A&M University and became a member of the graduate faculty. Jones was named full professor of biology in 1986 while serving concurrently as an adjunct professor in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University where she worked on a special project with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In 1991, Jones became the first female appointed as the vice president of research and development Alabama A&M University. Jones then was appointed as the director of the Center for Biomedical, Behavioral and Environmental Research at Alabama A & M University. In 1992, she was appointed to U.S. Army Science Board by the U.S. Secretary of the Army, Togo West, served until 1998, and was reappointed in 2004 as a member of the U.S. Army Science Board under U.S. Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey. Jones moved to Jackson State University in Mississippi where she served on the Research Centers in Minority Institutions’ External Advisory Committee. She has also acted as consultant for federal agencies on training programs to attract women and minorities to STEM disciplines.

Jones was listed in the World’s Women Who’s Who (1975) and she was named an Outstanding Young Woman of America in 1978. Jones received the distinguished service award from the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society and the Significant Service Award from the NASA Space Life Sciences Training Program. In 2003, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) gave her its Extramural Associate Research Development Award. At Alabama A&M University, she was bestowed the Outstanding Leadership Award, a Resolution for Distinguished Service from the Board of Trustees, and was named Woman of the Year in 1990 and 2006.

Jeanette Jones was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on 4/10/2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jeanette Jones talks about her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jeanette Jones talks about her mother's growing up in Fort Valley, Georgia and her education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jeanette Jones talks about her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jeanette Jones talks about her father's growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jeanette Jones talks about her father's leg injury
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jeanette Jones talks about her parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jeanette Jones talks about her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jeanette Jones describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jeanette Jones describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jeanette Jones talks about her childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jeanette Jones talks about her involvement in the church growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jeanette Jones talks about her father's influence on her math skills and helping her father work on his car
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jeanette Jones talks about her elementary school and her favorite sixth grade teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jeanette Jones talks about her early interest in science and fascination with nature
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jeanette Jones talks about her academic performance in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jeanette Jones talks about her reading interests during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Jeanette Jones talks about her interest in music growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jeanette Jones talks about her preparation in science and her decision to attend Fort Valley State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jeanette Jones talks about her experience and her decision to major in biology education at Fort Valley State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jeanette Jones talks about her memories of the Civil Rights Movement and her involvement in voter registration politics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jeanette Jones talks about her studies at The Ohio State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jeanette Jones talks about her experience during her first semester of graduate school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jeanette Jones reflects on her experience at The Ohio State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jeanette Jones talks about Dr. Frank Hale and his initiatives at The Ohio State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jeanette Jones talks about her emerging interest in mycology, the study of fungi
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jeanette Jones talks about diseases caused by fungus and the distinction between fungi and bacterium
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jeanette Jones talks about fungi and the difficulty in treating fungal diseases
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jeanette Jones talks about fungal diseases and her concerns about spore dispersal and their lifespan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jeanette Jones talks about black piedra and how fungal infections can be contracted
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jeanette Jones talks about her dissertation research on Piedraia and the response to her research on Candida albicans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jeanette Jones talks about antibiotics, anti-bacterial products, bleach, and mold
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jeanette Jones talks about her recruitment to Alabama A&M University, candidiasis, and her interest in teaching
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jeanette Jones talks about the graduate degree programs at Alabama A&M University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jeanette Jones talks about her professional activities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jeanette Jones talks about her work with the Army Science Board and the variations of fungi between Alabama and Florida
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jeanette Jones talks about fungal growth
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jeanette Jones talks about studying fungal immunology at the Centers for Disease Control and her visit to Japan and China
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Jeanette Jones talks about mushrooms and their nutrient content
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Jeanette Jones talks about influential mycologists and the use of technology to study fungi
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Jeanette Jones talks about her textbooks for her courses
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Jeanette Jones talks about her experience at Florida A&M University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Jeanette Jones talks about the NASA Space Grant Fellowship Program at Alabama A&M University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Jeanette Jones talks about fundraising for Alabama A&M University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Jeanette Jones talks about The Links, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Jeanette Jones talks about her professional activities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Jeanette Jones talks about her goals for Alabama A&M University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Jeanette Jones reflects on her life choices and legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Jeanette Jones talks about her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Jeanette Jones talks about her family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Jeanette Jones talks about the presidents of Alabama A&M University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Jeanette Jones talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Jeanette Jones describes her photos