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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Microbiologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Kansas City Barbecue
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New Orleans, Louisiana, San Francisco, California
Favorite Quote:
Who Steals My Purse Steals Trash; 'Tis Something, Nothing; 'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has Been Slave To Thousands; But He That Filches From Me My Good Name Robs Me Of That Which Not Enriches Him, And Makes Me Poor Indeed.

Birthplace

Born:
1/6/1944
Birth Location:
Kansas City, Missouri

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Microbiologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Kansas City Barbecue
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New Orleans, Louisiana, San Francisco, California
Favorite Quote:
Who Steals My Purse Steals Trash; 'Tis Something, Nothing; 'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has Been Slave To Thousands; But He That Filches From Me My Good Name Robs Me Of That Which Not Enriches Him, And Makes Me Poor Indeed.

Birthplace

Born:
1/6/1944
Birth Location:
Kansas City
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Biography

Julius H. Jackson was born in 1944. He is the middle child of Virgil Lawrence Jackson, Sr. and Julia Esther Jones. He has two siblings, an older brother Virgil and a younger sister, Esther. Jackson received his A.B. and Ph.D. degrees in microbiology from the University of Kansas in 1966 and 1969, respectively. Jackson completed a National Institute of Health (NIH) Postdoctoral Fellowship from 1969 to 1971 at Purdue University. Following completion of the NIH fellowship, he continued to work at Purdue University as a postdoctoral research associate. In 1972, Jackson accepted an appointment at the historically black Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee where he worked in a number of positions that included the chair of the microbiology department. After leaving Meharry, he became the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Clark Atlanta University.

In 1987, he joined the faculty of Michigan State University as a professor in the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics and as Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Affairs. Jackson directs the J-Lab, a research laboratory that incorporates mathematical and computer models to analyze the function of bacterial genes in cells. His work maps bacterial genomes to see how genes carry out the physiological processes of organisms. He has been an active mentor to students in his lab as well as a strong advocate for the importance of integrating math into study of biology. Further, Jackson has published numerous papers on the latter in addition to bacterial genomics. Beyond his research interests, he has been the director of several programs that recruit, support, and provide professional development to doctoral students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. These programs include the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate Program and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP), the latter supports underrepresented groups in these fields.

From 1995 to 1997, Jackson was the Director of the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Because of his research on model bacterial genomes, he has served on several panels that include the National Institute of Health (NIH), the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBM), and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). Jackson received the William A. Hinton Research Training Award from the ASM for his work on bacterial genomes in 2000. He lives in E. Lansing, Michigan with his wife Patricia Ann Herring. He has three children, Rahsaan, Felicia, and Sajida with his first wife Jalanda Lazelle Smith who is deceased.

Julius Jackson was interviewed by on October 24, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Julius Jackson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Julius Jackson describes his mother's family background - part one
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Julius Jackson describes his mother's family background - part two
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Julius Jackson talks about Berea College in Kentucky
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Julius Jackson describes his maternal family's educational history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Julius Jackson talks about the segregated school system in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Julius Jackson talks about his mother, Julia Esther Jones, and her family's hasty move from Kentucky to Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Julius Jackson describes his father's family background - part one
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Julius Jackson describes his father's family background - part two
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Julius Jackson talks about his paternal grandfather, Virgil Hampton Jackson, and his great-uncle, Clarence Jackson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Julius Jackson talks about his father's education at Howard University as a pre-med student and his various businesses
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Julius Jackson talks about his relatives from the town of Mexico, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Julius Jackson talks father's employment in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Julius Jackson talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Julius Jackson describes his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Julius Jackson lists his siblings and talks about growing up near Twelfth Street in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Julius Jackson talks about baseball players in the 1940s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Julius Jackson talks about the baseball player Harry "Suitcase" Simpson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Julius Jackson describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Julius Jackson describes spending a large part of his childhood around his father's shop in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Julius Jackson talks about organized crime in Kansas City, learning how to play the piano and violin, and his father's collection of books
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Julius Jackson talks about his family's non-traditional approach to church, and his own perspectives on church as a social organization - part one
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Julius Jackson talks about his family's non-traditional approach to church, and his own perspectives on church as a social organization - part two
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Julius Jackson talks about starting school at a young age and skipping the first grade
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Julius Jackson talks about the importance of social maturation for a student's success in school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Julius Jackson talks about his desire to become a scientist, and how comic book characters served as his role models
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Julius Jackson talks about his childhood interest in science, books and poetry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Julius Jackson talks about Kansas City, Missouri and integration in the 1950s - part one
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Julius Jackson talks about Kansas City, Missouri and integration in the 1950s- part two
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Julius Jackson describes his experience in junior high school and high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Julius Jackson describes his training in mathematics in high school, the importance of learning the fundamentals, and his use of mathematics in biology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Julius Jackson talks about the teachers who mentored him in school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Julius Jackson describes his family's financial struggles during the 1950s recession, and the life-lessons that he gained from his community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Julius Jackson describes his experience at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Julius Jackson talks about the people who influenced his decision to return to school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Julius Jackson talks about developing an interest in biology at Kansas City Junior College, and being diagnosed with hypertension
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Julius Jackson talks about learning Russian at the University of Kansas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Julius Jackson describes his Ph.D. dissertation on the effect of iron availability on the physiology of Listeria monocytogenes
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Julius Jackson talks about his experience as a postdoctoral researcher at Purdue University, his advisor, Edwin Umbarger, and getting married in 1966
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Julius Jackson talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Julius Jackson describes his experience at Meharry Medical College
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Julius Jackson describes his decision to leave from Meharry Medical College to accept a position at Michigan State University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Julius Jackson talks about his brief tenure at Clark Atlanta University as the Dean of Arts and Sciences
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Julius Jackson describes his research interest in the evolution of genes and chromosomes
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Julius Jackson talks about applying mathematics to biological studies, and his collaboration with African American mathematicians
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Julius Jackson describes his current work on computationally characterizing the chromosomal composition of bacterial genes
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Julius Jackson provides advice for aspiring scientists
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Julius Jackson describes his role as the director of the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences of the National Science Foundation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Julius Jackson describes his service as the director of the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, and talks about parallel mentoring
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Julius Jackson talks about his election to the American Academy of Microbiology, and receiving the William A. Hinton Research Training Award
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Julius Jackson describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community today
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Julius Jackson reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Julius Jackson reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Julius Jackson talks about his children
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Julius Jackson talks about how he would like to be remembered