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Krishna Foster

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemistry Professor
Chemist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Summer in Aspen Colorado
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/7/1970
Birth Location:
Culver City, California

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Chemistry Professor
Chemist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Summer in Aspen Colorado
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/7/1970
Birth Location:
Culver City
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Biography

Chemist and chemistry professor Krishna L. Foster was born on January 7, 1970 in Culver City, California to parents Warren Foster and Frances Smith Foster. Her father, a sales representative for International Business Machines (IBM), and her mother, a professor of English and women’s studies, encouraged Foster and her brother to excel in school. Foster graduated from Helix High School in La Mesa, California in 1988, and she received a NASA Fellowship through the Women in Science and Engineering Program. After earning her B.S. degree in chemistry from Spelman College in 1992, and graduating magna cum laude, Foster decided that she wanted to study environmental chemistry. She continued her education at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she earned her Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry in 1998. Her final dissertation was entitled, “Laboratory studies on the Interaction of Hydrogen Halides with Ice Films.”

Foster became a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Irvine in 1998. In this position, she used mass-spectrometry to examine to what extent sea-salt particles impact the oxidizing capacity of the lower-atmosphere. In 2000, she accepted a position as an assistant professor at California State University, Los Angeles. She received a promotion in 2006 to become an associate professor with tenure. Her work at California State University, Los Angeles, has focused on the effects of sunlight on pollutants at the air-water interface. Her lab has also worked to develop techniques in studying reduced phosphorous oxyanions in natural waters. This study might prove useful in determining how phosphorous, an essential element in all organisms, might have been initially incorporated into living cells in ancient earth.

Foster has served as a mentor to twenty-six high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in providing and guiding research opportunities. Alumni of her lab group have found success in both academia and industry. In 2007, she was honored with the Distinguished Women Award at California State University, Los Angeles.

Krishna L. Foster was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 28, 2011.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Krishna Foster's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Krishna Foster shares her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Krishna Foster talks about her mother's ancestors
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Krishna Foster talks about her maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Krishna Foster discusses the career path of her mother, Frances Smith Foster
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Krishna Foster shares her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Krishna Foster talks about her father's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Krishna Foster discusses how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Krishna Foster talks about her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Krishna Foster discusses her father's career at IBM
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Krishna Foster recalls her childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Krishna Foster recalls the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Krishna Foster describes the United Church of Christ of La Mesa, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Krishna Foster remembers her first inclinations toward science
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Krishna Foster remembers trips to the beach with her Montessori School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Krishna Foster shares her elementary school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Krishna Foster recalls racial bias in the educational system
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Krishna Foster recalls the child murders in Atlanta
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Krishna Foster talks about her elementary school in San Diego
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Krishna Foster talks about the meaning of her name
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Krishna Foster shares her junior high and high school experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Krishna Foster talks about running track in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Krishna Foster describes her favorite subjects in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Krishna Foster shares her high school aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Krishna Foster discusses her identification as an African American woman
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Krishna Foster describes the campus atmosphere of Spelman College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Krishna Foster recalls her chemistry classes at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Krishna Foster remembers events that happened during her college years
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Krishna Foster talks about her college advisor, Etta Falconer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Krishna Foster describes her transition to the University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Krishna Foster describes her graduate advisors, "Maggie" Tolbert and Steven George
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Krishna Foster talks about stratospheric ozone depletion
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Krishna Foster describes an analytical chemistry apparatus she developed
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Krishna Foster shares some of her experiences at University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Krishna Foster recalls her postdoctoral mentor, Barbara Finlayon-Pitts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Krishna Foster describes her studies in the Arctic, part 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Krishna Foster describes her studies in the Arctic, part 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Krishna Foster explains her research in ozone chemistry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Krishna Foster recalls enjoying her research in the Arctic
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Krishna Foster discusses the practical applications of her research in the Arctic
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Krishna Foster talks about her decision to join the faculty of California State University, Los Angeles, part 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Krishna Foster talks about her decision to join the faculty of California State University, Los Angeles, part 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Krishna Foster talks about the history of research at California State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Krishna Foster talks about her mentors at California State University, Los Angeles
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Krishna Foster discusses her research in reduced phosphorous, part 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Krishna Foster discusses her research in reduced phosphorous, part 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Krishna Foster
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Krishna Foster talks about her hopes for her research
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Krishna Foster discusses NOBCChE
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Krishna Foster talks about her academic responsibilities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Krishna Foster reflects on her accomplishments
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Krishna Foster offers advice to young people interested in science
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Krishna Foster shares her goals for her professional career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Krishna Foster shares her concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Krishna Foster talks about her husband and children
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Krishna Foster talks about how she wants to be remembered