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Roosevelt Calbert

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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Royal Blue
Favorite Food:
Macaroni, Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Massanutten, Virginia
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/13/1931
Birth Location:
Philadelphia, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Royal Blue
Favorite Food:
Macaroni, Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Massanutten, Virginia
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/13/1931
Birth Location:
Philadelphia
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Biography

Physicist and education administrator Dr. Roosevelt Calbert was born on November 13, 1931 in Philadelphia, Mississippi. After graduating from Cameron St. High School, Dr. Calbert attended Jackson State University, where he earned his B.S. degree in science. He went on to receive his M.A. degree in science for teaching from the University of Michigan.Then, he attended the University of Kansas to study plasma physics. He earned his M.S. degree in physics (1969) and his Ph.D. degree in physics (1971).

Early in his career, Dr. Calbert served as director of the Cooperative Academic Planning (CAP) Program at the Institute for Services to Education where he developed curriculum change in black colleges. In 1975, Dr. Calbert began his long career at the National Science Foundation (NSF), joining NSF's Directorate for Science and Engineering Education. Dr. Calbert held many positions over his twenty-four year career with NSF, including senior program analyst in the Office of Planning and Resources Management, agency representative for the White House Initiative of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), section head of Minority Programs and deputy director of the Division of Human Resource Development.

Dr. Calbert's role at NSF was based on his commitment to improving educational opportunities for minority students. He established several programs that are geared toward science, engineering, and mathematics education for underrepresented students. In 1992, he became a member of the Senior Executive Service. Calbert retired as NSF’s director of the Division of Human Resource Development in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) in 1999. In addition to his work at NSF, Calbert has served on the faculty at both Alcorn State University and Alabama State University. He published more than fifty academic articles and presented at professional conferences.

Dr. Calbert received numerous accolades throughout his career, including the National Science Foundation Director's Equal Opportunity Achievement Award and the Senior Executive Service Performance Award. In 1986, he received a Presidential Citation Award from Jackson State University as an outstanding alumnus. In 2007, he was inducted into The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame. In addition, he was awarded the Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award, the agency’s highest non-monetary honor. This award is given for exceptional leadership, program development or improvement, service in the public interest, or similar contributions that substantially benefit science or engineering, science or engineering education, NSF, or the general public.

Dr. Calbert lives in Reston, Virginia, with his wife Thelma. He has four children, eight grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

Calbert passed away on June 7, 2018.

Dr. Roosevelt Calbert was interviewed by The HistoryMakers<\em> on June 12, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Roosevelt Calbert slates the interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Roosevelt Calbert shares his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Roosevelt Calbert talks about his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Roosevelt Calbert talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Roosevelt Calbert talks about his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Roosevelt Calbert talks about his family and childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Roosevelt Calbert talks about growing up in Canton, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Roosevelt Calbert describes the sights, sounds and smells of his growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Roosevelt Calbert talks about his interests in television and music whilegrowing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Roosevelt Calbert talks about his parents' disinterest in religion and education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Roosevelt Calbert talks about his memories of his childhood schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Roosevelt Calbert talks about his high school experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Roosevelt Calbert talks about his preparation for college and his experience at Jackson State College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Roosevelt Calbert talks about his experiences at Jackson State College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Roosevelt Calbert talks about his photostatic memory
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Roosevelt Calbert talks about teaching and his experiences during the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Roosevelt Calbert talks about his wife and his experience teaching
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Roosevelt Calbert talks about an event during the Civil Rights Movement and his experience at the University of Kansas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Roosevelt Calbert talks about the Ku Klux Klan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Roosevelt Calbert talks about his dissertation and experience at the University of Kansas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Roosevelt Calbert talks about his professional activities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Roosevelt Calbert talks about his work to improve resources available to black colleges
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Roosevelt Calbert talks about science funding and career at the National Science Foundation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Roosevelt Calbert talks about science programs at HBCUs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Roosevelt Calbert talks about his career at the National Science Foundation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Roosevelt Calbert reflects on his career and talks about his retirement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Roosevelt Calbert talks about his work ethic as well as his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Roosevelt Calbert talks about his family and hopes for the future of science education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Roosevelt Calbert describes his photos