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Shirley Malcom

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Administrator
Science Educator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
What Doesn't Kill You, Makes You Stronger.

Birthplace

Born:
9/6/1946
Birth Location:
Birmingham, Alabama

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Administrator
Science Educator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
What Doesn't Kill You, Makes You Stronger.

Birthplace

Born:
9/6/1946
Birth Location:
Birmingham
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Biography

Education administrator and science education advocate Shirley Malcom was born on September 6, 1946 in Birmingham, Alabama to ¬Lillie Mae and Ben Mahaley. From an early age, she wanted to be a doctor because of her love of biology. At George Washington Carver High School, Malcom was a top student and graduated in 1963. She then attended the University of Washington and received her B.S. degree in zoology in 1967. Malcom went on to attend the University of California at Los Angeles where she graduated with her M.A. degree in zoology in 1968. She taught high school biology in Los Angeles before attending Pennsylvania State University where she obtained her Ph.D. degree in ecology in 1974.

After completing her education, Malcom joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington as an assistant professor. In 1975, she moved to Washington, D.C. where she began working as a research assistant in the Office of Opportunities in Science (OOS) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She co-published “The Double Bind: The Price of Being a Minority Woman in Science” in 1976. Then, Malcom served as a program officer for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Science Education Directorate. She became head of the AAAS Office of Opportunities in Science in 1979 and head of the AAAS Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs in 1989. In 1993, Malcom was appointed to the National Science Board by President Bill Clinton and in 1995, she became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was also named to the President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology from 1994 until 2001. Malcom has authored several reports on engaging women and minorities in science and is considered a pioneer in the field.

Malcom has served as co-chair of the Gender Advisory Board of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development and has chaired many national committees on scientific education and literacy. In 2006, she was named co-chair of the National Science Board Commission on 21st Century Education in STEM. Malcom serves as a trustee of California Institute of Technology and a regent of Morgan State University. She has sixteen honorary degrees, received the University of Washington’s Alumna Summa Laude Dignata Award in 1998, the university’s highest honor and in 2003, was given the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Shirley Malcom is married to Horace Malcom and they have two adult daughters.

Shirley Malcom was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 9, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Shirley Malcom's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Shirley Malcom lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Shirley Malcom describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Shirley Malcom talks about her mother's growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Shirley Malcom describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Shirley Malcom talks about her father's growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Shirley Malcom talks about the demographics of Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Shirley Malcom talks about how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Shirley Malcom describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Shirley Malcom talks about her childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Shirley Malcom talks about her high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Shirley Malcom describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Shirley Malcom talks about her elementary school experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Shirley Malcom talks about her experience at Lewis Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Shirley Malcom talks about the significance of Sputnik to aspiring scientists
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Shirley Malcom talks about her teachers at Lewis Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Shirley Malcom talks about her interest in television, radio and football
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Shirley Malcom talks about her grandmother registering to vote
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Shirley Malcom talks about voting challenges for black people during the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Shirley Malcom talks about the bombing of Bethel Baptist Church and Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Shirley Malcom talks about Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Shirley Malcom reflects on her experience of being a student during the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Shirley Malcom talks about her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Shirley Malcom talks about her decision to attend the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Shirley Malcom talks about the civil rights disparities that women face
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Shirley Malcom talks about her experience at the University of Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Shirley Malcom talks about the disparity of educational resources between minority schools and white schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Shirley Malcom talks about innate scientific ability
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Shirley Malcom talks about her decision to forego medical school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Shirley Malcom talks about her social life at the University of Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Shirley Malcom talks about her experience at the University of California in Los Angeles
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Shirley Malcom talks about her studies at the University of California in Los Angeles
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Shirley Malcom reflects on the challenges in her personal life during her graduate studies
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Shirley Malcom talks about Pennsylvania State University, where she received her Ph.D. degree in ecology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Shirley Malcom describes her dissertation on the factors that relate to the termination of imprinting in birds
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Shirley Malcom talks about football at Pennsylvania State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Shirley Malcom talks about her professional activities with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and the NAACP
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Shirley Malcom talks about the book she published called, 'The Double Bind: The Price of Being a Minority Woman in Science'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Shirley Malcom talks about her work at the National Science Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Shirley Malcom talks about her work with the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Shirley Malcom talks about her professional activities and the importance of STEM education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Shirley Malcom talks about her work with the United Nations (part one)
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Shirley Malcom talks about her work with the United Nations (part two)
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Shirley Malcom talks about women's access to science education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Shirley Malcom talks about her professional activities with the AAAS
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Shirley Malcom reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Shirley Malcom talks about her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Shirley Malcom talks about society's perceptions of scientists and celebrities
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Shirley Malcom reflects upon her life choices
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Shirley Malcom talks about her family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Shirley Malcom reflects upon how she would like to be remembered