2019 Workshop and Lecture Series - Diversity in Biomedical Research Graduate Programs - Sponsored by the UNIDEL Grand Challenge Grant

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Professor Karl Booksh, UD Chemistry & Biochemistry, to speak on the topic of Graduate School Success for Students with Disabilities: A Perspective from Both Sides of the Desk.  A reception will be held at 2pm in DuPont Hall Atrium, proceeding the Lecture at 3:30pm in 140 Smith Hall.




National statistics show that only about 10 percent of high school students who have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) register with the Disabilities Services for Students office before arriving on campus - a vastly under-reported percentage. This has a lot to do with a perception of social stigma related to disabilities. This matter becomes much more complicated at the graduate level. Dr. Booksh has been on the front lines working to address that, as chairman of the ACS's Committee on Chemists with Disabilities.


Some of the world's greatest scientists have had disabilities. For example, Joseph Priestley, who is credited with discovering oxygen, had a speech disability. Humphry Davy was partially blind, but is credited with discovering magnesium, calcium, strontium and barium, among other elements. Thomas Edison had a learning disability and hearing loss. There must be room for such investigators, who - with appropriate accommodations - have much to contribute.


Booksh, who joined UD's faculty in 2006, is a nationally recognized leader in the fight for equal access for those with disabilities. A Fellow of the American Chemical Society who has used a wheelchair since he had a spinal cord injury during his undergraduate years at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Booksh chairs the ACS' Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board and is former chair of its Chemists With Disabilities group. He was instrumental in the development of ACS' manual "Teaching Chemistry to Students with Disabilities," now in its fourth edition.




Prof. Karl Booksh is active in both analytical chemistry research and promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in STEM careers. His research interests span multivariate data analyses, spectroscopy, and chemical sensors. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington and B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Currently, Booksh is the co-lead on a Research Experience for Undergraduates project aimed at getting chemists with disabilities involved in state-of-the-art research. Booksh is active in the American Chemical Society having served as past Chair of the Committee on Chemists with Disabilities and current Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board. Locally, Booksh serves on the Community Advisory Council for the UD Center for Disabilities Studies. Booksh is also a Fellow of the American Chemistry Society and a Fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.




Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 2:00pm to 4:30pm


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Students, Academics, Faculty & Staff, Accessibility, College of Engineering, Grad Students & Postdocs




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