Local African American women scientists highlighted on KUNM show

Our latest STEM shoutout goes to several local African American women scientists who were featured on the Feb. 25 episode of Women’s Focus on KUNM. The women shared their experience and perspectives in a variety of STEM fields, from computer science to pharmaceuticals. 

According to the KUNM website, the show, called Salute to New Mexico ‘Hidden Figures,’ featured “Dr. Betty Harris, the black inventor and scientist who made great strides in the field of explosives research; Dr. Ndidiamaka Okpareke, the first Black woman to own a compounding pharmacy in New Mexico; Dr. Victoria Erinle, leading scientist in the field of drug delivery systems and clinical trials; Dr. Karissa Culbreath, the pathologist who discovered the Walk Away Specimen Processor for expediting the process for identifying bacterial cultures, and Dr. Melanie Moses, professor at the University of New Mexico who has developed impressive computational and mathematical models of biological systems.”

Hear the show here.