WVSU to Host Presentation from Scientist and Researcher Dr. Kay Brummond

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March 7, 2023
WVSU to Host Presentation from Scientist and Researcher Dr. Kay Brummond
Event Will Also Feature Announcement of New Endowed Scholarship
INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- West Virginia State University (WVSU) will host a presentation Thursday, March 9, by noted University of Pittsburgh scientist and researcher Dr. Kay Brummond. 

Brummond will speak at 12:30 p.m. virtually via Zoom at https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88546636359 on the subject of “Synthesizing Complex Molecular Covalent Inhibitors with Predictable Thiol Reactivity.”

Brummond’s research program focuses on the discovery, development and mechanistic understanding of chemical reactions to overcome synthetic challenges posed by molecularly complex compounds. She and her coworkers have published 90 journal articles, reviews and book chapters. Brummond has delivered more 200 invited lectures and symposia and her students and postdocs have presented over 60 conference posters at national meetings. 

She was recently honored by the American Chemical Society for “serving as a pathfinder, an agent of change, and mentor to women at all stages of their careers in the Chemical Sciences” with the 2021 ACS National Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences. 

Also, during Brummond’s presentation on Thursday, a new endowed scholarship will be announced recognizing WVSU alumna Dr. Linda Meade-Tollin. 

The Dr. Linda Meade-Tollin Scholarship is to provide scholarship support for students attending West Virginia State University, with preference given to an undergraduate member of the American Chemical Society, seeking a degree in one of the sciences.

A native of London, West Virginia, Meade-Tollin enrolled at West Virginia State University at the age of 16.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at age 19, graduating in 1964.  She continued her education at Hunter College, where she earned a master’s degree in biochemistry, and the City University of New York, where she earned a doctorate degree in biochemistry.

Over the course of her career, Meade-Tollin worked on E. Coli, sickle cell anemia, DNA damage, angiogenesis, and cancer invasion and metastasis.  At the University of Arizona, she served as the Director of the Office of Women in Science and Engineering where she developed workshops and encouraged women to enter and succeed in STEM fields.  In 1993, she became the first female national chairperson of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE).  She retired from the University of Arizona in 2008, retaining the title of Research Assistant Professor Emerita.

Meade-Tollin has been recognized by the National Cancer Institute and the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute with the Minority Investigator Awards and in 1998 NOBCChE recognized her work with the Henry Hill Award her for her contributions “to the field of biochemistry and medical research.”

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