Dr. Lori Banks, Assistant Professor of Biology Named One of 1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America

Before she was Dr. Banks, assistant professor of biology at Bates, she was a fourth-grader captivated by an experiment at a material science lab at the Boeing Company where her parents worked. A rubber chicken was launched through a cannon, aimed at an airplane windshield prototype to test its ability to withstand the force.

In December 2020, Dr. Banks was named to a list of 1,000 inspiring Black scientists in Americacreated by the Community of Scholars, an organization focused on advancing scientific discovery while innovating diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

The purpose of the list is “to remove the bleach from the history books” and to “dismantle the myth that outstanding Black scientists make up a small percentage of the scientific community.”


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