STEMcp is Redefining the Narrative.

STEM eXposure: The Meyerhoff Influence is a powerful and intricate film documenting the lives of six black scientists and engineers, five of which are UMBC Meyerhoff Scholars alumni.

STEM eXposure: The Meyerhoff Influence

The STEM eXposure Documentary

This STEM eXposure documentary is for young people seriously interested in science, technology, engineering and math. If you're a budding S.T.E.M. Star, you will definitely want to see this film!

There were several reasons for the creation of our documentary. One, we are combating this notion that African American students are not interested in math and the sciences, and therefore unable to excel to the highest degree.

Two, we are a resource, a frame of reference for STEM aspirants in pursuit of S.T.E.M. careers. As well as their support team of parents, coaches, mentors and teachers/educators.

Three, we're embracing the cultural nuance of the spoken word and enveloped that legacy with the power of film in order to firmly etch a face with STEM professionals from the African American community. Inspirational stories have a way of moving people to do better. Our "S.T.E.M. Stars" are committed to giving back, while recognizing that "success always leaves footprints."

Ultimately, we're redefining S.T.E.M. career perceptions by telling the stories of other African Americans that inspire and succeeded in their STEM careers.

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The Stars of the Film

  • Joseph D. Towles, PhD

    Graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1996. Completed a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in 2003. Research focused on orthopedic surgery used to restore grasp in persons with cervical spinal cord injury.

  • Tiffani J. Bright, PhD

    Graduated with her PhD in biomedical informatics from Columbia University, where her research focused on the development and evaluation of an ontology-based clinical decision support system (CDSS) to assist with the appropriate use of antibiotic prescribing. William & Mary, B.A., 2001 in Sociology; UMBC, B.S. 2004 in information systems and technology.

  • Annica M. Wayman, PhD

    Graduated with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland Baltimore County as well as MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In graduate school, her doctoral work focused on a family of molecules called selectins that mediate the adhesion of white blood cells to vascular surfaces, such as the blood vessel wall, under fluid flow.

  • Chelsea Pinnix, MD, PhD

    Graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in 1999, where she was a distinguished Meyerhoff Scholar, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a BS in biochemistry. She went on to complete the combined degree program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine earning a Doctorate of Philosophy in Cell and Molecular Biology as well as a Doctorate in Medicine in 2007.

  • Kenneth D. Gibbs, Jr., PhD

    Graduated with his PhD in immunology May 2010 from Stanford University, where his research focused on the mechanisms that regulate blood-forming (hematopoietic) stem cells in normal blood development and leukemia. He is continuing this research as a postdoctoral fellow in Garry Nolan’s research group. Gibbs received his B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UMBC in 2005.

  • Mr. Okey K Enyia

    Dr. James E. Walker Presidential Fellow, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

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