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What's the Optics? Optical science and more with Dr. Michael J. Williams!

Jana and Jordan interview Dr. Micahel J. Williams about his path into optical science and his current professional life! They also talk about his experiences as a Black optical science from Philadelphia and how that has impacted him.

2:28 Guion Bluford

5:44-Franklin Institute’s Giant Heart.

6:32 -Partnership for Achieving Careers in Technology and Science (PACTS)

10:28- Famous Celebrities from Morehouse and Spelman

10:55- Morehouse College. The Morehouse Man.

13:11-National Society of Black Physicist NSBP

13:14-National Society of Black Engineers

13:27-Optica formerly OSA

13:54-Boston by while Black

14:23 Optics-Basically, the science of light. A branch of physics that studies the behavior and properties of light

14:57- Boston Electronics

16:35-LiDAR stands for Light Infrared detection and radar

25:44-Optica Ambassadors

41:05-Studying Racial Stereotypes in Physics

  • Eaton, A.A., Saunders, J.F., Jacobson, R.K. et al. 2020. How Gender and Race Stereotypes Impact the Advancement of Scholars in STEM: Professors’ Biased Evaluations of Physics and Biology Post-Doctoral Candidates. Sex Roles 82, 127–141. Retrieved from

44:11 Dr. Lawrence Crosby, a black PhD student accused of stealing his own car

48:35-Fisk to Vanderbilt Bridge Program

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