Clark Atlanta University Faculty to Receive 2019 BEYA STEM Innovator Awards


ATLANTA, GA – December 4, 2018 – Clark Atlanta University is pleased to announce that two faculty members have received national recognition for scientific research and development: Dr. Dina Tandabany, Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Dr. Joann Powell, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences and faculty member of the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development (CCRTD), have been selected to receive Innovator Awards at the 2019 BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference in February 2019.

The BEYA STEM Awards are amongst the most competitive awards in science, engineering and technology management. The goal of the BEYA Conference is to create connections between students, educators and STEM professionals while facilitating partnerships with individuals and their local STEM resources. Each year, the BEYA STEM Conference brings professionals and students together for three days to share their experiences and career information. Themed “At the Intersection of America’s Future,” the 2019 BEYA STEM Awards will be hosted February 7-9 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

The University’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs convened a nominations committee to identify and review all the BEYA awards categories and carefully aligned the award requirements with the areas of expertise and qualifications of the selected scientists.  Committee members included Drs. Sandra Rucker, Zhengxin Wang, and Lauren Brisbon, Ms. Frances Martin, Mr. Travis Patton, and Ms. Lisa A. Wilson.

 “BEYA recognition gives Clark Atlanta University more reasons to be proud of the educational, research and innovative activities that take place and are enabled by the University.  We are especially pleased with the results and proud for Drs. Powell and Tandabany,”said Lisa A. Wilson, MBA, PMP, Associate Vice President, Research & Sponsored Programs at Clark Atlanta University.

This recognition honors the work of two leading instructors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, and comes on the heels of other leading research currently conducted at Clark Atlanta University. Recently, CAU has been awarded over $7 million in multi-year awards for education, research and development during Q1 of fiscal year 2019.

Earlier this year, Dr. Dinadayalane Tandabany also received an award of $54,994 from the National Science Foundation and Ohio State University to pilot a Computational and Data Science (CDS) Curriculum Exchange, addressing the challenges experienced by Minority Serving Institutions.


About the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development (CCRTD)

The Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development (CCRTD) at Clark Atlanta University was established in 1999 out of the strengths of the Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry. CCRTD is currently supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored Research Center in Minority Institutions (RCMI) program; the National Institutes on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD); National Cancer Institute (NCI); Department of Defense (DoD); and Georgia Research Alliance.


About Clark Atlanta University

Established in 1988 by the consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869), Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is one of the Nation’s foremost research institutions, offering students from around the United States and several foreign countries the opportunity to engage in 38 exciting areas of study at bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. Located in the historic heart of Atlanta, one of the world's great international cities, CAU’s nearly 4,000 students enjoy access academic and co-curricular experiences, from forensic debate, to on-air broadcasting, to cancer research with world-renowned investigators. From the arts to zoology, CAU combines nearly 300 years of tradition with a solid focus on academic excellence to produce leaders who will shape the future of the global community. Visit to learn more about Clark Atlanta University.