Four Clark Atlanta University Scientists Named to "1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists" List


ATLANTA, (March 10, 2021) - Four Clark Atlanta University scientists have been named to the "1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists'' list for their contributions to the STEM field and their commitment to inclusion and diversity in their teaching, research, and mentorship. The list is published by Cell Mentor, a leading academic resource for researchers.
"We are so proud to have four Clark Atlanta University professors named among some of the world's leading Black scientists," said Dr. George T. French, President of Clark Atlanta University. "Our professors continue to excel in the STEM field while addressing social inequality and paving the way for the next generation of scientists and researchers."
The Clark Atlanta University professors named to the list include:
Dr. Cimona V. Hinton: Dr. Cimona V. Hinton is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development at CAU. Her main focus areas include cannabinoid receptor signaling, oxidative stress, and the mechanics of cell migration. Dr. Hinton has received recognition from the National Institutes of Health and serves as an advisory board member for the Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology.
Dr. Torina Lewis: Dr. Torina Lewis is an associate professor and chairperson in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at CAU. Dr. Lewis earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Mississippi and is a member of the American Mathematical Society. Lewis' mathematical research focuses on geometrical modeling and infusion of periodic polygon functions and construction. In 2017, she was awarded the Aldridge-McMillan Award for Excellence in Teaching by Clark Atlanta University.
Dr. Ronald E. Mickens: Dr. Ronald E. Mickens is a mathematical physicist, researcher, and university professor. In 1985, Mickens became the Distinguished Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Physics at CAU. He has authored eight textbooks, written over 250 academic journal articles, and contributed to a handful of edited scientific volumes. Dr. Mickens also writes about the influence of early African American scientists, including several biographies of African American women scientists and a historical paper titled The African American Presence in Physics.
Dr. Alfred Msezane: Having worked as a physics professor at universities in the U.S. and Canada, Dr. Msezane is the Director of CAU's Center for Theoretical Studies of Physical Specimens. He oversees a research team that investigates image processing, mathematical physics theory, and solid matter. Msezane's research, which focuses on electron interaction and configuration, has been published in scholarly journals 260 times.
"We hope that this list will serve as a reference for those looking for prominent scientific speakers who could further emphasize the importance of diversity," said Antentor O. Hinton, Jr., co-author of the list and postdoctoral scholar at the University of Iowa.
In a field where Black people are historically underrepresented, the professors who make up the list of "1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists" are paving the way for the next generation of scientists and researchers of color to change the STEM landscape and change the world.
About Clark Atlanta University        
Clark Atlanta University was formed with the consolidation of Atlanta University and Clark College, both of which hold unique places in the annals of African-American history. Atlanta University, established in 1865 by the American Missionary Association, was the nation's first institution to award graduate degrees to African-Americans. Clark College, established four years later in 1869, was the nation's first four-year liberal arts college to serve a primarily African-American student population. Today, with nearly 4,000 students, CAU is the largest of the four institutions (CAU, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Morehouse School of Medicine) that comprise the Atlanta University Center Consortium. It is also the largest of the 37-member UNCF institutions. For more information, please contact Jolene Butts-Freeman at (404) 880-8000 or