Guess who finished her PhD applications?
Chris Traeger arrives at an important part in the development of a male feminist
my new daily inspiration
Percy Lavon Julian (April 11, 1899, Montgomery, Al. – April 19, 1975, Waukegan, Illinois) was a U.S. research chemist and a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants. He was the first to synthesize the natural product physostigmine, and a pioneer in the industrial large-scale chemical synthesis of the human hormones,steroids, progesterone, and testosterone, from plant sterols such as stigmasterol and sitosterol. His work would lay the foundation for the steroid drug industry’s production of cortisone, other corticosteroids, and birth control pills.
He later started his own company to synthesize steroid intermediates from the Mexican wild yam. His work helped greatly reduce the cost of steroid intermediates to large multinational pharmaceutical companies, helping to significantly expand the use of several important drugs.
During his lifetime he received more than 130 chemical patents. Julian was one of the first African-Americans to receive a doctorate in chemistry. He was the first African-American chemist inducted into the National Academy of Sciences, and the second African-American scientist inducted from any field.
Wow! Thats some impressive synthesis right there.
I am a 22 year old Korean-American woman, and I suffer from a disease known as Systematic lupus erythematous (SLE), more commonly known as lupus. According to a survey, 3/4ths of Americans ages 18-34 have either never heard of lupus, or know very little about it,…
While I support the general message of this post (as well as the bravery of the poster) it is not entirely true. There is a lot active research ongoing into SLE and quite a bit about the increased disease rates among African American women as well research regarding the more general relationship between gender and autoimmunity.
Unfortunately this research is often not available to patients or the general public because of the paywalls installed by big name journals (boo!). I am so fortunate to attend a school were I receive free access to practically any paper I want.
I would be happy to send any interested parties PDFs or links to publicly available research about SLE, SLE in African American populations, or autoimmunity and gender.
Because of my father’s own struggles with a very unusual case of Crohn’s, I chose to write my undergraduate thesis on some of science’s best theories regarding the inheritance of autoimmunity susceptibility alleles and their subsequent expression (symptomatic presentation). While I have spent more time researching MS and T1D than SLE or CD or RA, I would love to talk with anyone who maybe interested.
Wishing you health
Hi, I would love if you could share those resources with me. As author of the blog post I didnt mean to spread any misinformation, but I found very little research on the subject when seeking out information, leading me to believe research wasn’t being done on the subject. I do not have access to those resources obviously so if you could id appreciate it!
Absolutely! PM me an email address you feel comfortable with and ill put some things together.