MAC – E.E. Just Lectureship 1999

Biographical Sketch – Winston A. Anderson, 1999

In 1999, the MAC recognized Winston A. Anderson for his research and his long history of support for minority scientists.

Anderson received his Ph.D. from Brown University and began his career at the Pritzker School of Medicine of the University of Chicago. At. Chicago, he was the recipient of the prestigious Anne Langer Award for Cancer Research and the Distinguished Teacher Award at the Pritzker School of Medicine (1975). Since moving to Howard University, Anderson has served as chair of the Department of Zoology (1975-1983) and received the Award for Academic Excellence from the College of Liberal Arts and the citation for excellence in graduate education from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In addition, he was awarded the 1998 Biomedical Research and Service Award from Morehouse College and in 1990 the King, Chavez, Rosa parks Scholar Award from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. In 1992, Brown University bestowed on him its Outstanding Graduate Alumnus Award and Howard awarded him the Certificate of Appreciation from the Division of Academic Affairs for directing the Research Careers for Minority Scholars Program and for organizing and coordinating the distinguished scientist seminar series entitles, “Brilliant Encounters in Science.”

Through the support of various grants, Anderson has assisted students from high school (Rockefeller Foundation – Howard University centers grant), masters programs (NIH’s Bridges to the Future: Professors for the Future in Biomedical Sciences grant), graduate school and beyond. Anderson is Principal Investigator of the NSF’s Research Careers for Minority Scholars program and the recipient of an NIH/NIGMS Minorities Biomedical Research Support program for minority students at Howard University.

With his brother Bernard, he founded a museum on slavery in rural Maryland, which has become a national attraction. He is a founding member of the ASCB MAC and was the first African-American scientist elected to the ASCB Council.

About the Author:

Ashanti Edwards is ASCB's Director of Professional Development.