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Have you ever wondered what it takes to shatter glass ceilings in the world of physics? Our guest, Dr. Jamie Valentine Miller, the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in physics from Johns Hopkins University, opens up about her journey, offering a rare glimpse into the world of a trailblazer in STEM. Dr. Miller's story begins in Philadelphia, weaves through her involvement in a regional engineering program, and culminates at Florida A&M University, where she sharply navigated the academic world, securing a full scholarship and internships at Lawrence Livermore National Lab.
Dr. Miller takes us through her transition from academia to a fulfilling career as a U.S. patent examiner, highlighting the struggles she encountered as an African-American woman in the STEM field. However, it's not all work for this physicist. Tantalizing tales of her exploration of cultures through travel and cuisine, her love for Zumba instruction, and her cherished family moments add a personal touch to her extraordinary story.
The conversation wouldn't be complete without mentioning Dr. Miller's tireless efforts to foster diversity and inclusion in STEM through the African American Women in Physics (AAWIP) organization. She shares how AWIP is actively building a community, instigating initiatives against harassment in STEM, and championing diversity and equity for Black women in physics. In closing, Dr. Miller imparts her wisdom to Black women and non-binary doctoral students, underscoring the paramount importance of mental health and critical assessment of relationships. Join us in this enlightening conversation with Dr. Miller, a beacon of perseverance and resilience in the world of STEM.
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