Title: Associate Professor of Chemistry
Company: Spelman College
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Prof. Lisa B. Hibbard, PhD, Associate Professor of Chemistry, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physical chemistry and academia.
Fostering an interest in chemistry and research since high school, Dr. Hibbard had always known she wanted to pursue a career as a science educator. Though she was working toward a Bachelor’s degree in textile chemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology, she fell in love with physical chemistry while contributing as a research assistant and teaching assistant. She subsequently earned a Doctor of Philosophy from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1985. Immediately upon graduating, she began a fulfilling career at Spelman College by accepting a position as an associate professor of chemistry. During her tenure at Spelman College, she has additionally served as chair of the chemistry department as well as the director of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Program.
As a biophysical chemist, Dr. Hibbard focuses on observing alterations in the configuration of the ocular lens structural protein and molecular chaperone alpha-crystallin due to the presence of electrolytes and exposure to near-UV radiation. For her contributions, she is proud to have been a recipient of the Vulean Teaching Excellence Award, the Presidential Service Award, the Science Teaching Award from the Quality Education Minorities Network, the Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni Award from the Georgia Institute Technology, the Presidential Faculty Award from Spelman College and the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Moreover, she is gratified to have her research published in the Journal of Chemical Education. Throughout her career, she has maintained her affiliations as a fellow of the Georgia Academy of Science and as a member of the American Chemical Society.
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