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Joseph A. Whittaker
Past President
Dean and Professor
School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences Morgan State University

A Sigma Xi member since 1988, Joseph Whittaker is dean and professor in the School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences at Morgan State University in Baltimore, where he oversees more than 100 faculty members involved in research, training and educational activities in five academic departments. His own research has focused on neurotransmitter interactions and the development of respiratory control, as well as basal ganglia anatomy and physiology. He joined the faculty of Howard University in 1991 and subsequently moved to Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in Atlanta. While at Morehouse, Whittaker spearheaded an initiative to establish the MSM Developmental Neuroscience Program, which drove the design and construction of the current Neuroscience Institute, the first of its kind in a historically black college and university. It became a prototype for 12 additional NIH-supported Specialized Neuroscience Research Programs at minority-serving institutions. Whittaker is a devoted teacher, researcher and leader and has been recognized for his many contributions to undergraduate, graduate and medical education as well as to research, faculty and institutional development in several academic institutions. He has served at the national level on scientific review panels and committees at the National Science Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Institutes of Health. Most recently he served on the NIH/NCRR Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence panel and the Scientific and Technical Review Board on Biomedical and Behavioral Research Facilities. Over the years, Whittaker has served two terms as associate director of the Sigma Xi At-large Constituency and as a member of the Society's Committee on Qualifications and Membership.


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