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Dr. Bruce A. Jackson

We are extremely saddened about Dr. Jackson's passing, obituary.

President Obama and Dr. Jackson

In Fall 2015, Dr. Bruce A. Jackson visited UW-Whitewater on September 21–23 in conjunction with our Fall Undergraduate Research Day. He gave a public presentation on forensic DNA on Monday, September 21. We recorded the presentation for those of you who missed the event:

He also led a LEARN Center lunch discussion/presentation on the Biotechnology Programs at MassBay "The Power of Research Based Curriculums" for all faculty (University Center, Room 275A).  We recorded that workshop as well.

During his three-day visit, our students had ample opportunities to interact with Dr. Jackson.  He was extremely impressed with our students. In his words:

"...I was so impressed with your community, educational offerings, and the outstanding students there who are obviously so well-nurtured and well-mentored by you and your colleagues."

Such words from a world-renowned scientist like Dr. Jackson makes all of us proud.

Dr. Jackson received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Houston in 1975, his Master of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology from Brandeis University in 1983, and his Doctorate in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 1989. From 1990–1993 Dr. Jackson was the National Institute of Health Post-Doctoral fellow at Boston University of Medicine.

In 1993, Dr. Jackson was appointed as the coordinator of the Biotechnology Program at Massachusetts Bay Community College. Under his leadership, the program has become one of the most renowned and celebrated undergraduate science programs in the nation. This rigorous program is research-based and focuses on hands-on instruction and unique internship experiences. The program has since produced 20 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars, receivers of the nation’s highest and most prestigious undergraduate science scholarship. The program has also gained plenty of national media attention, including from The New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education. The program also boasts 100 percent job placement rates as well as having 50 percent of students pursue advanced science degrees. Before his death, Dr. Jackson was the Chair of the Department of Biotechnology and Forensic DNA Science at MassBay.

Along with his work in Biotechnology, Dr. Jackson has also done much for the world of Forensic DNA science. He created the world’s first degree program in Forensic DNA science at MassBay. Dr. Jackson is the Principal Investigator of Biomedical Engineering and Technology at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. There, he and his team use DNA to trace paternal and maternal lineages of African-American and American Jews. Dr. Jackson’s experience and education in Forensics have helped him to become a world-renowned forensic DNA scientist. He assists FBI and police departments with criminal and missing-persons cases as well as serving as a consultant for defense attorneys throughout the US.

Because of his many achievements, Dr. Jackson has been the recipient of multiple awards. In 1997 he was awarded the National Science Foundation CAREER Award at Boston University of Medicine. This is the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. In 1999, Dr. Jackson also received the Frederick Douglas Isaacs Community Service Award for his creation of the Diving Buddies Program, a program which pairs at-risk kids with adults in the sport of scuba diving. Dr. Jackson received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering mentoring in 2011. This award recognizes the important role that mentoring plays in the education and success of students. He has also received the 2015 CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor award. This award recognizes his work teaching and mentoring the 20 Goldwater Scholars from MassBay.

Dr. Jackson is succeeded by his two children, Corey Alexander and Leah Alexandra Jackson.

More information and press releases about Dr. Jackson:

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