Shirley Mahaley Malcom

American Association for the Advancement of Science
Learned society administrator
Leadership, Policy, and Communications
Public Affairs and Public Policy

 Dr. Shirley M. Malcom is the Director of Education and Human Resources Programs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general science organization. Malcom received her B.S. at the University of Washington and M.S. at the University of California, Los Angeles both for zoology. In 1974, she would go on to receive her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in ecology. Some previous positions include high school teacher, assistant professor of biology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and program officer in science education at the National Science Foundation, before she joined AAAS. Throughout her career, Dr. Malcom's work has focused on the lack of women, especially women of color, in science. She is a leader in efforts to improve accessibility of education and careers in science and engineering for girls and women. Her inspiring work has led to numerous honors such as the Humanitarian of the Year Award, Scroll of Merit, Woman of Valor, University of Washington’s Alumna Summa Laude Dignata Award, and the Public Welfare Medal, the highest award from the American Academy of Sciences.

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