Honoring a Penn State Pioneer

Dr. Shirley MalcomDr. Shirley Malcom

On Friday, April 8, Penn State Outreach, the Eberly College of Science, and the Innovation Park Owners Association honored distinguished Penn State alum Dr. Shirley Malcom and celebrated the dedication of Innovation Park’s 329 Building in her name. Dr. Malcom is a noted scientist and pioneer for representation in the sciences for women of color.

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329 Building Dedication Reception for Dr. Malcom

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  • Tracey Huston, Vice President for Outreach
  • Dr. Eric Barron, President, Penn State
  • Dr. Tracy Langkilde, Verne M. Willaman Dean of the Eberly College of Science
  • Destiny Wright, undergraduate biology student, Eberly College of Science
  • Dr. Shirley M. Malcom, Director of Education and Human Resources Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science


Entertainment was provided by Essence of Joy. Essence of Joy is one of many performing choral ensembles in the Penn State School of Music. Organized in November 1991 by Anthony Leach, the choir performs sacred and secular music from the African and African American choral traditions. The choir involves undergraduate and graduate students from many academic programs at Penn State.

Dr. Shirley Malcom

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 The 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 National Academy of Sciences.

Biography courtesy of https://www.amacad.org/person/shirley-mahaley-malcom.

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Penn State Outreach asks our partners within and beyond Penn State to spread awareness of this historic occasion and to help us celebrate Dr. Malcom’s achievements.

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Media Kit 

The media kit available for download includes detailed information about Dr. Malcom’s background, building dedication efforts and past honorees, and much more. 

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  • For inquiries regarding the event, logistics, or the involvement of Penn State Outreach or the Eberly College of Science, please contact Corinna Fisher, Associate Director, Penn State Conferences and Institutes, at fisher@psu.edu.
  • For inquiries regarding the event livestream, media, marketing/social media, please contact Sarah Naylor, Assistant Director, Penn State Outreach Marketing, at san53@psu.edu.