Latanya Hammonds-Odie

Georgia Gwinnett College


Research: On-going Projects

ASCB MAC In my role as an active member of the Minorities Affairs Committee of the American Society for Cell Biology, I not only am a major contributor to the planning and execution of the activities, but I have been involved in two major applications for financial support for the Society. 

Project Entitled: Faculty Research and Educational Development Program,National Science Foundation BIO Directorate Molecular Cellular Biology Division; EAGERS/RAPIDS/Conferences/Others Program, 2013-2018. current status: NCE 

PI – Michael J. Leibowitz, University of California-Davis and co-PIs (consultants) – Franklin Carrero-Martinez, Associate Professor of Cell Biology, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez and Latanya Hammonds-Odie (funded December 2013); Franklin Carerro-Martinez replaced by Renato Aguilera, Professor of Biology, University of Texas-El Paso in 2015

The Faculty Research and Education Development (FRED) Programwas a year-long intervention offered by the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) to promote grant funding success of junior faculty at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).  This program matched 6-9 junior faculty members with mentors who are funded senior faculty at research-intensive institutions for a long-term mentoring relationship focused on preparation of a research or educational grant to be submitted to the NSF or comparable funding agency.

 Project Entitled: Research and Educational Career Development Program for Cell Biologists: An Integrated Approach

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of General Medical Sciences; Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT; R25), 2016-2018. current status: NCE

PI – MariaElena Zavala, California State University, Northridge and co-PIs – Michael J Leibowitz, University of California-Davis and Latanya Hammonds-Odie

The Research and Educational Career Development Program for Cell Biologists: An Integrated Approach had as its goal to broaden the participation of people who have been and remain underrepresented in the scientific enterprise, specifically in basic biomedical research.  This Program was both a continuation and expansion of the previous successful activities of the ASCB MAC.  The aims were to develop and expand specific developmentally appropriate activities for junior scientists (undergraduates and graduate students) and postdoctoral scientist who are members of groups underrepresented in basic biomedical sciences that took place in conjunction with the ASCB Annual Meeting and to develop, implement and expand creative and innovative educational workshops, professional and research skills development programming, structured mentored activities, outreach to faculty members at under-resourced colleges and universities and to their students. 

Project Entitled: Analysis of Reasons Students Withdraw from BIOL 1107/1108 and CHEM 1211/1212 at GGC,GGC SST STEM Minigrants Program, 2014-2015 and GGC VPASA Seed Grant Program, 2017-2018.

Co-PIs: Latanya Hammonds-Odie and Charmita Burch

The specific aim of this project was to better understand the reasoning employed by Biology and Chemistry majors to determine whether they should withdraw from BIOL1107K-Principles of Biology I with Lab, BIOL1108K-Principles of Biology II with Lab, CHEM1211K-Principles of Chemistry I with Lab and/or CHEM1212K-Principles of Chemistry II with Lab, the gateway courses in all of the Biology and Chemistry major tracks. We have collected data from faculty members who have taught these courses and from students who have withdrawn from these courses to begin to explore the factors that students consider when making decisions to withdraw from an introductory course in their major. The research project was a qualitative study employing focus groups, questionnaires, and interviews to collect data. The study was designed to document lived experiences of students instead of attempting to identify and test a causal relationship between variables as one would in an experimental or quasi-experimental research approach.

 Project Entitled: Career Exploration Project in Research Methods in Biology and Biology Internship courses

I engaged students enrolled in the BIOL4560-Research Methods in Biology and BIOL4800-Biology Internship courses in Spring 2016-Fall 2017 in a series of targeted activities and assignments related to the first learning objective for the course (Gather accurate information about a possible career path).  This project examined the student perceptions of the utility of the assignments and for those who have graduated, their use of their own career strategic plan.

Project Entitled: Biology Tracking Project

This project was designed to collect data on the career/employment outcomes of graduates of GGC's Biology program.