Professor, Director, and Designer in Massachusetts
Hello! I’m Maru, a professor in the sciences and practitioner of the arts. My teaching and research areas are phytoremediation, micro-scale processes, climate science/ atmospheric modeling, surface chemistry, NOx sensing and pre-engineering education. I combined these topics in postdoctoral and international field studies. I teach and lead research teams at universities in the US and abroad (Australia, Canada, the UK, China and Africa).
My STEAM work stems from my profession and passion-providing resources to counter the lack of proficiency in STEM subjects due to inequity in education. My STE(A)M initiatives are in 4 cities in the U.S. and 3 countries in Africa.
Hobbies I enjoy include volleyball, skating, sewing, running, reading and performing. Additionally, I practice innovative design.
PLEASE GO TO MAPOETRY.ORG-THE ONLINE GALLERY, TO VIEW OR PURCHASE ONE OF MY TWO WINNING EKPHRASTIC ART/POETRY PIECES.
Another poem is featured at https://masspoetry.org/61621-harris-colbert
Each month I focus on one (or more) of these charitable, social or civic initiatives.
This year's list includes The Boutique 4 Good; The Innocent Convicts; Liberia Labs-Teaching & Research Project; Oxfemwa; The NAACP; Annie Cannons-MIT Solve; BAMIT; Minds Matter Boston; Maranyundo Girls School (Rwanda); NSBE-Region I-Boston [including Ghana]; The Empowerment Series/Social Justice Circle for Engaged Activism; (Charity Marathons) Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, American Cancer Society/Dana Farber, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association; Her'tazhe Productions, MASS Poetry and True Story Theater.
I give back as I move forward since realize...it's a blessing to BE. A funding page "The Cause Project" and my "10950" blog site will be public soon!
During the Fall of 2020 I was a participant in the TC2 PlayLab's (virtual) Fall Showcase. To view the entire show's social justice selections, click on the YouTube shown below. To see the monologue I performed, featuring a grandmother to granddaughter Facetime session, use the link below (40:38-47:00) at https://www. youtube.com/watch?v=Vb4UULs HuDM&feature=youtube. My recitation was done near Thanksgiving 2020, when relatives were "Zooming"/"Facetiming" instead of being together.
It's October 2021! Information about last month's virtual performance of a short play I co-wrote is the first half of this month's post.
Click on the "+" sign for my short "life blasts"!
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BE WELL, STAY SAFE!