Maru Colbert

Professor, Director, and Designer in Massachusetts

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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"!

Check back, the "action" bar changes monthly.

BE WELL, STAY SAFE!

Testimonials
I knew Professor Colbert as a colleague for over 10 years while I was employed at MIT as the Information Manager with MIT Sea Grant Program and as Communications Officer for The Research Laboratory of Electronics. I witnessed her exemplary work as a graduate working on micro-sensors and then later, in addition to teaching advanced subjects, developing, organizing, leading and evaluating STEM programs alternating summers. My students enjoy her presentations for my bio-science program.
Barbara Passero-MIT (Retired)
Maru's work helps me raise awareness and funds. Her readings set the tone for my film projects. I am excited about the show planned for next Fall. The proceeds will provide resources that help The Innocent Convicts fulfill its organizational mission-working to avoid wrongful convictions. Our collaborations and her continued oratorical, design, planning and production support have added complementary content to my events. I and "The Free 6" applaud her commitment to social justice.
Osagie Okoruwa-Filmmaker, The Innocent Convicts
The 2020 Black History Month Celebration at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church was a standing-room-only joyful celebration of music and dance featuring artist of all ages. The Lead Artistic Producer, Maru Colbert, directed talented artists (who) filled the hall with their exuberance and kept the audience in rapt attention. Her performance was amazing. It has been a good while since I’ve heard such good music. The event was a great success!
Christina Manucy, Teresa Beall-Maryland