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 work 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 and The March of Dimes; 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.
Click on the "+" for my short "life blasts"!
During May the phrase, “Mother may I?” comes to mind. May flowers and beautiful mothers are heralded this month. Check back, the "action" bar may change weekly-monthly.
BE WELL, STAY SAFE!