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Juliette Bell named Provost and Vice Chancellor at Fayetteville State University

By Jerry Phelps
July 2006

Juliet Bell (photograph courtesy of FSU)
Juliet Bell (Photo courtesy of FSU)

Former NIEHS postdoctoral fellow Juliette Bell, is the new Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Fayetteville State University (FSU). Bell joined the faculty of FSU as an associate professor in 1992 after two years in the NIEHS Laboratory of Molecular Genetics. Bell was later named the Director of the Biomedical Research Program and in 2004 was appointed interim dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences. FSU Chancellor T.J. Bryan described Bell as a "renowned scholar and a highly qualified administrator."

Bell has been involved in many activities at FSU. She led FSU in developing programs in biotechnology, forensic science, and nursing. In addition to a variety of teaching awards, she has earned national awards including the National Association for Educational Opportunity in Higher Education Research Excellence Award. She was honored as one of ten African-American Life Scientists in an exhibition at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. In 2004 she received the Millennium Award for Excellence in Teaching from the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Bell has garnered over $6 million in grants for biomedical research at FSU. Her research focus is DNA synthesis and mutagenesis. She is an active member of several national organizations striving to promote minority participation in science and research and has served on various NIH committees.

Tom Kunkel was Bell's supervisor and mentor during her tenure at NIEHS. Kunkel said "Juliette has gone on to be a highly successful minority scientist who is having a really significant impact at the national level. I am very proud of her."

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