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The following resources from the companion Web site accompany this program:
Julian the Trailblazer
Read a summary of Julian's life to discover how he persevered
against all odds to succeed and find out what he did to mentor
other black chemists and further civil rights. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)
Do We Need Julian Today?
Consider to what degree the racism Julian endured still holds
sway in the scientific world, 32 years after his death, in this
article by chemist and racism expert Donna Nelson. (Grades 6-8,
The Producer's Story
Get a behind-the-scenes look at how the "Forgotten Genius"
producer made a documentary on a scientist about whom little was
known. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)
Discover some of the highlights in Julian's career in this slide
show time line spanning 1929 to the present. (Flash plug-in
required; printable version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)
Hear Percy Julian himself in these audio excerpts from a 1965
speech. (Flash plug-in required; printable version available.)
(Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)
Those Who Knew Him
Listen in as six people who were close to Julian—including a
former student, his coworkers, and his son—recount stories of
his life and struggles. (Flash plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8,
Learn about some plants, animals, bacteria, and fungi that have
been synthesized for human benefit. (Flash plug-in required;
printable version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)
Build a Steroid
Follow the steps a chemist takes to synthesize a starter chemical
compound (diosgenin) into a steroid (adrenal hormone cortisone).
(Flash plug-in required; printable version available.) (Grades
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