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Forgotten Genius

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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, 9-12)

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)

Career Milestones
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)

Julian Speaks
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, 9-12)

Nature's Pharmacy
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 9-12)

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