n 1935, in Minshall Laboratory, DePauw alumnus Percy L. Julian (1899-1975) first synthesized the drug physostigmine, previously only available from its natural source, the Calabar bean. His pioneering research led to the process that made physostigmine readily available for the treatment of glaucoma. It was the first of Julian’s lifetime of achievements in the chemical synthesis of commercially important natural products.
Aprille Ericsson-Jackson was the first Black female at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center to hold a Ph.D. in engineering. She is now at the cutting edge of some of the most ambitious space exploration endeavors at NASA.