Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger

A former NASA astronaut and high school science teacher, Dorothy “Dottie” Metcalf-Lindenburger is an environmental geologist and consultant for Geosyntec.

Paging “Dr. Nnoka”

Tracking the decades-long career of Catherine Nnoka (ΦBK, Georgetown) emphasizes the power of critical thinking and the advantages of a liberal arts and sciences education.

Free to Dream: May-lee Chai

ΦBK member May-lee Chai’s work spans genres, eras, and languages. Her new collection of short stories, Useful Phrases for Immigrants, was published in October.

Seeing the Forest and the Trees of a Health Sciences University

Des Moines University President Angela Walker Franklin (ΦBK, Furman University, 1981) views health sciences with a liberal arts philosophy.

Burton Rocks

Burton Rocks, author, sports agent, and member of Phi Beta Kappa, proves that a liberal arts mindset in one’s career can drive innovation.

Siddhartha Mukherjee

“Three profoundly destabilizing scientific ideas ricochet through
the twentieth century, trisecting it into three unequal parts:
the atom, the byte, the gene.”
—Siddhartha Mukherjee

Tracy K. Smith

U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith is the author of three books of poetry, including Life on Mars (2011), Duende (2007), and The Body’s Question (2003). Smith is also the author of a memoir, Ordinary Light (2015).

Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. A graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, she began her career in the mid-1960s when she became the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar…

Milton J. Little Jr.

“When I was going off into the world as an18 year old heading to college my mother said, ‘whatever you do in life, make sure you help somebody’. And that too has been a standard to which I have measured every professional opportunity and personal challenge, and so that is my why.”        […]

Jasvinder Sidhu

“Phi Beta Kappa was founded on December 5, 1776, with a message of The Love of Learning is the Guide of Life. Learning and applying what you learn for the betterment of your fellow man is a great guide for anyone’s life. I have lived true to the ethos of ΦBK and will continue to do so.”   […]

Booker T. Washington

“I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”                                             […]

Dianne K. Newman

“Never underestimate the value of a broad, liberal education.
The fresh perspective that comes with breadth can stimulate
new ways of approaching a problem deeply.”
— Dianne K. Newman