Rotary Minute: Minna Ng

Ng MinuteIn her own words…

Hello everyone! My name is Minna Ng. I’m a Chinese American, born and raised in Brooklyn NY, first in family to attend college. My father, born in China, was a bartender and waiter most of his life, finished 6th grade, and my mother, born in Hong Kong, finished high school and worked her way up from being a seamstress to a pattern maker in the cut throat NYC fashion world.

I started out at the local community college, earned my associates degree while working, transferred to City College in Harlem NY and earned my biology BS degree. After 3 years working in a research laboratory, I got myself into graduate school, earned a PhD in Psychology, with a focus in brain sciences. I have been teaching for the last 9 years, most recently, at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, when I moved here to Durham last year. In addition to teaching, I also run outreach events between the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and the greater community, including the upcoming Brain Awareness Week (March 28–April 3). Please tell everyone about it and come. Choose from a range of educational activities for all ages about the brain.

This semester, I’m also teaching (in my spare time – who needs to sleep, right?) at Durham Tech because community colleges are special places, and where I got my start. In fact, it was just 2 months into my move here to Durham last year when I met Carver Weaver, my Rotary sponsor, at the MLK Meal Packing event at Durham Tech. Thank you, Carver.

With my remaining time, I’d like to thank the wait and kitchen staff for making our weekly meals so wonderful. Please let us all give them a thankful round of applause: Nikki, Sandra, Rhonda, Tianna, Ron, and Chef James. Thank you all.

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