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NRTS Distinguished Lecture Series March 22, 2003 at 10:00 A.M.


Dr. Julian M. Earls
"Excellence Without Excuses"

"The only place that 'success' comes before 'work' is in the dictionary"
Dr. J. Earls, March 22, 2003

Fayetteville State University, Elizabeth City State University, and MU-SPIN presented a lecture by Dr. Julian M. Earls, Deputy Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Glenn Research Center entitled "Excellence Without Excuses". This event was also available via webcast through the MU-SPIN server at

Dr. Julian Earls with group

Dr. Julian M. Earls, Deputy Director, NASA Glenn Research Center, is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia and has been referred to as a “Renaissance Man.” He is a scholar who earned the Bachelor’s Degree, with honors, in Physics from Norfolk State University; the Master’s Degree in Radiation Biology from the University of Rochester School of Medicine; and the Doctorate Degree in Radiation Physics from the University of Michigan. In addition, he earned the equivalent of the Master’s Degree in Environmental Health from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s prestigious Program for Management Development. Also, he has been awarded the Honorary Doctor of Science Degree by the College of Aeronautics in New York and the Honorary Doctor of Pedagogy Degree by Nova Southeastern University in Florida. He is an author who has 28 publications, both technical and educational. He is an educator who has been Distinguished Honors Visiting Professor at numerous universities. He is an executive who has been awarded NASA medals for exceptional achievement and outstanding leadership. In 1999, the President of the United States conferred upon Dr. Earls, the rank of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service.

NRTS attendees

"If you don't know where you are going, then any road will get you there."

"In 2003 you need 'Education not Explanation'."

Dr. J. Earls
March 22, 2003

Pictured left to right:
Dr. Leo Edwards, Dr. Linda Hayden, Mrs. Rita Fuller, Dr. Julian Earls

Dr. Linda Hayden with GroupDr. Earls is a humanitarian. He is co-founder of an organization whose members make personal contributions for scholarships to black students who attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He was inducted into the inaugural class of the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame and has been designated Black College Graduate of Distinction by the National Urban League. As part of the President’s Initiative on Race, Dr. Earls was appointed by The White House to serve on the panel to engage the scientific community in a dialogue on race. He is a life member of the NAACP and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Also he is a member of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, and Beta Kappa Chi Science Honor Society. Dr. Earls is an athlete who has run over 10,000 miles in the past 5 years. He has successfully completed 25 marathons including the Boston Marathon. He was selected to be an Olympic Torchbearer for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games carrying the Olympic Flame on its travel through Cleveland. He is a much sought after orator and is a Jennings Foundation Distinguished Scholar Lecturer.

He is a husband and father and is married to the former Zenobia Gregory of Norfolk, Virginia. They have two sons. Julian, Jr., is a neurologist who graduated from Howard University and Case Western Reserve Medical School. Gregory is a filmmaker who graduated from Norfolk State University and the American Film Institute in Hollywood, California.


For more information see:
Dr. Leo Edwards, Director
Math/Science Education Center
Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, NC 28301
(910) 672-1669


Sponsored by
MU-SPIN Office of Goddard Space Flight Center, Fayetteville State University and Elizabeth City State University.