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GradStory: Microbiology Major Jameka Jefferson Graduates from Cal State University, Los Angeles in June

COMPTON — Jameka Jefferson has a “GradStory.” As a student at Whale Middle School, here, she developed a fascination for biology when her science teacher taught a class about cell function. The young girl who dreamed of being a basketball player knew at that moment she wanted to study biology.

Now, Jefferson, 21, is one step closer to a goal of a career in scientific research. She graduates in June with a bachelor of science in microbiology from California State University, Los Angeles. Not one to rest on her laurels, Jefferson is charging straight ahead to tackle the debilitating diseases that often cut life short for many people, and she has no fears.

“People usually scream and run away from infectious diseases. I am the one running toward them. I am going to go in a lab and do research and contribute to society,” she declared.

The aspiring research scientist is well on her way. In the fall, Jefferson will return to Cal State L.A. to pursue a master’s degree in microbiology with an emphasis on neurobiology.

Initially, Jefferson attended Los Angeles City College, where she participated in Bridges to the Future, a summer research program that prepares community college students for success in university science programs. She spent more than two months in a lab science course at CSULA. That experience fueled her passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Jefferson was on a quest and focused. In the fall of 2013, she transferred to CSULA, where she became active with the Minorities Opportunities in Research (MORE) and Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program. Funded by the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, the programs prepare aspiring students for the rigors of doctoral studies in STEM research. Jefferson was immersed in research that focused on identifying antibacterial inhibitors in E.coli.

Jefferson’s training enabled her to make impressive MORE AND LSAMP-sponsored scientific presentations to CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White, Cal State L.A. President William A. Covino, and former L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina. Jefferson said the experiences boosted her self-assurance.

“When it comes to presenting, I am fearless. Nothing can harm me,” she said.

Jefferson said her ultimate goal is to work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where said she will be able to “study infectious diseases and contribute to the public good.”

Skyy De’Anthony Fisher: Day of Reckoning for Compton School Board Trustee

A San Diego Superior Court jury convicted Skyy De’Anthony Fisher of sexual assault, Jan. 28. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 29. Fisher faces eight years in prison. FIle photo

UPDATE: Former Compton school trustee Skyy De’Anthony Fisher convicted of sexual assault; faces eight years in prison – full story HERE

Originally published Sep., 2015:

COMPTON — The long-awaited sex molestation trial of Compton School Board trustee Skyy De’Anthony Fisher begins in San Diego Superior Court, Sept. 21, 2015. Fisher, 31, will stand trial on a felony charge of having sex with an unconscious person. If convicted, he faces a maximum eight years in prison, according to the district attorney’s office.

Fisher was arrested July 23 on suspicion of having sex with a sleeping 26-year-old man while the two were sharing a motel room during a vacation break in San Diego. During a preliminary hearing, the man testified that he awoke to find Fisher performing oral sex on him.

A native of Compton and a product of its educational system, Fisher was elected to the trustee board on Nov. 8, 2011, at age 28. He was the youngest member elected to the Board of Trustees since the conclusion of state receivership and the youngest African-American elected official in Los Angeles County and Southern California.

Fisher was the focus of intense public scrutiny after news surfaced of his alleged exploits and arrest, with several protests occurring in front of his Compton home calling for his resignation from the school board.

Throughout his tenure on the board, Fisher has been a lightning rod for controversy. He once made disparaging comments about slain teenager Trayvon Martin where he mocked the young victim in a podcast labeling him a “faggot.”

Fisher has also been arrested for driving under the influence.

Local activist Najee Ali, director of Project Islamic HOPE, who led the protests for Fisher’s resignation, was quoted in 2014 by a local blog in reference to Fisher’s character: “[Skyy] Fisher’s behavior by a publicly elected official has been disgraceful — from his shocking comments where he mocked the murder of Trayvon Martin calling our fallen brother a ‘faggot,’ to his D.U.I. arrest. Compton residents should have recalled Fisher. Now Fisher has been arrested for sexually assaulting an unconscious victim in San Diego.

“We have had enough. Fisher is a self-professed alcoholic who I believe is a sexual deviant who should not be working around our children. Therefore, our coalition of community leaders is calling upon Fisher to resign from the Compton School Board immediately.”

Fisher continues to serve as a trustee on the Compton School Board.

UPDATE: Fisher was voted off the Compton School Board in the November 3, 2015 elections – editor

Jarrette Fellows, Jr.
Jarrette Fellows, Jr., attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and founded the Compton Herald several years after his tenure as executive editor at Wave Community Newspapers in Los Angeles.