By GENE STOWE | South Bend Tribune Correspondent - November 11, 2012
Reggie Hill, at right, talks with fellow researchers at the Harper Cancer Research Center. Photo by Matt Cashore
Reggie Hill heard the stereotypes about Catholic research when he was considering a job teaching biology at the University of Notre Dame after earning a Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina and conducting postdoctoral work at UCLA.
"You could be viewed as being anti-intellectual just because you're a religious university," Hill said. "I had to think about how my colleagues would think about those things."
Hill, an African-American who joined the Notre Dame faculty in cancer research this year, was on a three-professor panel Saturday at a one-day course on diversity for undergraduate science and engineering students.
"I've been to a lot of universities and I've never see anything like this," Hill said. "Of all the places I've been, I see [Notre Dame] as being the most inclusive. Having this type of open dialogue is very rare."