Drexel honors trailblazing scientist at 16th annual Woman One Ceremony

“I’m overwhelmed. I didn't know I had so many friends," said Gloria Twine Chisum.

Shara Dae Howard
April 30, 2018 - 10:47 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Drexel University honored a trailblazing scientist and community leader at their 16th annual Woman One Ceremony.

“I’m overwhelmed. I didn't know I had so many friends," said award recipient Gloria Twine Chisum.

Chisum, as experimental psychologist, was honored for being an outstanding woman and her leadership in the Philadelphia community.

The Institute of Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel presented Chisum with the Woman One award for her trailblazing work.

She headed the Vision Laboratory at the U.S. Naval Air Development Center from 1965 to 1980.

Chisum is best known for developing protective eyewear for pilots to wear in extreme conditions.

“She did some cutting edge experimentation,” said Janine Barber of Drexel University. “She’s an exceptional leader.”

Chisum says this honor makes all the hard work worth it.

“It's not often that you hear so many nice things when their alive,” she said.

Monday’s event also raised tuition for medical school students who attended Drexel, like Rita Akumo.

“It gives me the opportunity to reach back and pulls other up with me,” she said.