Elizabeth City — Dr. Hortense Dodo presented to over 40 students and staff of College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Adult Basic Education Transitional Opportunities (ABETO) program on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. The presentation, in honor of Black History Month, provided a historical look at famous African-American inventors and scientists.
Dr. Dodo, originally from West Africa, is an inventor, scientific entrepreneur, and adjunct professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Fayetteville State University. She is also President of IngateyGen, LLC., an AgBiotech Company. IngateyGen, LLC., owns the patents for the process that produces allergen-free peanuts.
Dr. Dodo’s presentation included past inventors and young African-American geniuses, as well as famous kings and queens and the origin of slavery in West Africa. Dr. Dodo answered student questions at the end of the presentation and was given a small token of appreciation for speaking to the group.
The ABETO program at COA is designed to provide a learning experience for students with intellectual disabilities, offering them the necessary support to continue to increase their education levels.