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Episode 90 |Dr. Trina L. Coleman, Ph.D.

Trina L. Coleman, Ph.D.

Dr. Trina Coleman is an educator, scientist, entrepreneur, author and public speaker.  She is one of fewer than 140 known African-American women to receive a Ph.D. in physics in the entire history of this nation, and one of FIVE to specialize in a theoretical concentration. Dr. Coleman holds a B.A. in Physics from Hampton University in 1987; M.S. in Condensed Matter Physics from Hampton in 1993; and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Nuclear Physics from Hampton in 2001.

Dr. Coleman’s academic background prepared her for the development of the teaching and research methods needed for critical thinking, problem solving and the real life application of these skills.  As a result of her unique abilities coupled with professional experience in educational and administrative roles, she has had the opportunity to observe student weaknesses in science and math skills in an educational setting, as well as several approaches to try to bolster improvement in these areas.

These areas drive her passion about the state of the US educational system and the looming problem of fundamental mathematical mastery for a large percentage of K-12 students and beyond, particularly people of color.  She is equally passionate regarding the recently trending interest in exposing students of color to more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs.  The two topics are not mutually exclusive; the common thread is math.

In order to provide a fresh perspective on mathematical comprehension, Dr. Coleman is currently authoring a series of books called Mathguistics®.  Mathguistics® is the combination of math and linguistics, the study of language.  There are several commonalities between the two areas that will be helpful in understanding math concepts by starting out with the fundamentals of symbols, grammar, punctuation, rules, reading comprehension, and application.  These are the same requirements that one must master to learn and be fluent in speaking, reading and writing any language.

Understanding basic arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus and most importantly, finance will be the focus of the upcoming volumes of Mathguistics®.

Dr. Coleman has taught calculus-based physics at the high school, community college and university level.  She was a Director of Central Intelligence Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Physics at Howard University, a lecturer in Physics & Astronomy.  She additionally served as the Assistant Provost for Technology at Hampton University.  She has also continuously mentored physics students.

Dr. Coleman is the founder of Coleman Comprehensive Solutions, LLC, an IT consulting and services company and Mathguistics, LLC.  She is the Technical Executive Officer of the National Society of Black Physicists.  More information available at:

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This is the math proficiency module we’re hoping to launch soon. At present we are operating on the fringes within a LMS module to get a feel and feedback of it’s usability and functionality. The Basic Math element is free quiz to take that will test what you thought you know about basic math. Module also includes, Intermediate Math Skills, and Intro Physics I – Units & Vectors.

“Science, technology, engineering and mathematics, better known collectively as STEM, have become a national focus for educators and employers. Managing our lives and businesses has become techno-centric and data-driven, so it stands to reason that the skills required for innovating and creating today’s and tomorrow’s apps, products, and devices will rely heavily on a workforce of mathematically savvy individuals.
While technology moves forward, the numbers have not been favorable for US students’ math and science proficiency (

The motivation behind the creation of comes from the trending focus on math literacy and STEM instruction for K-12 and post-secondary students. A repository of information for the enrichment of STEM skills is available to bridge deficiencies and bolster scientific and mathematical fluency. One indicator that a significant portion of the population is lacking basic mathematical skills occurs when one orders fast food and the total is tallied by buttons with pictures of food on them. It is Academic Blue Blood’s mission to provide tools for the general enhancement of basic math and science skills.”

“Let Your Greatness be Defined by YOU!”
Dr. Trina L. Coleman
Coleman Comprehensive Solutions, LLC




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