Born in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1940, Bernice Noble graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1962. She went on to earn a master’s degree from Brandeis University in 1964 and a doctorate in microbiology from the University at Buffalo in 1975. Two years later, she joined the UB faculty as a professor of microbiology and immunology.
On top of all of her teaching and research, Noble also dedicated much of her time to advancing women’s careers at UB.
Working to increase the number of female students and tenure-track faculty in the sciences, Noble served as co-chair of the President's Task Force on the Status of Women at UB from 1996 to 1997. The task force’s final report — authored by Noble and her co-chair, John M. Staley, PhD — led directly to increased salary parity, a stronger affirmative action office and enhanced child-care facilities at UB.
Her other accomplishments and honors include:
In addition, Noble mentored female faculty members in the sciences.