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Three African Americans Win MacArthur Genius Award: All Are Prominent Academics
The Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation announced recently the names of 23 individuals who won the organization's 2010 fellowships, which are commonly referred to as "genius grants." Recipients receive $500,000 over the next five years. This year, three of the 23 MacArthur fellows are black. (click to read more)

Young Blacks Are Three Times as Likely to Be Poor as Young Whites: The Impact on Access to Higher Education
Despite the availability of federal Pell Grants and other financial aid for low-income students, money remains a major barrier to access to higher education for millions of students nationwide. New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that 35.4 percent of all African Americans under the age of 18 are being raised in poverty. (click to read more)

Large Increase in Black Freshmen at Louisiana State University
Louisiana State University, the flagship educational institution in Baton Rouge, has announced that black freshman enrollments are up a whopping 45.8 percent from a year ago. Overall freshman enrollments are up by 14 percent. (click to read more)

Oberlin College Has a Banner Year in Attracting Black Students
Oberlin College, the selective liberal arts college in Ohio with a long history of educating African Americans, reports a major increase in incoming black students this fall. There are 67 black freshman students on the Oberlin campus this semester. This is a 71.8 percent increase from a year ago. (click to read more)

New Black Studies Program Launched in Indianapolis
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is now offering a bachelor's degree program in Africana studies. Students in the program can choose to concentrate their studies on Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America, or North America. A minor degree program is also offered. (click to read more)

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
Tracy S. Dawson • Conrad Walker • Dianne Boardley Suber • Anton Goff • Ashley Ballard • Raymond Pierce • Pamela S. Simmons • Ronald B. Neal • Michael D. Ward (click to read more)

Grants and Gifts
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development • North Carolina A&T State University • Sarah Lawrence College • North Carolina Central University • Georgia State University • Hampton University (click to read more)
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MIT Brings Distinguished Group of Scholars to Campus as Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Professors
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has announced a group of eight scholars who are serving as Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Professors during the current academic year. The program, which was established two decades ago, brings distinguished scholars of any race to campus for a period of one semester to two years. (click to read more)

Howard University Names Two Alumni to Its Board of Trustees
Howard University in Washington, D.C., has named two prominent African-American alumni to its board of trustees: Amy S. Hilliard and Charles M. Boyd. (click to read more)

Howard University to Drop Bachelor's and Master's Degree Programs in Philosophy
Howard University, the historically black educational institution in the nation's capital, has announced plans to eliminate bachelor's and master's degree programs in philosophy. At the present time, Howard is the only historically black university to offer a master's degree in philosophy. The university stated that the small number of students majoring in the discipline and the costs of running the program were the reasons for the decision. (click to read more)

In Memoriam
Herman D. James, the fifth president of Glassboro State College, which is now known as Rowan University, has died of heart failure at his home in Voorhees, New Jersey. He was 67 years old. (click to read more)

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African-American Scholars
Each month, the JBHE Weekly Bulletin publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. This month's selections can be accessed on our website. (click to read more)

Honors and Awards
Kenneth C. Edelin • George C. Wright • Dorothy Cotton • Woodford R. and Harriet B. Porter (click to read more)

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