|It Appears There Is Only One African American Among the 85 Recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers
Last month the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced the names of 85 winners of Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Winners are selected based on two criteria: pursuit of innovative research on the frontiers of science or technology and a dedication to community service. While the race of recipients is not disclosed by the government, it appears from JBHE research that only one of this year's 85 winners is an African American. Edward A. Botchwey, an associate professor of biomedical engineering and orthopaedic surgery at the University of Virginia, was nominated for a PECASE award by the National Institutes of Health. (click to read more)
The Higher Education of the New Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently appointed Roderick L. Ireland to serve as chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He has been serving as senior associate justice of the court. He will be the first African American in state history to serve as chief justice. (click to read more)
New Fiction Showcases Zora Neale Hurston as a Young Detective
Zora Neale Hurston, the Columbia University scholar and iconic writer of the Harlem Renaissance, is being reintroduced to the younger generation of Americans in a new novel, Zora and Me. In the book, Hurston is a fourth-grade student in Eatonville, Florida, the all-black town in which the real Zora Neale Hurston was raised. In the novel, Zora and her friends set out to solve a mystery surrounding the discovery of a headless body near the town's railroad tracks. (click to read more)
Historically Black South Carolina State University Teams Up With the Peace Corps
Historically black South Carolina State University in Orangeburg is the newest institution participating in the Peace Corps Master's International program. The program allows qualified students to combine volunteer service in the course of studying for an MBA. The program typically has students study for one year in the United States before going abroad to participate in Peace Corps programs. (click to read more)
Scholarship Honors Jackson State University Alumnus
The Miller/Coors Brewing Company has established a scholarship fund at Jackson State University in honor of Louis Bullard, who was a standout football player at Jackson State University. (click to read more)
Huge Increase in Black First-Year Enrollments at the University of Oregon
The University of Oregon reports record enrollments this fall of 23,389 students. A contributing factor is a huge percentage increase in black first-year students. (click to read more)
Race Relations on Campus Database
Periodically, JBHE Weekly Bulletin will publish a selection of racial incidents that have occurred on the campuses of colleges and universities. Click through to our website for the latest incidents. (click to read more)
• Kenneth Earl Henry Sr., who taught church history at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta for more than 30 years, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 77 years old.
• Rufus L. McGee, longtime professor of anatomy at Texas Southern University in Houston, died last month after a lengthy illness. He was 84 years old.
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Grants and Gifts
Wabash College • University of Chicago • Hampton University • Johnson C. Smith University • Alcorn State University (click to read more)
High-Ranking Liberal Arts Colleges That Made the Most Progress in Increasing Black Freshman Enrollments in 2010
Last week JBHE unveiled the results of our annual survey on black freshman students at the nation's leading liberal arts colleges. Now we examine which liberal arts colleges posted the biggest gains this year compared to a year ago. In 2010 there are 36 black freshmen at Colby College in Maine. This is double the number from a year ago. In 2008 there were only eight black freshmen at Colby. Over the past two years the percentage of blacks in the entering class at Colby has increased from 1.7 percent to 7.3 percent. (click to read more)
Next Month the University of Georgia Will Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Its Racial Integration
This January the University of Georgia is planning a weeklong series of events to commemorate the racial integration of the university. In January 1961, Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter-Gault were the first African Americans to enroll at the university. Two days later, on the first day of classes for the spring semester, a riot occurred outside Hunter-Gault's dormitory. Both Holmes and Hunter-Gault weathered the storm and graduated in the spring of 1963. (click to read more)
University of Detroit Mercy Names Its First Lay President
The board of trustees of the University of Detroit Mercy has announced that Antoine M. Garibaldi will become president of the educational institution in July 2011. Dr. Garibaldi will be the first lay president of the Catholic educational institution, which is affiliated with the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. (click to read more)
The Status of Blacks in Administrative and Coaching Positions in Major College Football
A new report from the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the College of Business Administration at the University of Central Florida finds that this season there were 13 African Americans among the 120 head coaches for the 120 colleges and universities in the NCAA's Bowl Championship Series division. These schools operate the nation's most prestigious football programs. Blacks make up more than 51 percent of the football players in this division. (click to read more)
African-American Professor at Carnegie Mellon University Wins National Book Award
Terrance Hayes, professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University, won the National Book Award in the poetry category for his collection entitled Lighthead. Lighthead is Professor Hayes' fourth book of poetry. His previous work, Wind in a Box, was named one of the best 100 books of the year by Publishers Weekly.
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Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
Dwight A. McBride • Cleveland L. Sellers Jr. • Richard S. Baker • Khalil Gibran Muhammad (click to read more)
Honors and Awards
Toni Morrison • Michael D. Jones • Robert Belton • Edith P. Mitchell • Lorraine Hairston Morton (click to read more)
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