Boyce Courtney Williams, vice president for institutional relations at the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, received the W.E.B. Du Bois Award from the National Alliance of Black School Educators.

Olumuyiwa Ogunnika, a graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, received a $50,000 fellowship from the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology. Ogunnika, a native of Brooklyn who was raised in Nigeria, is a graduate of City College of New York. He will use the fellowship to continue his study in research for a device to assess neuromuscular disease.

Norman Francis, president of Xavier University, the historically black educational institution in New Orleans, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony last week.