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Does Racism Have Roots in Evolution?
Scientists at Yale University have produced evidence that human beings' fear of people from outside their group may be an innate trait passed down by millions of years of evolution. In research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Yale study found that monkeys treat individuals from outside their group with suspicion and distrust. (click to read more)

There Are Very Few Black Graduate Students in Many Scientific Fields
New data from the National Science Foundation shows that in 2008 there were 16,839 blacks enrolled full-time in scientific programs in U.S. graduate schools. They made up 4.4 percent of all full-time graduate students in scientific disciplines. However, the data shows that in many disciplines, blacks make up a very small percentage of full-time student enrollments. (click to read more)

New Study Finds That Graduates of HBCUs Outperform Black Graduates of Traditionally White Educational Institutions
A new study by economists at Morehouse College and Howard University shows that African-Americans who graduate from a historically black college or university do better financially and psychologically than African Americans who graduate from traditionally white colleges and universities. The authors conclude, "Our results suggest that HBCU graduates realize higher earnings relative to non-HBCU graduates." (click to read more)

Princeton University Undergraduates Mount Tutoring Program for Minority Sixth Graders in Trenton Public Schools
The Student Volunteers Council of the Pace Center for Civic Engagement at Princeton University sends a group of tutors to the Martin Luther King Jr. elementary school in Trenton. The Princeton undergraduate students help sixth graders, most from underrepresented minority groups, with grammar and study skills. (click to read more)

Tuskegee to Offer Three New Degree Programs
The board of trustees at historically black Tuskegee University in Alabama has approved the establishment of three new degree programs. Beginning in the fall of 2011, Tuskegee will offer a bachelor's degree program in information technology. In addition, there will be a new master of public health degree and a master of science degree in public health. (click to read more)

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

In Memoriam
• Emmett J. Rice, former governor of the Federal Reserve Board and professor of economics at Cornell University, has died from congestive heart failure at his home in Camas, Washington. Rice, the father of Susan Rice, the current United States Ambassador to the United Nations, was 91 years old.
• Jennifer Young Tait, associate professor of English at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, died last month during childbirth. She was 35 years old. (click to read more)

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
Robert L. Johnson • Asantewa Boakyewa • Thomas G. Coley • Phyllis Worthy Dawkins • Karen Mathews • Marlon Hall • Allison Dorsey • Abdul K. Mohammed (click to read more)

Grants and Gifts
Tuskegee University • American Baptist College • Central State University • Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund (click to read more)

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Black Woman Selected for High Post in U.S. Department of Education
The Obama administration has chosen Debra Saunders-White as the new deputy assistant secretary of education for higher education programs. Since 2006 Saunders-White has served as vice chancellor for information technology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. (click to read more)

Meharry/Vanderbilt Study Finds Menthol Cigarettes, Which Are Popular Among Blacks, May Be Less Harmful Than Other Cigarettes
A study by researchers at historically black Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University has determined that while all smoking has detrimental health effects, smokers of menthol cigarettes may not be at as high a risk as other smokers. This is particularly noteworthy because blacks are far more likely than whites to smoke menthol cigarettes. (click to read more)

George Washington University Honors Dorothy Height
George Washington University in the nation's capital has announced the establishment of the Dorothy I. Height Scholarship for Public Service. The scholarship honors Dr. Height who led the National Council of Negro Women for nearly half a century. Height died in April 2010 at the age of 98. (click to read more)

Historically Black University Invests in Solar Energy
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore recently activated a 7,800-panel solar energy facility on its campus in Princess Anne. The facility, covering 17 acres of land, is the largest solar energy project in the state of Maryland. (click to read more)

Honors and Awards
Linda K. Thomas-Glover • Vanessa D. Nesbit • Angela Neal-Barnett • Orlan M. Johnson • Walter Washington • Jesse McCarroll (click to read more)

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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Diversity Initiatives Program Associate / Associate Director of Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program

University of Illinois at Chicago
Director, UIC African-American Cultural Center

University of Florida
Assistant Dean for Career Development, Levin College of Law

East Carolina University
Director of the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement


Northern Kentucky University
Assistant/Associate Professor (Counselor Education)

California University of Pennsylvania
Athletic Training Education Program Director / Assistant Athletic Trainer

University of California, Davis
Academic Neuropathologist, Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Southern Methodist University
First-Year Writing, Lecturer Positions

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