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Expanding the Research on Stereotype Threat
Research conducted many years ago by Claude Steele at Stanford University, and later confirmed by Professor Steele and other researchers, has shown that black students perform poorly on standardized tests because they fear mistakes will confirm negative stereotypes about their group. A new study at Stanford has shown that this "stereotype threat" can also hinder black students in learning new material. (click to read more)

Professor Gerald Early Solves a Mystery
In 2006 Gerald Early the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters and director of the Center for the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis, purchased a copy of a 1950s comic book on eBay. The title of the comic was Negro Romance. Professor Early turned for help to the producers of the PBS television show History Detectives. (click to read more)

Higher Education in the World's Newest Nation
Last month the world's newest nation, Southern Sudan, declared its independence. Now efforts are underway to reestablish Juba University in the capital city of Southern Sudan as well as Upper Nile University in Malakal and Bahr el Ghazal University in Wau. All three universities had moved operations to Khartoum in the north. (click to read more)

Howard University College of Pharmacy Now Stands Alone
Howard University has announced the formation of a free standing College of Pharmacy. Previously, pharmacy programs were housed in the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Health. (click to read more)

Black Youth's Large Media Appetite
A recent study by researchers at Northwestern University found that blacks and other minority students ages 8 to 18 spend 13 hours a day consuming media content through electronic devices including television, computers, cellphones, and other electronic gadgets. This is 4.5 hours more than young whites. (click to read more)

Washington University Study Examines Racial Differences in Glaucoma
Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness among African Americans. And the disease is six times more common among blacks compared to whites. And blindness resulting from glaucoma is 16 times as likely among blacks than is the case for whites. A new study by researchers at Washington University sheds some light on the racial disparity. (click to read more)

In Memoriam
Frank W. Hale Jr., civil rights activist and vice president emeritus at Ohio State University, died last week from cancer. He was 84 years old. (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)

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
Michael Dawson • Bernadine Duncan • Herman Frazier • Sandra DeLoatch • Cornelius Graves • Mark Coleman • Patricia C. Hodge (click to read more)

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The Granddaddy of Summer Science Camps
This summer more than 1,500 middle school students will attend one of 25 sections of the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp. The camps are open to students from underrepresented minority groups and preference is given to students from low-income families. (click to read more)

At the University of Michigan, Minority Applications Are Up, But the Number of Minority Students Accepted for Admission Is Down
The University of Michigan reported that 4,265 minority students applied for admission for the 2011 entering class, a 15 percent increase from a year ago. Therefore, minority students make up nearly 11 percent of all applicants. However, the university announced that 1,576 minority students were accepted for admission, a 3.7 decrease from a year ago. (click to read more)

Two African-American Women Join the Predominantly Male Club of Athletics Directors at Division I Universities
Nationwide less than 10 percent of all athletic directors at the NCAA's Division I colleges and universities are women. But recently two historically black universities named women to lead their athletics programs. (click to read more)

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Kathy Burlew • Elizabeth Tshele (click to read more)

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