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ACT Results Show a Huge Racial Gap in College Readiness
Last week we reported that over the past five years there has been a significant widening of the racial gap in scores on the ACT college entrance examination. But the most shocking statistics from this year's ACT report are the percentage of black high school graduates who have achieved benchmark scores for college readiness. (click to read more)

High Achieving Black High School Students Suffer More Academically From Bullying
A new study, recently presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Las Vegas, found that bullying victims often suffer academically. The data presented showed that students who had been bullied in the 10th grade had their grade point average lowered by an average of 0.049 points compared to students who were not bullied. (click to read more)

The Racial Gender Gap in U.S. Dental Schools
Nationwide, men are more likely to enroll and more likely to graduate from dental school than women. But when we break down the figures by race and gender, we see the large gender gap in favor of men exists only for whites. (click to read more)

Endowed Chair in Black Studies Named to Honor African-American Labor Pioneers
The John and Eula Cleveland Chair in Black History Studies at Howard University is the first endowed chair in the university's department of Afro-American studies. The chair was made possible from a $1.2 million gift from the couple's estate. (click to read more)

Professors at Two HBCUs Report Breakthrough in Heart Disease Prevention
In a paper published in the International Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, Samuel A. Besong and Michael O. Ezekwe report that the ingestion of the leaves of the purslane plant can have a significant impact on lowering cholesterol levels in adults. (click to read more)

University of Wisconsin Honors the First African-American Woman Graduate of Its Law School
The University of Wisconsin at Madison recently renamed a residence hall to honor Vel Phillips. In 1951, Phillips, a graduate of Howard University, was the first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Wisconsin's law school. (click to read more)

The First Woman Board Chair in the 115-Year History of Voorhees College
Mary Ellen Moule was elected chair of the board of trustees of historically black Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina. She is the first woman to hold the position in the college's 115-year history. (click to read more)

Virginia Tech Engineer Leading the Government's Investigation of the East Coast Earthquake
When the federal government needed an expert to conduct an investigation on the impact of the August 23 earthquake with an epicenter near Mineral, Virginia, it called on James R. Martin III, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech. (click to read more)

Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
Ann Marie Whyte • Carmen Sidbury • Wanda Lester • David Marshall • Danielle Gray-Singh • Dave Huddleston • Talbert Myers • Betty Pierce Dennis (click to read more)

Grants and Gifts
University of Nebraska • Alabama State University • University of Georgia • Savannah State University • Fort Valley State University • Fayetteville State University (click to read more)

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Ohio University Partners With Private University in Ghana
Ohio University in Athens has entered into a partnership agreement with the African University College of Communication in Accra, Ghana. Under the agreement, the two universities will participate in faculty and student exchange programs. (click to read more)

Total Ban on Smoking Instituted at Claflin University
Claflin University, the historically black educational institution in Orangeburg, now operates a completely smoke-free campus. Since August 2008, smoking has been banned in all campus buildings and vehicles. (click to read more)

New York University Settles Harassment Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of an African-Born Former Employee
New York University has agreed to settle a race discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The suit was filed on behalf of an African-born former employee who used to work in the university's library mailroom. (click to read more)

Black Enrollments Surge at the University of Missouri
The University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia has more students on campus than at any time in its history. The number of minority students and minority freshmen are also all-time records at the university. (click to read more)

The New President of Harris-Stowe State University
Albert Walker was named the new president of Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, effective October 1. He is replacing Henry Givens Jr., who has been president of Harris-Stowe for the past 32 years. (click to read more)

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Cato T. Laurencin • Jane C. Wright • Emery N. Brown • S. Keith Hargrove (click to read more)

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