Archive for September, 2011

New Director of the Black Culture Center at Indiana University

New Director of the Black Culture Center at Indiana University

Stephanie Power-Carter is an associate professor at the School of Education.

University Study Indicates a Lessening of Residential Racial Segregation

University Study Indicates a Lessening of Residential Racial Segregation

Study finds a decline in residential segregation in all 394 U.S. metro areas.

Two Black Scholars Named Fellows at Stanford's CCSRE

Two Black Scholars Named Fellows at Stanford’s CCSRE

Cherene Sherrard-Johnson and Barrymoore Bogues will spend the year at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.

In Memoriam: James Edward Bowman (1923-2011)

In Memoriam: James Edward Bowman (1923-2011)

The father of presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett, Dr. Bowman was the first African-American tenured faculty member in the biological sciences at the University of Chicago.

Kwame Dawes Named Editor of the Literary Journal, Prairie Schooner

Kwame Dawes Named Editor of the Literary Journal, Prairie Schooner

He will also teach English at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

5,000 Issues of Black Newspaper Made Available Online by Library at IUPUI

5,000 Issues of Black Newspaper Made Available Online by Library at IUPUI

Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis provides online access to 5,000 issues of Indianapolis’ black newspaper.

The New Dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center

The New Dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Marie Chisholm-Burns will assume her new role at the beginning of 2012.

Two African-American Academics Win Genius Awards

Two African-American Academics Win Genius Awards

Tiya Miles and Roland Fryer are among the 22 winners of MacArthur Foundation Fellowships.

Carnegie Mellon Establishing a Campus in Rwanda

Carnegie Mellon Establishing a Campus in Rwanda

About 40 students are expected to enroll next year. By 2017 the university hopes enrollments will reach 150 students.

Princeton's New Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity

Princeton’s New Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity

Michele Minter was vice president for development at The College Board.

Study Shows Only 15 Percent of African-American SAT Test Takers Are Well Prepared for College

Study Shows Only 15 Percent of African-American SAT Test Takers Are Well Prepared for College

According to The College Board, whites are more than three times as likely as blacks to be ready for the academic rigors of college.

Study Suggests Umpires Are Biased Against Black Pitchers

Study Suggests Umpires Are Biased Against Black Pitchers

Black pitchers compensate by throwing more pitches in the middle of the strike zone, pitches that are easier for batters to hit.

Appointments and Promotions

Appointments and Promotions

Here is news of eight appointments of African Americans to positions in higher education.

Black Enrollments in Higher Education Expected to Continue to Grow

Black Enrollments in Higher Education Expected to Continue to Grow

By 2020, the official estimate is that there will be 3.6 million African Americans enrolled in higher education.

A Widening of the Black-White Income Gap

A Widening of the Black-White Income Gap

The large and stagnant income gap between black and white families remains for African Americans a major barrier to equal access to higher education in this country.

Grants and Gifts

Grants and Gifts

This week’s grants to HBCUs or for programs relating to African Americans.

Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

Gilbert Rochon and Sylvester Neal are honored for their achievements.

Professor Who Claimed Black Women Are Less Attractive Is Disciplined

Professor Who Claimed Black Women Are Less Attractive Is Disciplined

Satoshi Kanazawa of the London School of Economics admits his “arguments may have been flawed and not supported by the available evidence.”

The New Director of the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Georgia

The New Director of the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Georgia

Dr. Toni Miles was a professor at the University of Louisville.

Dispelling the Myth That Financial Aid Disproportionately Goes to Blacks

Dispelling the Myth That Financial Aid Disproportionately Goes to Blacks

Non-Hispanic whites receive nearly three-fifths of all financial aid grants.

Ugandan Journalist Awarded Fellowship at MIT

Ugandan Journalist Awarded Fellowship at MIT

Jackee Budesta Batanda will also work with journalists at two major American newspapers during her seven-month fellowship.

Sharp Increase in Graduate Students at HBCU in North Carolina

Sharp Increase in Graduate Students at HBCU in North Carolina

A $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education provides scholarships for up to 50 graduate students in biology and mathematics.

Quote of the Week

Quote of the Week

“If Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House. There is a less-volatile reaction in the CBC because nobody wants to do anything that would empower the people who hate the president.” – U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri, […]

Study Finds Social Stigmatization Impacts Academic Performance of Young Minority Students

Study Finds Social Stigmatization Impacts Academic Performance of Young Minority Students

Survey finds that many minority children in the United States feel socially stigmatized in grade school and the resulting anxiety effects their academic performance.

In Memoriam: Wangari Maathai (1940-2011)

In Memoriam: Wangari Maathai (1940-2011)

Professor Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African-American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. Here are the latest selections.

The Gender Gap in African-American Graduate School Enrollments

The Gender Gap in African-American Graduate School Enrollments

The Council of Graduate Schools has released new data on enrollments for the 2010-11 academic year. That year, there were 1,476,674 American citizens or permanent U.S. residents enrolled in U.S. graduate schools. Of these, 176,836, or 12 percent, were African Americans. So, in relation to relative percentages of the U.S. population, African-Americans have reached parity […]

Jackson State University Opens Commercial Art Gallery

Jackson State University Opens Commercial Art Gallery

The gallery will feature local and national artists and works from the university’s permanent collection.

The Persisting Racial Gap on the SAT College Entrance Examination

The Persisting Racial Gap on the SAT College Entrance Examination

Since 1988, the racial gap on the reading and mathematics sections of the SAT has increased from 189 points to 208 points.

The Huge Racial Gap in Poverty Rates

The Huge Racial Gap in Poverty Rates

There were 731,000 more blacks living in poverty in 2010 than was the case in 2009.

University of Wisconsin Defends Its Admissions Program

University of Wisconsin Defends Its Admissions Program

In 2008, the University of Wisconsin at Madison admitted 71.8 percent of black applicants and 59.3 percent of white applicants.

Quote of the Week

“By continuing to strengthen HBCUs, we ensure they remain beacons of hope for future generations of Americans who will move our country closer to the ideals of our founding.” – President Barack Obama, proclaiming September 18-24 as National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week

The Continuing Saga of Africana Studies at Cornell University

The Continuing Saga of Africana Studies at Cornell University

The search for a permanent director of the Africana Studies and Research Center comes up empty.

Urban Affairs Association Moves to the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Urban Affairs Association Moves to the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

The group had been based at the University of Delaware for 40 years.

St. Augustine's College to Offer Classes in Chinese

St. Augustine’s College to Offer Classes in Chinese

The HBCU will now offer Chinese language courses in cooperation with the Confucius Institute at North Carolina State University.

University of Michigan Program Brings African Scholars to Ann Arbor

University of Michigan Program Brings African Scholars to Ann Arbor

The African Presidential Scholars Program at the University of Michigan brings a group of African academics to campus each year to teach and conduct research.The stated goals of the program are to help the next generation of African scholars link up with international academic networks and to bring talented African faculty to the University of […]