Archive for October, 2011

University of Washington School of Law Professor Named to Kenyan High Court

University of Washington School of Law Professor Named to Kenyan High Court

Joel Ngugi will take a leave of absence from his teaching duties.

Racism Rocks Michigan State University Campus

Racism Rocks Michigan State University Campus

There have been at least three racial incidents in recent weeks.

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

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.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to Expand Postdoctoral Faculty Development Program to Include Dentistry

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to Expand Postdoctoral Faculty Development Program to Include Dentistry

The foundation, which has supported faculty development in medicine, will now fund a postdoctoral fellowship in dental education.

The University of Kentucky Merges Africana and African-American Studies

The University of Kentucky Merges Africana and African-American Studies

Director Frank Walker hopes to hire new faculty and offer a bachelor’s degree in the field.

Temple University Scientist Seeks to Explain Why Blacks Are More Likely to Suffer From Hypertension

Temple University Scientist Seeks to Explain Why Blacks Are More Likely to Suffer From Hypertension

Research finds that a difference in the way cells in African Americans respond to inflammation may explain the greater incidence of hypertension in the black population.

U.S. Postal Service Honors an African-American Artist

U.S. Postal Service Honors an African-American Artist

Romane Bearden was an artist and songwriter who died in 1988 at the age of 76.

University of Tennessee Celebrates 50 Years of Racial Integration

University of Tennessee Celebrates 50 Years of Racial Integration

More than 900 people attended the “Grand Gala.”

Black Community College Students Perform Better Academically When They Have Black Instructors

Black Community College Students Perform Better Academically When They Have Black Instructors

The study examined the academic performance of 30,000 community college students.

Phylicia Rashad Is the Inaugural Holder of the Denzel Washington Chair at Fordham University

Phylicia Rashad Is the Inaugural Holder of the Denzel Washington Chair at Fordham University

Denzel Washington made a $2,225,000 contribution to his alma mater to fund the chair and a scholarship program.

In Memoriam: Derrick Albert Bell Jr. (1930-2011)

In Memoriam: Derrick Albert Bell Jr. (1930-2011)

He was Harvard Law School’s first tenured black professor and a pioneer of critical race theory.

Two Blacks Among the Three Women Sharing the Nobel Peace Prize

Two Blacks Among the Three Women Sharing the Nobel Peace Prize

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee of Liberia share the award.

African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Seven black administrators are taking on new duties at colleges and universities across the nation.

In Memoriam: Fred L. Shuttlesworth (1922-2011)

In Memoriam: Fred L. Shuttlesworth (1922-2011)

An icon of the civil rights movement has passed.

Fred Shuttlesworth Dies at the Age of 89

Fred Shuttlesworth Dies at the Age of 89

The Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, one of the most important figures of the civil rights movement, has died at a hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. He was 89 years old.

Foundation to Help Child Soldiers Establishes a Chapter at Oberlin College

Foundation to Help Child Soldiers Establishes a Chapter at Oberlin College

Ishmael Beah was a child soldier in Sierra Leone but went on to graduate from Oberlin College.

North Carolina Central University Says No to New Center Funded by Conservative Foundation

North Carolina Central University Says No to New Center Funded by Conservative Foundation

The center was to be established with $600,000 in start-up funds from the John William Pope Foundation.

New Interdisciplinary Journal on Diaspora Studies Founded at Kentucky State University

New Interdisciplinary Journal on Diaspora Studies Founded at Kentucky State University

The journal will be published twice a year. Egbunam Amadife of Kentucky State will serve as managing editor.

Study Finds That Perceptions of Race Can Be Altered by Cues of Social Status

Study Finds That Perceptions of Race Can Be Altered by Cues of Social Status

In determining the race of a person in an image, participants were influenced by the subject’s attire.

Grants and Gifts

Grants and Gifts

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

Study Finds That the Civil Rights Era Is Ignored in Public School History Classes

Study Finds That the Civil Rights Era Is Ignored in Public School History Classes

A study by the Southern Poverty Law Center finds that 35 states receive a grade of F in teaching students about the civil rights movement.

Three Flagship State Universities Report Black Enrollment Data

Three Flagship State Universities Report Black Enrollment Data

A healthy rise in black first-year students at the University of Illinois and the University of Arkansas, but a small drop in total black enrollments at Indiana University.

Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

Four black scholars receive acclaim.

Unique Archive of Black History Now Available for Researchers

Unique Archive of Black History Now Available for Researchers

Duke and North Carolina Central universities have archived more than a century of documents from the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company.

Northwestern University Study Finds Vitamin D Deficiency in Black Men

Northwestern University Study Finds Vitamin D Deficiency in Black Men

African American men are 3.5 times as likely as white men to have vitamin D deficiency.

A New Dean of Engineering at the University of California at Irvine

A New Dean of Engineering at the University of California at Irvine

Gregory Washington was on the engineering faculty at Ohio State University.

Three Black Scholars Named to Prestigious Fellowships

Three Black Scholars Named to Prestigious Fellowships

Tyrone Forman, Joseph Youngblood II, and Wizdom Powell Hammond are honored with fellowships.

Three Black Scholars Named to New Faculty Positions

Three Black Scholars Named to New Faculty Positions

Olufunmilayo Arewa, Walter Allen Bennett Jr. and Christine Thorpe begin new teaching duties.

Eight African Americans in New Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Eight African Americans in New Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Here is news of African Americans who are assuming new posts at colleges and universities throughout the United States.