Archive for February, 2012

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.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

From time to time, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

President Julianne Malveaux Announces She Is Leaving Bennett College in May

President Julianne Malveaux Announces She Is Leaving Bennett College in May

An economist, author, and educator, she has led Bennett College since 2007.

William R. Harvey Named to the Board of Trustees of the National Geographic Society

William R. Harvey Named to the Board of Trustees of the National Geographic Society

He has been president of Hampton University in Virginia since 1978, one of the longest-tenured, sitting college presidents in the nation.

Columbia University Debuts Website With Digitized Images from Vast Scrapbook Collection

Columbia University Debuts Website With Digitized Images from Vast Scrapbook Collection

L.S. Alexander Gumby compiled 161 large scrapbooks documenting African American life in Harlem.

Three Finalists for Post at the Center for Black Culture & Research at West Virginia University

Three Finalists for Post at the Center for Black Culture & Research at West Virginia University

The three finalists vying for assistant director of the center are James Jackson, Curtis Proctor, and Maurice Gipson.

Martin Puryear to Design Slavery Memorial at Brown University

Martin Puryear to Design Slavery Memorial at Brown University

The project will recognize the historic ties of Brown University’s founders to the slave trade. The memorial will be located near the site of the university’s earliest buildings, some of which were built with the help of slave labor.

University of Virginia Unveils New Digitized Oral History Project of the Civil Rights Era

University of Virginia Unveils New Digitized Oral History Project of the Civil Rights Era

The recorded interviews of scores of attorneys and scholars who were active in the civil rights movement were conducted in the 1980s and are now available online.

Racial Differences in Seeking Out Mental Health Services for Young College Graduates

Racial Differences in Seeking Out Mental Health Services for Young College Graduates

Young adult Blacks are significantly less likely than their White peers to utilize mental health services. The racial disparity is especially pronounced for young Blacks with a college education.

University Study Finds That Black Children Are Diagnosed With Autism Later Than White Children

University Study Finds That Black Children Are Diagnosed With Autism Later Than White Children

The authors state that the discrepancy is probably due to unequal access to quality healthcare and a possible reluctance of Black parents to accept a diagnosis of autism.

Michigan State Professor Finds Racial Disparity in Military Death Sentences

Michigan State Professor Finds Racial Disparity in Military Death Sentences

The study, which included research on murders of military personnel from 1984 to 2005, showed that of the 16 men who have been sentenced to death, 10 are minorities.

Research on HBCUs Wins Outstanding Dissertation Award

Research on HBCUs Wins Outstanding Dissertation Award

Tryan L. McMickens, who teaches at Suffolk University in Boston, was honored by the PDK International Foundation.

Southern University Foundation Receives the Largest Gift in Its History

Southern University Foundation Receives the Largest Gift in Its History

The HBCU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, received the gift from the estate of a couple who first met on the Southern University campus.

Johnson C. Smith University Overhauls Its Liberal Studies Program

Johnson C. Smith University Overhauls Its Liberal Studies Program

The goal of the change is to make students more attractive to employers once they graduate from college.

Obama Campaign Seeks College Student Volunteers on HBCU Campuses

Obama Campaign Seeks College Student Volunteers on HBCU Campuses

In the coming months, Obama campaign staffers are planning to visit the campuses of 28 historically Black colleges and universities in an effort to recruit volunteers and organize efforts to turn out the vote.

Deryl Bailey Named to Endowed Visiting Professorship at Seattle University

Deryl Bailey Named to Endowed Visiting Professorship at Seattle University

A member of the faculty at the University of Georgia, he will spend the remainder of the academic year as the Allen Boeing Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor of Education at Seattle University.

The New Dean of the Graduate College at Hampton University

The New Dean of the Graduate College at Hampton University

Patrena N. Benton was the assistant vice president for academic affairs and director of the Edwin P. McCabe Honors Program at Langston University in Oklahoma.

Seven African Americans Who Will Be Taking on New Duties

Seven African Americans Who Will Be Taking on New Duties

Here is news of seven new appointments of African Americans to posts in the academic arena.

Faculty at Coppin State Approves No Confidence Resolution Regarding the University's President

Faculty at Coppin State Approves No Confidence Resolution Regarding the University’s President

According to published reports, 55 faculty members voted for the no confidence motion and only 13 faculty members opposed the resolution.

Racial Incident at Purdue University

Racial Incident at Purdue University

Someone defaced a photograph of a late African American Purdue faculty member with a racial slur.

Good News on Educational Attainments

Good News on Educational Attainments

One in five adult African Americans over the age of 25 are now college educated. There has been tremendous progress, but a significant racial gap remains.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Two Black Scholars Slated to Win Prestigious Awards

Two Black Scholars Slated to Win Prestigious Awards

Harriet Hamilton will be honored by the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports and Osei K. Darkwa by the World Education Congress.

New Scholarship Program for Minority Pre-Med Students at Christopher Newport University

New Scholarship Program for Minority Pre-Med Students at Christopher Newport University

Minorities, low-income students, and students from rural or medically underserved areas with a 3.5 GPA in high school and 1100 score on the SAT will be eligible.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

From time to time, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

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.

Highly Educated People No More Likely to Support Affirmative Action Than Their Less-Educated Peers

Highly Educated People No More Likely to Support Affirmative Action Than Their Less-Educated Peers

A study by Geoffrey T. Wodtke of the University of Michigan finds that well-educated Whites and Blacks support affirmative action in the labor market at the same level as Whites and Blacks with lower levels of education.

Supreme Court to Revisit Affirmative Action in Higher Education

Supreme Court to Revisit Affirmative Action in Higher Education

Most observers believe the Court deciding this case is more conservative than the one that narrowly approved limited race-sensitive admissions in 2003.

After More Than a Century, W.E.B. Du Bois Is Named to a Faculty Post at Penn

After More Than a Century, W.E.B. Du Bois Is Named to a Faculty Post at Penn

Despite a Ph.D. from Harvard and groundbreaking research on sociology and race in the final years of the nineteenth century, W.E.B. Du Bois was not offered a faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania.

In Memoriam: Marcellus Brooks (1941-2012)

In Memoriam: Marcellus Brooks (1941-2012)

Brooks spent his entire professional career at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Hazel O'Leary to Retire From Presidency of Fisk University

Hazel O’Leary to Retire From Presidency of Fisk University

She was the first woman and first African American to serve as secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Vanderbilt Establishes Digital Archive of Slave Records From Spanish Societies in the New World

Vanderbilt Establishes Digital Archive of Slave Records From Spanish Societies in the New World

Researchers captured more than 150,000 images, comprising more than 750,000 ecclesiastical records of African and African descended individuals from Brazil, Cuba, and Spanish Florida.

In Memoriam: Willie M. Burnett (1941-2012)

In Memoriam: Willie M. Burnett (1941-2012)

His career at the Tuskegee University Office of Alumni Affairs spanned more than 40 years.

Historically Black Central State University in Ohio Is Seeking Land-Grant Status

Historically Black Central State University in Ohio Is Seeking Land-Grant Status

The designation of land-grant status would allow Central State to apply for federal agriculture research funds and for construction funds reserved for land-grant institutions.

Ray Charles Foundation Seeks the Return of $3 Million Given to Albany State University

Ray Charles Foundation Seeks the Return of $3 Million Given to Albany State University

The foundation says the gifts, which were given a decade ago, were for the sole purpose of building a performing arts center that would be named for Ray Charles.

Howard University Yearbook Honored in National Competition

Howard University Yearbook Honored in National Competition

The yearbook won the first place award in the American Scholastic Press Association’s national yearbook competition.