Honors for Three Black Scholars

John M. Wallace, the holder of the Philip Hallen Chair in Community Health and Social Justice at the University of Pittsburgh, has been chosen to receive the Marilyn J. Gittell Activist Scholar Award from the Urban Affairs Association and SAGE Publications. Professor Wallace is being honored for his work with children in the Homewood section of Pittsburgh.

Professor Wallace is a graduate of the University of Chicago. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan.

Judith A. W. Thomas, special assistant to the president of Lincoln University of Pennsylvania for outreach services, received the President’s Award from the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education. She also received the You Are My Sheroe Award from the Imhotep Institute Charter School.

Dr. Thomas has been on the faculty at Lincoln University for 38 years. She has served as professor of education and dean of the School of Social Sciences and Behavioral Studies. A graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, she earned a master’s degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and an educational doctorate at West Virginia University.

LeTondra Lawrence, a doctoral student in molecular biology at Texas Woman’s University, received the Eugene M. Farber Travel Award for Young Investigators from the Society for Investigative Dermatology. For winning the award, Lawrence was able to present her research at the Montagna Symposium on the Biology of the Skin which was held in Stevenson, Washington.


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