Archive for July, 2013

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

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.

A Resurrection Plan for Morris Brown College

A Resurrection Plan for Morris Brown College

In 2002, Morris Brown College, a historically Black educational institutions in Atlanta, lost its accreditation due to an unstable financial position. In 2012, the college filed for bankruptcy. Now the college has filed a reorganization plan with the bankruptcy court.

A Proven Track Record in Increasing Black Students in STEM Fields

A Proven Track Record in Increasing Black Students in STEM Fields

The Virginia-North Carolina Alliance includes nine partner institutions, including four HBCUs. The program has been funded by the National Science Foundation since 2007. During this period the number of students who graduated with degrees in STEM fields is up 67 percent.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Black Scholar Is the New Dean of Engineering at the University of Delaware

Black Scholar Is the New Dean of Engineering at the University of Delaware

Babatunde A. Ogunnaike is the new dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Delaware. Dr. Ogunnaike joined the faculty at the university in 2002. Prior to joining the university faculty, he had a 13-year career at DuPont Inc.

UCLA Scientists Develop Promising New Treatment for Sickle-Cell Disease

UCLA Scientists Develop Promising New Treatment for Sickle-Cell Disease

This potential treatment for sickle-cell disease is of particular interest to the African American community. While people of any race can have the sickle-cell trait, the disease is far more common among African Americans than it is among Whites.

The First African American Rector at the University of Virginia

The First African American Rector at the University of Virginia

Earlier this week George Keith Martin, a Richmond attorney, became the first African American rector of the board of visitors of the University of Virginia. Martin has served on the university’s governing board since 2011.

Think Tank of Education Deans at HBCUs Held at Rutgers University

Think Tank of Education Deans at HBCUs Held at Rutgers University

A group of eight deans or directors of education programs at historically Black colleges and universities met at Rutgers University to discusses issues confronting the education of African Americans and other minorities such as increasing enrollment and retention in teacher education programs.

University of Wisconsin's Chief Diversity Officer Is Leaving Academia

University of Wisconsin’s Chief Diversity Officer Is Leaving Academia

Damon A. Williams, vice provost and chief diversity officer at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, announced that he is leaving the academic world to take an executive position with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Keith Wilson Honored for His Work in Multicultural Rehabilitation

Keith Wilson Honored for His Work in Multicultural Rehabilitation

Keith B. Wilson, dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, has been selected to receive the 2013 Virgie Winston-Smith Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association for Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns.

Duke University Completes Digitalization of Eight Civil Rights Collections

Duke University Completes Digitalization of Eight Civil Rights Collections

The Content, Context, and Capacity Project is a joint effort of Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University. When the project is completed next year, more than 350,000 documents will have been digitized.

Morehouse School of Medicine Names Its Next President

Morehouse School of Medicine Names Its Next President

Valerie Montgomery Rice was named the next president of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. She will take office upon the retirement of John E. Maupin Jr. on July 1, 2014. She has been serving as executive vice president and dean of the medical school.

University of California at Davis to Hold a New Plant Breeding Academy in Kenya

University of California at Davis to Hold a New Plant Breeding Academy in Kenya

Since 2006 the University of California at Davis Plant Breeding Academy has trained 114 crop breeders from 26 countries. Now the university has announced plans for a new African Plant Breeding Academy to be held in Nairobi, Kenya.

Racial Differences in School Safety Indicators

Racial Differences in School Safety Indicators

Schools where students feel safe, are not bullied, and are not subjected daily to intimidation, violence, and drugs are schools that will be more conducive to learning and preparing students for college.

Denise Rodgers Lands a New Job at the New Rutgers University

Denise Rodgers Lands a New Job at the New Rutgers University

On Sunday Denise Rodgers was the president of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. On Monday the college was absorbed into Rutgers University and the post of president no longer existed.

University of Iowa Study Shows Large Racial Disparities in Drug Treatment Success Rates

University of Iowa Study Shows Large Racial Disparities in Drug Treatment Success Rates

The data showed that nationwide 46.3 percent of White patients successfully completed the substance abuse treatment programs compared to 37.5 percent of Blacks. But there were wide discrepancies between the states.

Clark Atlanta University Granted a Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi

Clark Atlanta University Granted a Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi

Clark Atlanta University has become the first private historically Black college or university to be granted a chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and selective all-discipline honor society.

Two Black Scholars in New Teaching Roles

Two Black Scholars in New Teaching Roles

Rodney T. Whitaker, professor in the College of Music, was promoted to the rank of University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University. Metta Sama was named an assistant professor of creative writing at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Saint Augustine's University Discontinues Two Intercollegiate Sports Teams

Saint Augustine’s University Discontinues Two Intercollegiate Sports Teams

The university is discontinuing it intercollegiate athletics teams in men’s golf and women’s tennis. George Williams, the director of athletics at the university, stated, “We are no different from any other institution facing difficult choices due to the economic downturn.”

Eight African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Eight African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

The new appointees are Yvette Underfue Murph, Roger Sidje, Tysus D. Jackson, Keisha Williams, Lee H. Melvin, Wilbur L. Walters Jr., Curtis Campbell, and Victor K. Wilson.

Southern University Strengthens Its Ties to Kirikkale University in Turkey

Southern University Strengthens Its Ties to Kirikkale University in Turkey

The new agreement will increase faculty and student exchanges between the two universities. Students from Turkey will participate in English language training at Southern and one day may enroll as full-time students at the HBCU.

In Memoriam: William Herbert Gray III, 1941-2013

In Memoriam: William Herbert Gray III, 1941-2013

The former congressman and former president of the United Negro College Fund was featured in an interview for the inaugural issue of The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education in 1992.

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

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.

Has Education Paid Off for Black Workers?

Has Education Paid Off for Black Workers?

Janelle Jones, a research associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C., is the co-author of a report that examines the extent that education has produced economic benefits for African Americans.