Archive for September, 2013

Major Research Project to Study Genetic Link to Disease Susceptibility Among Minorities

Major Research Project to Study Genetic Link to Disease Susceptibility Among Minorities

The research teams are located at the University of Southern California, Rutgers University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

In Memoriam: Arnold Tooson Bell, 1951-2013

In Memoriam: Arnold Tooson Bell, 1951-2013

Dr. Bell taught at Florida A&M University for 31 years. He was the first African American to be named a certified clinical specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

Change in the Provost's Office at Tuskegee University

Change in the Provost’s Office at Tuskegee University

Luther S. Williams has retired as executive vice president and provost at Tuskegee University in Alabama. Walter A. Hill was promoted to provost.

Southern University Launches New Online Degree Program in Computer Science

Southern University Launches New Online Degree Program in Computer Science

Southern University, the historically Black educational institution in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Education Online Services Corporation have announced the establishment of a new online degree program in computer science.

The New Leaders of Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina

The New Leaders of Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina

Shalon Malone was named director of multicultural student affairs at the University of South Carolina and Nakai Strickland was named the assistant director.

Morgan State University Partners With Six South African Universities

Morgan State University Partners With Six South African Universities

David Wilson, president of Morgan State University in Baltimore, recently traveled to South Africa where he signed cooperative agreements with six of the nation’s leading universities.

The Catholic University Where 75 Percent of the Deans Are Black

The Catholic University Where 75 Percent of the Deans Are Black

The majority of the undergraduate student body at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio is Hispanic. But three of the university’s four deans are Black.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Breaks Ground on a New Academic Building

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Breaks Ground on a New Academic Building

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has broken ground on a new 166,000-square-foot academic building that will be the home of its academic programs in aviation science, computer science, and engineering.

Two Black Scholars in New Teaching Posts

Two Black Scholars in New Teaching Posts

Teresa I. Francis was named chair of the department of law and justice at the Pierce County campus of Central Washington University and Gilbert Ayuk was hired as an instructor in physics at Fulton Montgomery Community College.

Nine Black Academics Taking on New Administrative Roles

Nine Black Academics Taking on New Administrative Roles

The new appointees are Monica Boyd, Stephen L. McDaniel, Alan Robertson Sr., Tanya Freeman, Tara A. Brooks, Brandon P. Brown, Marcus Clark, Ashiwel Undieh, and Scott Jackson Dantley.

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.

Racial Hatred and Higher Education

Racial Hatred and Higher Education

Racially-biased incidents, like the highly publicized occurrences at Oberlin College, may not be aberrational in America’s academic environments.

Record Enrollments in Mississippi

Record Enrollments in Mississippi

Both the University of Mississippi and historically Black Jackson State University have record numbers of students on campus this fall. Blacks make up more than 15 percent of the students at Ole Miss.

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.

In Memoriam: George L. Howell Jr., 1933-2013

In Memoriam: George L. Howell Jr., 1933-2013

Howell served as an administrator at Tuskegee University from 1975 to 2005. He held various posts including vice president for business and fiscal affairs. After retiring, he continued to serve the university as a special assistant to the president of the university.

Regina Benjamin Named to Endowed Chair at Xavier University

Regina Benjamin Named to Endowed Chair at Xavier University

Regina Benjamin, the former surgeon general of the United States, has been appointed the inaugural NOLA.com/Times Picayune Endowed Chair in Public Health at Xavier University of Louisiana.

NIH-Sponsored Study Shows the Value of Mentoring for Science Faculty at HBCUs

NIH-Sponsored Study Shows the Value of Mentoring for Science Faculty at HBCUs

The study found that mentoring program for science faculty at these institutions resulted in an increase in the number of published articles in peer-reviewed journals, an increase in grants won, and an increase in professional and career activities.

Eddie Moore Jr. Is the New Leader of Norfolk State University

Eddie Moore Jr. Is the New Leader of Norfolk State University

Moore served as president of St. Paul’s College from November 2011 until it closed in June 2012. From 1993 to 2010, he was president of Virginia State University. Moore replaces Norfolk State president Tony Atwater who was fired last month.

North Dakota State University Study Examines Racial Profiling

North Dakota State University Study Examines Racial Profiling

A content analysis of newspaper articles revealed the frequency and context of the reporting of racial profiling, the extent to which it is presented as a problem for all racial minority groups as opposed to a select few.

George Cooper Named to Lead the White House Initiative on HBCUs

George Cooper Named to Lead the White House Initiative on HBCUs

President Obama has named George Cooper, the former president of South Carolina State University, as the new executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Howard University’s Ivory Toldson was named deputy director.

Harvard Study Finds African Americans Sleep Less Than Whites

Harvard Study Finds African Americans Sleep Less Than Whites

A new study led by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health finds that African Americans tend to sleep less than White Americans. The racial differences in sleep duration are particularly pronounced among professionals.

Patricia Hill Collins to Be Awarded the Gittler Prize

Patricia Hill Collins to Be Awarded the Gittler Prize

Patricia Hill Collins, a Distinguished University Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland at College Park, has been selected to receive the Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize from Brandeis University for outstanding scholarly contributions in the field of racial, ethnic, and religious relations.

Mary Schmidt Campbell to Step Down as Dean of the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU

Mary Schmidt Campbell to Step Down as Dean of the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU

Mary Schmidt Campbell, dean of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University for the past 22 years, will take a one-year sabbatical and then return to the Tisch School as a tenured professor in the department of art and public policy.

Karen Weddle-West of the University of Memphis to Chair the GRE Board

Karen Weddle-West of the University of Memphis to Chair the GRE Board

Karen Weddle-West, dean of the Graduate School at the University of Memphis, was named chair-elect of the Graduate Record Examination Board. Dr. Weddle-West also serves as vice provost for academic affairs and director of diversity initiatives at the University of Memphis.

Proposal Would Allow North Carolina HBCUs to Admit More Out-of-State Students

Proposal Would Allow North Carolina HBCUs to Admit More Out-of-State Students

The five state-operated HBCUs in North Carolina are permitted to enroll no more than 18 percent of new first-year students from outside the state. The new proposal would allow these schools to enroll up to 30 percent of their new students from outside North Carolina.

Paine College Names Co-Deans for the Office of Student Affairs

Paine College Names Co-Deans for the Office of Student Affairs

Reginald B. Beaty and Tony L. Owens were appointed as co-deans of student affairs of the historically Black college in Augusta, Georgia. Both men co-founded the Foundation for Educational Success.

Florida A&M University Aids Students' Path to Medical School

Florida A&M University Aids Students’ Path to Medical School

Under a new agreement, undergraduate students at Florida A&M University who are accepted into the Medical Scholars Program will be offered provisional acceptance into the medical school at Florida Atlantic University.

Three Black Men Named to Teaching Posts

Three Black Men Named to Teaching Posts

Henry N. Young was appointed to an endowed chair at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. Chapurukha Kusimba was named chair of the anthropology department at American University and Ronald Dellums will be teaching at Howard University.

Claflin University Breaks Ground on a New Residential Center

Claflin University Breaks Ground on a New Residential Center

A new 64,000-square-foot residence hall will include two, three-story wings. One wing will be for men and the other for women. Students will be housed in two- and four-bedroom suites. The $12 million project is expected to be completed in August 2014.

Seven African American in New Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Seven African American in New Administrative Positions in Higher Education

The new appointees are Paquita Davis-Friday at Baruch College, William Elum at the University of Massachusetts, E. Edward Rhodes II at Alcorn State, April Rhinehardt at Shaw University, Nicole Price at Suffolk University, Craig Burgess at South Carolina State, and Stacy Sowell at Shaw University.

U.S. News Names Its Choices for the Best HBCUs

U.S. News Names Its Choices for the Best HBCUs

As was the case last year, Spelman College in Atlanta was ranked as the nation’s best HBCU. Morehouse College in Atlanta and Howard University in Washington, D.C. held the second and third spots. In last year’s rankings, Howard was second and Morehouse was third.

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.

Gilda Barabino Named Dean of Engineering at the City College of New York

Gilda Barabino Named Dean of Engineering at the City College of New York

Dr. Barabino was associate chair for graduate studies and professor of biomedical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and previously served on the faculty at Northeastern University in Boston for 18 years.

Survey Documents the State of Black Studies at U.S. Colleges and Universities

Survey Documents the State of Black Studies at U.S. Colleges and Universities

A survey of 1,777 colleges and universities found that 76 percent of these institutions had Black studies programs to some degree. Some 20 percent of responding institutions had formal academic units, either departments or programs, dedicated to African American studies.