Archive for April, 2014

Meharry Medical College Begins a Search for a New President

Meharry Medical College Begins a Search for a New President

A. Cherrie Epps was appointed interim president and then permanent president of the school last summer at the age of 83. President Epps will remain at the helm until her successor is in place.

Healthy Meals Are Tough to Find in Restaurants Near Public Housing Projects

Healthy Meals Are Tough to Find in Restaurants Near Public Housing Projects

Researchers examined menu choices at restaurants near public housing projects and found that approximately 75 percent of the menu choices were highly caloric and high in fat.

Leroy Bynum Jr. Named Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities at The College of Saint Rose

Leroy Bynum Jr. Named Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities at The College of Saint Rose

Since 2006, Dr. Bynum has served as dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Albany State University in Georgia. He has been on the faculty at the university since 1992.

Professor Paula McClain of Duke University to Lead the Midwest Political Science Association

Professor Paula McClain of Duke University to Lead the Midwest Political Science Association

Paula D. McClain, professor of political science and public policy and dean of the Graduate School at Duke University, was named president-elect of the Midwest Political Science Association.

Fisk University Wins the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

Fisk University Wins the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

This is the first time that Fisk University has won the competition. For their efforts, the team has earned a grant of $50,000 dollars for their institution.

Five African Americans Appointed to Faculty Positions at Prestigious Universities

Five African Americans Appointed to Faculty Positions at Prestigious Universities

The appointees are E. Anne Christo-Baker at Purdue, Melissa Harris-Perry at Wake Forest, Daniel Harris at Texas A&M, Jesmyn Ward at Tulane, and Craig Bailey at the University of Cincinnati.

New Master's Degree Program in Geospatial Information Sciences at Tennessee State

New Master’s Degree Program in Geospatial Information Sciences at Tennessee State

The new master’s degree program is intended for industry professionals and will combine scientific and technical knowledge along with business expertise.

Two Black Scholars Win Awards

Two Black Scholars Win Awards

Adebayo Oyebade, a professor of history at Tennessee State University in Nashville, and Derrick Harriell, an assistant professor of English and African American studies at the University of Mississippi, have been honored.

Financial Woes at South Carolina State University

Financial Woes at South Carolina State University

It’s not only the small private HBCUs that are having financial difficulties. Due to declining enrollments, some state-operated historically Black colleges and universities are having difficulty making ends meet.

African Americans in New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

African Americans in New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Nigel Edwards at Florida A&M, Monica Terrell Leach at North Carolina Central, Yvonne Harris at James Madison, Bethany Pace at Towson, Robert Sellers at the University of Michigan, and Claudette McFadden at Bethune-Cookman.

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.

Doctoral Student Explores Criminal Trials of Black Women During the Civil War

Doctoral Student Explores Criminal Trials of Black Women During the Civil War

Tamika Richeson, a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Virginia, is researching records in the National Archives detailing 500 arrests of Black women in Washington in the years 1861 and 1862.

New Photo Archive at Stanford University Documents the Civil Rights Movement

New Photo Archive at Stanford University Documents the Civil Rights Movement

The Bob Fitch Photography Archive, which contains more than 200,000 images, has been donated to the Stanford University Libraries. Fitch worked as a photojournalist for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the 1960s.

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.

Wake Forest University to Offer Graduate Opportunities in Business for Ron Brown Scholars

Wake Forest University to Offer Graduate Opportunities in Business for Ron Brown Scholars

Under the agreement, one Ron Brown Scholar will receive a full tuition scholarship and a $10,000 stipend to enroll in the 10-month master in management program at Wake Forest.

Hudson Rogers Named Provost at Valdosta State University in Georgia

Hudson Rogers Named Provost at Valdosta State University in Georgia

Dr. Rogers will take office on July 1. Currently, he is dean of the Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers and previously was the university’s associate provost.

Maurice Nutt Named Director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies

Maurice Nutt Named Director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies

Father Nutt is native of St. Louis and became a priest in the Roman Catholic Church in 1989. He has taught at Xavier University, Saint Louis University, and Hampton University.

New Film Honors the First Black Woman to Earn a Ph.D. at Duke University

New Film Honors the First Black Woman to Earn a Ph.D. at Duke University

In 1967 Ida Stephens Owens received a Ph.D. in physiology from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She went on to conduct important research on drug biotransformation at the National Institutes of Health.

Two Scholars Take on the Mismatch Theory

Two Scholars Take on the Mismatch Theory

A new study refutes the theory that affirmative action is responsible for lowering graduation rates and post-graduation success for Black students admitted to universities with race-sensitive admissions policies.

Linda Burton Named to Dean Post at Trinity College of Duke University

Linda Burton Named to Dean Post at Trinity College of Duke University

Dr. Burton is the James B. Duke Professor of Sociology at Duke University. She came to Duke in 2006 after teaching for 22 years at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Racial Disparity in Misdiagnoses of Stroke Patients

Racial Disparity in Misdiagnoses of Stroke Patients

A new study finds that emergency room physicians tended to misdiagnose stroke symptoms among African American patients more often than for White patients.

Wendell Pritchett to Serve as Dean at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

Wendell Pritchett to Serve as Dean at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

In February 2014, Wendell Pritchett announced that he was joining the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Now the law school says he will serve as dean for the 2014-15 academic year.

For Black Women, Depression May Increase the Risk of Adult-Onset Asthma

For Black Women, Depression May Increase the Risk of Adult-Onset Asthma

A study by researchers at the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University finds that depressive symptoms may be linked to the development of adult-onset asthma among African American women.

In Memoriam: Beatrice Elizabeth Coleman, 1904-2014

In Memoriam: Beatrice Elizabeth Coleman, 1904-2014

Beatrice Coleman was one of only seven Black students in the 1925 graduating class at Brown University. At the time of her death was one of the oldest living graduates of the university.

Cato Laurencin One of Three Finalists for Provost at Purdue University

Cato Laurencin One of Three Finalists for Provost at Purdue University

Cato T. Laurencin is the chief executive officer of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, University Professor, and director of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering at the University of Connecticut.

Edward Blum Launches Another Assault on Affirmative Action

Edward Blum Launches Another Assault on Affirmative Action

The Project for Fair Representation has set up three websites seeking individuals who believe they were rejected for admission at three universities due to affirmative action or so-called reverse discrimination.

Brandeis University Decides Not to Award an Honorary Degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Brandeis University Decides Not to Award an Honorary Degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ali is a Somalian-born women’s rights activist who once held a seat in the Dutch parliament. Some faculty and students at Brandeis objected to her past statements about Islam.

Florida A&M University Acquires Research Facilities and Land

Florida A&M University Acquires Research Facilities and Land

Florida A&M University signed an agreement with the Leon County government that transfers the ownership of the Centennial Building, a research facility, and nearly 27 acres of land at Innovation Park.

Howard University's College of Medicine Names New Head of Pediatrics

Howard University’s College of Medicine Names New Head of Pediatrics

Joseph L. Wright currently is professor and vice chair of pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He will begin his new assignment in June.

Delaware State University Enters Partnership With Celal Bayer University in Turkey

Delaware State University Enters Partnership With Celal Bayer University in Turkey

The two universities have agreed to explore possible joint research and teaching activities, faculty and student exchanges, collaborations in several academic fields, and exchanges of teaching materials.

Three Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

Three Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Kennard Brown of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Velma McBride Murry of Vanderbilt University, and Gregory H. Robinson of the University of Georgia.

The Lincoln University Involves Current Students in the Recruitment Process

Under the “Continue the Legacy Referral Program,” current students at The Lincoln University in Pennsylvania will receive $50 for each new student they recruit to come to the university.

Six African Americans Receive Major Appointments in Higher Education

Six African Americans Receive Major Appointments in Higher Education

Those taking on new roles are Byron Hughes at Virginia Tech, Nicole Evans at Jackson State, Nicole Pride at North Carolina A&T, Kellen Winslow at Florida A&M, Karen Ely Sanders at Virginia Tech, and Valerie Taylor of Texas A&M.

Tom Jackson Jr. Is One of Five Finalists for President of Fort Hays State University

Tom Jackson Jr. Is One of Five Finalists for President of Fort Hays State University

Currently, Tom Jackson Jr. is vice president for student affairs at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Dr. Jackson is the former president of the American College Personnel Association.

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.