Archive for July, 2014

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.

Blacks and Other Minorities Are Accepted Less Often at British Universities

Blacks and Other Minorities Are Accepted Less Often at British Universities

Ethnic minorities are less likely to receive offers of admission from British universities than White applicants. The shortfall in offers of admission exists even for applicants with similar academic records, socioeconomic backgrounds, gender, and type of secondary school.

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.

The First Graduates of Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda

The First Graduates of Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda

On July 24, 22 students at the Rwanda campus received master’s degrees in information technology. Four of the students in the class got to complete their degree programs at the Carnegie Mellon main campus in Pittsburgh.

Alabama State University to Build National Park Service Center on Campus

Alabama State University to Build National Park Service Center on Campus

Alabama State University in Montgomery has signed an agreement with the National Park Service to develop a new $5 million interpretive center on campus that will be part of the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail.

Hampton University Professor Wins National Award for the Teaching of Science

Hampton University Professor Wins National Award for the Teaching of Science

Edison R. Fowlks, a professor of biology and director of the Biotechnology Laboratory at Hampton University in Virginia, will be honored this December by the American Society of Cell Biology.

Clemson Students Fixing Medical Equipment in Tanzania

Clemson Students Fixing Medical Equipment in Tanzania

A group of students from Clemson University is spending two weeks this summer in Tanzania. They are repairing broken medical equipment and surveying the needs of local medical clinics.

Blacks Making No Progress in Physics Faculty

Blacks Making No Progress in Physics Faculty

In 2012, Blacks were 2.1 percent of all physics faculty members at U.S. colleges and universities, down from 2.2 percent in 2008. Half of all Black physics faculty are at historically Black colleges and universities.

Darlene Clark Hine Awarded the National Humanities Medal

Darlene Clark Hine Awarded the National Humanities Medal

The citation accompanying the award states that, “through prolific scholarship and leadership, Dr. Hine has examined race, class, and gender and shown how the struggles and successes of African American women shaped the Nation we share today.”

Sub-Saharan African Students at High Schools in the United States

Sub-Saharan African Students at High Schools in the United States

According to the report, in 2013 there were 73,019 students from foreign nations at U.S. high schools. They made up 0.5 percent of all U.S. high schools students. Only 1.7 percent of high school students from foreign lands are from sub-Saharan Africa.

Johnny Jones Is the New President of Little Priest Tribal College in Nebraska

Johnny Jones Is the New President of Little Priest Tribal College in Nebraska

Johnny D. Jones was vice president for student affairs and diversity at Mississippi Valley State University and earlier was executive vice president and chief academic officer at Arkansas Baptist College.

Duke Study Finds a Weight Management Program Can Reduce Depression Among Black Women

Duke Study Finds a Weight Management Program Can Reduce Depression Among Black Women

A new study by researchers at Duke University finds that an intervention program aimed at helping African American women maintain their weight also significantly reduced depression among participants.

In Memoriam: Evelyn Thornton, 1933-2014

In Memoriam: Evelyn Thornton, 1933-2014

Dr. Thornton taught at Prairie View A&M University in Texas for more than 40 years. She was still an active member of the faculty at the time of her death at the age of 81.

University of Delaware Scholar Honored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers

University of Delaware Scholar Honored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Babatunda A. Ogunnaike, dean of engineering at the University of Delaware, has been selected to receive the 2014 Eminent Chemical Engineer Award from the Minority Affairs Council of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

HBCU Tackles the High Cost of College Textbooks

HBCU Tackles the High Cost of College Textbooks

The new program at Tennessee State will allow first- and second-year students to buy electronic books for general education classes instead of traditional paper textbooks. Students could save as much as $735 per semester.

Two Black Scholars Named to Posts as Deans

Two Black Scholars Named to Posts as Deans

Edem G. Tetteh was appointed interim dean of academic affairs at Potomac State College of West Virginia University and Alex Sekwat was named interim dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research at Tennessee State University.

Delaware State University Signs Agreements With Five Universities in China and Ghana

Delaware State University Signs Agreements With Five Universities in China and Ghana

The Chinese universities will send undergraduate and graduate students to Delaware State and the universities in Ghana will participate in faculty and student exchanges, research collaborations, and other ventures with Delaware State.

Four African Americans Appointed to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Four African Americans Appointed to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

The appointees are Andrea Jenkins at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, Anthony Williams at Southern Arkansas University, C. Andrew McGadney at Colby College in Maine, and F. Carl Walton at Savannah State University in Georgia.

University of the District of Columbia Offering Free Soil Testing for Residents With Urban Gardens

University of the District of Columbia Offering Free Soil Testing for Residents With Urban Gardens

Urban vegetable gardens can produce healthy and inexpensive food to help meet the dietary needs of city residents. But food from these gardens is only as good as the soil in which it is grown.

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.

Oral History Project on the Civil Rights Movement Housed at George Mason University

Oral History Project on the Civil Rights Movement Housed at George Mason University

The Northern Virginia Civil Rights Archive: Personal Histories of Struggle and Achievement in Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes more than 50 hours of videotape interviews.

University of Utah Project to Provide Prenatal Care to African Refugees

University of Utah Project to Provide Prenatal Care to African Refugees

Aster Tecle, an assistant professor of social work, will co-lead The Perinatal Community Health Workers to Support African Refugee Women and Families that will train other African women to provide appropriate information, assistance, and prenatal care.

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.

University of Kansas Partners With a University in Ghana

University of Kansas Partners With a University in Ghana

An agreement with the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University for Development Studies (UDS) in Ghana calls for cultural, educational, and scientific cooperation between the two institutions.

My Brother’s Keeper: Some Gaps That May Keep the Nation From Making Progress Among Males of Color

My Brother’s Keeper: Some Gaps That May Keep the Nation From Making Progress Among Males of Color

D. Jason DeSousa offers suggestions to strengthen the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force’s final report.

Patrick Liverpool to Serve as Provost at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Patrick Liverpool to Serve as Provost at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Since retiring from his post as the MBNA Professor of Management and dean of the School of Management at Delaware State University, Dr. Liverpool has filled in as an interim executive at several universities.

Wayne Frederick Named the Seventeenth President of Howard University

Wayne Frederick Named the Seventeenth President of Howard University

Dr. Frederick has served as interim president of Howard University since October 2013. Previously, he was provost and chief academic officer of the university. He graduated with a medical degree from Howard University at the age of 22.

UCLA Settles a Racial Profiling Claim by a Los Angeles Judge

UCLA Settles a Racial Profiling Claim by a Los Angeles Judge

Judge David S. Cunningham said he was was shoved against his car, handcuffed, and placed in the back of a police cruiser. He filed a $10 million claim against UCLA for excessive force and racial profiling.

A New Clandestine Website Calls for Ouster of Paine College's President

A New Clandestine Website Calls for Ouster of Paine College’s President

In June the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools placed Paine College on accreditation probation. The college has 12 months to address the commission’s concerns or it could lose its accreditation.

In Memoriam: Alice Marie Coachman Davis, 1923-2014

In Memoriam: Alice Marie Coachman Davis, 1923-2014

Alice Coachman Davis was a standout track star at Tuskegee University in Alabama and the first African American woman to earn an Olympic gold medal. She won the national high jump championship 10 years in a row.

University of Cincinnati to Study Effects of Lead Exposure on African American Women

University of Cincinnati to Study Effects of Lead Exposure on African American Women

The study is part of the long-term Cincinnati Lead Study that has followed 376 people who were born in high-risk areas of Cincinnati between 1979 and 1984.

More Than 4 Million Black Students Are Enrolled in Higher Education

More Than 4 Million Black Students Are Enrolled in Higher Education

In the 2012-13 academic year, there were 4,082,004 Black or African American students enrolled in Title IV institutions in the United States. Blacks made up 14.4 percent of all students at these educational institutions.

Let's Create a National Endowment for HBCUs

Let’s Create a National Endowment for HBCUs

Professor Richard F. America calls for a national fundraising effort to strengthen historically Black colleges and universities well into the twenty-first century.

In Clinical Trials, New Drug for Sickle-Cell Disease Shows Promise

In Clinical Trials, New Drug for Sickle-Cell Disease Shows Promise

The compound was originally developed by a team of researchers at the Institute for Structural Biology and Drug Discovery, a joint effort of the School of Medicine and the School of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University.