Archive for August, 2016

Professor Glenn Loury Honored by the American Economic Association

Professor Glenn Loury Honored by the American Economic Association

Glenn C. Loury, the Merton P. Stolz Professor of the social sciences and professor of economics at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, was named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association.

Four New African American Deans

Four New African American Deans

The new deans are Twyla Cummings at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, Frank Stevenson at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Bernard Keels at Morgan State University in Baltimore, and Rebecca Crocker McMullen at Fort Valley State University in Georgia.

Report Finds a Decline in Hate Speech at the Nation's Schools

Report Finds a Decline in Hate Speech at the Nation’s Schools

The U.S. Department of Education report found that in 2013, 7 percent of all students ages 12 to 18 were called a hate-related word at school in 2013. This is down from 12 percent a decade earlier.

The Tenth President of Grambling State University in Louisiana

The Tenth President of Grambling State University in Louisiana

Richard J. Gallot, Jr. is a former Louisiana state senator and state representative. He served three terms in the House and one term in the Senate. He did not seek reelection in 2015.

How to Increase Diversity in Biomedical Science Research

How to Increase Diversity in Biomedical Science Research

A new report from by the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Association of American Medical Colleges offers strategies for increasing the number of biomedical researchers from underrepresented groups.

The Next Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Next Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Young has been serving as the Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University in Atlanta. He also served as curator of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library and curator of literary collections at the newly named Rose Library at Emory.

New Academic Study Offers a Clue to Explain Racial Differences in Breastfeeding Rates

New Academic Study Offers a Clue to Explain Racial Differences in Breastfeeding Rates

One surprising finding of a new study that may explain racial differences in breastfeeding rates is the fact that the authors found that Black mothers were nine times as likely as White mothers to be given formula for their babies when they were still in the hospital.

W. Franklin Evans Takes the Reins at Voorhees College in South Carolina

W. Franklin Evans Takes the Reins at Voorhees College in South Carolina

Dr. Evans is the former provost and chief academic officer at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, where he also served as interim president. Earlier in his career, he was vice president of academic affairs at Virginia Union University in Richmond.

Small Women's College in Missouri Facing a Race Discrimination Lawsuit

Small Women’s College in Missouri Facing a Race Discrimination Lawsuit

Three African American women who were on the basketball team alleged that the athletic director and woman’s basketball coach ridiculed them, punished them more severely than White players, and did not give them the playing time they deserved.

University of the District of Columbia Makes Bid for Top D.C. High School Students

University of the District of Columbia Makes Bid for Top D.C. High School Students

Under the D.C. UP program, valedictorians and salutatorians at the 70 high schools in the District of Columbia would be offered full tuition scholarships for four years and a $6,000 annual housing allowance.

New Administrative Roles for Four African Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Roles for Four African Americans in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative roles in higher education are FeRita Perna Carter at Riverside City College in California, Jame’l R. Hodges at Tennessee State University, Kara Turner at Morgan State University in Baltimore, and Gloria Thomas at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Shaw University Ends Three-Year Salary Reduction Program

Shaw University Ends Three-Year Salary Reduction Program

The university said increases in enrollment, cost-saving initiatives across academic and operational budgets, and historic gains in corporate and private giving have allowed the educational institution to restore regular wage schedules.

Two Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

Two Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

Venita Blackburn, an instructor at Arizona State University, is the winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Short Fiction and C. Shawn McGuffey, an associate professor of sociology at Boston College, was honored by the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Opens New Fish Testing Laboratory

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Opens New Fish Testing Laboratory

Located in Lonoke, Arkansas, the Fish Health Inspection Laboratory is one of 11 facilities nationwide approved by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to test fish for viruses so that they can exported to other states and nations.

Four African Americans Appointed to New Faculty Positions

Four African Americans Appointed to New Faculty Positions

Taking on new faculty roles are Clara Small at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Maria Dixon Hall at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Natalie Tindall at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and Archie Taylor at Alcorn State University in Mississippi.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Each week, JBHE will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Recent Books of Interest to African American Scholars

Recent Books 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. The books included are on a wide variety of subjects and present many different points of view.

New Legislation Aims to Boost Diversity in Public Schools

New Legislation Aims to Boost Diversity in Public Schools

If enacted into law, The Stronger Together School Diversity Act of 2016 will encourage voluntary community-driven efforts to increase diversity in schools.

Three African Americans Appointed to Dean Posts at North Carolina A&T State University

Three African Americans Appointed to Dean Posts at North Carolina A&T State University

The new deans are Gloria Jones-Johnson in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Anthony Graham in the College of Education, and Lenora Campbell in the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Southern Illinois University Adopts New System-Wide Diversity Initiative

Southern Illinois University Adopts New System-Wide Diversity Initiative

Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn stated that the new initiative was put in place so that all campuses in the system “reflect a culture that values diversity and inclusivity in all its forms.”

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.

Angela Flournoy to Receive the 2016 Cabell First Novelist Award

Angela Flournoy to Receive the 2016 Cabell First Novelist Award

The Cabell First Novelist Award is presented by Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa, The New School, and Columbia University.

Three Black Women in New Administrative Roles at Virginia State University

Three Black Women in New Administrative Roles at Virginia State University

Reshuna L. Mahone was appointed vice president for institutional advancement at Virginia State. Annie C. Redd was named special assistant to the president and liaison to the Virginia State University board of visitors and Pamela Tolson was named director of communications at the university.

Dining Hall at Yale's Calhoun Residential College Named for an African American

Dining Hall at Yale’s Calhoun Residential College Named for an African American

The dining hall at Calhoun Residential College will be renamed to honor Roosevelt L. Thompson. A resident of Calhoun college, Thompson was killed in an automobile accident during his senior year at Yale, after he had been selected as a Rhodes Scholar.

In Memoriam: James F. Tucker, 1925-2016

In Memoriam: James F. Tucker, 1925-2016

Dr. Tucker served as president of Virginia State from 1968 to 1970 and then served on the economics faculty and was the director of the Center for Economic Education at Virginia Tech from 1970 to 1974.

Study Finds a Persisting Racial Gap in National Institute of Health Grant Awards

Study Finds a Persisting Racial Gap in National Institute of Health Grant Awards

A new academic study finds that race appears to still play a role in the awarding of grants from the National Institutes of Health but the gender of the grant applicant apparently no longer plays a significant role.

The New President of Arkansas Baptist College

The New President of Arkansas Baptist College

Dr. Jones has been serving as a visiting professor of political science in the department of social and behavioral sciences at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Earlier he was the founder and executive director of the Social Justice Institute at Philander Smith College in Little Rock.

Report Finds Racial Differences in Negative Health Effects of Stress

Report Finds Racial Differences in Negative Health Effects of Stress

A new study by researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, finds that stress may be more harmful to the health of Whites than it is to the health of Blacks.

Denise Whisenhunt Is the New Leader of San Diego City College

Denise Whisenhunt Is the New Leader of San Diego City College

Denise Whisenhunt has been serving as vice president for student services. She is expected to serve as interim president for up to a year. The college enrolls about 17,000 students. African Americans make up 12 percent of the student body.

Georgetown University Study Documents Racial Disparities in Health Care in DC

Georgetown University Study Documents Racial Disparities in Health Care in DC

Blacks, who are 46 percent of the District’s population, represented 73 percent of all patients hospitalized. Black men in the District have a life expectancy that is 15 years lower than for White men.

The First Black Leader of the Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

The First Black Leader of the Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

Billy C. Hawkins, president of Talladega College in Alabama, has been chosen to chair the board of directors of the Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He is the first African American to chair the association’s board.