Archive for January, 2017

The New Dean of the School of Health Professions at the New York Institute of Technology

The New Dean of the School of Health Professions at the New York Institute of Technology

Prior to joining NYIT, Dr. Sheldon D. Fields served as chief wellness officer, dean, and professor in the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, California.

To Go, or Not to Go: Talladega College Wrestles With Invitation to Trump Inauguration

To Go, or Not to Go: Talladega College Wrestles With Invitation to Trump Inauguration

After the Marching Tornadoes of Talladega College in Alabama, were listed among the bands for the parade following the inauguration of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th President, a debate raged over whether or not the band should participate. Ultimately, the college’s president, Billy Hawkins, decided the band would go to the inauguration.

A New Global Outreach Program in the College of Pharmacy at Florida A&M University

A New Global Outreach Program in the College of Pharmacy at Florida A&M University

Under this new program, four students will undertake a new internship this semester that offers the first study abroad opportunities for graduate students in the public health field at the university’s College of Pharmacy. Two African American women will study in the Dominican Republic and two more will be based in Durban, South Africa.

Washington University Scholar Named a Newspaper's "Person of the Year"

Washington University Scholar Named a Newspaper’s “Person of the Year”

Jason Q. Purnell, an assistant professor in the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, was named person of the year by the St. Louis American, which has the largest circulation of any weekly newspaper in Missouri.

Fayetteville State University to Collaborate With NASA for Research in Several Fields

Fayetteville State University to Collaborate With NASA for Research in Several Fields

Under the agreement Fayetteville State University in North Carolina will collaborate with NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia on research on advanced high temperature composite materials, nanomaterials, energy generation, radiation detection, simulation modeling, and failure analysis.

A Pair of African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Positions

A Pair of African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Positions

Earl Brown was promoted to chief operating officer of the Newark, New Jersey, campus of Berkeley College and Laura H. Jack will be the new vice president for communications at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.

In Memoriam: Jewell Plummer Cobb, 1924-2017

In Memoriam: Jewell Plummer Cobb, 1924-2017

In 1981, Professor Cobb was appointed president of California State University, Fullerton. She was the first African American women to lead a major university west of the Mississippi River.

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Liberal Arts Colleges

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Liberal Arts Colleges

For the first time in the history of our survey, Pomona College in Claremont, California, has the highest percentage of Black students in this year’s entering classes at the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges.

John Rogers of Ariel Capital Management Makes Major Gift to the University of Chicago

John Rogers of Ariel Capital Management Makes Major Gift to the University of Chicago

The funds will be used to provide scholarship support at the Laboratory Schools, which Rogers has been involved with for more than 40 years and to establish and endow the Ariel Investments Internship Program in Finance.

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.

Drexel University Scholar Comes Under Fire for a Satirical Tweet on "White Genocide"

Drexel University Scholar Comes Under Fire for a Satirical Tweet on “White Genocide”

George Ciccariello-Maher, an associate professor of politics and global studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia, came under fire when he posted a tweet on Twitter which read: “All I Want for Christmas Is White Genocide.”

African American Business Tycoon Financing Education of Women Kidnapped by Boko Haram

African American Business Tycoon Financing Education of Women Kidnapped by Boko Haram

Robert F. Smith, founder and CEO of Vista Equity Partners and the only African American man on the Forbes list of the 400 wealthiest Americans, has been identified by the Nigerian government as the Good Samaritan who is sponsoring the higher education of 24 women who had been kidnapped by Boko Haram.

The First Cohort of the UNCF Achievement Capstone Program

The First Cohort of the UNCF Achievement Capstone Program

In the fall of 2015, the National Merit Scholarship Program announced that it was ending its National Achievement Scholarship Program. Over the past 51 years, the program had awarded about $108 million to more than 34,000 college-bound African Americans. The replacement program will award funds to college graduates to pay off loans or for graduate study.

An Increase in the Number of Black Applicants to the University of California

An Increase in the Number of Black Applicants to the University of California

The number of African Americans from California applying to the nine undergraduate campuses is up 4.8 percent from a year ago and up more than 10 percent from two years ago. The number of Black applicants from California is up at all nine undergraduate campuses this year.

Study Finds Everyday Discrimination Associated With Elevated Health Risks

Study Finds Everyday Discrimination Associated With Elevated Health Risks

Researchers interviewed a large group of African American adults in Milwaukee on their experiences with everyday racism. They also took blood, urine, and saliva samples to test for biomarkers of elevated disease risk.

The Next President of Atlantic Cape Community College in New Jersey

The Next President of Atlantic Cape Community College in New Jersey

The board of trustees of Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing, New Jersey, has named Barbara Gaba as the educational institution’s next president. Dr. Gaba has been serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Union County College in Cranford, New Jersey.

UCLA Research Shows Infants Are Aware of Ethnic Differences of People They See

UCLA Research Shows Infants Are Aware of Ethnic Differences of People They See

A group of infants were shown two photographs of women of different ethnicities on a computer screen. Using technology that tracks eye movements, the researchers were able to measure which photograph the infants were looking at and for how long.

Racial Differences in Bullying at School

Racial Differences in Bullying at School

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education finds that more than 20 percent of all school students ages 12 to 18 in the United States were bullied at school during the 2014-15 school year. When we break down the figures by racial and ethnic group, we find some significant differences.

Black Youth Exposed to More Junk Food Ads on TV Than White Youth

Black Youth Exposed to More Junk Food Ads on TV Than White Youth

A new study by researchers at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut finds that the number of junk food advertisements seen by Black youth rose 30 percent between 2008 and 2012. There was an 18 percent increase for White youth.

Board Chair at Meharry Medical College to Step Down After 30 Years at the Helm

Board Chair at Meharry Medical College to Step Down After 30 Years at the Helm

During his 30-year tenure as chair of the board of trustees at Meharry Medical College, Dr. Royal personally contributed $2 million to the medical school and presided over a successful $125 million fundraising campaign.

In Memoriam: Margaret W. Lewis, 1932-2016

In Memoriam: Margaret W. Lewis, 1932-2016

Dr. Margaret Lewis began her career in 1958 as a staff nurse at the former Florida A&M University Hospital. She joined the faculty at the university in 1959. She later served as dean of the university’s School of Nursing.