Three African American Women Receive Notable Honors or Awards

The Department of Library and Information Science in the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis has established the Wilma Gibbs Moore Graduate Endowed Scholarship honoring alumna Wilma Moore, who died on April 18. The scholarship will enable ethnically diverse students to attend the School of Information and Computing to pursue a degree in library and information science. Moore held positions at Indiana University Libraries and the Indianapolis Public Library. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology and her master of  library science degree from Indiana University.

Lenora Helm Hammonds, assistant professor in the department of music at North Carolina Central University in Durham, has been selected as the 2018 Javett Artist-in-Residence at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She is being honored for her distinguished jazz music career and her contributions as a jazz educator. Professor Hammonds holds a bachelor’s degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and a master’s degree from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She is currently pursuing a doctorate at Boston University.

Talitha Washington has received the 2018 Leitzel Prize at the summer Mathematical Association of America MathFest Conference. She is a mathematician and professor at Howard University and a program director at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Washington is a manga cum laude graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, where she majored in mathematics and minored in Spanish. She also holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Connecticut.


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