Four African American Scholars Honored With Notable Awards

Gilda A. Barabino, dean of The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering has been selected to receive the 2019 Award for Service to Society from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. The award, which will be presented at the institute’s annual meeting in November, recognizes outstanding contributions by a chemical engineer to community service and to the solution of socially oriented problems.

Dr. Barabino received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Rice University in Houston.

Lovoria Williams, associate professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Kentucky, has been named Nurse Researcher of the Year by the National Black Nurses Association. She was recognized for her efforts to deliver community-based interventions that reduce health disparities among minority and medically underserved populations by increasing tobacco cessation and cancer screening behaviors and reducing obesity and diabetes.

Dr. Williams holds a Ph.D. in nursing from Georgia Regents University.

William M. Jackson Jr., professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of California, Davis, received the 2019 Arthur B.C. Walker II Award from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. The award given annually to an African American for contributions to STEM education.

Dr. Jackson joined the faculty at the University of California, Davis in 1985 after teaching at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Morehouse College in Atlanta and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Nicol R. Howard, an assistant professor and director of the master’s degree program in education learning and teaching at the University of Redlands in California, received the Making IT Happen Award from the International Society for Technology in Education. The award honors educators who “demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students.”

Dr. Howard is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles. She earned a master’s degree at Azusa Pacific University in California and a Ph.D. at Chapman University in Orange, California.


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  1. Dr. Carlos J. Minor says:

    I wanted to say Congrats to my fellow Xavier alum Dr. Barabino.

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