Four Black Scholars Taking on New Assignments at Major Universities

Yohannes Haile-Selassie was appointed director of the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University. Since 2002, he has been serving as the curator of physical anthropology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. He has held academic appointments at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland as well as Addis Ababa University and Mekelle University in Ethiopia.

Dr. Haile-Selassie is a graduate of Addis Ababa University. He holds a master’s degree in anthropology and a Ph.D. in integrative biology from the Univerity of California, Berkeley.

Cindy Crusto was recently promoted to professor of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. She is the first African American woman full professor in the history of the department of psychiatry. Dr. Crusto came to Yale 22 years ago as a postdoctoral intern.

Dr. Crusto is a graduate of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She holds a master’s degree in clinical/community psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Ph.D. in clinical/community psychology from the University of South Carolina.

Patrick McPhail Martin was appointed interim director of the Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s, Aging and Community Health at North Carolina A&T State University. He is an associate professor of biology in the College of Science and Technology at the university.

Dr. Martin holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Virginia Union University. In 2003, he became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in cell biology from the University of Virginia.

Ceasar McDowell, professor of the practice of civic design and associate head of the department of urban studies and planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been named associate director for civic design at MIT’s new Center for Constructive Communication.

Dr. McDowell holds a master’s degree and a doctorate from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.

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