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Francine Conway Is the New Provost at Rutgers University in New Jersey

Francine Conway Is the New Provost at Rutgers University in New Jersey

A native of Guyana, Dr. Conway had been serving as dean of the Graduate School of Applied Psychology. She was the first Black scholar to hold that position. Dr. Conway joined the faculty at Rutgers in 2016 after teaching for 13 years at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.

In Memoriam: Gary Lynn Harris, 1953-2020

In Memoriam: Gary Lynn Harris, 1953-2020

Gary L. Harris was professor of electrical engineering, former dean of the Graduate School and associate provost for research at Howard University. He was one of the first two African Americans to earn a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Cornell University.

College of Engineering at Cornell University Honors Its Former Dean, Lance R. Collins

College of Engineering at Cornell University Honors Its Former Dean, Lance R. Collins

Dr. Collins served as the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering at Cornell University from 2010 to 2020. On August 1, 2020, he became the inaugural vice president and executive director of Virginia Tech’s new Innovation Campus in Alexandria, Virginia.

Four African American Scholars Taking on New Faculty Duties

Four African American Scholars Taking on New Faculty Duties

Taking on new roles are Carole Boyce Davies at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Major Jackson at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Wallace Best at Princeton University in New Jersey, and Christopher C. Mathis Jr. at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Cornell University Students Pitching In to Help Black Small Businesses

Cornell University Students Pitching In to Help Black Small Businesses

Empower is a new student-led initiative that connects Black-owned businesses with undergraduate student volunteers who offer their time and talent to support business operations or projects.

Roper Center at Cornell University Debuts Historical Archives on Polling of Blacks

Roper Center at Cornell University Debuts Historical Archives on Polling of Blacks

The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, has launched “Say Their Names, Hear Their Voices,” a publicly available collection of more than 80 years of public opinion surveys of Black Americans and U.S. attitudes about Black America.

Eight Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments or Duties

Eight Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments or Duties

Here is this week’s listing of Black faculty members from colleges and universities throughout the United States who have been appointed to new positions or have been assigned new duties.

Five Black Scholars Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Five Black Scholars Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Taking on new duties are N’Dri Thérèse Assié-Lumumba at Cornell University, Lolita Buckner Inniss at Southern Methodist University, Lee H. Butler Jr. at Phillips Theological Seminary, Teresa A. Nance at Villanova University, and Angela Jordan Davis at American University.

The New President of St. Augustine's University in Raleigh, North Carolina

The New President of St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina

Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail was previously the sixth president and CEO at the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, founding chancellor at the Community College of Baltimore County, president of St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, and president of Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis.

A Quartet of Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Duties

A Quartet of Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Duties

The four Black scholars taking on new assignments are Nwando Achebe at Michigan State University, Anthony Burrow at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Jessica M. Pena at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, and Adia Harvey Wingfield at Washington University in St. Louis.

Lynden Archer Named Dean of the College of Engineering at Cornell University

Lynden Archer Named Dean of the College of Engineering at Cornell University

A Cornell faculty member since 2000, Dr. Archer directed the Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from 2010 to 2016. In the fall of 2017, he was named the David Croll Director of the Cornell Energy Systems Institute. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Cornell University Study Finds Racial/Ethnic Differences in Perceptions of Environmental Issues

Cornell University Study Finds Racial/Ethnic Differences in Perceptions of Environmental Issues

The survey found that there were, in fact, demographic differences in how people viewed environmental issues, with racial and ethnic minorities and lower-income people more likely to consider human factors such as racism and poverty as environmental issues.

Lance Collins Will Be the Inaugural Director of Virginia Tech's Innovation Campus

Lance Collins Will Be the Inaugural Director of Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus

Since 2010, Dr. Collins has served as the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He was a key member of the leadership team that successfully bid to partner with New York City to build Cornell Tech, which opened its Roosevelt Island campus in 2017.

Fatimah Jackson to Receive the Charles R. Darwin Lifetime Achievement Award

Fatimah Jackson to Receive the Charles R. Darwin Lifetime Achievement Award

Fatimah Jackson is a professor of biology and the director of the W. Montague Cobb Research Laboratory at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is the first woman of African descent to receive this prestigious award from the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.

Exhibit Documents History of Racial Discrimination and Violence in the Railroad Industry

Exhibit Documents History of Racial Discrimination and Violence in the Railroad Industry

The exhibit, “The Other Side of The Tracks: Discrimination and Social Mobility in the Railroad Industry,” will be on display at the Catherwood Library of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, through August 31.

Cornell University's Derrick Spires Wins the St. Louis Mercantile Library Prize

Cornell University’s Derrick Spires Wins the St. Louis Mercantile Library Prize

The award, given by the Bibliographical Society of America, honors research in the bibliography of American literature and history. Dr. Spires is an associate professor of English at Cornell University. He joined the faculty last fall after teaching at the University of Illinois.

Lynn Perry Wooten Will Be the First African American President of Simmons University

Lynn Perry Wooten Will Be the First African American President of Simmons University

Most recently, Dr. Wooten has been serving as the David J. Nolan Dean and Professor of Management and Organizations at Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Prior to her position at Cornell, Dr. Wooten served on the faculty at the University of Michigan for nearly two decades.

Cornell University Seeks to Boost Retention of Black Students in Computer Science

Cornell University Seeks to Boost Retention of Black Students in Computer Science

Two seniors have formed Underrepresented Minorities in Computing at Cornell, a club that seeks to support and inspire students of color in computer and information science. Faculty have received grants to offer a four-week summer program to rising sophomores in computer science.

In Memoriam: Tracie Gibson

In Memoriam: Tracie Gibson

Dr. Gibson joined the staff at the University of Massachusetts in 2017. Before coming to Amherst, Dr. Gibson served on the faculty at the University of Texas-Permian Basin and later at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Cornell University Commemorates the 1969 Willard Straight Hall Takeover by Black Students

Cornell University Commemorates the 1969 Willard Straight Hall Takeover by Black Students

A half century ago, a group of Black students occupied Willard Straight Hall on the campus of Cornell University. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the protest, Cornell will place a permanent plaque on the building.

In Memoriam: Chloe A. Wofford Morrison, 1931-2019

In Memoriam: Chloe A. Wofford Morrison, 1931-2019

Toni Morrison was a giant of American literature and the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities Emeritus at Princeton University in New Jersey. In 1993, Professor Morrison was the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.

Suzanne Walsh Named President of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina

Suzanne Walsh Named President of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina

Currently, Walsh serves as the founder and manager of Discerning SEWlutions, a consulting firm in Seattle. Earlier in her career she held various leadership roles with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lumina Foundation for Education, the Heinz Endowments, and Cuyahoga Community College.

Amanda Williams Is the Inaugural Artist-in-Residence at Smith College

Amanda Williams Is the Inaugural Artist-in-Residence at Smith College

As a visual artist, Amanda Williams’ creative practice employs color as way to draw attention to the political complexities of race, place, and values in cities.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Three African-American Scholars Join the Department of English at Cornell University

Three African-American Scholars Join the Department of English at Cornell University

Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, recently announced that it had hired three African American scholars to teach in its English department this coming fall. They are Derrick Spires, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, and Chelsea Mikael Frazier.

African Americans Accepted Into the Class of 2023 at High-Ranking Colleges and Universities

African Americans Accepted Into the Class of 2023 at High-Ranking Colleges and Universities

Recently, most of the nation’s highest-ranked colleges and universities informed applicants if they had been accepted for admission into the Class of 2023. Some revealed the racial/ethnic breakdown of their admitted students.

Cornell University Scholars Travel to Africa to Advance Food Security and Legal Scholarship

Cornell University Scholars Travel to Africa to Advance Food Security and Legal Scholarship

Sarah Wright, a life sciences librarian, taught graduate students at the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement at the University of Ghana and Ariel Scotese, a law librarian and assistant director of the Legal Research Clinic, helped train nonprofit advocates in Johannesburg.

Kerwin Charles Appointed Dean of the Yale School of Management

Kerwin Charles Appointed Dean of the Yale School of Management

Since 2005, Dr. Charles has been on the faculty at the University of Chicago, where he currently serves as the Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy.

Cornell University Asks Public to Help Build Digital Database of Ads That Sought Fugitive Slaves

Cornell University Asks Public to Help Build Digital Database of Ads That Sought Fugitive Slaves

The insights the ads provide on the experiences of enslaved Africans and African-Americans are especially valuable because so little information about these individuals has been preserved.

G. Marcus Cole Named Dean of Law School at the University of Notre Dame

G. Marcus Cole Named Dean of Law School at the University of Notre Dame

Currently, Cole serves as the William F. Baxter-Visa International Professor of Law at Stanford University. He first joined the Stanford faculty in 1997. At Stanford, he served for five years as associate dean for curriculum and academic affairs.

New Assignments for Five African American Faculty Members

New Assignments for Five African American Faculty Members

Taking on new roles are Said Ibrahim at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, Narda E. Alcorn at Yale University, Melicia Whitt-Glover at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, Keith C. Ferdinand at Tulane University in New Orleans and Ruby L. Perry of Tuskegee University in Alabama.

Most Americans Underestimate the Environmental Concerns of Blacks and Other Ethnic Groups

Most Americans Underestimate the Environmental Concerns of Blacks and Other Ethnic Groups

A new study by researchers at several leading colleges and universities has found that most Americans underestimate just how concerned African Americans and lower-income people are about environmental threats.

Kimberly Dowdell Elected President of the National Organization of Minority Architects

Kimberly Dowdell Elected President of the National Organization of Minority Architects

Kimberly Dowdell is a faculty member in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. She is a licensed architect and partner with Century Partners, a Detroit-based real estate firm focused on equitable neighborhood revitalization.

Honors or Awards for Five Black Scholars From the Academic World

Honors or Awards for Five Black Scholars From the Academic World

The honorees are Jerome H. Holland, former president of what is now Delaware State University, Tequila Harris of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Zachery S. Mitcham of North Carolina Central University, Taiyon J. Coleman of St. Catherine University in Minnesota, and Eric Yirenkyi Danquah, who is affiliated with Cornell University.

Kevin Gaines Named to a New Endowed Professorship at the University of Virginia

Kevin Gaines Named to a New Endowed Professorship at the University of Virginia

Dr. Gaines comes to the University of Virginia from Cornell University where he was the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of Africana Studies and History. Previously he has taught at Princeton University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Michigan.