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Four Black Scholars Who Have Been Assigned New Duties

Four Black Scholars Who Have Been Assigned New Duties

Taking on new duties are Anderson Sunda-Meya at Xavier University in New Orleans, Julianne Vernon at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Malika Jeffries-EL at Boston University, and John Brown at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Two African Americans Appointed to Dean of Students Posts

Two African Americans Appointed to Dean of Students Posts

John Blackshear has been named dean of students and associate vice president of student affairs at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and Ophelie Rowe-Allen was appointed dean of students and chief student affairs officer at the University of New Haven in Connecticut.

New Study Finds a Huge Racial Wealth Gap for Families With Children

New Study Finds a Huge Racial Wealth Gap for Families With Children

A new study finds that the historical 10-to-1 racial wealth gap is even larger for families with children, the families that eventually will have to pay for college. In 2016, the new study found that Black households with children had only one penny of wealth for every dollar held by their White counterparts.

Princeton University Adds a Major African American Scholar to Its Faculty

Princeton University Adds a Major African American Scholar to Its Faculty

Ismail White joins the Princeton University faculty this fall as a professor of politics and public affairs. Since 2018, he has taught at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Since 2015, he has served as director of Survey Research at the Joint Center for Political and Research Studies in Washington, D.C.

The New Racial Segregation in Public School Occurs at the Classroom Level

The New Racial Segregation in Public School Occurs at the Classroom Level

Within-school segregation plays a sizable role in overall school segregation, especially in middle school and high school. Moreover, it appears to offset variations in the degree of between-school segregation: when one is low, the other tends to be high.

In Memoriam: Ida Stephens Owens, 1939-2020

In Memoriam: Ida Stephens Owens, 1939-2020

Ida Stephens Owens was one of the first African Americans to earn a Ph.D. at Duke University. Dr. Owens was the first scientist to determine genetic defects in children with Crigler-Najjar diseases, a rare disorder often causing brain damage in infants.

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.

Duke University School of Medicine Honors the Late Brenda Armstrong

Duke University School of Medicine Honors the Late Brenda Armstrong

Duke University commissioned a portrait of Dr. Brenda Armstrong, who was the second Black woman in the United States to become a board-certified pediatric cardiologist. She served as a professor of pediatrics, associate dean for admissions, and senior associate dean for student diversity, recruitment, and retention at the university’s medical school.

In Memoriam: Wilhelmina Matilda Reuben-Cooke, 1946-2019

In Memoriam: Wilhelmina Matilda Reuben-Cooke, 1946-2019

Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke was a professor of law at the University of the District of Columbia, professor emerita of law at Syracuse University in New York, and one of the first African American students to enroll at Duke University in North Carolina.

Study Discovers Localized Standards Lead to More Diverse Gifted Education Programs

Study Discovers Localized Standards Lead to More Diverse Gifted Education Programs

Nationwide, only the top 5 to 15 percent of all students qualified for gifted education classes. But of the top 50 to 15 percent of students at all schools qualified for gifted education, African American enrollments in these classes would quadruple.

A. Eugene Washington Gets a Vote of Confidence at Duke University

A. Eugene Washington Gets a Vote of Confidence at Duke University

A. Eugene Washington, chancellor for health affairs and president and CEO of the Duke University Health System, has been reappointed to a second five-year term beginning July 1, 2020. He came to Duke in 2015 after serving as dean of the medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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.

Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointments of 13 Black Administrators

Colleges and Universities Announce the Appointments of 13 Black Administrators

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

John Blackshear to Lead Academic Affairs at Duke's Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

John Blackshear to Lead Academic Affairs at Duke’s Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Currently, Dr. Blackshear serves as senior associate dean for academic planning at Trinity College, an adjunct instructor of psychology and neuroscience, and assistant vice provost for undergraduate education for Duke LIFE (Low-Income and First-Generation Engagement).

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.

In Memoriam: Onyekwere E. Akwari, 1942-2019

In Memoriam: Onyekwere E. Akwari, 1942-2019

Dr. Akwari was recruited to Duke after the university desegregated its hospital. He joined the faculty as an associate professor, making him the second African American tenure-track faculty member in the School of Medicine.

New Administrative Positions in Higher Education for Seven African Americans

New Administrative Positions in Higher Education for Seven African Americans

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Three African American Faculty Members Receive New Assignments

Three African American Faculty Members Receive New Assignments

Taking on new roles are Deondra Rose at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, Eric Ashley Hairston at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Sean Seymore at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Four Black Women Appointed to Positions as Deans

Four Black Women Appointed to Positions as Deans

Appointed to dean posts are Adrienne C. Webber at Grambling State University in Louisiana, Tameka Angela Harper at Tuskegee University in Alabama, Enku Gelaye at Emory University in Alabama, and Valerie Ashby at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Three African American Scholars Appointed to New Teaching Posts at Colleges and  Universities

Three African American Scholars Appointed to New Teaching Posts at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new teaching assignments are Sherika Hill at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, Otis W. Brawley at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and Stephen Hayes at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas.

In Memoriam: Richard Payne, 1951-2019

In Memoriam: Richard Payne, 1951-2019

Richard Payne was the Esther Colliflower Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Divinity at Duke Divinity School. Earlier in his career, he taught at the University of Texas and held the Anne Burnett Tandy Chair in Neurology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Six Schools of Public Affairs Launch New Diversity Alliance

Six Schools of Public Affairs Launch New Diversity Alliance

The new Public Affairs Diversity Alliance seeks to encourage and sustain a pipeline of diverse candidates for faculty positions in criminal justice, policy, and public administration at the six participating schools.

The First Cohort of E.E. Just Postgraduate Fellowships in the Life Sciences

The First Cohort of E.E. Just Postgraduate Fellowships in the Life Sciences

Bianca Marlin is a postdoctoral researcher in neuroscience at Columbia University in New York City and Elizabeth Ransey is postdoctoral researcher in neuroscience at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

New Duties for Three African American Faculty Members

New Duties for Three African American Faculty Members

The three African American scholars taking on new duties are Kafui Dzirasa of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, Steve Swayne at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and Monica A. Coleman at the University of Delaware.

Honors and Awards Bestowed on a Trio of African American Administrators in Higher Education

Honors and Awards Bestowed on a Trio of African American Administrators in Higher Education

The honorees are Franchon Glover, chief diversity officer at the College of Willliam and Mary, A. Eugene Washington, chancellor for health affairs and CEO of Duke University Health System, and Tony Allen, provost ane executive vice president at Delaware State University.

Duke University's New Slavery to Freedom Lab

Duke University’s New Slavery to Freedom Lab

According to its website, the new lab will “examine the life and afterlives of slavery and emancipation, linking Duke University to the Global South.”

Princeton University's Tera Hunter Wins Book Awards From the American Historical Association

Princeton University’s Tera Hunter Wins Book Awards From the American Historical Association

Tera W. Hunter, the Edwards Professor of History and professor of African American studies at Princeton University in New Jersey, has been awarded the Joan Kelly Memorial Prize in women’s history and/or feminist theory as well as the Littleton-Griswold Prize in U.S. law and society from the American Historical Association.

Five Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles at Colleges and Universities

Five Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new assignments are Nikki Young at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, Patrick T. Smith at Duke University in North Carolina, Bayo Holsey at Emory University in Atlanta, Maurice Emmanuel Parent at Boston College, and Tera Hunter at Princeton University in New Jersey.

Six African American Faculty Members Taking on New Roles or Assignments

Six African American Faculty Members Taking on New Roles or Assignments

Taking on new roles are Cymone Fourshey at Bucknell University, David Emmanuel Goatley at Duke University, Michael K. Fauntroy at Howard University, Tiffany Gayle Chenault at Salem State University, Desmond Patton at Columbia University, and Patricia Williams Lessane at the College of Charleston.

In Memoriam: Brenda Armstrong, 1949-2018

In Memoriam: Brenda Armstrong, 1949-2018

Brenda Armstrong was a professor and the senior associate dean for student diversity, recruitment, and retention at Duke University School of Medicine. She was the second Black woman in the United Stated to become a board-certified pediatric cardiologist.

The Racial Wealth Gap in Los Angeles Has Widened Since the 1965 Watts Riots

The Racial Wealth Gap in Los Angeles Has Widened Since the 1965 Watts Riots

A new study by scholars at Duke University, the University of California Los Angeles, and the New School, has found that the wealth gap has been severely overlooked as a major factor in overall inequality since the 1965 Watts riots in Los Angeles.

Racial Slur Written on a Sign Outside the Center for Black Culture at Duke University

Racial Slur Written on a Sign Outside the Center for Black Culture at Duke University

A sign on the outside of the Center for Black Culture at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, was defaced with a racial slur. The sign was immediately covered and will be repainted.

Paula McClain Will Lead the American Political Science Association

Paula McClain Will Lead the American Political Science Association

Paula D. McClain, dean of the Graduate School at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, has been named the next president of the American Political Science Association. She will serve as president-elect for the 2018-2019 academic year and then as president for the following year.

Study Finds That Historically Black Colleges and Universities Pay More to Issue Bonds

Study Finds That Historically Black Colleges and Universities Pay More to Issue Bonds

The authors determined that HBCU bond issuance costs were about 20 percent higher than those of non-HBCUs, apparently because the bond underwriters found it more difficult for find buyers for the HBCU bonds. The researchers concluded that this was due to racial discrimination.

In Memoriam: Phail Wynn Jr., 1947-2018

In Memoriam: Phail Wynn Jr., 1947-2018

Phail Wynn Jr. served for 28 years as president of Durham Technical Community College and then was a long-time administrator at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

The First African American Poet Laureate of the State of North Carolina

The First African American Poet Laureate of the State of North Carolina

Jaki Shelton Green, an instructor at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, was named the ninth poet laureate of the state of North Carolina. She is the third woman and the first African American to hold the position.