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Princeton's Tracy K. Smith Named the Next Poet Laureate of the United States

Princeton’s Tracy K. Smith Named the Next Poet Laureate of the United States

Tracy Smith is the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University, and director of the university’s Program in Creative Writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts. She joined the faculty at Princeton in 2005.

Harvard University's Center for African Studies Opens a Satellite Office in Johannesburg

Harvard University’s Center for African Studies Opens a Satellite Office in Johannesburg

The Harvard Center for African Studies office in Johannesburg aims to facilitate and strengthen relationships with business, cultural, and academic leaders across the African continent.

The First African American President of Oberlin College in Ohio

The First African American President of Oberlin College in Ohio

Since 2008, Dr. Ambar has been serving as president of Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She is widely regarded as having done a remarkable job leading the woman’s college. Earlier in her career, she was the youngest dean in the history of Rutgers University.

Tracey Hucks Appointed Provost at Colgate University

Tracey Hucks Appointed Provost at Colgate University

Dr. Hucks has been serving as the James D. Vail III Professor at Davidson College in North Carolina. Earlier in her career, Professor Hucks spent more than 15 years on the faculty at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.

Tommie Shelby Named a Harvard College Professor

Tommie Shelby Named a Harvard College Professor

Tommie Shelby, a professor of philosophy was named the Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and Philosophy. Professor Shelby joined the Harvard University faculty in 2000. Earlier, he taught at Ohio State University.

Verna Williams to Lead the University of Cincinnati College of Law

Verna Williams to Lead the University of Cincinnati College of Law

Professor Williams joined the faculty at the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2001. She is the Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law and co-director of the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice at the law school.

Five Black Women Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments

Five Black Women Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments

They are: Reighan A. Gillam at the University of Southern California, Barbara D. Savage of the University of Pennsylvania, Todne Thomas at Harvard University, Sandra Crewe of Howard University, and Kyla Day Fletcher of Kalamazoo College.

Black Students Accepted for Admission at High-Ranking Colleges and Universities

Black Students Accepted for Admission at High-Ranking Colleges and Universities

Recently, the nation’s highest-ranked colleges and universities informed applicants if they had been accepted for admission into the Class of 2021. Some of the nation’s most selective institutions provided acceptance data broken down by racial and ethnic groups.

Milton Curry Named Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California

Milton Curry Named Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California

Professor Curry currently serves as associate dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. He has been on the faculty at the University of Michigan since 2010.

Leadership Shakeup at Morehouse College in Atlanta

Leadership Shakeup at Morehouse College in Atlanta

John S. Wilson Jr., who earlier had been informed that his contract would not be renewed past June 30, was removed as president of Morehouse College. William Taggart, a former insurance executive, who has been serving as chief operating officer, was named interim president.

Harvard and MIT to Collaborate on Project to Boost Genetics Research in Africa

Harvard and MIT to Collaborate on Project to Boost Genetics Research in Africa

The Global Initiative for Neuropsychiatric Genetics Education in Research Project (GINGER) has recruited 17 African scholars who will attend workshops in the United States and London over the next two years on epidemiology, bioinformatics, genetics, and grant writing.

Professor Is the First African American to Lead a Federal Reserve Board Regional Bank

Professor Is the First African American to Lead a Federal Reserve Board Regional Bank

Raphael Bostic, has been serving as the Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise and director of the Bedrosian Center on Governance in the School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

The First Black Woman to Lead the Harvard Law Review

The First Black Woman to Lead the Harvard Law Review

The first edition of the Harvard Law Review was published in 1887. It has the largest circulation of any law journal in the world. Now, for the first time in 131 years, a Black woman will serve as president of the law review.

A Further Honor for a Giant in the Field of Sociology

A Further Honor for a Giant in the Field of Sociology

William Julius Wilson, the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University, has been selected to receive the 2017 SAGE-CASBS Award from SAGE Publishing and the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

Former Obama Cabinet Official to Lead The Education Trust

Former Obama Cabinet Official to Lead The Education Trust

John B. King, who served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education at the end of the Obama administration, has been appointed president of The Education Trust. Before joining the Department of Education in 2015, Dr. King was commissioner of education for the state of New York.

Morehouse College Announces It Will Change Its Leadership

Morehouse College Announces It Will Change Its Leadership

The board of trustees of Morehouse College, the historically Black educational institution for men in Atlanta, has announced that it will not extend the contract of the college’s president John S. Wilson Jr. beyond June 30, 2017.

The New Curator of Photography Collections at Harvard Art Museums

The New Curator of Photography Collections at Harvard Art Museums

Makeda Best is the new Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums. Dr. Best was an assistant professor of visual studies at the California College of the Arts. Earlier in her career, she taught at the University of Vermont.

Selwyn Rogers Named the Founding Director of the University of Chicago Medicine Trauma Center

Selwyn Rogers Named the Founding Director of the University of Chicago Medicine Trauma Center

Dr. Rogers, who has been serving as vice president and chief medical officer at the University of Texas Medical Branch since 2014, will also serve as executive vice president for community health engagement at the University of Chicago.

Washington University Scholar Named a Newspaper's "Person of the Year"

Washington University Scholar Named a Newspaper’s “Person of the Year”

Jason Q. Purnell, an assistant professor in the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, was named person of the year by the St. Louis American, which has the largest circulation of any weekly newspaper in Missouri.

Study Finds Everyday Discrimination Associated With Elevated Health Risks

Study Finds Everyday Discrimination Associated With Elevated Health Risks

Researchers interviewed a large group of African American adults in Milwaukee on their experiences with everyday racism. They also took blood, urine, and saliva samples to test for biomarkers of elevated disease risk.

Harvard University Reports a Significant Increase in Black Students Accepted Early

Harvard University Reports a Significant Increase in Black Students Accepted Early

Among the 938 students who were accepted in the early action process this year at Harvard University, 12.6 percent are African Americans. This is up from 9.5 percent a year ago.

In Memoriam: Hope Lewis, 1962-2016

In Memoriam: Hope Lewis, 1962-2016

Hope Lewis was a professor at the Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, where she had served on the faculty for a quarter century. Earlier, she was an attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

G. Gabrielle Starr Named the Tenth President of Pomona College in California

G. Gabrielle Starr Named the Tenth President of Pomona College in California

When she takes office on July 1, Dr. Starr will be first woman and the first African American president of the highly ranked liberal arts college. She currently serves as dean of the College of Arts and Science at New York University.

The Progress of the Ivy League in Admitting Black Students

The Progress of the Ivy League in Admitting Black Students

A decade ago, there were 1,110 Black students in the entering classes at the eight Ivy League schools. In 2016, there are 1,503, a 35 percent increase. Four of the eight Ivy League schools have an entering class that is more than 11 percent Black. A decade ago, the leader stood at 9.6 percent.

New Fellowship to Aid Black Students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design

New Fellowship to Aid Black Students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design

The Philip Freelon Fellowship Fund at the Harvard Graduate School of Design will be used to provide financial aid to African Americans and students from other underrepresented groups who are pursuing graduate degrees in design.

Cornel West Is Returning to Teach at Harvard University

Cornel West Is Returning to Teach at Harvard University

In 2002, Cornel West left Harvard University after a public dispute with then Harvard president Lawrence Summers. Now, according to published reports, Dr. West is returning to Harvard University as professor of the practice of public philosophy.

Black Men Clean Up at the National Book Awards

Black Men Clean Up at the National Book Awards

The National Book Foundation recently announced the winners of the National Book Awards in four categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature. African American men were winners in three of the four categories.

Rutgers University Scholar Wins Prestigious Literary Award

Rutgers University Scholar Wins Prestigious Literary Award

John Keene, associate professor of English and chair of the African and African American studies department at the Newark campus of Rutgers University in New Jersey, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2016 Lannan Literary Award for fiction.

Danielle Allen Named University Professor at Harvard University

Danielle Allen Named University Professor at Harvard University

Danielle Allen was appointed the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, effective January 1. This is the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member at Harvard. Currently there are 24 University Professors at Harvard.

Harvard Looks to Take the Next Diversity Step: From Inclusion to Belonging

Harvard Looks to Take the Next Diversity Step: From Inclusion to Belonging

Harvard University is taking the next step by forming the Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging. The task force will study and make recommendations on how to make Harvard a more welcoming place for all students from underrepresented groups.

Six Black Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments in Academia

Six Black Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments in Academia

Taking on new roles are Mae C. Jemison at Indiana University, Amanda B. Mbuvi at High Point University, Sarah Lewis at Harvard University, Lauren Sudeall Lucas at Georgia State University, Robert M. Sellers at the University of Michigan, and Norma Schropshire at Wayne State University.

In Memoriam: Benjamin Franklin Payton, 1932-2016

In Memoriam: Benjamin Franklin Payton, 1932-2016

Dr. Payton served as president of Tuskegee University in Alabama from 1981 to 2010. Earlier in his career, Dr. Payton was president of Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina.

New Discovery May Improve Treatment for Those Who Suffer From Sickle Cell Disease

New Discovery May Improve Treatment for Those Who Suffer From Sickle Cell Disease

A study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, Harvard University, MIT , Florida Atlantic University, and the University of Korea reports on a discovery that may help physicians treat those who suffer from sickle cell disease.

In Memoriam: Edwin Smith, 1950-2016

In Memoriam: Edwin Smith, 1950-2016

Edwin Smith was the Leon Benwell Professor of Law, International Relations, and Political Science at the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern, California. He was the first African American tenured faculty member at the law school.

In Memoriam: James Alan McPherson, 1943-2016

In Memoriam: James Alan McPherson, 1943-2016

In 1978, Professor McPherson was the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. At the time of his death he was professor emeritus at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Professor Glenn Loury Honored by the American Economic Association

Professor Glenn Loury Honored by the American Economic Association

Glenn C. Loury, the Merton P. Stolz Professor of the social sciences and professor of economics at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, was named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association.