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Marilyn Nelson Wins the $25,000 Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature

Marilyn Nelson Wins the $25,000 Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature

Marilyn Nelson is a professor emerita at the University of Connecticut. Professor Nelson is a winner of the Pushcart Prize and has been a finalist for the National Book Award three times. From 2001 to 2006, Dr. Nelson was the poet laureate of the state of Connecticut.

Study Finds Army Vets Are More Comfortable With Racial Residential Integration Than Non-Vets

Study Finds Army Vets Are More Comfortable With Racial Residential Integration Than Non-Vets

A new study by sociologists at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Connecticut finds that soldiers’ experiences with racial integration in the military result in veterans being more willing to live in racially integrated neighborhoods once they return to civilian life.

In Memoriam: Robert Colbert, 1950-2016

In Memoriam: Robert Colbert, 1950-2016

Robert Colbert was an associate professor and director of the counseling program in the department of educational psychology in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut.

Five Black Scholars Are Taking on New Assignments

Five Black Scholars Are Taking on New Assignments

Jose Cossa is joining the faculty at Vanderbilt. Michael Woods at Hamilton College and Dean E. Robinson at the University of Massachusetts were named to endowed professorships. Derek Conrad Murray of the University of California, Santa Cruz was named to an editorial board and UConn’s Michael Bradford was named chair of dramatic arts.

Six African Americans Named to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Six African Americans Named to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Trevor A. Dawes at the University of Delaware, Patricia Lowe at Boston College, Sandra Hodge at Jackson State University, K. Matthew Dames at Georgetown University, Joelle Murchison at the University of Connecticut, and Jason Pina at Ohio University.

In Memoriam: Russell G. Hamilton, 1934-2016

In Memoriam: Russell G. Hamilton, 1934-2016

Dr. Hamilton, professor emeritus of Spanish and Portuguese at Vanderbilt University, joined the faculty at the university in 1984 as dean for graduate studies and research. He was the first African American to serve as a dean of a Vanderbilt school or college.

The Three Finalists for Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Connecticut

The Three Finalists for Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Connecticut

The three candidates for chief diversity officer are Lisa McBride of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Joelle Murchison, an executive at The Travelers Companies in Hartford, and Franklin A. Tuitt of the University of Denver.

University of Connecticut to Establish a Living / Learning Community for Black Men

University of Connecticut to Establish a Living / Learning Community for Black Men

The Scholastic House Of Leaders who are African American Researchers and Scholars will be located in a 200,000-square-foot dorm set to open in 2016. About 40 Black men will be able to participate in the living/learning community.

Gladis Kersaint Appointed Dean of the School of Education at the University of Connecticut

Gladis Kersaint Appointed Dean of the School of Education at the University of Connecticut

Dr. Kersaint is a professor of mathematics education and associate dean of the College of Education at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She will begin her new duties at the University of Connecticut in July.

Two African Americans Selected for Notable Honors

Two African Americans Selected for Notable Honors

The honorees are William Jelani Cobb, an associate professor of history and director of the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut, and Christine Grant, a professor of chemical engineering at North Carolina State University.

Cato Laurencin to Receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Cato Laurencin to Receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Cato T. Laurencin has been selected by President Obama as one of seven winners of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. He is the only African American among the seven winners of the award this year.

University Study Finds Racial Bias Among Mainline Protestant Church Denominations

University Study Finds Racial Bias Among Mainline Protestant Church Denominations

Researchers at the University of Connecticut have found in a new study that mainline protestant denominations, many of which participated on the front lines of the civil rights movement were less likely to be welcoming to prospective Black members than conservative evangelical denominations.

University Scientists Develop Portable Device for Sickle Cell Diagnosis

University Scientists Develop Portable Device for Sickle Cell Diagnosis

Scientists at the University of Connecticut, Yale University, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new method of detecting sickle cell disease that can be used in remote areas that do not have advanced medical technology.

Two Black Men Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Two Black Men Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Andrew Agwunobi was appointed executive vice president for health affairs at the University of Connecticut and Marvin E. Green Jr. was promoted to associate athletics director for sports administration at Florida A&M University.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

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

Jennifer Baszile Named Director of the Consortium on High Achievement and Success

Jennifer Baszile Named Director of the Consortium on High Achievement and Success

Jennifer L. Baszile was named director of the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to the success of underrepresented students on liberal arts college campuses nationwide. She previously served on the faculty at the University of Connecticut and Yale University.

Veterans Are More Likely to Live in Racially Integrated Neighborhoods Than Non-Veterans

Veterans Are More Likely to Live in Racially Integrated Neighborhoods Than Non-Veterans

Sociologists at the University of Connecticut and Brigham Young University examined records of more than 13 million home mortgages between 2008 and 2013. They found that veterans of all races were significantly more likely to live in racially integrated neighborhoods.

Companies Target Minority Youth in Marketing Fast Food, Sugary Drinks, Snacks, and Candy

Companies Target Minority Youth in Marketing Fast Food, Sugary Drinks, Snacks, and Candy

A new study from the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut finds that Black youth saw almost twice as many TV ads for candy, soda and other sugary drinks, and snacks than their White peers.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

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

Cato Laurencin Receives a Pioneer Award From the National Institutes of Health

Cato Laurencin Receives a Pioneer Award From the National Institutes of Health

He is the first faculty member at the University of Connecticut to win the award. The award comes with a $4 million grant to enable Dr. Laurencin to continue his groundbreaking work on regenerative engineering.

Ten Universities to Tackle the Problem of K-12 Teacher Diversity

Ten Universities to Tackle the Problem of K-12 Teacher Diversity

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education has selected 10 universities to participate in a program with the goal of increasing the number of Black and other minority men who teach in the nation’s public schools. Only 2 percent of public school teachers are Black males.

Cato Laurencin One of Three Finalists for Provost at Purdue University

Cato Laurencin One of Three Finalists for Provost at Purdue University

Cato T. Laurencin is the chief executive officer of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, University Professor, and director of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering at the University of Connecticut.

Three Black Scholars in New Teaching Roles

Three Black Scholars in New Teaching Roles

Nneka Logan is a new assistant professor of communication at Virginia Tech. Tamika La Salle has joined the education faculty at the University of Connecticut and Courtney Simons is teaching food science at Wright State University.

Two Black Scholars in New Teaching Roles

Two Black Scholars in New Teaching Roles

Eno E. Ebong is a new assistant professor of chemical engineering at Northeastern University in Boston and Lewis Gordon of the University of Connecticut was named the Nelson Mandela Visiting Professor at Rhodes University in South Africa.

The First Graduate of the UConn Medical School from the Rowe Health Scholars Program

The First Graduate of the UConn Medical School from the Rowe Health Scholars Program

The program, funded by the Aetna Foundation, is aimed at increasing the number of undergraduate students from underrepresented groups who pursue careers in the healthcare field.

In Memoriam: H. Fred C. Simons, 1925-2013

In Memoriam: H. Fred C. Simons, 1925-2013

Dr. Simons served in a number of administrative posts at the University of Connecticut, including vice president for student affairs. The African American Cultural Center on the University of Connecticut campus is named in his honor.

Three African American Men in New University Faculty Roles

Three African American Men in New University Faculty Roles

Harvey Felder joined the music department and this fall Preston Green III will hold an endowed chair in the College of Education at the University of Connecticut. James Holden, an assistant professor of music, was named interim director of bands at Virginia State University.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

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

Two African American Scholars Assume New Teaching Posts

Two African American Scholars Assume New Teaching Posts

Lisa Bowleg is a new associate professor of psychology at George Washington University and William Jelani Cobb has joined the history department faculty at the University of Connecticut as an associate professor.

Marilyn Nelson Named to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets

Marilyn Nelson Named to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets

Professor Marilyn Nelson taught at the University of Connecticut from 1978 to 2002. She is the former poet laureate of the State of Connecticut and served in that position from 2001 to 2006. Twice she has been a finalist for the National Book Award.

Lewis Gordon to Join the Faculty at the University of Connecticut

Lewis Gordon to Join the Faculty at the University of Connecticut

He is currently a professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Afro-Jewish Studies and the Institute for the Study of Race and Social Thought at Temple University in Philadelphia.

University of Connecticut Scholars to Study Gullah Culture

University of Connecticut Scholars to Study Gullah Culture

Robert Stephens and Mary Ellen Junda, both professors of music at the University of Connecticut, will hold a workshop next summer in Savannah, Georgia, to instruct K-12 teachers on how to educate their pupils on the culture and traditions of the Gullah people.

In Memoriam: Rollin Charles Williams, 1922-2012

In Memoriam: Rollin Charles Williams, 1922-2012

In 1957, he was hired as an assistant professor of social work, the first African American faculty member at the University of Connecticut.

Jeffrey Ogbar Named Vice Provost for Diversity at the University of Connecticut

Jeffrey Ogbar Named Vice Provost for Diversity at the University of Connecticut

He is a professor of history and has been serving as associate dean for the humanities in the university’s College of Liberal Arts and Studies.

UConn Scientist on the Cutting Edge of Research on Regenerating Human Tissues

UConn Scientist on the Cutting Edge of Research on Regenerating Human Tissues

Dr. Cato T. Laurencin’s work on tissue regeneration is called one of the “100 scientific discoveries that changed the world.”

Notable Appointments of African Americans in Higher Education

Notable Appointments of African Americans in Higher Education

Here is news of appointments of seven African Americans to new posts.