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Walter Massey Is the New Chair of the Giant Magellan Telescope Project

Walter Massey Is the New Chair of the Giant Magellan Telescope Project

Poised to be the first of a new generation of extremely large telescopes, the Giant Magellan Telescope will be the largest optical telescope in the world when it comes online in 2022. Walter Massey is the former president of Morehouse College and currently serves as chancellor of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Nnedi Okorafor Wins Two of Science Fiction's Most Prestigious Awards

Nnedi Okorafor Wins Two of Science Fiction’s Most Prestigious Awards

Nnedi Okorafor, an associate professor of English at the University at Buffalo of the State University of New York System, is only the fourth author in the past two decades who has won both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for the same novella. The awards are among the highest honors given to science fiction authors.

"Handholding" of Young Black Males in High School May Hinder Their Success Later On

“Handholding” of Young Black Males in High School May Hinder Their Success Later On

Chezare A. Warren conducted a study that found that special attention given to Black males in urban high school classrooms may not serve them well later in life.

A Trio of African Americans Appointed to Positions as Deans

A Trio of African Americans Appointed to Positions as Deans

The new deans are Amanda Bryant-Friedrich at the College of Graduate Studies of the University of Toledo in Ohio, Cheryl Easley at the College of Health Sciences at Alabama State University, and James D. Anderson at the College of Education of the University of Illinois.

Robert J. Jones Named Chancellor of the Urbana Campus of the University of Illinois

Robert J. Jones Named Chancellor of the Urbana Campus of the University of Illinois

Dr. Jones will also serve as a vice president for the three-campus University of Illinois system and as a tenured professor in the department of crop science in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. He has been serving as president of the University at Albany.

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.

Creating the Talented Tenth

Creating the Talented Tenth

Christopher M. Span, associate dean for academic programs in the College of Education at the University of Illinois, discusses the university’s success in graduating Black and Latino/a doctoral students.

The New Dean of the Graduate School at Oregon State University

The New Dean of the Graduate School at Oregon State University

Before coming to Oregon State in 2015 as associate dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Jennifer Dennis served for 11 years on the faculty of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

The New Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education

The New Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education

James Cole Jr. has been serving as general counsel at the department and will continue to serve in that role. Earlier, he was deputy general counsel at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Traki Taylor Named Dean of the College of Education at Florida A&M University

Traki Taylor Named Dean of the College of Education at Florida A&M University

Dr. Taylor has been serving as dean and professor in the College of Education at Bowie State University in Maryland. Earlier in her career, she was associate dean in the School of Education and Human Services at the University of Michigan-Flint.

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.

In Memoriam: Sybil C. Mobley, 1925-2015

In Memoriam: Sybil C. Mobley, 1925-2015

Dr. Mobley was named chair of the business department at Florida A&M University in 1970 and in 1974 became the founding dean of the School of Business and Industry. She served in that role until her retirement in 2003.

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 Finalists for Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity at Virginia Tech

Two African American Finalists for Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity at Virginia Tech

Menah Pratt-Clarke is the associate chancellor for strategic affairs and the associate provost for diversity at the University of Illinois and G. Christine Taylor has served as vice provost for diversity and chief diversity officer at Purdue University.

Lawsuit Claims Black Women Basketball Players Were Placed in a Racially Hostile Environment

Lawsuit Claims Black Women Basketball Players Were Placed in a Racially Hostile Environment

Seven former women’s basketball players at the University of Illinois have filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the head coach and the assistant coach created a racially hostile environment for African American players.

Diversity in STEM Fields Is a Social Justice Issue, Study Finds

Diversity in STEM Fields Is a Social Justice Issue, Study Finds

Amassing critical numbers of underrepresented students is important, but achieving enrollment targets does little to improve the problems in the campus culture that affect students and contribute to their failure to complete degree programs.

University of Illinois Survey Finds Widespread Racial Microaggressions on Campus

University of Illinois Survey Finds Widespread Racial Microaggressions on Campus

The results found that 51 percent of the minority students reported experiencing racial stereotyping. More than one quarter said their contributions in the classroom were minimized and 25 percent said they were not taken seriously due to their race.

Medical Education Pioneer Donald Wilson Honored by the American College of Physicians

Medical Education Pioneer Donald Wilson Honored by the American College of Physicians

In 1991, Dr. Donald E. Wilson was named dean of medicine at the University of Maryland, the first African American dean of a predominantly White medical school. He was also was the first Black president of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Report Finds That HBCUs Are Actively Engaged in Assessing Student Learning

Report Finds That HBCUs Are Actively Engaged in Assessing Student Learning

A new report from the National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment, a collaborative effort between the University of Illinois and Indiana University, finds that HBCUs routinely assess how successful they are in improving student learning.

Todd C. Shaw Is the New President of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists

Todd C. Shaw Is the New President of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists

Dr. Shaw is the College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at the University of South Carolina. He is also serving as the interim director of African American studies.

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.

Four African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Four African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Taking on new roles are Gayle Colston Barge at Bellevue College, Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela at the University of Illinois, Jason Cable at Alcorn State University, and John H. Hall at Clark Atlanta University.

Ten African Americans in New University Administrative Positions

Ten African Americans in New University Administrative Positions

Taking on new administrative duties are Rosetta Clay, F.J. Talley, Kevin Cokley, James Earl Orr Jr., E. Nathan Thomas III, Mark D. Henderson, Jimmy Miller, Katrina Oliver, Stephanie Sanders, and Shawn Felton.

Racial Differences in the Effect of Family Debt on College Student Success

Racial Differences in the Effect of Family Debt on College Student Success

Researchers at the University of Illinois find that family debt is a major factor in diminishing the likelihood that students will graduate from college. The effect is particularly pronounced for Black students.

Reducing the Racial Gap in Infant Mortality Rates

Reducing the Racial Gap in Infant Mortality Rates

The federal government’s Healthy People 2020 initiative has set a goal of reducing the infant mortality rate but a new study find that most racial and ethnic groups will fall short of the goal.

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.

University of Illinois Acquires the Papers of Poet Gwendolyn Brooks

University of Illinois Acquires the Papers of Poet Gwendolyn Brooks

The collection includes 150 boxes of manuscripts, drafts, journals, letters, scrapbooks, and awards. Also among the archives are the meticulous notes of everything Brooks ate for last 20 years of her life.

Survey Documents the State of Black Studies at U.S. Colleges and Universities

Survey Documents the State of Black Studies at U.S. Colleges and Universities

A survey of 1,777 colleges and universities found that 76 percent of these institutions had Black studies programs to some degree. Some 20 percent of responding institutions had formal academic units, either departments or programs, dedicated to African American studies.

University Study Finds No Evidence of Racial Discrimination by Major League Baseball Umpires

University Study Finds No Evidence of Racial Discrimination by Major League Baseball Umpires

The new study examined ball and strike calls for millions of pitches between 1997 and 2008. Using several statistical methods, the authors found no evidence that more strikes were called for pitchers who were the same race as the umpire.

Refurbished African Art Gallery Opens at the University of Illinois

Refurbished African Art Gallery Opens at the University of Illinois

Five iPads are mounted throughout the gallery that display videos featuring interviews with artists whose works are on display or other informational videos relating to the artwork shown.

Two African Americans Named to Professor Posts

Two African Americans Named to Professor Posts

Cynthia Oliver at the University of Illinois and Joe Morton at Fordham University have been named to new teaching posts.

Jennifer Hamer of the University of Kansas to Edit New Journal

Jennifer Hamer of the University of Kansas to Edit New Journal

A professor of American studies at the University of Kansas, Dr. Hamer was named editor of Women, Gender, and Families of Color.

Nanotechnology Scholar Named Provost at the University of Illinois

Nanotechnology Scholar Named Provost at the University of Illinois

Ilesanmi Adesida is a respected scholar in the field of nanotechnology and has been serving as dean of the university’s College of Engineering.

Ronald Jackson Named Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati

Ronald Jackson Named Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati

He is currently professor of media and cinema studies and the former director of the African American studies program at the flagship campus of the University of Illinois.

Two African Americans to Join the Faculty at the University of Kansas

Two African Americans to Join the Faculty at the University of Kansas

Jennifer Hamer and Clarence Lang both taught at the University of Illinois.

Three Flagship State Universities Report Black Enrollment Data

Three Flagship State Universities Report Black Enrollment Data

A healthy rise in black first-year students at the University of Illinois and the University of Arkansas, but a small drop in total black enrollments at Indiana University.