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Brian O. Hemphill Named the Seventh President of Radford University in Virginia

Brian O. Hemphill Named the Seventh President of Radford University in Virginia

Since July 2012, Dr. Hemphill has served as the 10th president of West Virginia State University. Previously, he was vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

University of Iowa Receives Archives of a Veteran of Freedom Summer

University of Iowa Receives Archives of a Veteran of Freedom Summer

Eric Morton, who was a coordinator for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Mississippi during the 1964 Freedom Summer voter registration drive, became friends with students from the University of Iowa who came South to help in the effort.

Racial Slur Found on Restroom Door at the University of Iowa

Racial Slur Found on Restroom Door at the University of Iowa

A message containing a racial slur was found carved on the inside of a bathroom door in the Spence Laboratories on the campus of the University of Iowa.

Five Black Scholars Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Five Black Scholars Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

The National Academy of Medicine, formerly known as the Institute for Medicine, has chosen five Black scholars among its new class of 70 fellows.

Indiana University's Jacinda Townsend Wins Award for Her First Novel

Indiana University’s Jacinda Townsend Wins Award for Her First Novel

Jacinda Townsend, an associate professor of English at Indiana University, is being honored by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Rochester.

University of Iowa Offers New Certificate Program in Leadership for Diversity

University of Iowa Offers New Certificate Program in Leadership for Diversity

Students in the program will take courses in coalition building across diverse groups, navigating and defusing conflict situations, and fostering a climate where diverse opinions, backgrounds, and identities can flourish and be respected.

Two Black Authors Are Now Teaching at City College of New York

Two Black Authors Are Now Teaching at City College of New York

Thomas Sayers Ellis is an award-winning poet who is teaching a course called “Race Fearlessness Poetics.” Chinelo Okparanta is a Nigerian-born fiction writer who teaches an advanced workshop on creative fiction writing.

Rita Dove to Receive the $20,000 Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement

Rita Dove to Receive the $20,000 Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement

The Stone Award was established in 2011 to highlight the work of the creative writing program at Oregon State University’s School of Writing. Literature, and Film. The award comes with a $20,000 prize. Professor Dove, the Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, will accept the award next spring in Oregon.

New Effort Aims to Increase Diversity Among Academic Librarians

New Effort Aims to Increase Diversity Among Academic Librarians

American University in Washington, D.C., the University of Iowa, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia University are hiring resident librarians from diverse backgrounds in the early stages of their careers for a three-year period.

The Next Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The Next Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. has been serving as professor of public policy and political science and dean of the Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles. He joined the UCLA faculty in 1986. Dr. Gilliam will become chancellor of UNCG on September 8.

University of Iowa's Charles Green Is Stepping Down

University of Iowa’s Charles Green Is Stepping Down

Charles Green, director of public safety at the University of Iowa, has announced that he will retire on January 9, 2015. Green has been on the staff at the university for 29 years and has served in his current post for two decades.

The New Provost at Florida A&M University

The New Provost at Florida A&M University

Marcella David has been serving as professor of law and international studies and associate dean in the College of Law at the University of Iowa. She is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Michigan School of Law.

In Memoriam: Jewel Limar Prestage, 1931-2014

In Memoriam: Jewel Limar Prestage, 1931-2014

At the age of 22, she earned a Ph.D. in political science at the University of Iowa. She was the first African American women to receive a Ph.D. in political science from an American university. She then taught for 33 years at Southern University in Baton Rouge.

New Program Provides Significant Aid for Minority Ph.D. Students in STEM Fields

New Program Provides Significant Aid for Minority Ph.D. Students in STEM Fields

Using a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 24 minority students at the University of Iowa will receive $40,000 scholarships over the next three years. The university will provide an additional $10,000 to the 24 students.

The University of Iowa Mounts an Oral History Project Relating to Freedom Summer

The University of Iowa Mounts an Oral History Project Relating to Freedom Summer

The University of Iowa has identified 11 individuals from the university community who were involved in Freedom Summer in Mississippi in 1964 and there may be more.

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 Scholars Take on the Mismatch Theory

Two Scholars Take on the Mismatch Theory

A new study refutes the theory that affirmative action is responsible for lowering graduation rates and post-graduation success for Black students admitted to universities with race-sensitive admissions policies.

New Digital Archive of a Scrapbook of a 1927 Black Alumnus of the University of Iowa

New Digital Archive of a Scrapbook of a 1927 Black Alumnus of the University of Iowa

The scrapbook was the work of Patrobas Cassius Robinson, who enrolled at the university in 1923 when he was 17 years old. Four years later, he earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry.

University of Iowa Survey Finds Widespread Racial Disparities in Children's Health

University of Iowa Survey Finds Widespread Racial Disparities in Children’s Health

The survey found that African American and Latino children experience lower health status, lower quality of care, higher unmet need for care, and more food insecurity than White or Asian children in the state.

University of Iowa Study Shows Lenders Favor Black Women

University of Iowa Study Shows Lenders Favor Black Women

Researchers at the University of Iowa gave financial professionals fictional loan applications in which education, gender, and race were different but financial profiles were relatively the same. Results show that lenders view Black women as favorably as they do White men.

Two Black Scholars in New Faculty Roles

Two Black Scholars in New Faculty Roles

Barbara Washington was named interim chair of the department of adolescent, career, and special education at Murray State University in Kentucky and E. Dale Abel was named to an endowed chair in diabetes research at the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa.

University of Iowa Study Shows Large Racial Disparities in Drug Treatment Success Rates

University of Iowa Study Shows Large Racial Disparities in Drug Treatment Success Rates

The data showed that nationwide 46.3 percent of White patients successfully completed the substance abuse treatment programs compared to 37.5 percent of Blacks. But there were wide discrepancies between the states.

Posthumous Honor for the University of Iowa's First Black Faculty Member

Posthumous Honor for the University of Iowa’s First Black Faculty Member

The late Philip G. Hubbard, who served as vice president and professor of engineering at the University of Iowa, was inducted into the Iowa African American Hall of Fame.

University of Iowa Is a Powerhouse In Producing Minority Ph.D.s in Mathematics

University of Iowa Is a Powerhouse In Producing Minority Ph.D.s in Mathematics

Over the past decade, the mathematics department at the university of Iowa has awarded doctorates to 25 minority students. This is about 8 percent of all doctorates in mathematics awarded to minorities nationwide during the period.

Study Finds Students' Attitudes on Race Change for the Worse During Their College Years

Study Finds Students’ Attitudes on Race Change for the Worse During Their College Years

A survey finds that students are less concerned about promoting racial understanding when they are seniors than when they were freshmen.

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012)

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012)

The granddaughter of slaves, she taught at Dillard University and the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Two Black Women Are Among the Five Finalists for Dean of the Law School at the University of Missouri

Two Black Women Are Among the Five Finalists for Dean of the Law School at the University of Missouri

Marcella David and Beverly Moran will visit the Columbia, Missouri, campus next month for interviews and public forums.

University of Iowa Examines Its Black History

University of Iowa Examines Its Black History

In 1879 Alexander G. Clark Jr. became the university’s first Black graduate.

Tonya Peeples Rewarded for Service to the University of Iowa Community

Tonya Peeples Rewarded for Service to the University of Iowa Community

The professor of chemical and biochemical engineering wins award for faculty excellence in service.

Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

A summary of this week’s significant awards bestowed on blacks in higher education.

Honors and Awards

• Alexander G. Clark Sr. was inducted posthumously into the Iowa African-American Hall of Fame. In 1867, more than 85 years before Brown v. Board of Education, Clark successfully filed suit to gain admittance of his daughter to the racially segregated public schools. He later successfully fought to have his son admitted to the law school […]