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Scholars Identify Diversity in the English Language Used Online by Different Ethnic Groups

Scholars Identify Diversity in the English Language Used Online by Different Ethnic Groups

The goal of the study was to identify online language usage by African Americans so that search engines like Google will be better able to serve a more diverse population of users.

University of Kentucky Decides to Unveil Controversial Mural It Had Covered Up

University of Kentucky Decides to Unveil Controversial Mural It Had Covered Up

The mural, painted in the 1930s by artist Ann Rice O’Hanlon, had been criticized for its portrayal of African Americans and American Indians in scenes depicting the history of the city of Lexington, home to the university. One image shows slaves picking cotton.

New Duties for Two African American Faculty Members

New Duties for Two African American Faculty Members

Marla Frederick, professor of African and African American studies and the study of religion, was named a Harvard College Professor and Nicole T. Jenkins was named the executive associate dean in the College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky.

University of Kentucky Covers a Mural Showing Slaves in a Tobacco Field

University of Kentucky Covers a Mural Showing Slaves in a Tobacco Field

The University of Kentucky has decided to cover up a mural in the atrium of Memorial Hall that shows slaves working in a tobacco field. The mural, which is 38 feet wide and 11 feet tall, will remain covered until the university decides how and where the artwork will be preserved.

Three Black Faculty Members Taking on New Roles

Three Black Faculty Members Taking on New Roles

Mignon R. Moore is a new associate professor of sociology at Barnard College. Kara Walker was named to an endowed chair at Rutgers University and Jenna Hatcher is taking on new duties at the University of Kentucky’s College of Nursing.

Heidi Anderson to Be the Next Provost at Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Heidi Anderson to Be the Next Provost at Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Since 2013, Dr. Anderson has been provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Previously, she served as a faculty member and an administrator at the University of Kentucky for 11 years.

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 Men Appointed to New Faculty Positions

Two African American Men Appointed to New Faculty Positions

Desmond U. Patton was appointed an assistant professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work and Brandon Ofem was named an assistant professor in the College of Business Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Auburn University Scholars Promote Mathematics Research in Southern Africa

Auburn University Scholars Promote Mathematics Research in Southern Africa

Professor Overtoun Jenda and colleagues at Auburn University have developed the Masamu Program to promote research collaboration between mathematicians in southern Africa and the United States.

University of Kentucky Scholar Named Rhetorician of the Year

University of Kentucky Scholar Named Rhetorician of the Year

Adam J. Banks, professor in the department of writing, rhetoric, and digital studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky, was named the 2014 Rhetorician of the Year by the The Young Rhetoricians Conference.

The First African American Dean of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University

The First African American Dean of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Kenneth B. Chance Sr. has been serving as a professor and chief of endodontics at the University of Kentucky. He is the former dean of the School of Dentistry at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.

New Alliance Seeks to Boost Black and Other Minorities in STEM Fields

New Alliance Seeks to Boost Black and Other Minorities in STEM Fields

Under the program, nine colleges and universities in Kentucky and West Virginia will seek to increase the percentage of minority students in STEM disciplines by 15 percent by 2016.

New Scholarship Program for Mechanical Engineers at Kentucky State University

New Scholarship Program for Mechanical Engineers at Kentucky State University

The new scholarship program, funded by a grant from Toyota, will provide full-tuition scholarships for three years at Kentucky State and two years at the University of Kentucky.

African American Debaters Make History

African American Debaters Make History

Nadia Lewis and Jamila Ahmed, African American students at Fresno State University in California, placed first and second at the recent Henry Clay Invitational Debates held at the University of Kentucky.

Record Black First-Year Enrollments at the University of Kentucky

Record Black First-Year Enrollments at the University of Kentucky

There are 555 African American first-year students on campus this fall. Blacks make up 11.8 percent of the entering class. This percentage is particularly impressive given the fact that Blacks are just 8 percent of the state’s population.

Heidi Anderson Named Provost at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Heidi Anderson Named Provost at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

When Dr. Anderson takes office in July, the university’s two highest officials, president and provost, both will be African American women. Helen F. Giles-Gee became the university’s president a year ago. Only 6 percent of the undergraduate student body at the university is Black.

The New Poet Laureate for the Commonwealth of Kentucky

The New Poet Laureate for the Commonwealth of Kentucky

Frank X Walker is an associate professor in the department of English at the University of Kentucky. He also serves as director of the university’s African American and Africana studies program. Professor Walker is credited with coining the term “Affrilachia.”

Poet Nikky Finney to Join the Faculty at the University of South Carolina

Poet Nikky Finney to Join the Faculty at the University of South Carolina

After more than 20 years at the University of Kentucky, this fall Professor Finney will take the John H. Bennett Jr. Chair of Southern Literature and Creative Writing at the University of South Carolina.

University Study Examines Suicide Ideation Among Lower Income African American Women

University Study Examines Suicide Ideation Among Lower Income African American Women

A study by researchers at the University of Kentucky examines the relationship between racial and gender discrimination and suicide ideation.

Record African American Enrollments at the University of Kentucky

Record African American Enrollments at the University of Kentucky

In a state where Blacks are 8 percent of the population, African Americans make up 11 percent of this year’s entering class.

Five Black Scholars Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Five Black Scholars Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

E. Janyce Dawkins, Berenecea Johnson Eanes, Nosa O. Egiebor, Quentin R. Tyler, and Donnell Butler have been appointed to new administrative posts.

Vanderbilt Debuts Digital Archive of 1964 Taped Interviews of Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement

Vanderbilt Debuts Digital Archive of 1964 Taped Interviews of Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement

The interviews were conducted by Robert Penn Warren for his book Who Speaks for the Negro?

Deneese Jones Named Provost at Drake University

Deneese Jones Named Provost at Drake University

Since 2005 she has been dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Longwood University in Virginia.

University of Kentucky Professor Honored for Her Poetry

University of Kentucky Professor Honored for Her Poetry

Nikky Finney wins the National Book Award for her fourth volume of poems.

The University of Kentucky Merges Africana and African-American Studies

The University of Kentucky Merges Africana and African-American Studies

Director Frank Walker hopes to hire new faculty and offer a bachelor’s degree in the field.

Grants and Gifts

• The University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health received a five-year, $2,860,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study HIV/AIDS in the African-American male population. The grant will be used to develop and test a clinic-based safe-sex program for young black males. • Parsons The New School for Design in New York City received […]