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Duke to Further Recognize the Black Man Who Designed Many Buildings on Its Campus

Duke to Further Recognize the Black Man Who Designed Many Buildings on Its Campus

Julian Abele designed many of the Gothic buildings on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. But because of his race, the university did not originally celebrate the architect of many of its most important structures.

New Evidence of the Dangers of Lead Exposure for African American Children

New Evidence of the Dangers of Lead Exposure for African American Children

Black children were nearly three times more likely than White children to have very high lead levels in their blood. Studies have shown a correlation between lead exposure and sleep problems, lower academic test scores, and behavioral and neurological disorders.

Black Canadian Woman From the University of Pennsylvania Wins a Rhodes Scholarship

Black Canadian Woman From the University of Pennsylvania Wins a Rhodes Scholarship

Adebisi (Debi) Ogunrinde, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, was awarded one of the 11 Rhodes Scholarships from Canada. She will pursue a master’s degree in social anthropology and a master’s degree in public policy at the University of Oxford.

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 Mortality Rates for All Races in Communities With High Levels of Racial Prejudice

Higher Mortality Rates for All Races in Communities With High Levels of Racial Prejudice

The data showed that communities with a higher level of anti-Black prejudice had a death rate for people of all races that averaged 24 percent higher than in communities with low levels of racial prejudice.

Stanford Led Study Examines Differences in the Use of African American Vernacular English

Stanford Led Study Examines Differences in the Use of African American Vernacular English

A new study led by John Rickford, the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor in the Humanities and a professor of linguistics at Stanford University, examines the use of African American vernacular English (AAVE) by young Blacks depending on the economics characteristics of their neighborhoods.

Report Documents Wide Racial Disparity in School Discipline in Southern States

Report Documents Wide Racial Disparity in School Discipline in Southern States

A new study by researchers at University of Pennsylvania found that in one recent academic year, 1.2 million Black students nationwide were suspended from public K-12 schools. Some 55 percent of those suspensions occurred in 13 southern states.

Penn Study Finds Fixing Up Abandoned Buildings in Inner Cities Can Reduce Crime Rates

Penn Study Finds Fixing Up Abandoned Buildings in Inner Cities Can Reduce Crime Rates

Near buildings where new windows and doors were installed, crime rates were down compared to neighborhoods were buildings were not renovated. Gun violence was down by 39 percent.

New Administrative Roles in Higher Education for Four African Americans

New Administrative Roles in Higher Education for Four African Americans

The appointees are Dallas A. Grundy at the University of Pennsylvania, Franklin Chambers at SUNY-Oneonta, Darnell T. Parker at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and Donna A. Lee at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Three Black Scholars With Ties to Academic Medicine Win Awards

Three Black Scholars With Ties to Academic Medicine Win Awards

The honorees are Judith Green-McKenzie of the University of Pennsylvania, Richard Payne of Duke University, and Marie Chisholm-Burns of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

Three African Americans at Leading Universities Receive Prestigious Honors

Three African Americans at Leading Universities Receive Prestigious Honors

The honorees are Roland G. Fryer Jr., the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard, assistant professor Stephen M. Avery of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Iris Outlaw, director of multicultural student programs and services at the University of Notre Dame.

Jason Wingard Named Dean of Continuing Education at Columbia University

Jason Wingard Named Dean of Continuing Education at Columbia University

Currently, Dr. Wingard is the chief learning officer at Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street investment firm. Earlier, he was vice dean of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he led the executive education program.

Two Black Women Appointed to Named Faculty Positions

Two Black Women Appointed to Named Faculty Positions

Jeannine Bell was appointed the Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law at Indiana University and Donita Brady was named Presidential Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine.

The Next President of Huston-Tillotson University

The Next President of Huston-Tillotson University

Colette Pierce Burnette served on the staff at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, from 1999 to 2012 in such roles as vice president for administration, chief financial officer, vice president for information technology, and chief information officer.

Vanderbilt's Black Studies Research Center Renamed to Honor Callie House

Vanderbilt’s Black Studies Research Center Renamed to Honor Callie House

The African American and Diaspora Studies Program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, recently renamed its research arm the Callie House Research Center for the Study of Black Cultures and Politics.

Two-Year Minority-Serving Institutions Linger in the Shadows of Higher Education Research

Two-Year Minority-Serving Institutions Linger in the Shadows of Higher Education Research

There are 248 two-year institutions eligible for the designation of minority serving institution. These institutions make up 22 percent of the 1,132 community colleges nationwide.

Paul Drayton Jr. Named President of Burlington County College

Paul Drayton Jr. Named President of Burlington County College

Since 2010, Drayton has served as Burlington County Administrator. Previously, he served as director of special projects at Temple University in Philadelphia and taught at the University of Pennsylvania.

RISE (Research, Integration, Strategy and Evaluation) for Boys and Men of Color

RISE (Research, Integration, Strategy and Evaluation) for Boys and Men of Color

A new organization has been established aimed at increasing the life chances of boys and men of color in four key areas: education, health, criminal justice, and economic opportunity.

University of Pennsylvania Professor Honored by the American Psychiatric Association

University of Pennsylvania Professor Honored by the American Psychiatric Association

Dorothy Roberts, the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, has been selected to receive the 2015 Solomon Carter Fuller Award at the association’s annual meeting in Toronto this May.

New Faculty Roles for Two African American Scholars

New Faculty Roles for Two African American Scholars

Keisa W. Mathis was named an assistant professor of integrative physiology at the University of North Texas Health Science Center and Lisa Lewis, associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania was named a Penn Fellow.

Bridgette Brawner Is an Inaugural Community Scholar-in Residence at Penn

Bridgette Brawner Is an Inaugural Community Scholar-in Residence at Penn

Dr. Brawner will be working with the city of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Disability Services to determine the reasons for racial disparities in individuals who access the department’s services.

Helen Giles-Gee Leaves Presidency of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Helen Giles-Gee Leaves Presidency of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Dr. Giles-Gee became the 22nd president of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in July 2012. She was the first woman and the first African American president in the nearly 200-year history of the university.

University of Pennsylvania Student From Zimbabwe Wins Rhodes Scholarship

University of Pennsylvania Student From Zimbabwe Wins Rhodes Scholarship

Rutendo Chigora, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in international relations and political science, has been selected as one of the two Rhodes Scholars from the African nation of Zimbabwe.

Mary Frances Berry Honored by the American Society of Legal History

Mary Frances Berry Honored by the American Society of Legal History

Mary Frances Berry, former chair of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and professor of history in the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Two African American Educators Honored by Indiana University

Two African American Educators Honored by Indiana University

Stanley Warren, a retired professor of education at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and Shaun R. Harper of the University of Pennsylvania, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Education at Indiana 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.

University of Pennsylvania Political Scientist Wins Book Award

University of Pennsylvania Political Scientist Wins Book Award

Daniel Q. Gillion, assistant professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, has won the 2014 Best Book Award from the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.

A Blueprint for Advancing the Educational Success of Black Males

A Blueprint for Advancing the Educational Success of Black Males

A consortium of seven research centers on education have issued a report that offers an assessment of the educational status of African American males at all levels of education and offers recommendations on what can be done to improve their prospects for success.

Morehouse School of Medicine Educator Is the New President of the National Medical Association

Morehouse School of Medicine Educator Is the New President of the National Medical Association

Lawrence Sanders Jr. teaches internal medicine, business principles, and patient safety/quality improvement at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. He earned his medical degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Maggie Williams Named Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University

Maggie Williams Named Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University

Williams is the former assistant to the President and chief of staff for First Lady Hillary Clinton and later was chief of staff at the Clinton Foundation. Recently, she has headed up her own consulting firm.

Anita Allen Honored by the Electronic Privacy Information Center

Anita Allen Honored by the Electronic Privacy Information Center

Dr. Allen is vice provost for faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the university’s law school. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the EPIC.

Mary Frances Berry Honored by the Organization of American Historians

Mary Frances Berry Honored by the Organization of American Historians

Mary Frances Berry, the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania was honored for “significantly enriched our understanding and appreciation of American history.”

Blacks Face Bias When Seeking Mentors Among University Faculty

Blacks Face Bias When Seeking Mentors Among University Faculty

A study, co-authored by Modupe Akinola of Columbia Business School, found that faculty members were less likely to respond to mentoring requests from prospective Black students than White students.

Comparing the Performance and Funding of Public HBCUs in Four States

Comparing the Performance and Funding of Public HBCUs in Four States

The Center for Minority Serving Institutions at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania analyzes enrollments, funding, degree programs, and educational attainment and makes recommendations on moving forward.

Two African American Scholars Named to Full Professor Posts

Two African American Scholars Named to Full Professor Posts

Randal Maurice Jelks was promoted to full professor at the University of Kansas and Heather Williams will join the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in July as a Presidential Term Professor.

Linda Burton Named to Dean Post at Trinity College of Duke University

Linda Burton Named to Dean Post at Trinity College of Duke University

Dr. Burton is the James B. Duke Professor of Sociology at Duke University. She came to Duke in 2006 after teaching for 22 years at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.