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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.

Wendell Pritchett to Serve as Dean at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

Wendell Pritchett to Serve as Dean at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

In February 2014, Wendell Pritchett announced that he was joining the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Now the law school says he will serve as dean for the 2014-15 academic year.

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.

John L. Jackson, Jr. Named to Dean Position at the University of Pennsylvania

John L. Jackson, Jr. Named to Dean Position at the University of Pennsylvania

John L. Jackson, Jr., the Richard Perry University Professor and senior adviser for diversity at the University of Pennsylvania, was named dean of the university’s School of Social Policy and Practice.

Rutgers-Camden Chancellor Heading Back to Penn Law School

Rutgers-Camden Chancellor Heading Back to Penn Law School

Wendell Pritchett, chancellor of the Camden campus of Rutgers University, is stepping down in June and will take a position as Presidential Term Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

University of Pennsylvania Study Find Racial Differences in Treatment for Parkinson's Disease

University of Pennsylvania Study Find Racial Differences in Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

While African Americans make up 5.5 percent of all Parkinson’s disease patients, this research found that only 1 percent of the patients who receive deep brain stimulation surgery, a proven method to reduce tremors, were African Americans.

Center for Minority Serving Institutions Opens at the University of Pennsylvania

Center for Minority Serving Institutions Opens at the University of Pennsylvania

The center hopes to support minority serving institutions nationwide and to create opportunities for researchers who are focused on minority-serving institutions.

The University of Pennsylvania's Major Effort to Boost Faculty Diversity

The University of Pennsylvania’s Major Effort to Boost Faculty Diversity

Since the year 2000, the percentage of all faculty at Penn who were racial or ethnic minorities increased from 12.8 percent to 20.5 percent. But President Amy Gutmann says, “We still have more work to do.”

Study Finds Limited Success for Faculty Diversity Efforts at U.S. Medical Schools

Study Finds Limited Success for Faculty Diversity Efforts at U.S. Medical Schools

A new study by researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania, finds that the faculty diversity efforts established in recent years at U.S. medical schools have had only limited success.

Three African Americans Elected to the Institute of Medicine

Three African Americans Elected to the Institute of Medicine

While the Institute of Medicine does not disclose the racial or ethnic makeup of its membership, it appears that only three of the 70 new members are African Americans: Phyllis Dennery, Thomas LaVeist, and Beverly Louise Malone.

Strategies to Help Young Black Men Succeed in Education

Strategies to Help Young Black Men Succeed in Education

A new study led by Dr. Shaun Harper of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity at the University of Pennsylvania, shows that there are programs and strategies that can help young Black men succeed in high school and beyond.

University of Pennsylvania Researchers Examine Racial Differences in Sleep Behavior

University of Pennsylvania Researchers Examine Racial Differences in Sleep Behavior

The study found that Black women tended to support unhealthy beliefs, attitudes, and practices regarding sleep more so than White women. Black women were more likely than White women to turn to alcohol as a sleep aid and were more likely to read, watch television, or do other activities in bed.

Study Explores Reasons Behind Racial Differences in Breast Cancer Mortality

Study Explores Reasons Behind Racial Differences in Breast Cancer Mortality

The data showed that Black women were diagnosed with breast cancer later than White women. They also found that other health conditions such as diabetes or hypertension that were more prevalent in Black cancer patients may have been a factor in the higher mortality rates.

Five African Americans in New Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Five African Americans in New Administrative Positions in Higher Education

The appointees are Sheila Champlin at the University of Tennessee, Derrick Yates at Stillman College, Charlene Alexander at Ball State University, Jessie Harper at the University of Pennsylvania, and Yvette Clayton at Alabama A&M University.

13 Blacks Receive Honorary Degrees From Ivy League Schools

13 Blacks Receive Honorary Degrees From Ivy League Schools

The eight Ivy League universities gave out 52 honorary degrees this commencement season. Of the 52 honorary degrees awarded this year at Ivy League schools, 13, or 25 percent, went to Blacks.

Anita Allen Appointed Vice Provost for Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania

Anita Allen Appointed Vice Provost for Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania

Anita L. Allen holds an endowed chair at the law school and is a professor of philosophy. She is an international expert in privacy law and contemporary ethics and the author of seven books and more than 100 academic articles.

University of Pennsylvania Study Examines the Health of Adults in Sub-Saharan Africa

University of Pennsylvania Study Examines the Health of Adults in Sub-Saharan Africa

The study found that a 45-year-old women in rural Malawi could be expected to spend 58 percent of their remaining life with functional limitations. For 45-year-old men, 41 percent of their remaining years would include functional limitations.

University of Pennsylvania Researchers Issue New Report on HBCUs

University of Pennsylvania Researchers Issue New Report on HBCUs

The report is a good compilation of data taken mostly from statistics available on the websites of the Department of Education. There is not really a lot new here but the data pulled together in one place gives us a valuable overview of the current state of HBCUs.

Penn Professor Wins Two Awards for His Documentary Film on Africa

Penn Professor Wins Two Awards for His Documentary Film on Africa

Tukufu Zuberi won the best director award and the award for the best documentary at the recent San Diego Black Film Fest for his documentary on the history of the African continent.

Elijah Anderson Honored by the American Sociological Association

Elijah Anderson Honored by the American Sociological Association

Dr. Anderson, the William K. Lanman Professor of Sociology at Yale University, is one of the nation’s leading urban ethnographers. Before coming to Yale in 2007, he taught at the University of Pennsylvania for more than 30 years.

Study Finds Low Graduation Rates for Black Male Student Athletes in Six Major Conferences

Study Finds Low Graduation Rates for Black Male Student Athletes in Six Major Conferences

Nationwide the college graduation rate for Black male students is 38 percent. For students on athletic scholarships, the graduation rates for Black men is 49 percent. But a University of Pennsylvania study finds that Black male athletes at schools in the nation’s six major athletic conferences don’t fare as well.

In Memoriam: Vernice Doris Ferguson, 1928-2012

In Memoriam: Vernice Doris Ferguson, 1928-2012

After a long and distinguished career in government service, she was named a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and held the Fagin Family Chair in Diversity.

Penn Looks to Hire Its First Independent Africana Studies Faculty

Penn Looks to Hire Its First Independent Africana Studies Faculty

Since the creation of the Center for Africana Studies in 2002, faculty teaching in the field have all had appointments in other departments at the 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.

Hampton University Enters a Partnership With the Dental School at Penn

Hampton University Enters a Partnership With the Dental School at Penn

The new HU-UPenn Biodental Program will allow students to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology at Hampton University and a doctorate in dental surgery from Penn.

Chyke Doubeni Is Named the Second Presidential Term Professor at the University of Pennsylvania

Chyke Doubeni Is Named the Second Presidential Term Professor at the University of Pennsylvania

Doubeni was an associate professor of family medicine and community health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Scholarly Study Finds Signifcant Racial Bias in Criminal Sentencing

Scholarly Study Finds Signifcant Racial Bias in Criminal Sentencing

The authors found a mean incarceration rate of 51 percent for Blacks and 38 percent for Whites. But they found a significant racial gap in incarceration rates between judges that increases the racial gap by as much as 18 percentage points.

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.

Penn Creates Africana Studies Department

Penn Creates Africana Studies Department

The new department will have 11 standing faculty members and will be chaired by Camille Z. Charles, a professor of sociology at Penn.

A Shake-Up in Diversity Efforts at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School

A Shake-Up in Diversity Efforts at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School

The Office of Diversity and Community Outreach, established in 1968, has been shut down.

Vivian Gadsden Named Co-Editor of Educational Researcher

Vivian Gadsden Named Co-Editor of Educational Researcher

She is the William T. Carter Professor of Child Development and Education and director of the National Center on Fathers and Families at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.

Study Finds Women and Minority Doctoral Candidates May Face Faculty Discrimination

Study Finds Women and Minority Doctoral Candidates May Face Faculty Discrimination

Prospective doctoral students with Caucasian sounding male names were 26 percent more likely to be granted an interview than candidates with names that indicated they were minorities or women.

Penn Study Finds Racial Disparities in Assistance for Heart Attack Victims

Penn Study Finds Racial Disparities in Assistance for Heart Attack Victims

African Americans who have heart attacks are less likely to receive CPR from bystanders than Whites who have heart attacks.

Dorothy Roberts Is the Newest PIK Professor at the University of Pennsylvania

Dorothy Roberts Is the Newest PIK Professor at the University of Pennsylvania

For the past 14 years, Professor Roberts has been on the faculty at Northwestern University School of Law.

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.

Research on HBCUs Wins Outstanding Dissertation Award

Research on HBCUs Wins Outstanding Dissertation Award

Tryan L. McMickens, who teaches at Suffolk University in Boston, was honored by the PDK International Foundation.