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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.

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.