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Eddie N. Moore Jr. Named President of Norfolk State University in Virginia

Eddie N. Moore Jr. Named President of Norfolk State University in Virginia

Moore has been serving as interim president of Norfolk State since 2013 and the board of visitors rewarded him for leading the university when it was placed on probation by its accrediting agency. It has now been removed from probation.

In Memoriam: Jefferson Joseph Jones, 1932-2015

In Memoriam: Jefferson Joseph Jones, 1932-2015

Jefferson J. Jones joined the faculty at Case Western Reserve University in 1967. He served on the faculty there for more than 40 years. Dr. Jones was the first African American endodontist in the state of Ohio.

The Inaugural Dean of the School of Public Health at Jackson State University

The Inaugural Dean of the School of Public Health at Jackson State University

Dorothy C. Browne has been serving as an adjunct professor of maternal and child welfare in the School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the former director of the Public Health Institute at North Carolina A&T State University.

Tracy Smith to Lead the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University

Tracy Smith to Lead the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University

Professor Smith has taught creative writing at the university since 2005. Earlier, she taught at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York, the University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia University. In 2012, she won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Eight African Americans

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Eight African Americans

The new appointees are Tamica Smith Jones, Tammara Durham, Cedric Gathings, Anthony L. Holloman, Geovette E. Washington, Bernadine M. Douglas, Donell Young, and Timothy Davis.

Darryll K. Jones to Lead the College of Law at Florida A&M University

Darryll K. Jones to Lead the College of Law at Florida A&M University

Jones will serve as interim dean. He has been serving as associate dean for academic affairs. He joined the law school in 2009 as associate dean for research and faculty development. Jones holds two law degrees from the University of Florida.

University of Pittsburgh Acquires the Archives of Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner

University of Pittsburgh Acquires the Archives of Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner

Garner was born in Pittsburgh in 1921. He began playing piano at age 3 and by the age of seven was performing on the radio. In 1944, Garner moved to New York City where he became a leading performer and composer.

Four African Americans Announce They Are Leaving Their College and University Posts

Four African Americans Announce They Are Leaving Their College and University Posts

Those who are stepping down are Clyde B. Jones III at the University of Pittsburgh, Valerie B. Lee at Ohio State University, Patience Essah at Auburn University, and Charles Meadows at Morehouse College.

Study Examines Racial Differences in Depression Among Women in Rural and Urban Areas

Study Examines Racial Differences in Depression Among Women in Rural and Urban Areas

The study found that rural White women were more likely to be depressed than White women in urban areas, whereas Black women in rural areas were less likely to be depressed than Black women in urban locales.

In Memoriam: Burrell A. Brown, 1947-2015

In Memoriam: Burrell A. Brown, 1947-2015

Burrell Brown was a professor and chair of the department of business administration and economics at California University of Pennsylvania. He served for 20 years as legal counsel for the Pennsylvania chapter of the NAACP.

The New Chief of Staff to the Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh

The New Chief of Staff to the Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh

Kathy Humphrey was named senior vice chancellor for engagement and chief of staff for the chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh. For the past nine years, she has served as vice provost and dean of students at the university.

University Study Examines Racial Disparities in the Pittsburgh Area

University Study Examines Racial Disparities in the Pittsburgh Area

The Center on Race and Social Problems at the School of Social Work of the University of Pittsburgh has issued a new report on racial disparities in the metropolitan region surrounding the university.

University Study Finds Significant Reductions in Racial Health Care Disparities

University Study Finds Significant Reductions in Racial Health Care Disparities

The study, by researchers at Brown and the University of Pittsburgh, examined 12 million acute care hospitalizations for patients who had a heart attack, heart failure, or suffered from pneumonia and compared treatments received by patients by race and ethnicity.

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.

Distinguished Honors for Three African American Scholars

Distinguished Honors for Three African American Scholars

The honorees at Brandon Keith Brown assistant professor of music at Brown University, William M. Carter Jr., dean of the law school at the University of Pittsburgh, and Robin E. Dock, an associate professor at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina.

Two Black Professors Are Named MacArthur Fellows

Two Black Professors Are Named MacArthur Fellows

The Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation has announced the selection of 21 individuals in this year’s class of MacArthur Fellows. Two are African Americans with current ties to the academic world: Jennifer L. Eberhardt of Stanford University and Terrance Hayes of the University of Pittsburgh.

Study Finds Racial Differences in Womens' Ability to Lose Weight

Study Finds Racial Differences in Womens’ Ability to Lose Weight

Due to lower metabolic rates, African American women who are overweight and are trying to lose weight must consumer fewer calories or exercise more than White women to lose the same amount weight.

Jazz Educator Honored at the Kennedy Center

Jazz Educator Honored at the Kennedy Center

Nathan Davis, professor emeritus of music at the University of Pittsburgh, received the BNY Mellon Jazz 2013 Living Legacy Award honoring jazz masters who have achieved distinction in jazz performance and education.

Two Black Scholars Join the Sickle Cell Disease Research Team at the University of Pittsburgh

Two Black Scholars Join the Sickle Cell Disease Research Team at the University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh has announced the addition of two scholars to its Sickle Cell Disease Program. Laura De Castro was a professor of hematology at Duke University and Solomon Ofori-Acquah was a professor of pediatrics at Emory University.

Jazz Studies Pioneer to Retire

Jazz Studies Pioneer to Retire

Nathan Davis, professor of music and director of the jazz studies program at the University of Pittsburgh, has announced that he will retire. Professor Davis, now 76 years old, founded the jazz program at the university in 1969. At that time, there were only two other jazz studies programs in the nation.

In Memoriam: Homer Eli Favor, 1925-2013

In Memoriam: Homer Eli Favor, 1925-2013

Homer Favor joined the faculty at Morgan State University in 1956 as an assistant professor of economics. In 1963, he founded the Urban Studies Institute at Morgan State.

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.

Robert Hill Retiring as Vice Chanellor for Public Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh

Robert Hill Retiring as Vice Chanellor for Public Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh

Robert Hill, vice chancellor for public affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, announced that he will retire from the university at the end of this month. He has held his present post since 1999.

University of Pittsburgh Receives Donation of African Artifacts

University of Pittsburgh Receives Donation of African Artifacts

Among the items donated to the university are a bronze casting of the head of a queen mother from Benin, a helmet mask made of wood and human hair from Tanzania, and a Kente cloth used by members of the royal court of the Ashanti people of Ghana.

Two African American Scholars Named to Endowed Chairs

Two African American Scholars Named to Endowed Chairs

Barbara Guthrie was named the Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing at Yale University and H. Richard Milner IV was appointed to the Dr. Helen S. Faison Chair in Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh.

Vitamin D Deficiency May Explain Higher Rate of Low Birthweight Babies Among African Americans

Vitamin D Deficiency May Explain Higher Rate of Low Birthweight Babies Among African Americans

A study found that mothers with low levels of vitamin D during early pregnancy delivered babies that were lighter than mothers who were not deficient in vitamin D. About half of all African American women are vitamin D deficient.

University of Pittsburgh Study Examines Racial Differences in Bone Marrow Donorship Decisions

University of Pittsburgh Study Examines Racial Differences in Bone Marrow Donorship Decisions

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine conducted a study to learn why Black and other minorities opt-out of bone marrow transplant registries at rates far higher than whites.

Instilling Racial Pride Can Help Black Students Do Better in School

Instilling Racial Pride Can Help Black Students Do Better in School

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard University finds that African American adolescents do better in school if their parents instill in them a strong sense of racial pride.

Livingston Alexander Given Authority Over a Second Campus of the University of Pittsburgh

Livingston Alexander Given Authority Over a Second Campus of the University of Pittsburgh

President of the Bradford campus since 2003, he will now do double duty as president of the Titusville campus.

The New Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law

The New Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law

William M. Carter Jr. is currently a professor at the Beasley School of Law at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Honors for Three Black Scholars

Honors for Three Black Scholars

John M. Wallace of the University of Pittsburgh, Judith Thomas of Lincoln University, and LeTondra Lawrence of Texas Woman’s University, are honored with prestigious awards.

Jem Spectar Named a Finalist for Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Jem Spectar Named a Finalist for Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Since 2007, he has served as president of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

Toi Derricotte Named to the Board of the Academy of American Poets

Toi Derricotte Named to the Board of the Academy of American Poets

The University of Pittsburgh professor has published more than 1,000 poems.

Mentoring Program Aims to Increase the Number of Black Men Seeking Careers in Medicine

Mentoring Program Aims to Increase the Number of Black Men Seeking Careers in Medicine

Fifteen African American male students from sixth grade classes in Pittsburgh area schools are chosen for the program each year.

Racial Differences in Decline of Physical Activity Among Young Girls

Racial Differences in Decline of Physical Activity Among Young Girls

University of Pittsburgh study finds that a decline in physical activity is more pronounced for African American adolescent girls.

Faculty News

Faculty News

Tony Gaskew is promoted and Nwadiuto Esiobu wins a State Department fellowship.