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In Memoriam: Toni Kay Johnson, 1956-2016

In Memoriam: Toni Kay Johnson, 1956-2016

Dr. Johnson joined the faculty at the University of Kansas in 2005 and was promoted to associate professor in 2012. Before joining the University of Kansas faculty, Dr. Johnson taught in the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee-Memphis.

New York University Historian to Be Awarded the Frederick Douglass Book Prize

New York University Historian to Be Awarded the Frederick Douglass Book Prize

Ada Ferrer, professor of history and professor of Latin American and Caribbean studies, will be awarded the $25,000 prize for the best book of the year on slavery or abolition that was written in the English language.

Two Flagship State Universities Report Progress on Student Diversity

Two Flagship State Universities Report Progress on Student Diversity

Blacks are 5.3 percent of the first-year class at the University of Texas at Austin, up from 4.2 percent a year ago. At the University of Colorado at Boulder, the number of African American undergraduates students is up 8 percent from a year ago.

University of Texas to Move Statue of Jefferson Davis to an Educational Exhibit

University of Texas to Move Statue of Jefferson Davis to an Educational Exhibit

On the Main Mall of the University of Texas at Austin are seven statues. Along with George Washington, there are statues of several Confederate officials. University of Texas President Gregory Fenves has decided to remove the Jefferson Davis statue.

Duke Professor's Program Seeks to Close the Racial Gap in Educational Achievement Among Youth

Duke Professor’s Program Seeks to Close the Racial Gap in Educational Achievement Among Youth

Angel L. Harris, a professor of sociology and African and African American studies at Duke University, is launching a new effort called Research on the Education and Development of Youth (REDY). His goal is to provide teachers with the tools to teach students who have different learning styles.

In Memoriam: Ray Floyd Wilson, 1926-2015

In Memoriam: Ray Floyd Wilson, 1926-2015

Ray F. Wilson taught chemistry at Texas Southern University in Houston for 42 years. In 1953, he was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin.

In Memoriam: Suzan Maria Armstrong-West, 1948-2015

In Memoriam: Suzan Maria Armstrong-West, 1948-2015

Professor Armstrong-West had served on the faculty at Edward Waters College since 2008. Earlier, she was assistant dean of students at the University of Texas at Austin and dean of academic programs at Rutgers 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.

Four African Americans in New Administrative Posts at U.S. Universities

Four African Americans in New Administrative Posts at U.S. Universities

The appointees are Celena Mondie-Milner at the University of Texas, Shana Lassiter at Columbia University, Greg Drane at Pennsylvania State University, and D. Jason DeSousa at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

University Study Finds Gender and Sexual Identity Differences in Openness to Interracial Dating

University Study Finds Gender and Sexual Identity Differences in Openness to Interracial Dating

A new study by researchers at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Texas finds White straight males and White lesbians are more open to interracial dating than White gay men and White straight women.

The 21st-Century Version of Black Studies

The 21st-Century Version of Black Studies

Kevin Foster, an associate professor of African and African diaspora studies at the University of Texas at Austin, has created the television production Blackademics TV.

Terri Givens Named Provost at Menlo College in California

Terri Givens Named Provost at Menlo College in California

Dr. Givens, a professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin, was the first African American women to serve as vice provost at the University of Texas.

Huston-Tillotson University Partners With the University of Texas to Provide Health Services

Huston-Tillotson University Partners With the University of Texas to Provide Health Services

The two universities will participate in the operation of the Sandra Joy Anderson Community Health and Wellness Center on the Huston-Tillotson University campus.

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.

Lovell Jones Named Associate Dean for Research at Prairie View A&M University

Lovell Jones Named Associate Dean for Research at Prairie View A&M University

Dr. Jones was a professor at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and a research professor in the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston.

University Study Links Racial Discrimination to Mental Health Problems

University Study Links Racial Discrimination to Mental Health Problems

The study found that African Americans and Caribbean-born Blacks who experience discrimination in the United States are at a substantially higher risk for anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and other mental disorders.

University Innovation Alliance Aims to Help Low-Income Students Earn a College Degree

University Innovation Alliance Aims to Help Low-Income Students Earn a College Degree

The alliance of 11 large public research universities says that it will test and disseminate proven innovations in education so college and universities across the country can be more successful in retaining and graduating all students, including those from low-income families.

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.

Star Quarterback Returns to the University of Texas as a Development Officer

Star Quarterback Returns to the University of Texas as a Development Officer

Vince Young, who was the quarterback for the University of Texas’s football team when it won the BCS Championship game in January 2006, has been hired by the university as a development officer.

University of Texas Affirmative Action Case Is Not Done Yet

University of Texas Affirmative Action Case Is Not Done Yet

Last month, a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the affirmative action policies on the University of Texas. But the plaintiff was quick to respond and has now filed an appeal for the entire Fifth Circuit bench to hear the case.

U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds the University of Texas' Affirmative Action Plan

U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds the University of Texas’ Affirmative Action Plan

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the affirmative action policies of the University of Texas in a case brought by Abigail Fisher that had previously made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

University of Texas Study Examines the State of Black Business in the Lone Star State

University of Texas Study Examines the State of Black Business in the Lone Star State

Black-owned businesses in Texas tended to be very small and 95 percent of them had no paid employees. In 2007, the average Black-owned business in Texas had sales of $60,000 compared to average sales of $1.2 million for all businesses in the state.

Ten African Americans in New University Administrative Positions

Ten African Americans in New University Administrative Positions

Taking on new administrative duties are Rosetta Clay, F.J. Talley, Kevin Cokley, James Earl Orr Jr., E. Nathan Thomas III, Mark D. Henderson, Jimmy Miller, Katrina Oliver, Stephanie Sanders, and Shawn Felton.

A New Interactive Online Tool on Developmental Aid in Africa

A New Interactive Online Tool on Developmental Aid in Africa

AidData, whose partners include the College of William and Mary, Brigham Young University, and the University of Texas, is offering a new online tool that gives users detailed information on developmental aid projects in Africa.

Joseph Francisco Named Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska

Joseph Francisco Named Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska

Currently, Dr. Francisco is the William E. Moore Distinguished Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Chemistry at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He will take on his new duties on July 1.

Boston College Professor Named Child Advocate of the Year

Boston College Professor Named Child Advocate of the Year

Ruth G. McRoy, the Donahue and DiFelice Professor of Social Work at Boston College, has been selected to receive the Child Advocate of the Year Award from the North American Council on Adoptable Children.

Survey Finds Black Men Try Hard But Still Have Difficulty Achieving Educational Success

Survey Finds Black Men Try Hard But Still Have Difficulty Achieving Educational Success

A new report authored by scholars at the University of Texas finds that Black men are more engaged in the community college experience than White men but less successful in educational outcomes.

Childhood Adversity Impacts the Adult Health of Black Men

Childhood Adversity Impacts the Adult Health of Black Men

A new study led by a sociologist at the University of Texas finds that African American men who endured childhood adversity are more likely to have physical and mental health problems as adults.

A Treasure Trove of Historical Data on the History of Mental Illness Among African Americans

A Treasure Trove of Historical Data on the History of Mental Illness Among African Americans

Professor King Davis of the University of Texas is seeking funding to finish a monumental task of making decades of archival information on Black mental illness available to researchers.

Hiring of Black Football Coach Causes a Stir at the Univerity of Texas

Hiring of Black Football Coach Causes a Stir at the Univerity of Texas

When the University of Texas hired Charlie Strong as its first African American head football coach, the university’s major benefactor called the selection “a kick in the face.”

This Week's Roundup of New Higher Education Administrative Appointments

This Week’s Roundup of New Higher Education Administrative Appointments

The new appointees are Jacqueline Gibson at Mississippi Valley State University, Maurice D. Gipson at the University of Texas, Earl Johnson at the University of Tulsa and Coreen Jackson of Tennessee State University.

University Study Finds Constructive Criticism, Not Undeserved Praise, Is More Helpful to Black Students

University Study Finds Constructive Criticism, Not Undeserved Praise, Is More Helpful to Black Students

A new study led by Davis S. Yeager, an assistant professor of developmental psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, finds that praising African American students for mediocre work in an effort to boost self-esteem can actually have just the opposite effect.

Texas Consortium Looks to Boost Educational Opportunities for Minority Men

Texas Consortium Looks to Boost Educational Opportunities for Minority Men

The University of Texas at Austin has launched the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color, a new statewide network of public school districts, community colleges, and four-year public universities.

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 Economic Report Finds That Blacks in Texas Are Losing Ground to Other Groups

University Economic Report Finds That Blacks in Texas Are Losing Ground to Other Groups

A report from the Institute of Urban Policy Research and Analysis at the University of Texas at Austin finds that the economic condition of African Americans in Texas has deteriorated since the beginning of the century. African Americans have the lowest median income of any racial or ethnic group.

Texas Bill Proposes That History Requirement Cannot Be Filled by Ethnic Studies Courses

Texas Bill Proposes That History Requirement Cannot Be Filled by Ethnic Studies Courses

Under the proposed legislation, only courses that present a “comprehensive survey” of American or Texas history could be used to meet the six-credit history requirement for all bachelor’s degree recipients at state universities.