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In Memoriam: Millie Louise Bown Russell, 1926-2021

In Memoriam: Millie Louise Bown Russell, 1926-2021

The granddaughter of enslaved African Americans, Dr. Russell was the first Black student to enroll in the medical technology program at Seattle University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the university in 1948 and later had a long career as an administrator and lecturer at the University of Washington.

Mona Lisa Saloy Is the New Poet Laureate for the State of Louisiana

Mona Lisa Saloy Is the New Poet Laureate for the State of Louisiana

Mona Lisa Saloy is the Conrad N. Hilton Endowed Professor of English at historically Black Dillard University in New Orleans. A native of New Orleans, Professor Saloy holds a master of fine arts degree in creative writing and a Ph.D. in English from Louisiana State University.

Sheila Edwards Lange Chosen to Be the Next Chancellor of the University of Washington-Tacoma

Sheila Edwards Lange Chosen to Be the Next Chancellor of the University of Washington-Tacoma

Dr. Edwards Lange has been serving as president of Seattle Central College. She was the vice president for minority affairs and diversity for the University of Washington from 2007 to 2015. Dr. Edwards Lange is scheduled to become chancellor at the University of Washington-Tacoma on September 16.

Washington University in St. Louis Acquires the Papers of Author Charles Johnson

Washington University in St. Louis Acquires the Papers of Author Charles Johnson

University Libraries at Washington University in St. Louis has acquired the papers of Charles Johnson, the acclaimed author, cartoonist, and essayist who won the 1990 National Book Award for his novel Middle Passage.

Samson Jenekhe Wins the 2021 Polymer Physics Prize

Samson Jenekhe Wins the 2021 Polymer Physics Prize

Samson Jenekhe is the Boeing-Martin Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington. The Polymer Physics Prize was established in 1960 in conjunction with the Dow Chemical Company, which remains its chief supporter, and includes a cash award of $10,000.

The University of Washington Creates the Center for Antiracism in Nursing

The University of Washington Creates the Center for Antiracism in Nursing

The long-term vision for the center is for it to serve as a nationally recognized hub that transforms nursing training, practice, and research as well as influences health and public policy in ways that are guided by antiracism as a fundamental principle.

Scientists Call for an End to Racial Funding Disparities in Biomedical Engineering

Scientists Call for an End to Racial Funding Disparities in Biomedical Engineering

Representatives from a network of women deans, chairs, and distinguished faculty in biomedical engineering are calling upon the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies to address disparities in allocating support to Black researchers.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Grant Proposals Made by Black Researchers to the NIH Receive Lower Initial Evaluations From Peers

Grant Proposals Made by Black Researchers to the NIH Receive Lower Initial Evaluations From Peers

Previous research has found that only 16 percent of applications for National Institutes of Health grants by Black researchers are approved compared to 29 percent of projects led by White scholars. The current study led by researchers at the University of Washington explains the racial gap.

The Long-Term Impact of State Affirmative Action Bans on Black Enrollments in Higher Education

The Long-Term Impact of State Affirmative Action Bans on Black Enrollments in Higher Education

Averaging across 19 public universities in states that enacted affirmative action bans, Black enrollments declined immediately after the bans took effect and have expanded since that time.

University of Washington Study Discovers a Huge Racial Gap in Eviction Rates

University of Washington Study Discovers a Huge Racial Gap in Eviction Rates

A new University of Washington study of eviction rates in Washington State found that Black adults are almost seven times more likely to be evicted from their homes than White adults. The authors of the study state that “this severe racial disparity makes evictions a civil rights issue.”

Tracie Hall Appointed Executive Director of the American Library Association

Tracie Hall Appointed Executive Director of the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 57,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The association was founded 143 years ago. Traci Hall will be the first Black woman to lead the association.

University of Washington Study Finds That African Americans Face Increased Risk From Air Pollution

University of Washington Study Finds That African Americans Face Increased Risk From Air Pollution

A new study by researchers at the University of Washington reports that fine particulate matter from power plants producing electricity is responsible for 16,000 premature deaths each year in the United States. And African Americans are more likely than Whites to be exposed to this pollution.

How One Act of Discrimination Can Impact the Lives of College Students

How One Act of Discrimination Can Impact the Lives of College Students

On average, students who encountered unfair treatment were more physically active, interacted with their phones more and spent less time in bed on the day of the event. In many cases, the behavior changes lasted into the second day after the discrimination had taken place.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

University of Washington Scholar to Edit New Book Series on Race, Ethnicity and Politics

University of Washington Scholar to Edit New Book Series on Race, Ethnicity and Politics

Megan Ming Francis, associate professor of political science at the University of Washington, has been selected as the editor of a new series of books from Cambridge University Press called Cambridge Elements in Race, Ethnicity and Politics.

A Trio of African American Women Appointed to Positions as Deans

A Trio of African American Women Appointed to Positions as Deans

Joy Williamson-Lott has been named dean of the Graduate School at the University of Washington. Stephanie J. Rowley was appointed dean of Teachers College at Columbia University and Sandra Brown has been named dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health at Southern University in Louisiana.

In Memoriam: Onyekwere E. Akwari, 1942-2019

In Memoriam: Onyekwere E. Akwari, 1942-2019

Dr. Akwari was recruited to Duke after the university desegregated its hospital. He joined the faculty as an associate professor, making him the second African American tenure-track faculty member in the School of Medicine.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Study Finds Severe Racial Gap Between Who Causes Air Pollution and Who Breathes It

Study Finds Severe Racial Gap Between Who Causes Air Pollution and Who Breathes It

The researchers found that air pollution is disproportionately caused by the consumption of goods and services by White Americans, but disproportionately inhaled by Black and Hispanic Americans.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Six Schools of Public Affairs Launch New Diversity Alliance

Six Schools of Public Affairs Launch New Diversity Alliance

The new Public Affairs Diversity Alliance seeks to encourage and sustain a pipeline of diverse candidates for faculty positions in criminal justice, policy, and public administration at the six participating schools.

Three Black Women Faculty Members Appointed to New Positions at State Universities

Three Black Women Faculty Members Appointed to New Positions at State Universities

Taking on new assignments are Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, Leslie R. Walker-Harding at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and Elizabeth Evans at Mississippi Valley State University.

Cornell University  Research Shows Racial Bias Occurs on Dating Apps

Cornell University Research Shows Racial Bias Occurs on Dating Apps

According to the researchers, Black men and women are 10 times more likely to message White people than White people are to message Black people. Additionally, they also found that men who used these dating apps heavily viewed multiculturalism less favorably, and sexual racism as more acceptable.

University Study Finds That Black Men Are More Likely to Be the Victims of Killings by Police

University Study Finds That Black Men Are More Likely to Be the Victims of Killings by Police

Official police reports showed that police related deaths accounted for 4 percent of male homicides, while the researchers found this to actually be as high as 8 percent. During a six-year period, Black men were killed by police at the highest rate; 2.1 per 100,000 men.

Study Finds That Historically Black Colleges and Universities Pay More to Issue Bonds

Study Finds That Historically Black Colleges and Universities Pay More to Issue Bonds

The authors determined that HBCU bond issuance costs were about 20 percent higher than those of non-HBCUs, apparently because the bond underwriters found it more difficult for find buyers for the HBCU bonds. The researchers concluded that this was due to racial discrimination.

University of Montana Honors an Early Black Faculty Member

University of Montana Honors an Early Black Faculty Member

Gloria Hewitt taught at the University of Montana for 38 years and was one of the first African American women to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics. A scholarship for graduate students in mathematics has been established at the university in her name.

The Andrew Brimmer Collection at Harvard Is Now Available for Scholarly Research

The Andrew Brimmer Collection at Harvard Is Now Available for Scholarly Research

Andrew F. Brimmer was a respected economist who was the first African American to serve as a governor of the Federal Reserve System. His massive archival collection of papers is now available for scholarly research at the library of Harvard Business School.

New Website Pays Tribute to Black Grandmothers

New Website Pays Tribute to Black Grandmothers

LaShawnDa Pittman, an assistant professor of American ethnic studies at the University of Washington, has established the website Real Black Grandmothers where she presents oral histories of African American grandmothers who play a vital role in the Black community.

Study Finds a Program in Racial Pride Can Enhance the Academic Success of African American Girls

Study Finds a Program in Racial Pride Can Enhance the Academic Success of African American Girls

A new study led by Janine M. Jones, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Washington, finds that African American girls who participate in an after-school program designed to enhance racial identity and pride can experience a positive impact on their academic success.

Study Finds a Persistent Racial Gap in Exposure to Air Pollution

Study Finds a Persistent Racial Gap in Exposure to Air Pollution

Air pollution has been reduced nationwide but remains high in predominantly Black neighborhoods. A new study concludes that if Blacks breathed the same air as White people with similar levels of nitrogen dioxide, about 5,000 premature deaths from heart disease would be avoided annually.

Psychologists Find White College Students Continue to Hold Prejudicial Beliefs

Psychologists Find White College Students Continue to Hold Prejudicial Beliefs

A new study finds that many White college students continue to harbor racists beliefs. These beliefs lead many White students to communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults in the form of microaggressions.

University of Washington Scholar Maps Urban Sprawl and White Flight

University of Washington Scholar Maps Urban Sprawl and White Flight

As U.S. metropolitan areas have grown between 1990 and 2010, all racial and ethnic groups have tended to move away from city centers. But the data shows that Blacks have tended to migrate to inner-ring suburbs whereas Whites have moved to the outskirts.

The Next Dean of the College of Education at the University of Rhode Island

The Next Dean of the College of Education at the University of Rhode Island

R. Anthony Rolle has been serving since 2014 as a professor and chair of the department of educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Houston. Earlier, he taught at Texas A&M University and the University of South Florida.

Scholars Say Color Blindness Avoids the Still Important Issue of Race

Scholars Say Color Blindness Avoids the Still Important Issue of Race

Scholars at the University of Kansas, the University of Washington, and the University of Wyoming say that professions of color blindness tell young people that their race or ethnicity doesn’t matter or isn’t an important factor in history or their everyday lives.

Study Finds That Young Children Can Learn Biases Through Nonverbal Signals From Adults

Study Finds That Young Children Can Learn Biases Through Nonverbal Signals From Adults

The research by psychologists at the University of Washington found that young children can perceive bias by parents and other adults they interact with through tone of voice or facial expressions.