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Will the Internet Serve to Raise Black Participation in Medical Research?

Will the Internet Serve to Raise Black Participation in Medical Research?

In a study of nearly 1,000 people, researchers analyzed DNA to determine genetic factors that were linked to smoking behavior and nicotine additions. Black participants were far less likely to go online to find out if they had these genetic variations that increased their risk.

Choreographer Bill T. Jones to Receive the International Humanities Medal

Choreographer Bill T. Jones to Receive the International Humanities Medal

The award, administered by Washington University in St. Louis, recognizes the lifetime work of a noted scholar, writer, or artist who has made a significant and sustained contribution to the world of letters or arts. The award comes with a $25,000 prize.

Study Finds Large Racial Disparity in Student Loan Debt

Study Finds Large Racial Disparity in Student Loan Debt

Research conducted at Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis found that low-to-moderate income Black students and graduates accrue on average $7,721 more student debt than their White counterparts.

New Center at Washington University to Study How Racism Impacts Social Mobility

New Center at Washington University to Study How Racism Impacts Social Mobility

The Collaboration on Race, Inequality, and Social Mobility in America (CRISMA) will study ways in which inequality and structural racism affect racial/ethnic disparities in achievement, life chances, social and economic mobility, and health in the United States.

Administrative Appointments for Six African Americans in Higher Education

Administrative Appointments for Six African Americans in Higher Education

The appointees are Ashley Green at Michigan State University, Harvey Fields at Washington University in St. Louis, Terrance J. Tumey at the Claremont Colleges, Gia Soublet at Xavier University of Louisiana, Donald Brooks at Millsaps College in Mississippi, and William Clemm at Florida A&M University.

Two African Americans Are Among the 11 New Members of the National Academy of Education

Two African Americans Are Among the 11 New Members of the National Academy of Education

William F. Tate is the Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor in Arts and Sciences and Carol Camp Yeakey is the Marshall S. Snow Professor in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.

Seven Black Faculty Members Appointed to New Posts

Seven Black Faculty Members Appointed to New Posts

Here is this week’s roundup of Black faculty members from colleges and universities throughout the United States who have been appointed to new positions.

New Administrative Duties for Seven African Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Duties for Seven African Americans in Higher Education

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

New Administrative Assignments for Eight African Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Assignments for Eight African Americans in Higher Education

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Harris-Stowe State University to Offer a Dual Degree Program in Occupational Therapy

Harris-Stowe State University to Offer a Dual Degree Program in Occupational Therapy

Students will enroll at Harris-Stowe State University for three years. Then, the students will enroll at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis for two years to earn a master’s degree in occupational therapy or three years to earn a doctorate in occupational therapy.

Melvin Oliver Named the Sixth President of Pitzer College in Claremont, California

Melvin Oliver Named the Sixth President of Pitzer College in Claremont, California

Dr. Oliver is a professor of sociology and executive dean of the College of Letters and Science at the University of California at Santa Barbara. From 1978 to 1996, Dr. Oliver taught sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Research Universities

Black First-Year Students at the Nation’s Leading Research Universities

Slightly more than a decade ago in 2004, only two of the nation’s highest-ranked universities had incoming classes that were more than 10 percent Black. This year there are eight.

University Study Documents Gun Violence Injuries for African American Youth

University Study Documents Gun Violence Injuries for African American Youth

Over a five-year period, 398 children under the age of 16 were brought to emergency rooms in St. Louis with gun-related injuries. Almost 78 percent of these victims were African Americans.

Universities in St. Louis Establish Online Resource on Ferguson Protests

Universities in St. Louis Establish Online Resource on Ferguson Protests

The Regional Collecting Initiative on Ferguson is assembling information, oral histories, photographs, new stories, and other items to document the people and events surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.

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.

New Posts for Five Black Administrators in Higher Education

New Posts for Five Black Administrators in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative roles are Darrice Griffin at the University of Massachusetts, Corey L. McCray at Tidewater Community College in Virginia, Takeyah Young at The Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, Charles Azebeokhi at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, and Rochelle Smith at Washington University.

Students at Harris-Stowe State University Can Take a Computer Science Course for Free

Students at Harris-Stowe State University Can Take a Computer Science Course for Free

Students at Harris-Stowe State University, the historically Black educational institution in St. Louis, will be able to take a computer science course for free at nearby Washington University.

Honors and Awards for Six African American Educators

Honors and Awards for Six African American Educators

The honorees are Stephanie Luck of the University of Arkansas, the late Levi Watkins at Vanderbilt University, Clara Adams of Morgan State University, Anthony B. Pinn of Rice University, William F. Tate of Washington University in St. Louis, and Em Claire Knowles of Simmons College.

Six African Americans Named to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Six African Americans Named to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

The appointees are Kimberly A. Saunders at the University of Delaware, Paul Norman at St. Augustine’s College, George Cotton at Florida A&M, Tyrone Parham at Penn State, Lori S. White at Washington University, and Derrick Johnson at Elizabeth City State.

University of Nebraska Establishes the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of People of Color

University of Nebraska Establishes the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of People of Color

The commission has been established to advise the chancellor on issues pertaining to the specific concerns of faculty, staff, and students who are members of underrepresented minority groups on campus.

The FBI Kept Close Ties on Black Scholars

The FBI Kept Close Ties on Black Scholars

William Maxwell of Washington University in St. Louis made 106 Freedom of Information Act requests for FBI files on what he calls “noteworthy Afro-modernists.” He found that the FBI had files on 51 of the 106 Black scholars.

Four African American Scholars in New Faculty Roles

Four African American Scholars in New Faculty Roles

Taking on new assignments are Marlon James at Macalester College in Minnesota, Lakami Baker at Auburn University in Alabama, April Baptiste at Colgate University in New York, and Sean Joe at Washington University in St. Louis.

Four Black Academic Men Win Prestigious Honors

Four Black Academic Men Win Prestigious Honors

The honorees are Derek D. Bardell of Delgado Community College, Samuel Achilefu of Washington University in St. Louis, Claiborne D. Smith of Delaware State University, and William Franklin of California State University, Dominguez Hills.

In Memoriam: James Dennis Singleton Jr., 1945-2015

In Memoriam: James Dennis Singleton Jr., 1945-2015

James “Jeigh” Singleton was professor emeritus of fashion design at Washington University in St. Louis. He led the fashion design program at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts for 25 years.

Four African Americans Named to New University Administrative Posts

Four African Americans Named to New University Administrative Posts

The appointees are W. Kent Guion at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Meredith Evans at Washington University, Tanya Barnes-Jones at Saint Augustine’s University and Lee A. McElroy Jr. at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

University Study Finds Link Between Sedentary Work and Obesity for Black Women

University Study Finds Link Between Sedentary Work and Obesity for Black Women

The research by scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found no correlation for sedentary work and obesity in men and a far smaller correlation for White women.

In Memoriam: Jonathan Raymond Reed, 1933-2014

In Memoriam: Jonathan Raymond Reed, 1933-2014

Jonathan Raymond Reed was a long-time obstetrician and gynecologist and an assistant clinical professor at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Washington University Study to Examine Racial Segregation in St. Louis

Washington University Study to Examine Racial Segregation in St. Louis

The project, entitled “The Divided City: An Urban Humanities Initiative,” is funded in part by a $650,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

New University Study Offers Hope for Children Suffering From Sickle Cell Disease

New University Study Offers Hope for Children Suffering From Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell disease affects about 100,000 people in the United States and occurs most commonly in African-Americans. New research finds that monthly blood transfusions can reduce the incidence of strokes in children with sickle cell disease.

University Study Finds Inner-City Youth More Likely to Have Food Allergies

University Study Finds Inner-City Youth More Likely to Have Food Allergies

The study found that 10 percent of young inner-city children had food allergies. Peanut allergies were the most common, followed by eggs, and milk. Nationwide about 3 percent of all adults and 6 percent of young children have food allergies.

The New President of Malawi Spent Nearly 40 Years on the Faculty at Washington University

The New President of Malawi Spent Nearly 40 Years on the Faculty at Washington University

Peter Mutharika earned two degrees at Yale Law School and then taught for 39 years on the faculty of the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He had been in the U.S. for so long, that his eligibility for the presidency of Malawi was an issue in the election campaign.

New Positions for Three African American Administrators

New Positions for Three African American Administrators

The appointees to new administrative posts are LaTanya Buck at Washington University in St. Louis, Shamis Abdi at Florida A&M University, and Pelema I. Morrice at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.

Four African Americans Named to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Four African Americans Named to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Dedric Carter at Washington University, Anthony Floyd Jr. at The Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Nettie Daniels of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and Sandra Mitchell of the University of North Dakota.

Washington University Develops New Treatment for Sickle Cell Disease

Washington University Develops New Treatment for Sickle Cell Disease

The procedure involves an umbilical cord blood transplant. A new lose-dose chemotherapy procedure with fewer adverse side effects prepares the patient for the transplant.

Two African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Two African Americans Named to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Apryle M. Cotton is the new assistant vice chancellor for human resources at Washington University and Xavier Alexander Cole was appointed vice president for student affairs at Washington College.

New Faculty Roles for Two African American Scholars

New Faculty Roles for Two African American Scholars

Rebecca A. Wanzo, an associate professor, was named associate director of the Center for Humanities at Washington University. Tomeka Robinson was promoted and granted tenure at Marietta College in Ohio.