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Gerald Simon of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Was Named Optometrist of the Year

Gerald Simon of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Was Named Optometrist of the Year

Gerald Simon, the associate dean for student affairs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, has been named 2022 Optometrist of the Year by the National Optometric Association. He was nominated for this award for his efforts to increase minority enrollment at the UAB School of Optometry.

A Check-Up on the Progress of African American Faculty in Pediatric Medicine

A Check-Up on the Progress of African American Faculty in Pediatric Medicine

African American men made up 1.3 percent of all pediatric faculty in 2000 but only 1.04 percent in 2020. In contrast, Black women were 2 percent of all pediatric faculty in 2000 and 3.4 percent of all pediatric faculty in 2020. So Blacks were 4.4 percent of all pediatric faculty in 2020, about one third of the rate that would exist if parity existed with the overall Black population.

Princeton's Neuroscientist Bradley Dickerson Wins a McKnight Scholar Award

Princeton’s Neuroscientist Bradley Dickerson Wins a McKnight Scholar Award

Dr.Dickerson’s research investigates how the fruit fly uses feedback from its wings and specialized organs to both maintain stable flight and rapidly maneuver when navigating through complex environments, and how this process plays out at neural and whole-body scales.

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar Wins the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar Wins the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, the Lawton and Nancy Smith Fichter Professor in the College of Fine Arts at Florida State University, has been awarded the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize — one of the most prestigious awards in the American arts. Professor Zollar, a MacArthur Fellow, will receive a cash award of approximately $250,000.

University of Wisconsin Scholar Confirmed as Assistant Secretary of Commerce

University of Wisconsin Scholar Confirmed as Assistant Secretary of Commerce

Michael C. Morgan is taking a leave from his faculty position to serve as assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction. In that capacity, he will serve as deputy administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Cuyahoga Community College Appoints Michael Baston as Its Fifth President

Cuyahoga Community College Appoints Michael Baston as Its Fifth President

Since 2017, Dr. Baston has been serving as president of Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York. He began his career as an attorney representing various educational institutions and social justice organizations. His work with academic clients led him to pursue a second career in academia.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Makes a Huge Commitment to Diversify Scientific Research

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Makes a Huge Commitment to Diversify Scientific Research

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the largest private funder of biomedical research in the nation, has launched the $1.5 billion Freeman Hrabowski Scholars Program. HHMI expects to hire and support up to 150 early-career faculty over the next 20 years to help build a more diverse scientific workforce.

Name Change for the African American Studies Building at Virginia Commonwealth University

Name Change for the African American Studies Building at Virginia Commonwealth University

The building will now be known as Gabriel’s House, named for the enslaved man in Richmond who, in 1800, organized an unsuccessful but historically significant slave revolt.

Racist Incidents Occur on the Campus of Ohio University in Athens

Racist Incidents Occur on the Campus of Ohio University in Athens

In one incident, a trash bag was left outside a resident doorway with a sign that included racial slurs. Also, a student athlete urinated on the dormitory room door of a Black student damaging some of the contents of the room.

Elizabeth City State University Introduces an Aviation Workforce Development Program

Elizabeth City State University Introduces an Aviation Workforce Development Program

The Aviation Workforce Development Program at historically Black Elizabeth Cty State University in North Carolina will educate 80 high school students about the wide variety of career opportunities in the aviation industry with the goal to recruit students into the university’s aviation program.

In Memoriam: Reneé Patricia Collins, 1950-2022

In Memoriam: Reneé Patricia Collins, 1950-2022

While working for Western Washington University Dr. Collins earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies at the age of 47. She went on to earn a master’s degree in adult education at Western Washington University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Seattle University.

California Higher Education Gets A Budget Increase in Exchange for Agreement on Equity Goals

California Higher Education Gets A Budget Increase in Exchange for Agreement on Equity Goals

The governor and the state’s systems of higher education have developed multi-year compacts and a roadmap that will provide sustained state investments in exchange for clear commitments from each segment to expand student access, equity, and affordability.

How School Choice Contributes to Persistent Racial Segregation

How School Choice Contributes to Persistent Racial Segregation

A new study by Chantal Hailey, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, finds that White, Asian and Latino parents in New York City all express strong racial/ethnic preferences in where to send their kids to high school.

In Memoriam: Carol Lani Guinier, 1950-2022

In Memoriam: Carol Lani Guinier, 1950-2022

Lani Guinier was the first woman of color to be a tenured professor at Harvard Law School. Earlier, she taught for 10 years at the law school of the University of Pennsylvania.

In Memoriam: Richard A. Williams, 1946-2021

In Memoriam: Richard A. Williams, 1946-2021

Williams held administrative posts at Bloomfield College in New Jersey and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth before joining the staff at Rowan University in 1984. He remained on the staff at the university until 2008.

Analysis of Consumer Reviews Uncovers Racism in Acute-Care Hospitals

Analysis of Consumer Reviews Uncovers Racism in Acute-Care Hospitals

An analysis of 90,786 online consumer reviews of U.S. acute-care hospitals published on Yelp, found that consumers experienced racism from a variety of actors, ranging from clinical staff, such as physicians and nurses, to other critical hospital personnel such as security officers and reception staff.

In Memoriam: Timuel Dixon Black Jr., 1918-2021

In Memoriam: Timuel Dixon Black Jr., 1918-2021

Timuel Black, a noted American historian, educator, and civil rights activist, died on October 13 at his home in Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. He was 102 years old.

In Memoriam: Valree Fletcher Wynn, 1922-2021

In Memoriam: Valree Fletcher Wynn, 1922-2021

Dr. Wynn was the first Black woman to earn a master’s degree in English and the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. in English at Oklahoma State University. In 1965, she became the first Black faculty member at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Historically Black Fisk University in Nashville to Add Three New Degree Programs

Historically Black Fisk University in Nashville to Add Three New Degree Programs

Fisk University, the historically Black educational institution in Nashville, Tennessee, has announced that it will add a bachelor’s degree program in kinesiology, a bachelor of social work program, and a master’s degree program in executive leadership. The new programs will enroll students for the fall 2022 semester.

Syracuse University Enters Partnership With HBCU Athletic Conference

Syracuse University Enters Partnership With HBCU Athletic Conference

Syracuse University in New York and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced they have signed an agreement, creating an alliance designed to connect institutions, student-athletes, staff, and alumni. In addition to athletic competition, the agreement calls for internships, visiting professorships, conferences, and joint seminars.

Salem College Develops Walking Tour on the History of Enslaved People on Campus

Salem College Develops Walking Tour on the History of Enslaved People on Campus

In conjunction with the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of Salem Academy and College, the Anna Maria Samuel Project: Race, Remembrance, and Reconciliation is holding two events focusing on the history of the college’s relationship with slavery and the work of both enslaved and free African Americans in the history of the institution.

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.

Federal Reserve Bank Study Shows Black Businesses Suffered the Most in the Early Pandemic

Federal Reserve Bank Study Shows Black Businesses Suffered the Most in the Early Pandemic

A new study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York finds that predominately Black communities have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of health outcomes and economic vitality. The report finds that mortality rates in Black communities were higher but so were job losses and business closures.

Three African American Scholars Who Have Retired from High-Level University Positions

Three African American Scholars Who Have Retired from High-Level University Positions

Retiring after long careers in higher education are Martha Lue Stewart, at the University of Central Florida, Rahim Reed at the University of California, Davis, and Roland Smith at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

In Memoriam: Julia A. Miller, 1928-2021

In Memoriam: Julia A. Miller, 1928-2021

In 1970 Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, established the Black Studies Center. Dr. Miller was the founding associate director. Within two years she became the director. She served in that role until 1984.

University of Delaware to Undertake an Effort to Examine Its History Regarding Race

University of Delaware to Undertake an Effort to Examine Its History Regarding Race

In addition to examining its history regarding slavery and desegregation, the university will examine why African Americans aren’t choosing to come to the University of Delaware, and then what can be done to make it a more inclusive and accepting space. Blacks are 33 percent of public high school graduates in Delaware but only 5.6 percent of the student body at the university.

Accrediting Agency Places Florida Memorial University on Probation for Good Cause

Accrediting Agency Places Florida Memorial University on Probation for Good Cause

In a statement, Jaffus Hardrick, president of Florida Memorial University, explained that “the issues that led to this action occurred over numerous years of dealing with financial challenges, declining enrollment, and aging infrastructure.”

University of Mississippi Joins With Rust College in a Dual-Degree Program in Engineering

University of Mississippi Joins With Rust College in a Dual-Degree Program in Engineering

Under the agreement, students will spend their first three years at Rust College and then spend two years at the University of Mississippi School of Engineering. Successful students will be awarded a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Rust College and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Mississippi.

Florida State University Scholar Creates Documentary Film on Florida's Plantations

Florida State University Scholar Creates Documentary Film on Florida’s Plantations

Valerie Scoon, filmmaker in residence at Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts is the director of a new documentary film on the history of plantations and the enslaved in northern and middle Florida.

The Racial Gap in Traditional Four-Year High School Graduation Rates

The Racial Gap in Traditional Four-Year High School Graduation Rates

New data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that nationwide 85.8 percent of students graduate from high school within the traditional four-year period. For Black students, the nationwide high school graduation rate was 79.6 percent. This was 10 percentage points below the rate for Whites. In some states, the gap is very narrow. In others, the graduation rate gap is more than 15 percentage points.

In Memoriam: Lee Vernon Stiff, 1949-2021

In Memoriam: Lee Vernon Stiff, 1949-2021

In 1983, Dr. Stiff joined the faculty of mathematics and science education at North Carolina State University. He rose through the ranks to become a full professor of mathematics education. At the time of his retirement in 2020, Dr. Stiff was the associate dean for faculty and academic affairs in the College of Education at the university.

Gilda Barabino Selected to Lead the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Gilda Barabino Selected to Lead the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Gilda Barabino is the president of the Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts. She was the first African American woman admitted to the graduate program in chemical engineering at Rice University. In 1986, she was the fifth African American woman in the nation to obtain a doctorate in chemical engineering.

The High Toll of Gun Violence in Majority-Black Neighborhoods

The High Toll of Gun Violence in Majority-Black Neighborhoods

Utilizing data from the Gun Violence Archive and American Community Survey, the researchers found that, among middle-class neighborhoods, the rate of gun homicides is more than four times higher in neighborhoods with mostly Black residents than neighborhoods with mostly White residents.

In Memoriam: Wynetta Devore, 1929-2020

In Memoriam: Wynetta Devore, 1929-2020

Dr. Devore began her academic career at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. She then taught at Rutgers University before joining the faculty at Syracuse University’s School of Social Work in 1980. She retired in 1999.

Racial Disparities in the Effect of the Pandemic on American Education

Racial Disparities in the Effect of the Pandemic on American Education

About 30 percent of Whites who had planned to take at least one college class this coming fall report they have abandoned their plans for higher education this year. For Blacks who planned to attend college, more than 37 percent have abandoned their plans to enroll.

Howard University's Tamara Owens Named Outstanding Educator in Health Simulation

Howard University’s Tamara Owens Named Outstanding Educator in Health Simulation

Tamara L. Owens, founding director of the Howard University Simulation & Clinical Skills Center, has received the Outstanding Educator of the Year award from the Association of Standardized Patient Educators.