Monthly Archives: June 2013

Tulane University Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Its Racial Integration

In the early 1960s, two Black students filed a lawsuit seeking admission to the graduate programs at Tulane University in New Orleans. They lost the suit. But in 1963, the Tulane University board of trustees decided to admit Black students to graduate programs.

In Memoriam: James Edward Hawkins, 1949-2013

Dr. Hawkins joined the faculty at Florida A&M University in 1977 as an assistant professor of broadcast journalism. He served as dean of the journalism school from 2004 to his retirement in 2012.

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.

Scholar to Examine Links Between the 1970s Black Power Movement and Australian Aborigine Activists

Alex Carter, a Ph.D student at the University of Massachusetts, will spend a full year in Australia, beginning in August, working with the Performance Research Unit and the Indigenous Centre at Monash University in Clayton, Victoria, near Melbourne. His research will also take him to Sydney, Brisbane, and Canberra.

Ricardo Brown Named to a Dean Position at Jackson State University

Brown has been serving as assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University of Maryland system. Earlier in his career, he held faculty positions at Howard University, Morgan State University, and Wayne State University.

Yale Research Finds a Large Racial Gap in Awareness of the HPV Vaccine

Using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Yale researchers found that nearly 58 percent of White Americans were aware of the vaccine compared to only 46 percent of African Americans.

New Data on the Racial Gap in Degree Attainments

African Americans make up about 14 percent of all students enrolled in higher education but they are a far lower percentage of all degree earners. In the 2011-12 academic year, African Americans earned 10.1 percent of all degrees earned at four-year institutions.

A Major Research Project Will Examine the Status of African Americans in St. Louis

Jason Q. Purnell, assistant professor at the School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, is leading a major new research project on the health and well-being of African Americans in St. Louis. The project is being funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health.

University of North Carolina Study Finds Racial Gap in Prostate Cancer Treatment

The results showed that on average, African American men began treatment seven days later than White men after they had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. For men with aggressive or high risk prostate cancer, Black men began treatment nine days later than White men.

Morgan State University to Open a New Journalism School

The School of Global Journalism and Communication, which will be the ninth on the Morgan State campus, will officially open its doors on July 1. DeWayne Wickham, a columnist for USA Today, will be the leader of the new school.

Three African American Men in New Faculty Roles

Albert Bimper Jr., a former NFL player, joins the faculty at Colorado State University. J. Marshall Shepherd is named to an endowed chair at the University of Georgia and James Martin is appointed chair of the department of civil engineering at Clemson University.

Two African American Scholars Win Prestigious Awards

Alvin Thornton of Howard University was named the alumnus of the year by Morehouse College. Harvey Fields received an award for distinguished service from Washington University for his efforts to ensure the academic success of undergraduate students.

Howard University To Develop and Test New Drugs in Africa

Howard University in Washington, D.C., has signed a partnership agreement with TNI BioTech Inc. of Bethesda, Maryland. Under the agreement, Howard University will conduct clinical trials in several African nations for drugs treating addition, HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other diseases.

African Americans Taking on New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative roles are Coreen Dawkins Jackson at Tennessee State University, Sasha McCraw at Paine College, Janice Welbrun of Marquette University, and John Dozier at the University of South Carolina.

In Memoriam: Hayward Farrar Jr., 1950-2013

He was the Gloria D. Smith Professor of Africana Studies and associate professor of history at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He had served on the Virginia Tech faculty since 1992.

Hampton’s William Harvey Named One of the Top Five HBCU Presidents of All-Time

William R. Harvey, president of Hampton University has been named by two organizations as one of the top five HBCU presidents of all time. Norman Francis, current president of Xavier University in New Orleans, was also selected by one organization for the honor.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

From time to time, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week's selections.

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. Here are the latest selections.

The End of the Line for St. Paul’s College?

St. Paul's College, the historically Black college in Lawrenceville, Virginia, held its 125th commencement last month. Now we learn that it may well be its last. The college has informed the Southeastern Association of Colleges and Schools that is will cease operations as of June 30.

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