Monthly Archives: January 2014

Black Applicants Down Slightly at the University of California

African Americans are 5.9 percent of all applicants to the University of California for this fall's entering class. Last year, the figure was 6.0 percent. Blacks make up about 7 percent of the California population.

A Tape of a 1964 Speech by Martin Luther King Discovered at Arizona State University

A tape of the speech entitled, "Religious Witness for Human Dignity," was found in an old box of reel-to-reel tapes at a Goodwill store in Phoenix. There is no other known recording of the speech.

In Memoriam: Rose L. Glee, 1942-2014

She served as interim director of the Office of Technology Transfer, Licensing, and Commercialization at Florida A&M University and was the former director of the Office of Sponsored Research at Southern University.

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 North Carolina Universities Examine German/African American Cultural Exchanges

Four universities in North Carolina are partnering to examine the intersections of African American and German culture in the twentieth century. The semester-long project is entitled "From Harlem to Hamburg."

Cheryl Henderson Is Among the Finalists for Key Fundraising Post at New Mexico State University

Currently, Cheryl Harrelson is the associate vice president for annual and special gifts, stewardship, and special events for the Washington State University Foundation.

Michael Drake Appointed President of Ohio State University

When he takes office in June, Dr. Drake will be the first African American to be president of Ohio State. Currently, Dr. Drake is chancellor of the University of California, Irvine.

African Americans With Alternative Educational Credentials

The data shows that 21 percent of Black adults in the United States have some form or alternative educational credential. For White Americans the figure is 25.6 percent. These credentials include professional certification or licensure or an educational certificate.

Central State University Designated a Land Grant Institution

The university will now have access to a share of federal funds earmarked for land grant universities. The designation will help foster partnerships and research with other land grant institutions.

Academic Study Finds Racial Differences in How Doctors Converse With HIV Patients

Healthcare providers talked about strict adherence to a drug regimen with Black patients more so than they did with White patients, regardless of whether there had been a problem with sticking to the regimen.

UCLA May Departmentalize African American Studies

If the program became a department, Black studies could recruit its own faculty, expand partnerships with other academic entities, and possibly develop a doctoral program in the field.

University of Iowa Survey Finds Widespread Racial Disparities in Children’s Health

The survey found that African American and Latino children experience lower health status, lower quality of care, higher unmet need for care, and more food insecurity than White or Asian children in the state.

New Award-Winning Film Documents Stories of English Women Who Married Black GIs

Valerie Hill-Jackson, clinical associate professor in the department of teaching, learning, and culture at Texas A&M University, has won the 2013 Upton Sinclair Award for her new film documentary.

The New Dean of Graduate Education at Texas Woman’s University

Larry LeFlore has been serving as interim dean for the past year. He joined the faculty at Texas Woman's University in 2005 as professor and chair of the department of family sciences.

In Memoriam: Kenneth Carlton Edelin, 1939-2013

Dr. Edelin was a long-time professor and administrator at the Boston University School of Medicine. He was best known for a 1975 legal case when he was convicted of manslaughter for an abortion. The conviction was later overturned.

Appalachian State University Honors an Early Black Faculty Member

Jesse C. Jackson, one of the first African American faculty members at Appalachian State, is the first honoree to have his or her portrait hung in a Hall of Fame for alumni and faculty of the Reich College of Education.

Howard University Debuts New Medical Training Facility

The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Simulation Center is a 6,000-square-foot facility that simulates an actual hospital environment. Included are simulated operating rooms, intensive care, and emergency facilities.

Robyn Hadley to Direct the Ervin Scholars Program at Washington University

The program awards full-tuition scholarships to incoming first-year students who have shown exceptional academic and leadership achievements and who have shown a commitment to community service and diversity.

Xavier University Patents New Method to Treat Heroin Addiction

Xavier University, the historically Black educational institution in New Orleans, has received a patent for a new drug formulation that aims to improve methods for treating pain and heroin addiction.

Three African American Scholars in New Teaching Roles

James Perkins joins the chemistry faculty at Clark Atlanta University. Lynette Stephenson was promoted to full professor at Colgate University and Emilie Townes was named to an endowed chair at Vanderbilt University.

Elizabeth City State University to Open a New Veterans Center

The new veterans center at the historically Black university in North Carolina will be housed in a building on campus that was once a Rosenwald School. Thirty university employees and several students are veterans.

Five African Americans in New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Taking on new duties are Sharon Beverly at the College of New Jersey, Joslyn DiPasalegne at South Carolina State, August Washington at Vanderbilt, Blake Gaines at Mississippi Valley State, and Aaron Taylor of Saint Louis University.

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.

Emory University Acquires the Papers of a Civil Rights Hero

The university's library has acquired a collection of papers from the Rev. C.T. Vivian and his wife Octavia Geans Vivian, who worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr. at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

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 of Kentucky Professor Honors the Tuskegee Airmen

Bobby Scroggins, associate professor of ceramics in the School of Art and Visual Studies of the University of Kentucky, was commissioned to cast two bronze sculptures of two Tuskegee Airmen with ties to Kentucky.

Fraternity at Arizona State University Has Charter Revoked After It Held an “MLK Black Party”

Pictures posted online from the Martin Luther King Black Party showed party goers dressed in basketball jerseys, flashing gang signs, and drinking from watermelon cups.

Tracking the Educational Progress of 21st-Century African American Students

Some 19.8 percent of the African American high school sophomores in 2002 had gone on to earn at least a bachelor's degree over the next decade. This is less than half the rate for Whites.

University of Rhode Island Graduate Wants to Restock the Libraries of His Native Liberia

Emmanuel Logan, a native of Liberia and a 33-year-old alumnus of the University of Rhode Island, is collecting used textbooks and is raising money through online T-shirt sales to ship the books to Liberia.

African American Teenager Is the Youngest Qualified Barrister in British History

At the age of 18, Gabrielle Turnquest of Windemere, Florida, passed the Bar Professional Training Course to become a qualified barrister in England and Wales. She is now studying fashion industry management in Los Angeles.

William F. Tate Named Dean of the Graduate School at Washington University

Professor Tate will oversee 50 Ph.D. and 19 master's degree programs with enrollments of about 1,800 students. When he takes office on July 1, Dr. Tate will also hold the title of vice provost for graduate education.

Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality Issues Its First Annual Report

In the report, some of the nation's leading economists examine labor markets, poverty indicators, income and wealth inequality, the safety net, and poverty's impact on health and education.

Black Authors Named Finalists for National Book Critics Circle Awards

Included among the 30 finalists are Jesmyn Ward an assistant professor at the University of South Alabama. Hilton Als and Chimanmanda Ngozi Adichie, who have both taught at U.S. universities, are also finalists.

Research Finds That for Black Women, Exercise Can Fend Off Aggressive Breast Cancer

The study by researchers at Boston University and Georgetown University found that Black women who exercise at least once each week were less likely to develop an aggressive form of breast cancer than Black women who did not exercise.

The New Dean of the College of Business at Grambling State University

Tsegai Emmanuel is a professor in the department of management and marketing at the university. Dr. Emmanuel has been on the Grambling State faculty for 30 years and served as dean of the College of Business from 1980 to 1990.

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