Two African American Women Selected for Notable Awards

AllisonJosephAllison Joseph, professor and director of the master of fine arts degree program in creative writing at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, received the Paladin Award from the literary journal Rhino Poetry.

Professor Joseph is a graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. She earned a master of fine arts degree from Indiana University.

murryVelma McBride Murry, the Lois Autrey Betts Professor of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, has been selected to receive the 2014 Community, Culture, and Prevention Science Award from the Society of Prevention Research. She is being honored for her work in HIV prevention.

Professor Murry is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. She earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. at the University of Missouri. She has been on the Vanderbilt faculty since 2008 and previously taught at the University of Georgia.

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