Monthly Archives: December 2014

W. Terrell Jones Receives Posthumous Award

Dr. Jones, who served as vice provost for educational equity at Pennsylvania State University, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Commission on Access, Diversity, and Excellence of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

Sub-Saharan Nations Sending the Most Scholars to Teach at U.S. Colleges and Universities

In the 2012-13 academic year there were 2,132 scholars from sub-Saharan African nations teaching at U.S. colleges and universities. This is up nearly 13 percent from the the 2011-12 academic year.

The New Dean of the College of Sciences and Technology at Savannah State

Jonathan P. Lambright has been a professor and chair of the engineering department at the university for more than a decade. He has served as interim dean of the College of Sciences and Technology since July 2012.

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.

New Standards of Professional Practice for Chief Diversity Officers in Higher Education

It is hoped that the new standards will advance the professionalization of the chief diversity officer role across institutions of higher education. The standards are meant to clarify and specify the scope, scale, and flexibility of work CDOs perform.

New Study Examines Racial Disparity in Maternal Mortality

The researchers stated that factors such as gestational age, fetal survival rate, duration of hospital stay, cesarean delivery rate, and lack of prenatal care contributed to the higher incidence of maternal mortality among Black mothers.

In Memoriam: Aaron Shirley, 1933-2014

Dr. Shirley was the first African American resident at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He served as a clinical instructor in the department of pediatrics at the University of Mississippi for more than 40 years.

Nigerian Poet Wins the Inaugural Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry

The pan-African poetry prize honors books of African poetry written in English or translated into English. The inaugural winner of the prize is Nigerian amu nnadi.

Dillard University in New Orleans to Offer Medical Physics Program

The university is offering a new medical physics concentration in its physics and pre-engineering program. The program will prepare undergraduate students for graduate study in medical physics and nuclear medical physics.

Lane College Promotes Two Administrators

At the historically Black college in Jackson, Tennessee, Darlette Carver Samuels was promoted to chief of staff for the president of the college and Sherrill Berry Scott was named vice president for administration.

Center for Law and Social Justice Debuts at Bethune-Cookman University

The director of the new center is Hubert Grimes, who served as a circuit court judge in Florida for 25 years. Grimes also taught at the Florida A&M University School of Law for seven years.

Two African Americans in New Higher Education Administrative Posts

Pamela D. White was promoted to executive director of equity and access in human resources at Virginia Tech. B. Dexter Sharp II is the new assistant director of the Pirate Tutoring Center at East Carolina University.

Tuskegee University Scientists Receive a U.S. Patent

Researchers in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health at historically Black Tuskegee University in Alabama have received a United States Patent for a method to screen food for potential contamination by pathogens.

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 First African American Endowed Professor in the LSU School of Education

Roland Mitchell was named the Jo Ellen Levy Yates Endowed Professor at Louisiana State University. He was also named interim associate dean of engagement research and graduate studies in the College of Human Sciences and Education.

The New Chaplain at Dillard University in New Orleans

Earnest Salsberry has served in the post on an interim basis for several months. Rev. Salsberry is a 2006 graduate of Dillard University and holds a master of divinity degree from the Morehouse School of Religion in Atlanta.

Cornell University Is a Cofounder of a New African Literature Prize

The Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature will be presented to the best unpublished manuscripts in the Kiswahili language in four categories: fiction, poetry, memoir, and graphic novels.

The First African American to Win a Major Award in Aviation Education

I. Richmond Nettey is the associate dean of the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability, and Technology at Kent State University in Ohio. He is being honored by the University Aviaton Association.

Neal Lester to Be Honored by the Modern Language Association

Neal A. Lester is the Foundation Professor of English and the founding director of Project Humanities at Arizona State University. He is being honored for his exceptional service to the profession of English.

The Higher Education of a Rising Star in the Legal World

Leondra R. Kruger was appointed to the California Supreme Court. At 38 years old, she will be one of the youngest people to serve on the state's highest court. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School.

Rising Black Student Graduation Rates at Flagship State Universities

Among the flagship state universities a decade ago, only the University of Virginia had a Black student graduation higher than 70 percent. Now there are 13 flagship state universities at which the Black student graduation rate is 70 percent or higher.

The New Provost at Florida A&M University

Marcella David has been serving as professor of law and international studies and associate dean in the College of Law at the University of Iowa. She is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Michigan School of Law.

Tracking U.S. College Students Who Study Abroad in Sub-Saharan Africa

More than 289,000 American students studied at foreign institutions of higher education during the 2012-13 academic year. Of all U.S. students studying abroad, 13,411, or 4.6 percent, attended universities in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Racial Gap in Home Computer Ownership and High-Speed Internet Access

The data shows that 66.3 percent of African America households have a desktop or laptop computer. More than 81 percent of White households have a desktop or laptop computer.

In Memoriam: Annie Frances Lee, 1935-2014

Annie Lee was an internationally acclaimed artist who was a major supporter of the Tom Joyner Foundation's effort to raise money for historically Black colleges and universities.

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