Monthly Archives: August 2015

University of Kansas Study Finds Darker Skin Negatively Affects Employment Prospects

The data, analyzed by researchers at the University of Kansas, showed that even after accounting for the effects of race and other demographic and education variables, darker skin lessened the likelihood that immigrant men would find jobs.

The New Faculty Director of the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice

Melissa Murray has been on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law since 2006. She teaches courses on family law, criminal law, constitutional law, and reproductive rights.

Racial Views of Blacks in Multiracial Congregations Come to Resemble the Opinions of Whites

According to a new study by researchers at three leading universities, explanations for inequality among members of multiracial church congregations become more similar across groups, coming to resemble the views of the Whites.

Workers With a More Diverse Group of Friends Outside the Job Are Better Employees

Research conducted at Ohio State University finds that employees who have a more diverse group of friends outside of work tended to have a more racially diverse network of associates at work and perform better at their jobs.

University Professor Finds an Audio Tape of an Early “I Have a Dream” Speech

On November 27, 1962, nine months before Martin Luther King Jr. addressed a huge crowd at the Lincoln Memorial, he used the words "I have a dream" in a speech at a segregated high school in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. A recording of the speech will soon be available online.

Companies Target Minority Youth in Marketing Fast Food, Sugary Drinks, Snacks, and Candy

A new study from the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut finds that Black youth saw almost twice as many TV ads for candy, soda and other sugary drinks, and snacks than their White peers.

A Dozen African Americans in New Administrative Positions at Colleges and Universities

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

An Academic Reorganization at Tennessee State University

The new College of Life and Physical Sciences will bring all of the university's STEM degree programs under one roof. A new Honors College has been created and College of Public Service and Urban Affairs will now be the College of Public Service.

Two African American Women Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Katherine C. Hendrix, professor of communication at the University of Memphis and Annette K. Pridgen, an assistant professor of accounting at Jackson State University in Mississippi.

New Scholarship Opportunity for HBCU Students in STEM Fields

The new Apple Scholars program, operated in conjunction with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, will offer a one-year scholarship of up to $25,000 for 30 students at HBCUs and other predominantly Black colleges and universities.

Three Black Scholars In New Faculty Roles at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new assignments are Jeremi London at Arizona State University, Marcellina Hamilton at Bridgewater College in Virginia, and Kathryn Gines at Pennsylvania State University.

Maryland HBCU Teams Up With Two Other Universities for Hospitality Management Program

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is teaming up with Frostburg State University and Vanung University in Taiwan for a bachelor's degree program in business administration with a concentration in hospitality management.

In Memoriam: Beverly Ross, 1950-2015

Beverly Ross was dean of students at Trenholm State Technical College in Montgomery, Alabama. Since 2004, she also served as an elected member of the school board for the Montgomery Public School System.

Albany State University in Georgia Announces a New Administrative Team

Albany State University, the historically Black educational institution in Georgia, has announced a large number of high-level appointments to administrative positions at the educational institution.

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.

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.

University Expands Its Entrepreneur Internship Program for Black Studies Students

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has announced that is expanding its internship program with the Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce. The initiative offers instruction and internships for students in the Black studies program at the university who are interested in entrepreneurship.

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.

Engineering Deans Pledge to Increase Diversity in Students and Faculty

Engineering deans from more than 100 universities in North America who are members of the American Society for Engineering Education signed a letter committing their schools to building more diverse and inclusive programs.

In Memoriam: Clement Earl Glenn, 1955-2015

Dr. Clement Glenn was an associate professor in the College of Business at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. At the time of his death Dr. Glenn was concluding his tenure as speaker of the faculty senate at the university.

Black Teenager in Indiana Aces the SAT, the ACT and All Her AP Tests

Love Osunnuga is a 15-year-old girl who is a senior at St. Joseph High School in South Bend, Indiana. She skipped both the first and fifth grades so will graduate from high school this coming spring at the age of 16.

Two African Americans Step Down From High-Level University Posts

Cheryl Harrelson has stepped down as vice president for advancement at New Mexico State University and Elfred Anthony Pinkard has retired as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte.

Higher Education Does Not Shield African Americans From the Racial Wealth Gap

From 1992 to 2013, the median net worth of African American college graduates is down by 55.6 percent. Over the same period, the median net worth of White Americans with a college degree rose by more than 86 percent.

The New Provost at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Since June 2014, Dr. Joseph Martin Stevenson has served as vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer at the school. He previously served as provost at Mississippi Valley State University and Jackson State University.

Study Finds Lack of Racial Diversity in Hollywood’s Top-Grossing Films

Only 17 percent of the films had a lead actor from an underrepresented minority group. In 2014, 17 of the top-grossing films did not feature one Black or African American speaking character. Less than 5 percent of the directors were Black.

University Research Finds Insufficient Play Areas in Low-Income Neighborhoods

A new study by researchers in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama Birmingham documents a major disparity in play places for children depending on the average incomes of families in the surrounding area.

African American Scholar From Harvard University to Lead New Technology Journal

Latanya Sweeney was appointed editor-in-chief of Technology Science, a new journal published by the Data Privacy Lab at Harvard University. During 2014, she served as the chief technology officer for the Federal Trade Commission.

North Carolina Central’s Early Medical School Selection Program

Under the program, students from NCCU spend summers taking classes at the Boston University medical school. The NCCU students who are selected for the program spend their entire senior year as undergraduates in Boston.

Rita Dove to Receive the $20,000 Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement

The Stone Award was established in 2011 to highlight the work of the creative writing program at Oregon State University's School of Writing. Literature, and Film. The award comes with a $20,000 prize. Professor Dove, the Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, will accept the award next spring in Oregon.

Alabama State University Forms Partnership With a Prime Contractor for NASA

Under the agreement with Teledyne Brown Engineering, students at Alabama State University will receive assistance in developing multimedia training for payload ground support personnel and payload developers for the International Space Station.

William Bynum of Mississippi Valley State Awarded Contract Extension

William B. Bynum was named the seventh president of Mississippi Valley State University in October 2013. Now the state governing board has praised Dr. Bynum's performance and extended his contract through June 2019.

Audrey Beard to Lead the School of Education at North Carolina Central University

Dr. Beard was a tenured professor of early childhood education at Albany State University in Georgia. She was also director of clinical experiences and chair of the department of teacher education at Albany State.

University of District of Columbia Shows Off Its New Green Roof

The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences says the green roof will produce food for the university and surrounding community including cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, chard, and basil. It will also provide natural cooling to the building and reduce storm water runoff.

Ten African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

In Memoriam: Beatrice Pitts Payne, 1909-2015

Beatrice Pitts Payne graduated from what was then called Bowie Normal School in 1928. She taught in the public schools for 40 years. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living alumna of what is now Bowie State University.

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.

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