A Trio of African American Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

Patrick T. Smith, an associate research professor of theological ethics and bioethics at Duke Divinity School, has received the 2019 Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence from the National Center for Bioethics and Culture. The award honors those who have made an outstanding contribution to the bioethics discussion and are actively engaged in society by facing challenges of the 21st century, profoundly defending the dignity of humankind, and enthusiastically embracing ethical biotechnology. Dr. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Auburn University in Alabama, a master of divinity degree from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. both in philosophy from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Barbara Ransby, a professor of history, gender and women’s studies, and African American studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has received the 2018 Angela Y. Davis Prize for Public Scholarship from the American Studies Association. The award honor scholars who have applied or used their scholarship for the betterment of society. In an announcement, the award committee noted that “while we were all familiar with Dr. Ransby’s important contributions, it was both impressive and inspiring to read such glowing testimonials from so many colleagues. What emerges is a compelling picture of a brilliant and courageous career devoted to social justice.” Dr. Ransby holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Columbia University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan.

Dawn Mellion-Patin, vice chancellor for extension and outreach for the Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has received the 2018 George Washington Carver Distinguished Service Award from her alma mater, the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The award honors distinguished alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement or leadership through significant contributions to society. Dr. Mellion-Patin holds a bachelor’s degree in plant and soil sciences and a master’s degree in educational agriculture from Southern University and a doctorate in agricultural and life sciences education from Iowa State University.

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