Three African American Men Appointed to New Faculty Positions

David Van Valen has been named an assistant professor of biology and biological engineering at the California Institute of Technology. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.

Dr. Van Valen holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics from the Massachusetts Institute of technology, a medical degree from the University of California Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in applied physics from Caltech.

Laurence Ralph has been named a professor of anthropology at Princeton University. He was a professor at Harvard University.

Dr. Ralph holds a bachelor’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago.

Will Power has been named a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Theatre & Performance at historically Black Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Power is an award-winning playwright. He comes to Spelman from Southern Methodist University in Dallas where he was a faculty member in the Meadows School of the Arts.

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