A Quartet of Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Taofeek K. Owonikoko, a distinguished physician-scientist with a global reputation in thoracic oncology, has been hired as executive director of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, effective in January. He will serve as the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Professor in Oncology in the department of medicine. He was a professor at the University Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Owonikoko earned his medical degree at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He also holds a master’s degree in clinical science from Emory University in Atlanta and a Ph.D.  from Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Felicia Jefferson is a new associate professor in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Nevada Reno. She was an associate professor of biological and environmental sciences at Fort Valley State University in Georgia.

Dr. Jefferson holds a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. She earned a master’s degree in molecular genetics and biochemistry from Georgia State University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience and biomedical science from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

Amanda Awadey is a new assistant professor of economics at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Her research focuses on the intended and unintended impact of education reforms on human capital development and educational attainment.

Dr. Awadey is a graduate of University of Ghana. She earned a Ph.D. in economics earlier this year at Columbia University.

Tomisha Brock was named director of bands and assistant professor of music at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. In recent years, Brock has served as the director of bands at Clark Atlanta University and Elizabeth City State University and served as assistant director at Mississippi Valley State University.

Dr. Brock earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Virginia State University and a master’s degree from Norfolk State University. She received her doctoral degree in music education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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