Virignia Tech Engineer Leading the Government’s Investigation of the East Coast Earthquake

When the federal government needed an expert to conduct an investigation on the impact of the August 23 earthquake with an epicenter near Mineral, Virginia, it called on James R. Martin III, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech.

The New President of Harris-Stowe State University

Albert Walker was named the new president of Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, effective October 1.

U.S. News Names Its Top HBCUs

Spelman is the highest-rated black college or university according to new national rankings.

Ruth Simmons Stepping Down as President of Brown University

She will stay on at Brown to teach comparative literature and Africana studies.

The Persisting Racial Gap on the SAT College Entrance Examination

Since 1988, the racial gap on the reading and mathematics sections of the SAT has increased from 189 points to 208 points.

John Garland to Step Down From Presidency of Central State University

"I am retiring from the Central State presidency. I am not retiring from life."

University of Wisconsin Defends Its Admissions Program

In 2008, the University of Wisconsin at Madison admitted 71.8 percent of black applicants and 59.3 percent of white applicants.

The Huge Racial Gap in Poverty Rates

There were 731,000 more blacks living in poverty in 2010 than was the case in 2009.

Two African-American Academics Win Genius Awards

Tiya Miles and Roland Fryer are among the 22 winners of MacArthur Foundation Fellowships.

A Widening of the Black-White Income Gap

The large and stagnant income gap between black and white families remains for African Americans a major barrier to equal access to higher education in this country.

The New Dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health...

Marie Chisholm-Burns will assume her new role at the beginning of 2012.

Fred Shuttlesworth Dies at the Age of 89

The Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, one of the most important figures of the civil rights movement, has died at a hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. He was 89 years old.

Two Blacks Among the Three Women Sharing the Nobel Peace Prize

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee of Liberia share the award.

University of Washington School of Law Professor Named to Kenyan High Court

Joel Ngugi will take a leave of absence from his teaching duties.

Governor Jerry Brown Vetoes California Affirmative Action Measure

He states that he agrees with the goals of the the bill but that it would lead to "costly and confusing lawsuits."

Johnson C. Smith University Receives One of the Largest Grants Ever for an HBCU

The Duke Endowment gives the Charlotte HBCU $35 million that will build a new science center, renovate a dormitory, and provide scholarships.

John Barker Named Dean at Tufts University

Dr. Barker, who has been serving as an assistant provost at the University of Miami, will assume his new position in mid-December.

Carl McCall Named to Lead SUNY Board of Trustees

A former state senator, McCall has served on the SUNY board since 2007.

Quintin Bullock Named a Finalist for the Presidency of Stark State College

He will compete with three other finalists for the position at the 15,000 student community college.

Only One African American Among the 65 New Members of the Institute of Medicine

Jeannette E. South-Paul of the University of Pittsburgh appears to be the only African American on the list of new members.

Lincoln University of Pennsylvania Chooses Three Finalists for President

Either Beverly Edmond, William B. Bynum Jr., and Robert Jennings will replace retiring Ivory V. Nelson as president.

Southern University Declares Financial Emergency

All employees earning more than $30,000 a year, including tenured faculty, will receive a furlough during the academic year which will reduce their pay by 10 percent.

Dillard University Names New President

Walter M. Kimbrough is currently president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas.

St. Paul’s College President to Step Down

Robert L. Satcher Sr. will serve until March as executive adviser to the college. Eddie M. Moore Jr., former president of Virginia State University will serve as interim president, effective November 10.

Joyce Ester Named President of Kennedy-King College in Chicago

She has been serving as associate vice president for student services at Bakersfield College in California.

Faculty Senate Votes “No Confidence” in President of Mississippi Valley State University

Donna H. Oliver has led the university since January 2009.

African-American Scholar Is Elected President of the Biomedical Engineering Society

Gilda Barabino is the first African American to serve as president of the society.

Black Students at Tufts Mount a Campus Protest Calling for an Africana Studies Major

About 60 students participated in a protest on the Tufts campus that produced some positive results.

Cornel West to Return to Union Theological Seminary

Dr. Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary, called Professor West, "the leading public theologian of our age."

Jesmyn Ward Wins National Book Award

She is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of South Alabama.

FBI Releases Data for U.S. Hate Crimes in 2010

Of the reported 6,628 reported hate crime incidents in 2010, 47.3 percent were motivated by racial bias.

The New President of Lincoln University

Robert R. Jennings is the former president of Alabama A&M University.

African American Student at Wake Forest University Wins a Rhodes Scholarship

Brandon Turner is the 12th student at Wake Forest in the past 25 years to win a Rhodes Scholarship.

Harvard Examines Its Ties to Slavery

The Slavery and Research Project has published a 34-page booklet.

Barbara Savage Wins Grawemeyer Award in Religion

Penn professor is honored for her book on the politics of Black religion.

Federal Government Issues New Guidelines on Efforts to Increase Racial Diversity on Campus

The reports states: "Learning environments comprised of students from diverse backgrounds provide an enhanced educational experience for individual students."

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