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Four African Americans Who Have Announced Their Retirements From University Posts

The four African Americans who have retired or have announced their retirements are Tommie Stewart at Alabama State University, Adolph Reed Jr. at the University of Pennsylvania, Walter Fluker at the School of Theology at Boston University, and Alfreda Horton at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Five African Americans Who Are Stepping Down From Their Current Posts in Academia

Those stepping down from their posts are Nicole Prudent at the Boston University School of Medicine, Blake D. Morant, dean of the law school at George Washington University, Frankie Jeffries at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Michael Adewumi at Pennsylvania State University, and Willie Hill Jr. at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

In Memoriam: Leon J. “Stan” Lomax, 1923-2018

Throughout his 14 years as head coach, he led Fort Valley State University to four Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships. In addition to his football tenure, Lomax served as assistant to the president of the university.

Akin Ogundiran Named Editor-In-Chief of the African Archaeological Review

Dr. Ogundiran is a professor of Africana studies, anthropology, and history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The journal focuses on African archaeology, including topics such as the emergence of modern humans and the earliest manifestation of human culture.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Study Finds Link Between Residential Racial Segregation and Firearm Homicide Rates

A new study by researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health finds that states with a higher degree of residential racial segregation have higher racial disparities in homicide rates by firearms. This remains true even when other racial inequalities are accounted for, according to the authors.

New Assignments for Five Black Scholars at Major Universities

Taking on new roles at Staci Perryman-Clark at Western Michigan University, Andre Carrington at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Leonard N. Moore at the University of Texas at Austin, Jerry Whitmore Jr. at Boston University, and Helane Davis of the University of Idaho.

New Assignments for Two African American Scholars

Tony Gaskew was promoted to full professor of criminal justice at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford and K. Matthew Dames was appointed Boston University Librarian, effective July 1.

In Memoriam: Grace Victoria Edmondson Harris, 1933-2018

Dr. Harris was the first African American women to serve as a chief academic officer at a four-year public university in Virginia. She served on the faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond for 48 years.

Poet Elizabeth Alexander Named President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Elizabeth Alexander, a professor at Columbia University who was selected to write a poem and read it at President Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, has been appointed president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York.

Velvet Brown Named Distinguished Professor at Pennsylvania State University

Professor Brown joined the faculty at Pennsylvania State University in 2003 as a professor of tuba and euphonium. Earlier in her career, she served on the faculty at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Eight Black Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts 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.

Fallou Ngom Named Director of the African Studies Center at Boston University

Fallou Ngom, associate professor of anthropology, was named director of Boston University’s African Studies Center. The center was established in 1953. More than 90 Boston University faculty members are affiliated with the center.

Seven African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts 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.

The Next Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at New York University

Dr. Jarrett has been serving as associate dean of the faculty in the humanities division at Boston University in Massachusetts. There, he has also been a professor of English and a professor of African American studies.

Paul Beatty Wins the 2016 Man Booker Prize

Paul Beatty, who teaches at Columbia University in New York, is not only the first African American to win the distinguished award, he is the first American to do so.

Hardin Coleman Will Step Down as Dean of Boston University’s School of Education

Dr. Coleman will take a one-year sabbatical and then return to Boston University as a full-time faculty member in master's degree programs in family therapy and school counseling and as director of the Center for Character & Social Responsibility.

In Memoriam: Gloria Naylor, 1950-2016

Naylor, who taught creative writing at several universities, was best known for her her 1982 novel The Women of Brewster Place, for which she won the National Book Award for the best first novel.

Four Black Scholars Taking on New Roles at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new assignments are Kosali Simon at Indiana University, Juli Grigsby at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, Bobby L. Wilson at Texas Southern University in Houston, and Marcus Bellamy at Boston University.

Johnson C. Smith University President Announces His Retirement

Ronald L. Carter, the 13th president of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, announced that he will step down at the end of the 2016-17 academic year. Dr. Carter has led the university since 2008.

Professor Glenn Loury Honored by the American Economic Association

Glenn C. Loury, the Merton P. Stolz Professor of the social sciences and professor of economics at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, was named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association.

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.

Racial Incidents Reported on Three University Campuses

According to reports, a White student at Towson University in Maryland made disparaging comments to a Black employee. Racist posters were found near the entrance to the student center at Boston University and a Black student at the University of Iowa said he was beaten by three White men who used a racial slur.

Ronald Wheeler to Lead the American Association of Law Libraries

Ronald E. Wheeler is director of the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries and associate professor of law and legal research at Boston University. In July, he will become the first African American man to lead the American Association of Law Libraries.

Monica Monroe Named Dean of Students at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

Monroe has been serving as a lecturer in law and as associate dean of students at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. She has taught at the law school since 2004.

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.

Almost Everyone Believes They Are Less Biased Than Their Peers

A new report by researchers at several universities has found that people generally have a "bias blind spot." Almost all participants in the study said they were less biased than the average person.

New Faculty Posts for Five Black Scholars at Leading Universities

The five Black faculty members in new roles are Khiara M. Bridges at Boston University, Beauty Bragg at Georgia College and State University, Yolanda Jackson at the University of Kansas, Bryan Monroe at Temple University, and Juan Gilbert at the University of Florida.

Incoming Boston University Scholar’s Tweets on Race Create Controversy

Saida Grundy has been hired as an assistant professor of sociology and African American studies at Boston University. But her comments on Twitter about White males have angered some in the BU community.

Thea James Wins the Compassionate Caregiver Award From the Schwartz Center

Thea L. James is an associate professor of emergency medicine and assistant dean of diversity and multicultural affairs at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. James has cared on site for victims of the 9-11 terrorist attack in New York, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and earthquakes in Iran and Haiti.

University Study Finds Inner-City Youth More Likely to Have Food Allergies

The study found that 10 percent of young inner-city children had food allergies. Peanut allergies were the most common, followed by eggs, and milk. Nationwide about 3 percent of all adults and 6 percent of young children have food allergies.

For Black Women, Depression May Increase the Risk of Adult-Onset Asthma

A study by researchers at the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University finds that depressive symptoms may be linked to the development of adult-onset asthma among African American women.

Harvard Pioneer Chosen for Induction Into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame

William Clarence Matthews, a member of the Class of 1905 at Harvard University, led the university's baseball team in batting for three straight seasons. In 1905 he batted .400 and stole 22 bases.

In Memoriam: Kenneth Carlton Edelin, 1939-2013

Dr. Edelin was a long-time professor and administrator at the Boston University School of Medicine. He was best known for a 1975 legal case when he was convicted of manslaughter for an abortion. The conviction was later overturned.

Research Finds That for Black Women, Exercise Can Fend Off Aggressive Breast Cancer

The study by researchers at Boston University and Georgetown University found that Black women who exercise at least once each week were less likely to develop an aggressive form of breast cancer than Black women who did not exercise.

University Study Links Exposure to Racism to Higher Probability of Adult-Onset Asthma

The Boston University study examined the cases of more than 38,000 African American women who participated in the Black Women's Health Study between 1997 and 2011. The women completed questionnaires on their health and experiences of racism every two years.

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