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In Memoriam: Cleon T. Thompson, 1931-2024

Dr. Cleon F. Thompson, former chancellor of Winston-Salem State University, passed away on January 27 at the age of 92.

The First Black Women to Serve as President of the American Historical Association

Thavolia Glymph is the Peabody Family Distinguished Professor of History and professor of law at Duke University. She is the past president of the Southern Historical Association.

UNLV’s Frank Rudy Cooper Honored by the Association of American Law Schools

The association's C. Clyde Ferguson, Jr. Award honors a legal educator who has provided support, encouragement, and mentoring to colleagues, students, and aspiring educators, and has achieved excellence in the areas of public service, teaching, and scholarship.

How to Generate Public Support for Alleviating Racial Disparities

Racial health disparities violate concerns of moral sacredness and spark injustice beliefs, calling Americans to action, the authors of a recent study explain. When something is sacred, it is treated as morally imperative to protect relative to non-sacred, secular concerns such as economic issues, the authors state.

Duke University Acquires Major Collection of Civil Rights Photographer Danny Lyon

The collection encompasses Lyon’s work with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and his continued documentation of the movement up to the present day. The collection includes nearly 8,500 individual images, most of which have never been published or seen outside of Lyon’s studio.

New Study Finds The Stereotype Threat Is Not a Factor for HBCU Students

The authors found no significant difference in the number of questions answered correctly by the subjects in the control and treatment groups - that is, the HBCU students who weren't reminded of their race and those who were reminded performed equally well on the test.

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.

Three African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts at Universities

Arthur Lumzy Jr. is the new director of student career preparedness at Texas A&M University–Commerce. Sandra L. Barnes was named associate provost for undergraduate education and student success at Alcorn State University in Mississippi and Roberto Campos-Marquetti has been appointed assistant vice president for staff and labor relations at Duke University.

White and Black Children Categorize Racially Ambiguous Faces Differently

New research by psychologists at Duke University and the University of Chicago finds that Black and White children and adults categorize racially ambiguous faces differently. White people more often see multiracial faces as Black, whereas Black people more often see multiracial faces as White.

In Memoriam: Kimberley Jessica Johnson Evans, 1973-2023

Dr. Evans joined the Duke University family in 1998 as an internal medicine resident and was named a fellow in nephrology in 2001. She joined the faculty in 2003 and became assistant professor of medicine in 2008.

Marla Frederick Will Be the Next Dean of Harvard Divinity School

Dr. Frederick is currently the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Religion and Culture at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. Prior to her appointment at Emory, she served on the Harvard faculty from 2003 to 2019

University Study Finds Racial Discrimination in the Municipal Bond Market

The analysis found that communities with majority Black residents face larger credit spreads on municipal bonds than communities with non-Black majorities. Applying this borrowing penalty to the entire municipal bond market results in Black Americans paying an estimated $900 million in additional interest costs each year.

Three Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to New Positions

Kafui Dzirasa will be the inaugural holder of an endowed chair at the School of Medicine at Duke University. Paula Austin was promoted to associate professor of history and African American studies at Boston University and Lewis R. Gordon was appointed a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at the University of Connecticut.

Christy L. Brown Will Be the Next President of Alverno College in Milwaukee

Since 2012, Brown has served as chief executive officer for Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast. Prior to leading the Girl Scouts, Brown served as vice chancellor for finance and administrative affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 2007 to 2012. Earlier, she was executive vice president and general counsel at Milwaukee Area Technical College from 2002 to 2007.

The First African American to Deliver the Bampton Lectures at the University of Oxford

Willie James Jennings an associate professor of systematic theology at Yale Divinity School, has been selected to deliver the Bampton Lectures for 2023 at the University of Oxford in England. He is the first African American selected to give these lectures in the 243-year history of the program.

New Administrative Duties at Universities for Four African Americans

Taking on new administrative roles are Runell J. King at Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Jade Packer at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, Clinton Fluker at Emory University in Atlanta, and Richelle D. Payne at Hampton University in Virginia.

Alec Gallimore Will Be the Next Provost at Duke University

Since 2016, he has been the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. He previously served the college as associate dean for research and graduate education and associate dean for academic affairs. Dr. Gallimore founded and directs the Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory at the University of Michigan

Six African Americans Who Have Been Selected to Serve in Higher Education Adminitrative Roles

Taking on new administrative duties are Antwan Lofton at Duke University in North Carolina, Mya Jolly at Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama, Timothy A. Minor at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Lisa McClinton at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, Jessica Madison at Alabama State University, and Marcus Byrd at Alabama A&M University.

John L. Jackson Jr. to Be the 31st Provost at the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Jackson is currently the Walter H. Annenberg Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication and the Richard Perry University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He was previously dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice and senior advisor to the provost on diversity at the university.

A Quartet of Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Stacy Gee Hollins was appointed interim associate provost of academic affairs at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis and Getiria Onsongo was granted tenure at Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota. Candis Watts Smith was named interim vice provost for undergraduate education at Duke University and Terrell Brown was appointed director of the master of social work degree program at Jackson State University in Mississippi.

New Administrative Duties Relating to Diversity for Three African Americans in Higher Education

Taking on new diversity roles are Jay Pearson at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, Dan’Talisha Deans for the Division of Philanthropic and Alumni Engagement at the University of Pittsburgh, and Gina Dent for the Humanities Division at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

African Americans Are Overrepresented in Law Enforcement’s Crime Posts on Social Media

Researchers at the law schools of Duke University, Stanford University, and the University of Chicago examined close to 100,000 crime-related posts from 14,000 Facebook pages maintained by U.S. law enforcement agencies between 2010 and 2019. They found that these posts overrepresented Black suspects by 25 percentage points relative to local arrest rates.

L. Ebony Boulware to Lead the Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Dr. Boulware hs been serving as the director of the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute, in Durham, North Carolina, as vice dean for translational science and associate vice chancellor for translational research at Duke University. She was also a distinguished professor of medicine and served as chief of the division of general internal medicine in the department of medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine.

David Emmanuel Goatley Will Be the Next President of Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California

Dr. Goatley currently serves as the associate dean for academic and vocational formation, Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. Research Professor of Theology and Christian Ministry, and director of the Office of Black Church Studies at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He previously taught at the Memphis Theological Seminary in Tennessee and the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

Exposure to Lead-Based Paint Is Still Impacting the Racial Gap in Educational Progress

Lead-based paint was banned in the United States in 1978. But people who live in the nation's older housing stock - primarily those in impoverished urban areas still are at high risk of exposure to lead-based paint. Studies have shown that exposure to lead can have a significant negative impact on the cognitive abilities of young children.

Seven African Americans in New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative duties are Shana Lassiter at Duke University, Britney Smith at Fort Valley State University in Georgia, Sama A. Mondeh at Talladega College in Alabama, Jasmine Young at Howard University, Jovan Alexander Wilson at North Carolina Central University, Mame Ndiaye at Ithaca College in New York, and Phanalphie Rhue at Bennett College in North Carolina.

Five African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions

The new deans are Kerry L. Haynie at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, Henrietta Williams Pichon at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Kenneth E. Carter at Emory University in Georgia, Ahkinyala Cobb-Abdullah is at Virginia Union University in Richmond and Vicki Williams at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Five Black Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Taking on new titles or roles are Cedric Merlin Powell of the University of Louisville, Carolyn Ratteray at Pomona College in Claremont, California, Jason Hall at the Tufts School of Medicine in Boston, Pearl Dowe at Emory Univerity in Atlanta, and Jay Pearson at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Three African American Women Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Professorships

Elizabeth West was appointed to the John B. and Elena Diaz-Verson Amos Distinguished Chair in English Letters at Georgia State University. Regina Stevens-Truss was appointed the Dorothy H. Heyl Senior Endowed Chair in Chemistry at Kalamazoo College and Deondra Rose was named the Kevin D. Gorter Associate Professor at Duke University.

Valerie Sheares Ashby Will Be the Next President of the University of Maryland Baltimore County

Since 2015, Dr. Ashby has been dean of the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. From 2003 to 2105, Dr. Ashby served on the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There, she chaired the chemistry department from 2012 to 2015.

Three Black Scholars Taking on New Assignments at Major Universities

Taking on new roles are Norbert L. W. Wilson at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, Hiruy Meharena at the University of California, San Diego, and Deidra Hodges at Florida International University in Miami.

In Memoriam: Charles Johnson, 1927-2021

Dr. Charles Johnson joined Duke in 1970 as the first Black faculty member in the School of Medicine and the first Black physician on the faculty of Duke University. He served on the faculty of the School of Medicine for 26 years until his retirement in 1996.

In Memoriam: Julius Sherrod Scott, 1955-2021

Professor Scott earned a Ph.D. in history at Duke University in 1986, where his dissertation concerned communications between groups of free and enslaved Africans throughout the Atlantic World that were facilitated by travelers on ships between ports in the New World. The dissertation was finally published as a book in 2018.

Thema Bryant-Davis Has Been Named President-Elect of the American Psychological Association

Dr. Bryant Davis, professor of psychology and director of the Culture and Trauma Research Lab at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, is the youngest person to be elected president of the association and the fourth Black woman to hold the post.

Three Universities Have Announced the Hiring of African Americans to Diversity Positions

Kevin Thomas is the inaugural vice dean for DEI at the Duke University School of Medicine. Tiffany Taylor Smith was named vice president for diversity and inclusion at the University of Dayton in Ohio and Kiwana McClung has been named interim chief diversity officer at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

Five Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Roles at Major Universities

The five Black faculty members taking on new duties are Judith Green McKenzie at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Frederick Evans at South Carolina State University, Jennifer Swann at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Ruth Opara at Syracuse University in New York, and Bocar Ba at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

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