Tag: Georgia Institute of Technology

Five Black Scholars Selected for New Faculty Positions

The five Black scholars who aer taking on new roles are Khadene Harris at Rice University in Houston, Nakia Melecio at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Bettina Drake at Washington University in St. Louis, Arlette Ngoubene Atioky at Goucher College in Maryland, and Kandi Hill-Clarke at the University of Memphis.

Four African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative roles are Jarmon DeSadier at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Robert Mitchell Jr. at Dillard University in New Orleans, Jessica Smith for the Relay Graduate School of Education, and John Thomas at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Four African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative roles are Shantay Bolton at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Jovan Alexander Wilson at North Carolina Central University, Aristide J. Collins Jr. at the Strada Education Foundation in Indianapolis, and Robin Whitfield at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

New Administrative Duties for Six African Americans at Colleges and Universities

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. If you have news for this section, please send an email to info@jbhe.com.

Scholars Enhance FBI Photographs From Bloody Sunday

Photographs taken by FBI photographers from the ground and in surveillance aircraft were declassified in 2015, but have never been enlarged and enhanced via hi-resolution scans until now. A major question is why these photographs remained classified for 50 years.

Penn State’s Denise Okafor Wins the Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences

First awarded in 2015, the Mason Award is a highly competitive award that attracts applications from the very best early-career female chemists across the country. Dr. Okafor's research focuses on understanding how protein function is regulated.

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.

Georgia Tech Adds a Minor Program in Black Media Studies

The multidisciplinary program combines a variety of innovative approaches and methods to study the relationships between media, culture, and racial politics on people of African descent.

Academic Study Finds Significant Racial Bias in Artificial Intelligence Programs

The research, led by Johns Hopkins University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and University of Washington researchers, is believed to be the first to show that robots loaded with an accepted and widely-used model, operate with significant gender and racial biases.

Walt Jacobs Will Be the Next Provost at California State University, East Bay

Since 2015, Dr. Jacobs has served as the dean of the College of Social Sciences at San José State University. Prior to his arrival in California, he was the founding dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

The Extent of Racial and Gender Bias in Academic Research

A new study of more than 5 million articles published between 2008 and 2019 — primarily by U.S.-based researchers found that Black, Latino, and women authors are underrepresented in many STEM fields and often appear as authors only in less-cited fields.

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.

Racial Disparities in Assignments of Less Invasive Prostate Cancer Screening Tests

The study found that Black men were at least 23.6 percent less likely than their White counterparts to receive an MRI exam following a prostate-specific antigen blood test. Prostate MRIs are increasingly being used to reduce the need for invasive biopsies.

Reginald DesRoches Will Be the Eighth President of Rice University in Houston

The will of oil tycoon William Marsh Rice stipulated that only White students would be allowed to enroll at the university bearing his name. From its founding in 1912 to 1965, no Black student was permitted to enroll at Rice University. Next summer, the university will install its first Black president.

Heritage Foundation Report Claims a Bloat of Diversity Officers in Higher Education

Just as conservatives have mounted attacks on ethnic studies programs, critical race theory, and other subject areas not to their liking, the hiring of diversity officers has also been highly criticized. A new Heritage Foundation report finds what it calls an administrative bloat of diversity officers.

M. Brian Blake Appointed President of Georgia State University in Atlanta

Dr. Blake is currently executive vice president for academic affairs and provost of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. In 2015, he was appointed provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He will begin his new duties on August 9.

University of California, Davis Chancellor Receives Lifetime Mentoring Award

Gary S. May, chancellor of the University of California, Davis, has received the 2021 Lifetime Mentor Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The award honors researchers who have positively impacted a department or institution over the course of 25 years.

The First Woman to Be Named Dean of the College of Engineering at Ohio State University

Dr. Howard is currently chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Earlier in her career, she developed robotic devices for space exploration at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Jamie Pleasant Is the New Dean of Graduate Education at Clark Atlanta University

Dr. Pleasant is a tenured professor in the department of marketing and management and previously served as associate dean of the School of Business Administration. Dr. Pleasant was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in management at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Three African American Scholars in New Academic Roles at Colleges and Universities

Jeff Scott was appointed associate professor at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. Constance Meadors was appointed associate professor of engineering at the Univesity of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Nisha Botchwey, an associate professor, was appointed associate dean of academic programs in professional education at Georgia Tech.

Does Rising Neighborhood Diversity Lead to a Drop in Social Capital?

Some researchers suggest that social capital may decline because people retreat into their shells when faced with rising diversity — rejecting newcomers but also pulling back on engagement with people of their own ethnic group in an effort to shelter themselves.

Morehouse School of Medicine Partners With Georgia Tech to Create Health Technology Startups

Georgia Tech will provide the historically Black medical school with a full suite of services and educational programming to support entrepreneurship in the HealthTech arena among faculty, staff, and students on the Morehouse campus.

A Half Dozen African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Administrative Posts

Taking on new duties are Michael Toney at the Georgia Institute of Tchnology, Bryle Henderson Hatch at North Carolina A&T State University, Terlynn Olds at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, André L. Churchwell at Vanderbilt University, Stephanie Sparling Williams at Mount Holyoke College, and Teresa McKinney at Texas Southern University.

Two African American Women Announce They Are Leaving Their Posts

Jacqueline Royster, dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Peggy Bradford, president of Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Illinois, have announced they are leaving their posts this coming summer.

African Americans Making Slow Progress in Engineering Degree Attainments

A new report from the Association of Public Land-grant Universities found that Blacks earned 3.9 percent of all bachelor's degrees in engineering in 2016. They received 2.2 percent of all master's degrees awarded in engineering fields and 1.9 percent of all Ph.D.s in engineering that year.

Honors or Awards for Five Black Scholars From the Academic World

The honorees are Jerome H. Holland, former president of what is now Delaware State University, Tequila Harris of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Zachery S. Mitcham of North Carolina Central University, Taiyon J. Coleman of St. Catherine University in Minnesota, and Eric Yirenkyi Danquah, who is affiliated with Cornell University.

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.

Two African American Men Honored With Prestigious Awards

John Watson, an associate professor at American University in Washington, D.C., was honored by the National Association of Black Journalists and civil rights icon and former U.N. ambassador and mayor of Atlanta Andrew Young, will be honored by the Georgia Institute of Technology.

New Administrative Posts for 13 African Americans 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 School of Engineering at the University of Louisville

Dr. Emmanuel Collins is currently the John H. Seely Professor and chair of the department of mechanical engineering, in the College of Engineering jointly operated by Florida A&M University and Florida State University.

MIT Scholar Finds Racial Bias in Commercial Facial Analysis Programs

The study found that commercially available face analysis programs had a very low error rate when determining the gender of light-skinned men. For women who had the darkest skin, the systems failed to accurately determine their gender nearly half the time.

Ayanna Howard to Lead the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech

Ayanna Howard is a professor who holds the Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Chair in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

New Administrative Duties for Four African Americans in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative duties are Karyn Scissum Gunn at California State University, Fullerton, Kenton W. Rainey at the University of Chicago, Damon L. Williams at Northwestern University in Illinois, and Charles Isbell at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Cynthia Warrick Named the Seventh President of Stillman College in Alabama

Dr. Warrick has been serving as interim president since the beginning of the year. In recent years, Dr. Warrick has twice filled the role of interim president at historically Black universities; South Carolina State University and Grambling State University in Louisiana.

The Next Dean of the School of Engineering at Rice University in Houston, Texas

Currently, Dr. Reginald DesRoches is the chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. A native of Haiti, he joined the faculty at Georgia Tech in 1998 and was promoted to full professor in 2008.

Mark Smith Appointed Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Smith was a member of the 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic team in the sport of fencing. He currently serves as dean of the Graduate School at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He has held that post since 2009.

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