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New Administrative Roles in Higher Education for Six Black Scholars

The appointees are Na'ilah Nasir at the University of California, Berkeley, Newtona Johnson at Middle Tennessee State, Teshome Alemneh at Indiana University, Genyre Henry Boston at Florida A&M, Veronica Cohen at Mississippi Valley State, and Artika R. Tyner at the University of Saint Thomas.

Two African Americans Are Leaving Their High-Level Posts at Flagship State Universities

Linda Williams, associate chancellor and chief ethics, risk and compliance officer at the University of California Berkeley has retired and Maurice Daniels, dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Georgia, is returning to the faculty.

In Memoriam: Claudia Alexander, 1959-2015

Dr. Alexander joined the staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1986. She was the project manager for the Galileo mission to Jupiter, the Cassini mission to Saturn, and the lead U.S. scientist on the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission to rendezvous with a comet.

Tyler Stovall to Lead the American Historical Association

Tyler Stovall is dean of humanities at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He will serve one year as president-elect of the American Historical Association and then become president for one year. The AHA is the nation's largest professional organization devoted to the study and promotion of history.

University of California, Berkeley’s Namwali Serpell Wins the Caine Prize

Namwali Serpell, an associate professor of English at the University of California, is the winner of the 2015 Caine Prize, honoring the best writing by an African author. Dr. Serpell is a native of Zambia and came to the United States at the age of 9.

Universities Appoint Six New Black Administrators

The new appointees are Julian R. Williams at George Mason University, Guy-Alain Amoussou at Bowie State, Michael Williams at the University of California, Berkeley, Eddie J. Howard at Youngstown State, Rick Kisner at Tuskegee University, and Obadiah Simmons Jr. at Grambling State.

Black Students Issue Set of Demands to Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley

The Black students want the university to place greater emphasis on campus diversity and to hire psychologists and advisers to help Black students cope with campus life.

Research Uncovers Racial Differences in Faculty Salaries at Berkeley

While the percentage differences in faculty pay are small, the report states that "the average salary difference between White men and minority faculty members is equivalent to about 1 to 2 years of career experience.”

Seven African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Those appointed to new administrative positions are Yvette Gullatt, Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Sean Huddleston, Naisha Bradley, James Paine, Barry L. Wells, and Tonya R. Hines.

Lovell Jones Named Associate Dean for Research at Prairie View A&M University

Dr. Jones was a professor at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and a research professor in the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston.

Ranking the Top Law Schools by Their Percentage of Black Students

At none of the 15 highest-ranked law schools do Black enrollments reach 9 percent. Harvard Law School ranks first with Black enrollments of 8.7 percent.

Congressman Ronald Dellums Is Teaching at Howard University

Ronald V. Dellums, who served for 13 terms in the U.S House of Representatives and as mayor of the city of Oakland, California, was named as the Cosby Scholar at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

David Blackwell to Be Awarded the National Science Medal

Among this year’s 10 recipients of the National Science Medal is the David Blackwell, who will be honored posthumously. He was a professor of statistics at the University of California, Berkeley and the first African American member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Jacqueline Goldsby Named Chair of African American Studies at Yale University

Dr. Goldsby is a professor of English and a professor of African American studies at Yale University. Before joining the faculty at Yale, Dr. Goldsby taught at the University of Chicago.

This Week’s Appointments of African Americans to Key Posts in Higher Education Administration

Taking on new administrative roles are Venessa Funches, Nancy L. Jones, Michael A. Ellington, Michael Williams, Kenyatta Tatum Futterman, Zella Palmer, Loretta A. Moore, Angela Simmons, and Marquetta Faulkner.

Four Elite California Universities in Joint Effort to Boost Minority Ph.D.s in STEM Fields

The consortium, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, includes Stanford University, the California Institute of Technology, the University of California at Los Angeles and is led by the University of California at Berkeley.

Claude Steele Named Provost at the University of California, Berkeley

Since 2011, Dr. Steele has been dean of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Before becoming dean, Professor Steele served for two years as provost at Columbia University in New York City.

Major Program to Educate the Next Generation of African Leaders Is Underway

The first students in the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program have completed their first semesters at U.S. colleges and universities. Over the next decade 15,000 students, many from Africa, will participate.

Christopher Edley Is Stepping Down as Dean of the Boalt Hall Law School at Berkeley

Professor Edley is taking immediate medical leave and will step down as dean at the end of 2013. Professor Edley had surgery for prostate cancer last May and is in need of further treatment. He will remain on the faculty of the law school.

Berkeley Study Shows Blacks Disproportionately Live in Danger Zones for Excessive Heat

Using satellite imagery, researchers identified areas where there were no trees and where more than half the land area is covered by heat-absorbing hard services such as pavement or concrete. African Americans were more than 50 percent more likely than Whites to live in heat-prone neighborhoods.

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.

T. Geronimo Johnson Named a Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award in Fiction

Johnson is a lecturer in creative writing and director of the Summer Creative Writing Program at the University of California at Berkeley. He is being honored for his debut novel Hold It, 'Til It Hurts.

Honors and Awards

Four black scholars receive acclaim.

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