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Five African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Taking on new assignments are Kelli V. Randall at Livingstone College in North Carolina, Angela Jones at Eastern Washington University, W. Tramaine Rausaw at Central Arizona College, Cheryl L. Johnson at the University of Pittsburgh, and Darryl A. Pope at Fort Valley State University in Georgia.

New Discovery May Improve Treatment for Those Who Suffer From Sickle Cell Disease

A study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, Harvard University, MIT , Florida Atlantic University, and the University of Korea reports on a discovery that may help physicians treat those who suffer from sickle cell disease.

Pennsylvania HBCU to Send Graduates to University of Pittsburgh Nursing School

Cheyney University has signed an agreement to fast-track high-achieving Cheyney graduates into the accelerated bachelor's degree program in nursing and the Ph.D. program in nursing at the University of Pittsburgh.

In Memoriam: Michael Robert Williams, 1952-2016

Dr. Michael Williams joined the faculty at Cleveland State University in 1985 as an assistant professor of social work. In 2004, he was named director of the Black studies program at the university and remained in that post until his death.

Gloria Pryor James Is the New Provost at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas

Dr. James is the former provost and vice president for academic affairs at Virginia Union University in Richmond. She has also served as dean for undergraduate studies, professor of communication and executive assistant to the president of Clark Atlanta University in Georgia.

The Higher Education Connections of the First African American Librarian of Congress

Carla Hayden, a former assistant professor of library science at the University of Pittsburgh, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the 14th Librarian of Congress. She is the first African American and the first woman to hold the position.

Long-Time Educator Wins $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

Ed Roberson is an artist-in-residence at Northwestern University. Roberson was a professor of literature and creative writing at Rutgers University and has also taught at the University of Chicago and Columbia College in Chicago.

Black Americans in the 2016 Class of Truman Scholars

This year, 54 Truman scholars were selected from 775 candidates nominated by 305 colleges and universities. Of this year’s 54 Truman Scholars, it appears that nine, or 16.7 percent, are Black Americans.

Beverly Edmond to Serve as Provost at the University of Montana

Dr. Edmond will serve as provost during the 2016-17 academic year as the university searches for someone to serve in the role on a permanent basis. She has served as provost at Albany State University in Georgia and Alabama A&M University.

The First African American to Earn a Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh

Adrienne Washington of Morgantown, West Virginia, is a graduate of Hampton University in Virginia. She received a master's degree in linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh.

University Study Urges Parents and Teachers to Address Racial Issues With Young Children

The School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh has issued a new report detailing the importance of parents and teachers talking about race and racial issues with young children.

The University of Pittsburgh Names a New Vice Provost and Dean of Students

Kenyon Bonner has served in this role on an interim basis since January 2015 and has been on the university's staff since 2004. Before being named interim dean of students, Bonner was associate dean of students for seven years.

African American Finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards

The National Book Critics Circle Awards are given out in six categories with five finalists in each category. Several of the finalists are African Americans who currently hold academic posts at American colleges and universities.

Academic Study Shows How Racial Bias May Impact End of Life Care

The researchers conducted an experiment with emergency room physicians and put them in simulations where they had to interact with actors who were portraying patients who were dying and their family members.

Eddie N. Moore Jr. Named President of Norfolk State University in Virginia

Moore has been serving as interim president of Norfolk State since 2013 and the board of visitors rewarded him for leading the university when it was placed on probation by its accrediting agency. It has now been removed from probation.

In Memoriam: Jefferson Joseph Jones, 1932-2015

Jefferson J. Jones joined the faculty at Case Western Reserve University in 1967. He served on the faculty there for more than 40 years. Dr. Jones was the first African American endodontist in the state of Ohio.

The Inaugural Dean of the School of Public Health at Jackson State University

Dorothy C. Browne has been serving as an adjunct professor of maternal and child welfare in the School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the former director of the Public Health Institute at North Carolina A&T State University.

Tracy Smith to Lead the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University

Professor Smith has taught creative writing at the university since 2005. Earlier, she taught at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York, the University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia University. In 2012, she won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

New Administrative Posts in Higher Education for Eight African Americans

The new appointees are Tamica Smith Jones, Tammara Durham, Cedric Gathings, Anthony L. Holloman, Geovette E. Washington, Bernadine M. Douglas, Donell Young, and Timothy Davis.

Darryll K. Jones to Lead the College of Law at Florida A&M University

Jones will serve as interim dean. He has been serving as associate dean for academic affairs. He joined the law school in 2009 as associate dean for research and faculty development. Jones holds two law degrees from the University of Florida.

University of Pittsburgh Acquires the Archives of Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner

Garner was born in Pittsburgh in 1921. He began playing piano at age 3 and by the age of seven was performing on the radio. In 1944, Garner moved to New York City where he became a leading performer and composer.

Four African Americans Announce They Are Leaving Their College and University Posts

Those who are stepping down are Clyde B. Jones III at the University of Pittsburgh, Valerie B. Lee at Ohio State University, Patience Essah at Auburn University, and Charles Meadows at Morehouse College.

Study Examines Racial Differences in Depression Among Women in Rural and Urban Areas

The study found that rural White women were more likely to be depressed than White women in urban areas, whereas Black women in rural areas were less likely to be depressed than Black women in urban locales.

In Memoriam: Burrell A. Brown, 1947-2015

Burrell Brown was a professor and chair of the department of business administration and economics at California University of Pennsylvania. He served for 20 years as legal counsel for the Pennsylvania chapter of the NAACP.

The New Chief of Staff to the Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh

Kathy Humphrey was named senior vice chancellor for engagement and chief of staff for the chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh. For the past nine years, she has served as vice provost and dean of students at the university.

University Study Examines Racial Disparities in the Pittsburgh Area

The Center on Race and Social Problems at the School of Social Work of the University of Pittsburgh has issued a new report on racial disparities in the metropolitan region surrounding the university.

University Study Finds Significant Reductions in Racial Health Care Disparities

The study, by researchers at Brown and the University of Pittsburgh, examined 12 million acute care hospitalizations for patients who had a heart attack, heart failure, or suffered from pneumonia and compared treatments received by patients by race and ethnicity.

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.

Distinguished Honors for Three African American Scholars

The honorees at Brandon Keith Brown assistant professor of music at Brown University, William M. Carter Jr., dean of the law school at the University of Pittsburgh, and Robin E. Dock, an associate professor at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina.

Two Black Professors Are Named MacArthur Fellows

The Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation has announced the selection of 21 individuals in this year’s class of MacArthur Fellows. Two are African Americans with current ties to the academic world: Jennifer L. Eberhardt of Stanford University and Terrance Hayes of the University of Pittsburgh.

Study Finds Racial Differences in Womens’ Ability to Lose Weight

Due to lower metabolic rates, African American women who are overweight and are trying to lose weight must consumer fewer calories or exercise more than White women to lose the same amount weight.

Jazz Educator Honored at the Kennedy Center

Nathan Davis, professor emeritus of music at the University of Pittsburgh, received the BNY Mellon Jazz 2013 Living Legacy Award honoring jazz masters who have achieved distinction in jazz performance and education.

Two Black Scholars Join the Sickle Cell Disease Research Team at the University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh has announced the addition of two scholars to its Sickle Cell Disease Program. Laura De Castro was a professor of hematology at Duke University and Solomon Ofori-Acquah was a professor of pediatrics at Emory University.

Jazz Studies Pioneer to Retire

Nathan Davis, professor of music and director of the jazz studies program at the University of Pittsburgh, has announced that he will retire. Professor Davis, now 76 years old, founded the jazz program at the university in 1969. At that time, there were only two other jazz studies programs in the nation.

In Memoriam: Homer Eli Favor, 1925-2013

Homer Favor joined the faculty at Morgan State University in 1956 as an assistant professor of economics. In 1963, he founded the Urban Studies Institute at Morgan State.

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.

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