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Study Discovers Localized Standards Lead to More Diverse Gifted Education Programs

Nationwide, only the top 5 to 15 percent of all students qualified for gifted education classes. But of the top 50 to 15 percent of students at all schools qualified for gifted education, African American enrollments in these classes would quadruple.

University of Wisconsin Looks to Raise Number of Black Students in Chemistry Doctoral Programs

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has partnered with the American Chemical Society to train more students from underrepresented groups in chemical research. The goal is to increase the number of these students in chemistry doctoral programs.

Study Finds No Evidence of Bias in First Stage of the NIH Grant Review Process

A new study from researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has found that bias towards women and Black scientists is unlikely in the initial phase of the process the National Institutes of Health uses to review applications for grants.

Ten African Americans Who Have Been Named 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.

Three African American Scholars Taking on New Roles or Assignments

Taking on new roles are Earlise C. Ward at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Gary C. Bennett at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and Samiya Bashir at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

The University of Wisconsin Addresses Its History on the Issue of Race

Recently, a study group submitted a report to Rebecca Blank, the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, documenting the history of the relationship of the Ku Klux Klan to the campus community.

In Memoriam: Velvalea N. Rogers Phillips, 1923-2018

Vel Phillips was a civil rights leader who was the first African American woman to graduate from the University of Wisconsin Law School. A building on the University of Wisconsin campus is named in her honor.

New Study Aims to Identify Best Practices in Mentoring to Increase Diversity in STEM Fields

Angela Byars-Winston, professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been selected to lead a committee of the National Academy of Sciences that will seek to identify the best mentoring techniques to bring more women and members of underrepresented groups into STEM fields.

Two African American Women Assuming New Faculty Positions

Aimee Meredith Cox is a new associate professor of African American studies and an associate professor of anthropology at Yale University and Sami Schalk is a new assistant professor of gender and women's studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In Memoriam: Jacqueline A. DeWalt, 1952-2017

Jacqueline DeWalt was the former long-time director of the Pre-college Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Education (PEOPLE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ladee Hubbard to Receive the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

Ladee Hubbard, who teaches in the Africana studies program at Tulane University in New Orleans, is being honored for her debut novel The Talented Ribkins, the story of an African American family whose members have unique superpowers.

In Memoriam: Gloria Johnson-Powell, 1936-2017

Dr. Gloria Johnson-Powell considered dropping out of Meharry Medical College to devote more time to civil rights activism. However, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. urged her to complete her studies. She did.

New Duties in the Academic World for Eight Black Faculty Members

Here is this week’s roundup of Black scholars who have been hired or assigned new duties at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Racial Differences in Sleep Patterns Impact Overall Racial Health Disparities

A new study by researchers at Auburn University in Alabama, Northwestern University in Illinois, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison finds that a lack of sleep is a major contributing factor in higher incidence of cardiovascular disease and diabetes among African Americans.

New Higher Education Administrative Appointments for Seven African American Women

They are Shari Clark at Eastern Washington University, Teare Brewington at South Carolina State University, Karla Foster at the University of Wisconsin, Cheri Fisher Wilson at Oakwood University, Charlene Johnson at Voorhees College, Kimberly Fair Reese at Winston-Salem State and Felicia Blow at Hampton University.

New College or University Administrative Appointments for Five African Americans

Appointed to new positions are Kathi Dantley Warren at Rice University in Houston, Andre Phillips at the University of Wisconsin, Cheryl Lynn Horsey at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, Walter McCollum at Walden University, and Rene Davis at Brown University in Rhode Island.

In Memoriam: Adam S. Arnold Jr., 1922-2017

In 1957, Dr. Arnold was hired to the faculty in the department of finance at the University of Notre Dame. He was the first African American faculty member at the university and was the first to be granted tenure. Dr. Arnold taught at Notre Dame for 30 years.

UCLA-Led Survey Examines Racial Differences in Public Policy Views

A major survey conducted after the 2016 election led by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, shows widespread racial differences in public policy issues involving health care, climate change, federal spending, immigration, education, and other issues.

New Black Cultural Center Dedicated at the University of Wisconsin

The new Black Cultural Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will serve as a venue for programming, community organizing, and academic activities related to Black culture.

Stephen Kolison Jr. Named Provost at the University of Indianapolis

Since 2008, Dr. Kolison has been serving as associate vice president for academic programs and educational innovation and governance for the University of Wisconsin System. Earlier in his career, he was on the faculty at Tuskegee University in Alabama.

It Appears That There Is Only One African American Among This Year’s 40 Marshall Scholars

This year 40 Marshall Scholarships were awarded for American students to spend two years in graduate study at a university in the United Kingdom. It appears from JBHE research, that only one of this year’s 40 winners is an African American.

In Memoriam: Wayne Everett Crumwell

In 1968, Wayne Crumwell became the first African American to graduate from Davidson College in North Carolina. He later earned a law degree at Duke, opened a private law practice, and served as a faculty member at North Carolina Central University.

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: Daniel O. Bernstine, 1947-2016

Daniel O. Bernstine was president of the Law School Admission Council. Earlier in his career, he served for 10 years as president of Portland State University in Oregon.

Mickey Burnim to Step Down From Presidency of Bowie State University

Mickey L. Burnim, president of Bowie State University, the historically Black educational institution in Maryland, announced that he will step down at the end of the current academic year on June 30, 2017. When he retires, he will have led the university for nearly 11 years.

In Memoriam: Robert Colbert, 1950-2016

Robert Colbert was an associate professor and director of the counseling program in the department of educational psychology in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut.

A Leadership Crisis at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee

Recently the board of trustees voted by a 7-5 margin not to renew the president's contract when it expires in April. The board created a task force to determine the future of leadership at the university. It did not rule out extending the president's contract and it did not rule out letting her go.

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.

Linda Scott Named Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Scott has been serving as the associate dean for academic affairs, associate professor of health systems science, and director of graduate studies at the School of Nursing of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The Racial Gap in Student Loan Debt Is Highest Among the Most Affluent Families

According to a new study, on average, an African American college graduate has 68 percent more debt than a White college graduate. But the racial gap in student loan debt is highest among affluent Black and White families.

Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Wisconsin Responds to a Racial Incident

After an African American student at the University of Wisconsin found a racist note that had been slid under her dormitory room door, vice provost Patrick Sims posted an emotional video on YouTube.

Linda Scott Is a Finalist for Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Linda Scott is the associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Nursing of the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also serves as an associate professor of health systems science and director of graduate studies.

In Memoriam: Russell G. Hamilton, 1934-2016

Dr. Hamilton, professor emeritus of Spanish and Portuguese at Vanderbilt University, joined the faculty at the university in 1984 as dean for graduate studies and research. He was the first African American to serve as a dean of a Vanderbilt school or college.

One African American Among Finalists for Key Post at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Richie Hunter, vice chancellor and vice president of university marketing, communication, and media relations for the University of Houston, is a finalist for vice chancellor for university relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Three African Americans Among the Top 10 Most Influential Scholars in Education

Linda Darling Hammond of Stanford University was rated as the most influential university-based education scholar in the United States. Also among the top 10 influential scholars are Gloria Ladson-Billings of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Claude Steele, provost at the University of California, Berkeley.

High Level of Homelessness and Hunger Among Black Students at Community Colleges

The study authored by scholars at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Michigan found that 31 percent of African American students - nearly one third of all African American students at community colleges - exhibited very low levels of food security. Some 18 percent were homeless.

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