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University Research Finds a Link Between Poverty and Lower Brain Development

This is of particular importance to African Americans because the median income of Black families in the United States is only 60 percent of the median income of non-Hispanic Whites and Black families are three times as likely to be in poverty as non-Hispanic White families.

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.

The Next Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. has been serving as professor of public policy and political science and dean of the Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles. He joined the UCLA faculty in 1986. Dr. Gilliam will become chancellor of UNCG on September 8.

Three Black Men Named Finalists for Vice Provost for Diversity at the University of Wisconsin

The finalists are William T. Lewis Sr., alumni fellow at Virginia Tech, Ronald L. Quincy, professor in the School of Social Work at Rutgers University, and Patrick J. Sims, a professor of theatre and interim vice provost at the University of Wisconsin.

University of Wisconsin Documents a Lack of Racial Diversity in Children’s Books

In 2014, there were about 5,000 books published for children and teens. The survey found that 84 were written by African Americans and 180 were about African Americans.

Five African Americans Named Rhodes Scholars

The Rhodes Trust has announced the latest class of 32 American students who will study at the University of Oxford as Rhodes Scholars. It appears that five of the new Rhodes Scholars are African Americans.

Four African Americans in New Teaching Roles

Those with new teaching posts are Denise W. Streeter at Pennsylvania State University, Dereck Barr at the University of Wisconsin, Delaney Bennett at Clemson University, and Clarence G. Newsome at the University of Cincinnati.

Artist Uses Her Head to Win Top Prize in Art Competition

Sonya Clark, chair of the department of craft and material studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, enlisted 12 hairstylists to craft her head into a work of art for the judges' consideration.

Study Finds Community College Helps Minority Students on the Road to a Bachelor’s Degree

The authors found that for disadvantaged students, who represent the majority of community college-goers, enrolling at a community college has a modest positive effect on their likelihood of completing a bachelor’s degree.

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.

The New Deputy Assistant Secretary for Higher Education at the U.S. Department of Education

James T. Minor was the senior program officer and director of higher education programs for the Southern Education Foundation in Atlanta. From 2004 to 2010, Dr. Minor was a member of the faculty at Michigan State University.

Seven African American Scholars in New Teaching Posts

The appointees are Nicole Overstreet at Clark University, Rodney Ridley Sr. at Wilkes University, Danielle Evans at the University of Wisconsin, Barbara Gutherie at Northeastern University, Prince Ellis at Clermont College, A. Todd Franklin at Hamilton College, and Kenny Leon at Fordham University.

A Blueprint for Advancing the Educational Success of Black Males

A consortium of seven research centers on education have issued a report that offers an assessment of the educational status of African American males at all levels of education and offers recommendations on what can be done to improve their prospects for success.

University Study Finds Inner-City Youth More Likely to Have Food Allergies

The study found that 10 percent of young inner-city children had food allergies. Peanut allergies were the most common, followed by eggs, and milk. Nationwide about 3 percent of all adults and 6 percent of young children have food allergies.

African Literature Association Supports Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

The African Literature Association approved a resolution at its annual meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, that called for the academic boycott of Israeli institutions of higher learning.

Howard University’s William Spriggs Earns Honor From the NAACP

Dr. Spriggs is a professor of economics at Howard and also serves as chief economist for the AFL-CIO. He is the former assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Student Loan Debt Impacting Home Ownership Rates of Blacks More So Than for Whites

For Blacks with $10,000 or more of student loan debt, there is a 11 percent lower probability of home ownership. For Whites with student loan debt there is "no discernible association" between debt and home ownership.

Nathaniel Mackey Honored by the Poetry Foundation

Nathaniel Mackey, professor emeritus of literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has been named the winner of the 2014 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. The prize comes with a $100,000 award.

Edward Blum Launches Another Assault on Affirmative Action

The Project for Fair Representation has set up three websites seeking individuals who believe they were rejected for admission at three universities due to affirmative action or so-called reverse discrimination.

University of Wisconsin Student Hopes to Establish a University in Burkina Faso

Ousmane Kabre, an accounting major, hopes one day to return to his native Burkina Faso in West Africa and establish a university for students from low-income families.

Howard University Is Among the Colleges Sending the Most Graduates to the Peace Corps

Howard University was the only HBCU that made the list of the top 25 schools in three different enrollment-size categories that had the most Peace Corps volunteers in 2013.

Author Danielle Evans Will Be Joining the Faculty at the University of Wisconsin

She currently serves as an assistant professor of literature at American University in Washington, D.C. Evans is the author of the award-winning short story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self.

Florida A&M University Names Its Next President

Elmira Mangum, vice president for planning and budget at Cornell University, has been chosen as the 11th president and first woman president of historically Black Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

Research Finds Links Between Poverty and Slower Brain Development

The study found that children raised in poverty tend to have lower rates of development in two key areas of the brain. The Black poverty rate is three times the rate for non-Hispanic Whites.

Mercile Lee Retires As Vice Provost at the University of Wisconsin

For the past 30 years, Lee's responsibilities have included overseeing the Chancellor's and Powers-Knapp Scholarship programs, which she founded in 1984 to help students from minority or disadvantaged backgrounds.

University of Wisconsin Study Finds Persisting School Segregation

The study finds that segregation is not due to any intentional process to separate the races but rather due to the changing demographics of the nation's public school systems and the residential segregation that persists in America.

Outreach Programs for Parents Can Reduce School Mobility Among Black Students

Students who change schools often have problems adjusting to the new educational environment and this can impact their academic performance. Programs that reach out to Black parents can reduce the likelihood that children will change schools.

In Memoriam: G. Earl Peace Jr., 1945-2013

Dr. Peace served as a faculty member and administrator at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, for 21 years. He also held posts at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and for the University of Wisconsin system.

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.

University of Wisconsin’s Chief Diversity Officer Is Leaving Academia

Damon A. Williams, vice provost and chief diversity officer at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, announced that he is leaving the academic world to take an executive position with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

University of Wisconsin Study Finds Sharp Rise in Black Infant Mortality

The authors of the study state that the economic recession coupled with a drop in support programs for expectant mothers may be the cause of a spike in the infant mortality rate for African Americans in Dane County, Wisconsin.

New Hip-Hop Scholarships for Students at the University of Wisconsin

Two students will each receive four-year, full-tuition scholarships to the First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community at the University of Wisconsin, the nation's only college-level learning community for hip-hop and the spoken word.

Three African Americans Taking on New Posts in Higher Education

The new appointees are LaTanya Junior at Jackson State University, Cornelius Gilbert at Northern Illinois University, and LaVar Charleston at the University of Wisconsin.

Two Black Women Honored by the University of Wisconsin

Tanya Lynn Brito and Dawn Bryant Crim will be honored with the Outstanding Women of Color Award.

Jerlando Jackson Appointed to Named Professorship at the University of Wisconsin

Professor Jackson is the founder and director of the Wisconsin Equity and Inclusion Laboratory.

New Research Center on Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The new center will be under the direction of Alfonzo Thurmond, a professor of administrative leadership and former dean of the School of Education.

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