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Yale Study Finds Childhood School Segregation Leads to Cognitive Disparities in Older Black Adults

When examining the connection between a variety of negative early-life experiences and cognitive function in older adulthood for Black seniors, attending a segregated school was found to have the largest effect on cognitive impairment compared to other childhood difficulties.

African Literature and Culture Society Honors Duriel Harris for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry

Dr. Harris has served as a professor of poetry and poetics at Illinois State University for the past 15 years. Her teaching and academic interests include poetry writing, poetics, and African American literature.

Five Black Professors Selected for New Faculty Positions

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new faculty positions at universities throughout the United States. If you have news for our appointments section, please email the information to contact@jbhe.com.

Mark Brown to Be the First Alumnus to Serve as President of Tuskegee University in Alabama

On July 1, Dr. Mark Brown will assume the presidency of his undergraduate alma mater, Tuskegee University in Alabama, making him the first alumnus to serve in the position. He currently serves as the inaugural president and CEO of the Student Freedom Initiative.

Daphne Lamothe Promoted to Provost of Smith College in Massachusetts

Dr. Lamothe has taught Africana studies, women's and gender studies, and American studies at Smith College for two decades. She will assume the college's chief academic position on July 1.

Tina Post Wins National Book Circle Award for Book on Black American Identity and Expression

Dr. Post has been on the faculty at the University of Chicago for the past six years, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in the university's department of English language and literature.

Four African Americans Appointed to University Administrative Positions

The appointments are Donald R. Pearsall at Alabama A&M University, Padonda Webb at North Carolina A&T State University, Michael Scales at the University of Pennsylvania, and Dawn Leaks Ragsdale at Yale University.

Yale University Commits $10 million Toward HBCU Partnerships

Yale University issued a formal apology three weeks ago regarding its historical ties to slavery. In response, the university has pledged $10 million towards an initiative that aims to expand collaboration with historically Black colleges and universities.

Yale Issues Formal Apology After Research Finds Historic Ties to Slavery

"Today, on behalf of Yale University, we recognize our university’s historical role in and associations with slavery, as well as the labor, the experiences, and the contributions of enslaved people to our university’s history, and we apologize for the ways that Yale’s leaders, over the course of our early history, participated in slavery," says Yale University President Peter Salovey, and Josh Bekenstein, senior trustee of the Yale Corporation.

Black Film Project and Film Studies Fellowships Established at Harvard University

Henry Louis Gates Jr., professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, will direct the newly established Black Film Project, an initiative aiming to support independent films focusing on Black history and culture.

Yale Library Acquires Digital Collection of Langston Hughes Papers

In a recent December upload, the Yale University Library added a collection of papers from Black poet Langston Hughes to the school's online archive. The collection contains correspondence between Hughes and other authors and civil rights activists of his time.

In Memoriam: Julie Saville, 1947-2023

Dr. Saville was hired to the faculty at the University of Chicago in 1994, joining the founding generation of scholars of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture. She was a scholar of slavery, emancipation, and plantation societies in the U.S. and the Caribbean.

In Memoriam: Willie Ruff, 1931-2023

Professor Ruff held bachelor's and master's degrees in music from Yale University. He joined the faculty at Yale in 1971 and taught there until his retirement in 2017.

A Group of Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Endowed Chairs

The three Black scholars who have been appointed to named professorships are Karen Flynn at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Ruth Blake at Yale University, and Baron Kelly at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

University of Chicago’s Tina Post Wins Best Book Prize

Tina Post, an assistant professor of English at the University of Chicago, recently received the Best Book Prize from the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present.

Yale University Scholar Wins Early Career Physics Award

Charles D. Brown II, an assistant professor of physics at Yale University, has been selected as the winner the Joseph A. Johnson Award for Excellence from the American Institute of Physics and the National Society of Black Physicists.

Deborah Dyett Desir Is the New President of the American College of Rheumatology

Dr. Desir has more than three decades of experience in clinical medicine. In 1993, she started a rheumatology private practice in Hamden, Connecticut. In 2019, Dr. Desir joined the Yale School of Medicine faculty.

Government Programs to Attract Physicians to Underserved Areas Have Not Worked

A federal program created to attract physicians to medically underserved areas of the United States has not achieved this intended effect or reduced mortality rates in these regions, a new Yale study finds.

Melissa Gilliam Will Be the First African American President of Boston University

Dr. Gilliam has been provost at Ohio State University since July 2021. Earlier, she was vice provost, the Ellen H. Block Distinguished Service Professor of Health Justice, and professor of obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics at the University of Chicago. She will become president of Boston University on July 1, 2024.

Yale Study Finds Huge Racial Disparity in Death Rates Due to Exposure to Fine Particulate Matter

The study found that on average, there were 202.70 deaths per 1 million White people each year due to exposure to high levels of fine particulate matter. But, there were 279.24 deaths per 1 million Hispanic people, and 905.68 deaths per 1 million Black people each year.

Study Finds Blacks Are More Likely Than Whites to Be Jumped in the Emergency Room Queue

A new study by researchers at Yale University finds that nearly one third of emergency room patients are jumped in line, with those from marginalized groups — including lower-income patients, non-white patients, and non-English speakers — more likely to be cut by others.

In Memoriam: Evelyn Boyd Granville, 1924-2023

After serving on the faculty at Fisk University in Nashville, in 1956 Dr. Granville was hired by IBM Corporation and was assigned to work on a contract for NASA. Dr. Granville wrote programs to track orbital trajectories and calculations to ensure the safe re-entry of space vehicles into the atmosphere. She later taught at California State University and the University of Texas at Tyler.

Yale University Study Examines the Racially Disparate Impact of Tax Deed Foreclosures

The research looks at how widespread tax deed foreclosures are and what effect they have on communities. Author Cameron LaPoint found that property tax foreclosure accelerates gentrification and contributes to the racial wealth gap by forcing out nonwhite homeowners and clearing the way for high-end property development.

Study Finds Huge Racial Disparity in Killings by Off-Duty Police Officers

A new study led by Emmanuella Ngozi Asabor, an MD/Ph.D. candidate at Yale University found that Black men are the most common victims of killings committed by off-duty police officers in the U.S. Researchers found that many incidences occurred while off-duty officers were performing side jobs as security officers, and that these officers often obscured information about their involvement in situations that turned deadly.

Racial Inequality and the Staggering Toll on Life Expectancy

A new study led by researchers at Yale University reveals a staggering disparity in life expectancy between Black Americans and their White counterparts. The results show that there were 1.63 million excess deaths in the Black population compared with White Americans in the 1999-2020 period, representing more than 80 million excess years of potential life lost.

Yale University Awards Degrees to Two of its First Students

James W. C. Pennington (1808-1870) and Alexander Crummell (1819-1898) studied at Yale from 1834 to 1837 and 1840 to 1841, respectively. Because they were Black, however, the university did not allow them to register formally for classes or matriculate for a degree. They could not participate in classroom discussions or access library resources.

Clark Atlanta University Appoints Charlene Gilbert to Provost Position

Dr. Gilbert currently serves as the senior vice provost for student academic excellence at Ohio State University. Prior to this position, Dr. Gilbert served for five years as the dean of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Toledo.

The First African American to Deliver the Bampton Lectures at the University of Oxford

Willie James Jennings an associate professor of systematic theology at Yale Divinity School, has been selected to deliver the Bampton Lectures for 2023 at the University of Oxford in England. He is the first African American selected to give these lectures in the 243-year history of the program.

Three African American Women Faculty Members Who Are Taking on New Assignments

The three Black women faculty members who are taking on new assignments are Crystal Feimster at Yale University, Kia Dolby at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, and Alison Brown at Talladega College in Alabama.

Black Scholars Are Underrepresented Among “Super Principal Investigators” on NIH Grants

Super principal investigators have three or more concurrent grants from the National Institutes of Health. In 2020, just 1 percent of all Black principal investigators were super principal investigators. For Whites, 4.1 percent of all principal investigators were super principal investigators.

A Trio of Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles

Bree Alexander was appointed clinical assistant professor and interim coordinator for the bachelor of social work degree program at the University of South Carolina. Cajetan Iheka is the new director of the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University and Earl J. Edwards is a new assistant professor in the educational leadership and higher education development at Boston College.

Yale Study Finds Racial Disparity in Uterine Cancer Testing and Diagnosis

Patients who receive an early diagnosis of uterine cancer, have a 95 percent chance to survive for at least five years. But Black patients are less likely than their White counterparts to receive diagnostic testing and for those who do receive the recommended procedures, Blacks are more likely to experience delays in testing and diagnosis.

Four Black Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments at Major Universities

Appointed to new positions or taking on new duties are Michelle Robinson at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Charles D. Brown II at Yale University, Patricia Smith at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University in New Jersey, and Angela Byars-Winston of the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin.

Danielle Holley Will Be the Twentieth President of Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts

In 2014, President-elect Holley was named dean and a professor of law at the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. Previously she was associate dean and a professor of law at the University of South Carolina Law School. Earlier in her career, she taught at the Hofstra University School of Law in New York.

Racial Disparities in School Discipline: How Much Can Be Explained by Teacher Bias?

A new study by Jayanti Owens, an assistant professor of organizational behavior at the Yale School of Management, found that teachers tend to blame Black boys more than White boys for identical misbehaviors and are more likely to send them to the principal’s office.

La Marr Jurelle Bruce Wins First Book Award From the Modern Language Association

La Marr Jurelle Bruce is an associate professor of American studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. According to the Modern L:anguage Association selection committee's citation, "Bruce develops original and provocative readings across media and genres, and the impact of his work will be felt in multiple fields and disciplines."

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