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JBHE Weekly Bulletin for 9-14-17

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JBHE Weekly Bulletin
September 14, 2017


Here are links to some of the top stories published at JBHE.com this past week. Click on a headline to read the full article.


HBCUs Throughout the Southeast Impacted by Hurricane Irma

Many of the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities are located in the southeastern United States. As a result many were impacted by powerful Hurricane Irma. The impact of the hurricane closed HBCU campuses in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

The Huge Racial Gap in College Readiness as Measured by the ACT Test

Some 35 percent of Whites who took the ACT test were deemed college ready in all four areas of English, mathematics, reading, and science. For Blacks, only 6 percent of all test takers were deemed college ready in all four areas.


Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia — Assistant or Associate Professor, Genome Editing & Functional Cancer Genomics

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia seek candidates for an Assistant or Associate Professor position in the tenure track. The successful applicant will have experience in the field of Genome Editing & Functional Cancer Genomics and also have experience in the field of Genome Editing & Functional Cancer Genomics and will creatively leverage the CRISPR/Cas9 or similar technologies towards functional characterization of chromosomal translocations, candidate drive mutations, epigenetic alterations, genetic polymorphisms, etc. Identification of new susceptibility alleles in important pediatric cancers and related diseases is also a priority. Responsibilities include establishing and maintaining an independent, extramurally funded research program. Teaching and mentoring of graduate and medical students is an integral component of this position. Applicants must have an M.D./Ph.D or equivalent degree and have demonstrated excellent qualifications in education and research.

The position is affiliated with the Division of Cancer Pathobiology & the Center for Childhood Cancer Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The Division & CCCR are housed in the state-of-the-art Colket Translational Research Building. More information about the program can be found at: http://www.chop.edu/cccr/research-topic/cancer-pathobiology-research

A generous recruitment package and lab space will be provided, together with excellent institutional and core research resources. Drs. Andrei Thomas-Tikhonenko (Pathology) and Kai Tan (Pediatrics) will serve as co-chairs of the Search Committee. The Committee will keep considering applications until the position is filled.

We seek candidates who embrace and reflect diversity in the broadest sense.

The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Apply for this position online here.


Quinton T. Ross Chosen as President of Alabama State University in Montgomery

Dr. Ross is an Alabama State Senator. He also has served as director of adult education at Trenholm State Technical College in Montgomery. Dr. Ross was a finalist for president of Alabama State in 2013.

The Business Schools With the Most Faculty From Underrepresented Groups

The survey by the PhD Project found that there are 22 faculty members from underrepresented groups at the business school at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. This was the largest number of any business school in the United States.


Spelman College in Atlanta Will Admit Transgender Students in 2018

Spelman College in Atlanta announced that for the class that will enter college in the fall of 2018 it “will consider for admission women students including students who consistently live and self-identify as women, regardless of their gender assignment at birth.” Most of the nation’s leading women’s colleges made similar decisions two or three years ago.

Differences in Treatment for Those Who Suffer Cardiac Arrest by Racial Makeup of Neighborhood

A new study, led by a Duke University School of Medicine scholar, found that people who live in predominantly White neighborhoods are much more likely than people who live in predominantly Black neighborhoods to be treated with CPR or a defibrillator after suffering cardiac arrest.

Former Secretary of Education Is Now Teaching at the University of Maryland

John B. King Jr., the former secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, is a visiting professor in the College of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is teaching a course on education policy.

Rutgers University Honors African Americans Who Are Part of Its History

Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey has renamed its College Avenue Apartments to honor Sojourner Truth. The library on the Livingston Campus in Piscataway has been renamed the James Dickson Carr Library after Rutgers’ first African-American graduate.


Penn Announces its First Cohort of Minority Serving Institutions Aspiring Leaders Program

The goal of the program is to train the next generation of university presidents who will lead the country’s minority serving institutions, including historically Black colleges and universities.

White Supremacist Fliers Were Posted on the Webster University Campus

Fliers promoting a White supremacist group were posted throughout the campus of Webster University in St. Louis. Blacks make up 16 percent of the undergraduate student body at the university.

Indiana University Reports Encouraging Enrollment Numbers for African Americans

At the flagship campus at Bloomington, there are 1,907 African American students, a record number for this campus. Systemwide, there are 7,646 African Americans enrolled.

Lehigh University Is the Latest Educational Partner of the Posse Foundation

Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has become a new partner with the Posse Foundation. A Posse of 10 students from the San Francisco Bay area will become Lehigh students next fall. The university hopes to add additional Posses of 10 students each year.


Charity Hudley Named to an Endowed Chair at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Dr. Hudley was the William and Mary Professor of Community Studies and an associate professor of English at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She joined the faculty there in 2005.

New Administrative Roles for Eight African Americans 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.

Delaware State University Improves Its Nursing Education Program

From 2007-2014, an average of 62 percent of the graduates of the Delaware State University program passed the licensing examination. This year 90 percent of the students in the graduating class passed the examination on their first attempt.

Gloria Chuku Receives the 2017 Ali Mazrui Award for Scholarship and Research Excellence

Gloria Chuku, chair and professor of Africana studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, received the 2017 Ali Mazrui Award for Scholarship and Research Excellence from the Toyin Falola Annual Conference on African Diaspora. She is the first woman to receive the award.

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Southern University Is the First HBCU to Partner With America Makes

America Makes is a multi-agency collaboration among industry, universities, and government partners, led by the Departments of Commerce, Energy, Defense, Education, NASA, and the National Science Foundation that conducts research into additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology.

Marsha Horton Serving as Dean at Delaware State University in Dover

Marsha Horton was named interim dean of the College of Education, Health, and Policy at Delaware State University. She was dean and associate professor in the School of Education, Psychology and
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