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JBHE Weekly Bulletin for 12-14-17

The JBHE Weekly Bulletin delivers the latest news on African Americans in higher education each week. Stay up to date by visiting JBHE.com and following us on Twitter and Facebook. Also, be sure to check out our sister site, Women In Academia Report, tracking the progress of women in higher education via daily updates and a weekly newsletter.

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JBHE Weekly Bulletin
December 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.


Four African Americans Win Marshall Scholarships

The four African Americans among the 43 Marshall Scholars this year are in sharp contrast to the record of 10 African Americans who were among the 32 American students awarded Rhodes Scholarships this fall.

Scholars From Sub-Saharan African Nations Teaching in the United States

Nigeria sent 462 scholars to teach in the U.S., more than any other sub-Saharan African nation. The number of Nigerian scholars teaching in the U.S. was up 17 percent from the previous year.

Deacue Fields Named to a Dean Position at the University of Arkansas

Dr. Fields currently serves as professor and chair of the department of agricultural economics and rural sociology at Auburn University in Alabama.

University Study Finds Persisting Racial Gap in Hospital Readmissions After Surgery

The authors speculate that several factors may be behind the racial disparity in hospital readmissions after surgery, such as lower quality surgical care, poorer support and follow-up care when a patient leaves the hospital, and less social and community support.


James H. Cone to Receive the 2018 Grawemeyer Award in Religion

The Grawemeyer Award in religion is given to individuals who publicize creative and significant insights into the relationship between humans and the divine. The award comes with a $100,000 prize.

Study Led by Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania Sheds Light on Genetics of Skin Color

Researchers used a light meter to record skin color variation on 2,000 people across Africa. They then took samples DNA samples from survey participants and were able to determine genetic variants that impact skin color.

Ayanna Howard to Lead the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech

Ayanna Howard is a professor who holds the Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Chair in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Two Black Students at Harvard Awarded International Rhodes Scholarships

Two Black students at Harvard University have been awarded Rhodes Scholarships, allocated to their home country or region. Terrens Muradzikwa is an economics major from Zimbabwe and Mandela Patrick is a computer science major from Trinidad.


University of South Carolina Honors Slaves Who Contributed to Its Early History

The University of South Carolina has unveiled two historical plaques honoring enslaved men and women who worked on the campus of what was known then as South Carolina College in the years preceding the Civil War.

Intervention Succeeds in Boosting Retention of Students From Underrepresented Groups

A new intervention program developed at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis has been proven successful in boosting the retention rate and grade point averages of students from underrepresented groups.

White Supremacists Post Flyers and Banners at Southern Methodist University

The flyers and banners contained messages such as “Reclaim America,” “No more tolerance, no more diversity,” and “White men! Save your people.”

Accrediting Agency Hands Down Decisions on Four HBCUs

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools removed one HBCU from warning status, continued probation status for two HBCUs, and placed another HBCU on probation.


Two Black Scholars Taking on New Faculty Roles

Jonathan Howard is a new assistant professor of English at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and Koffi Pierre Yao was hired as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Delaware.

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Offers New Degree Program at Satellite Campus

The University of Arkansas Pine Bluff has revived its bachelor’s degree program in regulatory sciences. The degree program will be offered at the university’s satellite campus in North Little Rock. The first students will begin classes in the Spring 2018 semester.

Notable Honors for Two African American Women in Academia

M. Shawn Copeland, a professor of theology at Boston College, was presented with the Marianist Award from the University of Dayton and Mary Jo Fayoyin, dean of library services at Savannah State University was honored by the American Library Association.

Texas Southern University to Use New Technology to Identify At-Risk Students

The technology will be used to create customized models using real-time student data to identify at-risk students. Academic advisors can then use the software to be proactive in assisting students who need special attention.

FEATURED Job Opportunities

Austin Peay State University — Assistant Professor, Coordinator Music Education University of Central Florida — President University of Pennsylvania — Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor, Computer Science University of Utah — Assistant Professor of Photography & Digital Imaging Miami University — Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

A Trio of African American Women Who Are Taking on New Higher Education Administrative Roles

Taking on new administrative roles are Krystal Prime Banfield at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Brigette A. Bryant at the City University of New York, and Carol Burton at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina.

In Memoriam: Ernest Adolphus Finney Jr., 1931-2017

Ernest A. Finney Jr. was the first African American to serve as Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court and the former interim president of South Carolina State University.


In Memoriam: Perry Eugene Wallace Jr., 1948-2017

Perry Wallace, who served on the faculty of several law schools, was the first African American to play varsity basketball in the Southeastern Conference.

 

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