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Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology Students Participate in Dominican Republic Service-Learning Projects
WASHINGTON (Aug. 1, 2013) – Howard University graduate students from the departments of Occupational Therapy and Communication Sciences and Disorders Speech-Language Pathology completed a service-learning fieldwork and clinical practicum in theDominican Republic from June 23 to July 7. The team of 10 students served more than 100 children and their families and visited local hospitals and rehabilitation clinics. The students were accompanied by Felecia M. Banks, Ph.D., OT/L, chairperson of the Department of Occupational Therapy; Martine Elie, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic at Howard; and Sertia Poindexter, M.S., OTR/L, an occupational therapy clinical instructor.
WASHINGTON (Aug. 1, 2013) – The 2nd Annual BlackStar Film Festival, which opens this week in Philadelphia, will bestow a special honor on the Howard University Film Program as well as present an all-star panel on Howard's contribution to filmmaking, "Howard University and Visualizing Blackness." The Aug. 4 panel will include renowned filmmaker and director of the Howard University Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Film program, Haile Gerima; cinematographer Bradford Young (MFA '04), actress Loren Lillian (B.A. '00); and filmmaker Najma Nuriddin (MFA '11). Howard professor Montré Aza Missouri, Ph.D., will serve as moderator. Panelists will discuss the legacy of the Howard film program, the philosophy of their work and the future of Black film. For more information, visit here. Over the past several years, Howard film alumni have been steadily winning awards and gaining recognition for cinematography, directing and producing. The MFA graduate program — the only one of its kind at an Historically Black College or University (HBCU) — is now celebrating its 30th year. BlackStar Festival organizers said the MFA program is becoming widely known for "a specific, politically-charged aesthetic in which students are encouraged to push beyond the boundaries of conventional cinema to represent Black bodies masterfully and beautifully." BlackStar Film Festival will screen 75 feature films, short films, and music videos representing four continents, and hold a special awards ceremony, panels, concerts, receptions, and a screenplay competition. The festival will primarily take place at International House of Philadelphia with additional screenings at Drexel University and The Barnes Foundation.
WASHINGTON (Aug. 1, 2013) – Students in the Howard University Freshman Leadership Academy (FLA) program are experiencing a global connection this summer by traveling to China and studying in Beijing and Shanghai. As part of the international experience, students are taking part in lectures, leadership seminars and cultural tours. This year, 42 students are traveling to China from July 14 to Aug. 4. The experiences are designed to broaden their appreciation of world cultures, improve their intercultural communication skills and increase awareness of what it means to be a global citizen. This year marks the third summer FLA students have traveled to China.
Lorraine Fleming, Ph.D., Named Interim Dean of College of Engineering,Architecture and Computer Sciences
WASHINGTON (July 31, 2013) – Provost and Chief Academic Officer Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, today announced the appointment of Lorraine Fleming, Ph.D., as the Interim Dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences (CEACS). She succeeds Dr. James Mitchell. The appointment is effective August 1, 2013. The University will begin a search for a permanent dean this fall. "We commend Dr. James Mitchell for his decanal leadership and his dedication to enhancing the STEM research environment at Howard University. He also played an instrumental role in the renovation of Downing Hall and the centennial celebration of engineering and architecture programs at Howard," Frederick said. Through the Office of the Provost, Dr. Mitchell will lead an initiative to explore entrepreneurial opportunities around innovation and research. Dr. Fleming is a professor and former Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering.
WASHINGTON (June 21, 2013) – Provost and Chief Academic Officer Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, today announced the appointment of Sandra Edmonds Crewe, Ph.D., as the interim dean of the School of Social Work. Dr. Crewe succeeds Cudore Snell, D.S.W., who will retire as dean on June 30. “We thank Dean Snell for his extraordinary service as dean to the School of Social Work from 2003-2013,” Frederick said. “Under his leadership, the School of Social Work grew in prominence with nationally-ranked programs at the master’s and doctoral levels. Dean Snell also led several national and international research, scholarship and service initiatives.”
WASHINGTON (June 18, 2013) – The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center (MSRC) of the Howard University Library System (HULS) has selected five Howard University faculty members from a range of academic disciplines as 2013 Summer Faculty Fellows. This summer’s MSRC Fellows
WASHINGTON (July 25, 2013) – Howard University students athletes rank among the best in the nation. Both NCAA and the MEAC have recently announced major academic honors for high-performing athletes at Howard. "Howard University has a tradition of academic excellence," said Howard University Director of Athletics Louis "Skip" Perkins. "We are very proud of the recent recognition from the NCAA and MEAC Commissioner. These represent the hard work, commitment and dedication of our student athletes, coaches and athletics staff.
Howard University College of Medicine Leads 6th Annual National Clinicians HIV/AIDS Testing and Awareness Day
WASHINGTON (July 24, 2013) – This week marked the sixth annual National Clinicians HIV/AIDS Testing and Awareness Day (NCHATAD), spearheaded by Howard University's College of Medicine. The University partnered with institutions nationwide to strengthen the HIV clinical workforce and increase clinicians' knowledge, awareness, and commitment to eradicate HIV/AIDS and stigma surrounding the disease within minority communities. On July 21, Howard worked with partners and congressional leaders to help reduce the stigma and barriers associated with routine HIV testing and to increase treatment capacity. This is part of the University's local, regional and national network plan to empower clinicians with training to increase their awareness about HIV/AIDS and to effectively test, refer and treat minorities living with HIV/AIDS.
College of Pharmacy Alumna Elected President of the Drug Information Association's Board of Directors
WASHINGTON (July 24) - Howard University College of Pharmacy alumna, Minnie Baylor-Henry, JD, RPh, ('72) was elected to serve as the president of the Drug Information Association (DIA) and chair of its Board of Directors during the Association's 49th Annual Meeting in Boston, June 23-27. Baylor-Henry's year-long tenure began June 30. DIA is a global, professional association of nearly 18,000 members involved in the discovery, development, and life cycle management of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, and related health-care products. "The College of Pharmacy and entire University community applaud Dr. Baylor-Henry on her election," said Anthony K. Wutoh, Ph.D., R.Ph, dean of the College of Pharmacy. "She is truly a daughter of Howard and the College of Pharmacy. Her extensive clinical, regulatory, and life sciences knowledge will undoubtedly be beneficial to DIA and, indeed, to the profession of pharmacy."
WASHINGTON (July 23, 2013) – Howard University and The Kennedy Center, Project1Voice, in conjunction with Duke Ellington School of the Arts and African Continuum Theatre Company, present a free, staged reading of the play FOUR LITTLE GIRLS: Birmingham 1963 on Sept. 15, 2013 at 6 p.m. in the Family Theater, located within the Kennedy Center. For tickets, call (202) 467-4600, (800) 444-1324, or visit www.kennedy-center.org. Written by playwright Christina Ham and directed by Tony Award®-winning actress and Howard alumna Phylicia Rashad, the reading commemorates the 50th anniversary of the bombing that took the lives of four young girls at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. The free performance is part of the Kennedy Center’s daily, free Millennium Stage series and will be broadcast live on the Center’s website. Following the reading, there will be a post-performance discussion. Casting will be announced at a later date.
WASHINGTON (July 23, 2013) – Howard University College of Arts and Sciences welcomed participants in the 2013 Prefreshman Academic Summer Enhancement Program to campus in July. The program is sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
George Zimmerman is not innocent; he was found not guilty of the charges of Second Degree Murder or Manslaughter. This verdict was not about justice for Trayvon Martin, which he deserved. We are profoundly saddened by this verdict because it means that there is yet another unarmed young black male's death at the hands of someone relying on racial stereotypes. This is why last year, Howard Law students insisted on raising the profile of this case by creating a video, “Am I Suspicious,” which was posted on YouTube and why they rallied with others in Washington, D.C. and Florida to have Zimmerman charged.
WASHINGTON (June 25, 2013) – A team from Howard University has won first place in the 2013 Partnership for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering and Education (PACE) Collaboration and Innovation Challenge. The team will travel to the 2013 PACE Annual Forum held July 21-26 in Pasadena, Calif., to present their winning project and accept the award.
WASHINGTON (July 1, 2013) –Terri Adams Ph.D., Howard University associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, traveled to Japan in May to examine the challenges experienced by first responders during the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The disaster is considered one of the worst nuclear catastrophes in modern times and claimed more than 20,000 lives. Adams was able to interview individuals of various ranks of a first responder agency that played a pivotal role after the disaster. The research in Japan is part of a larger study being conducted by Adams. The study examines resilience and role conflict among first responders who are personally impacted by the disasters in which they are expected to respond. Adams has examined similar issues during the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans and Gulfport, Miss., as well as the earthquake and tsunami in Santiago and Constitución Chile in 2010.
WASHINGTON (June 28, 2013) – Howard University will host a graduation ceremony to honor the inaugural class of the School of Business Executive MBA (EMBA) program at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 1, in the Blackburn Center Hilltop Lounge on the main campus.
WASHINGTON (June 28, 2013) – Five Howard University College of Pharmacy students will begin their international experiential rotations in July at Ethiopia’s renowned Addis Ababa University, at Livingstone General Hospital in Zambia and at Howard University’s regional office in Pretoria, South Africa.
Howard School of Social Work Receives Kellogg Foundation Grant to Study Racial Disparities in Child Welfare Systems
WASHINGTON (June 3, 2013) – The Howard University School of Social Work has received a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to evaluate the effectiveness of racial equality standards in countering the overrepresentation of African Americans in child welfare systems. Ruby M. Gourdine, D.S.W., and Jacqueline M. Smith, Ph.D., are co-principal investigators on the $75,000 grant. The grant will fund the evaluation of child welfare procedures in two states where Black children are overrepresented. The grant period runs from April 2013 to March 2014 “The rate of African-American children in the child welfare system remains disproportionate to their numbers in the general population,” Gourdine said. “Too many African-American children are removed from their homes and efforts should be made to eliminate risk faced by children in fragile families in need of intervention services.”
WASHINGTON (June 12, 2013) – Events DC is offering special benefits to individual and group ticket buyers who plan on attending the third annual AT and T Nation’s Football Classic® taking place Saturday, Sept. 7 at RFK Stadium at 3:30 p.m. This game features Howard vs. Morehouse. As part of a new promotion called Me+3, fans who purchase three tickets in either the stadium’s lower or mezzanine levels, will receive a fourth ticket for free. For larger groups purchasing 50 or more tickets, benefits include discounted ticket prices (savings of $5 per ticket), in-game group recognition, exclusive Group Ticket Fan Experiences, free promotional materials – posters, t-shirts and more, complimentary VIP parking and personal service from a Group Ticket Sales Specialist. Please note: Benefits vary based on group size.
WASHINGTON (May 29, 2013) – Alvin Thornton, Ph.D., senior academic advisor to the president of Howard University, was honored recently as Alumnus of the Year at Morehouse College in a ceremony in Atlanta for his work supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the community at large. “I am deeply honored to be recognized in this manner by the National Alumni Association of the institution that did so much to define and shape my life,” Thornton said. “Morehouse first served me so I could then serve the community.” The award was bestowed on May 18. When asked about his support for HBCUs and advocacy on their behalf, Thornton talked about their importance in maintaining diversity in higher education.
WASHINGTON (May 13, 2013) – For Howard University students looking for immediate help with tuition costs, SALT is running a nationwide, educational sweepstakes at FaceTheRed.com until June 30. Students who enter the SALT contest will be eligible to win one of three $10,000 prizes to help pay for school and/or repay student loans. This spring, Howard partnered with American Student Assistance® (ASA), mtvU and Usher to provide student debt relief for one very lucky Howard student. ASA® also recently launched its online psychological thriller The Red—a short film that captures the horrors student loans can provoke. SALT is a free educational resource created by ASA that provides simple, smart and personalized ways for college students and recent graduates to take control of their student debt and manage their finances. With a combination of helpful tools, tailored information, and unbiased expertise, SALT helps students borrow less, borrow smart, and repay their loans in a way that works for them.