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WASHINGTON (May 22, 2013) - Howard University College of Pharmacy has signed a multi-year agreement with TNI BioTech Inc., a Bethesda, Md., biotech firm that develops immunotherapy drugs to treat patients with chronic diseases. The College of Pharmacy will assist in TNI BioTech’s efforts to provide affordable health care and the development of pharmaceutical skills in Africa. The College of Pharmacy currently has pharmacy projects in a number of African countries, including Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Rwanda. The college will support the development of new and commercial delivery forms of low-dose Naltrexone, a drug used to help people who have stopped drinking alcohol and using opiates like heroin to continue to avoid drinking or using drugs. TNI BioTech, Inc., believes that a low-dose version of Naltrexone could be effective in treating HIV/AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease and other autoimmune diseases.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 24, 2013) - Today, Howard University Director of Athletics Louis “Skip” Perkins named Tennille Adams as the new head women’s basketball coach. Adams comes to Howard with an impressive record, including an integral role in six double-figure winning seasons at Northwestern University and a notable coaching career with Big Ten, Patriot League and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Division I institutions. “We were in search of a coach that understood Howard University’s legacy of academic excellence, possessed the characteristics to maintain the program’s distinction, while making the Lady Bison a principal force in the MEAC and beyond,” Perkins said. Adams hangs up her Northwestern Wildcats purple and white, for the Bison blue and white after five seasons under the direction of head women’s basketball coach Joe McKeown. While at Northwestern, Adams was named defensive coordinator (2012-13), offensive coordinator (2011-12), while being instrumental in Northwestern’s 10th best turnaround season, a fourth place finish in the BCS (2009), back-to-back WNIT appearances (2009-10 and 2010-11), and the development of two First Team All-Big Ten student-athletes, one Third Team All-Big Ten student-athlete, and one Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection.
WASHINGTON (May 12, 2013) -- Sudha Sharma, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Howard University College of Medicine, recently published new findings that make a significant contribution to the understanding of genomic instability, including those found in cancer. Her research could place scientists on a path to design more effective cancer treatment strategies. New research by Sharma and her laboratory associates published in Molecular Cancer shows how RECQ1, a protein that is present in human cells, is recruited to hotspots of DNA damage that are particularly sensitive to DNA breaks in cancer cells.
WASHINGTON (May 11, 2013) –President Bill Clinton told more than 2,600 Howard University graduates that they should confront adversity with resilience and use their talents to transform the world. Watch Commencement Address (VIDEO) Clinton delivered the 145th Commencement address at Howard University on Saturday, May 11.He stressed that students should recognize the growing interdependence between communities in different parts of world. “It turns out there is an economic and social imperative that compels those of us who understand it to work together,” he said. “Creating cooperation works better than constant conflict and we forget that at our peril. You can’t share the future unless you share the responsibility for building it.” During the ceremony, Howard bestowed 2,687 degrees, including 1,030 graduate, professional and certificate degrees and 1,675 degrees at the undergraduate level. In addition, Howard conferred 96 doctoral degrees. Howard produces more on campus doctoral degrees than any institution in the country. Clinton received an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree in recognition of his service as president from 1993 to 2001 and his global philanthropic work through the William J. Clinton Foundation.
WASHINGTON (May 3, 2013) – Howard University will host the 145th Commencement Convocation, with former President Bill Clinton as the speaker, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11. During the ceremony, which will take place on the upper quadrangle of the main campus, the University will award honorary degrees to Patricia McGuire, the president of Trinity Washington University since 1989; Marie C. Johns, deputy administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and former president of Verizon Washington; entrepreneur and philanthropist Sheila C. Johnson, who also owns three professional sports franchises; and the late Jack F. Kemp, who was a Republican congressman and cabinet secretary. In selecting the individuals who will be awarded honorary degrees, the University continues the tradition of identifying leaders whose work has clearly contributed to the betterment of communities and the world.
WASHINGTON (May 7, 2013) – In May, Harrison Lamar Hayes received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and was awarded the competitive Reginald F. Lewis Prize. The $2,500 prize is awarded to the undergraduate student whose cumulative grade point average demonstrates the highest increase between their sophomore and senior years. A native of Richmond, Va., Hayes arrived at Howard University thinking that he would follow in his father’s footsteps and become a businessman. After a Capitol Hill internship during his sophomore year, Hayes decided his true passion was for public policy. Later that year, he switched majors from international business to political science.
WASHINGTON (April 29, 2013) – Hurricane Sandy and its destruction have largely moved out of the media headlines, replaced by more recent news events. But for New York and New Jersey residents still dealing with devastation in itswake, it remains fresh. It is fresh too for the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center for Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS) at Howard University. NCAS is exploring the sociological impacts of the storm on residents and how and why people responded to the oncoming storm as part of its research on how weather and climate impact society. NCAS recently surveyed some of the communities in the New Jersey and New York areas that were affected by the October storm, which flooded New York’s subway system, destroyed more than 100 homes, left 53 people dead and caused $18 billion in damages, lost wages and income.
WASHINGTON (April 30, 2013) – The countdown begins! Howard University, Morehouse College and Events DC announced today that tickets for the third annual AT and T Nation’s Football Classic® go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 3 at the Howard University box office at Cramton Auditorium and Ticketmaster. The Howard Bison meet the Morehouse Maroon Tigers on Saturday, Sept. 7 at RFK Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Early Bird Special: Lower bowl tickets are $20, plus applicable fees, from May 3-31 (while supplies last). All lower bowl tickets are $25 and mezzanine tickets are $50, plus fees. Group sales for 50 or more begin June 1.
WASHINGTON – Three Howard University School of Communications broadcast journalism students were presented with $7,000 White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) scholarships by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. The Obamas made the WHCA award presentations during the 99th Annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner held on April 27, 2013.
WASHINGTON (April 22, 2013) –Howard University Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick today announced the appointment of Gracie Lawson-Borders, Ph.D., as the new Dean of the School of Communications following an extensive national search. The appointment is effective July 1. “Dr. Lawson-Borders is a seasoned communications scholar, administrator and researcher. We welcome her to Howard and look forward to her leadership as the School of Communications further positions itself to educate 21st century communications students,” said Provost Frederick. "We also thank Interim Dean Dr. Chuka Onwumechili for his dedicated service over the last year."
WASHINGTON (April 16, 2013) –The Howard University Department of Physics and Astronomy will host a presentation by noted theoretical physicist and National of Medal of Science recipient Sylvester James Gates, Jr., who will speak about the concept of symmetry in physics. The event will take place at 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, in the Thirkield Hall Auditorium, room 300. It is co-sponsored by the Howard University Chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society.
WASHINGTON – After receiving a $4,500 scholarship from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, Samantha Calixte, a health management senior, is encouraging other Howard University students to study abroad despite the cost. Calixte studied health care policies and practices in New Delhi, India for nearly four months during the fall 2012 semester. Calixte also completed a month-long independent research project in which she examined the socio-cultural constraints that keep Indian mothers from adopting healthy breastfeeding practices.
WASHINGTON (April 15, 2013) – The Howard University men’s club basketball team, known as 1867, won the NIRSA National Championship for Club Basketball. 1867 defeated Butler University, 50-49, in the national final game, held at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. on April 14. “It’s an amazing accomplishment for both the students and the University,” said Victor Montgomery, head coach of the men’s club basketball team. “To see their hard work, especially the seniors who have been committed to the program since their freshman year, finally pay off is a very gratifying experience.”
WASHINGTON (March 26, 2013) – Dr. John Ruffin, director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), will serve as the keynote speaker at Howard University’s annual inter-disciplinary Research Day at 1 p.m., Monday, April 1 in Cramton Auditorium. Dr. Ruffin is a well-respected leader and visionary in the fields of minority health and health disparities. He has an impressive track record of developing and supporting programs to increase the cadre of minority scientists, physicians, and other health professionals. He is also well known for his efforts to draw a diverse group of researchers to the health disparities field.
WASHINGTON (March 26, 2013) – President Bill Clinton will deliver the Commencement address at Howard University on Saturday, May 11, on the Upper Quadrangle of the main campus, President Sidney A. Ribeau announced today. “We are thrilled that President Clinton has agreed to deliver this year’s Commencement address,” Ribeau said. “As a preeminent leader, humanitarian and advocate, his extraordinary global work and commitment to public service will inspire the class of 2013 as they prepare to make their mark on the world.”
WASHINGTON (April 11, 2013) – Jalaya Liles Dunn, director of youth leadership and development for the Children’s Defense Fund, and Edward A. Hailes, Jr., general counsel and managing director of the Advancement Project, will discuss community organizing in a presentation entitled, “Don’t Go It Alone: Engaging and Organizing Communities for Social Change.” The event will take place at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, in the School of Business auditorium. Dunn and Hailes will be joined by Elaine Jones, former president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The lecture is a part of the Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Lecture series, which is themed, “Civic Equality in the 21st Century: The Political Process, Education, Economic Power and Individual Rights.”
WASHINGTON (April 11, 2013) – For the third time, WHUR-FM 96.3 was awarded the Crystal Radio Award from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). The award recognizes radio stations for outstanding year-round commitment to community service. This year’s recipients were chosen from among 50 finalists. The 10 stations were honored at the NAB Show Radio Luncheon on April 9 in Las Vegas.
WASHINGTON (April 4, 2013) – The Howard University Department of Art is pleased to announce the 24th Annual James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art from April 11-13. The Porter Colloquium is the leading forum for scholars, artists, curators as well as art enthusiasts in the field of African-American art and visual culture.
WASHINGTON (April 5, 2013) -- U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-KY, will speak at Howard University on inclusion in the Republican at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10. Sen. Paul’s speech will focus on the importance of outreach to younger voters, as well as minority groups. He will also discuss the history of the African-American community’s roots in the Republican Party and current issues, such as school choice and civil liberties In the Senate, Rand serves on the Foreign Relations, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Homeland Security and Government Affairs, and Small Business Committees. Rand has been a vocal advocate for term limits, a balanced-budget amendment, a Read the Bills Act, and an audit of the Federal Reserve. He has gained prominence for his independent positions on many political issues.
WASHINGTON (April 4, 2013) – The Congressional Black Caucus’s Taskforce on Immigration Reform will host a forum on the impact of Immigration Reform on Black America at Howard University on Tuesday, April 9 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Though there are more than three million immigrants of African descent living in America, the immigration reform debate rarely includes the unique experiences and challenges facing black immigrants. There are also assumptions about the impact immigration reform will have on African Americans, which have led to tensions in communities and on college campuses.