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WASHINGTON (January 28, 2013) – A national summit of scholars from universities and policy think tanks will meet at Howard University for the Fourth Annual African American Economic Summit at Armour J. Blackburn Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1. Discussions at the summit will center on persistent racial disparities in U.S. society and possible policy options during President Obama’s second term. The event is open to the public but space is limited so registration is required.
Entrepreneur, Basketball Great “Magic” Johnson to Discuss Business and HIV Stigma at Howard University Hospital
WASHINGTON (Jan. 25) -- Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Hall of Fame basketball player turned multi-million dollar entrepreneur, will be at Howard University Hospital from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 7 to talk about his transformation from basketball to business and how the stigma of being HIV-positive affects him and others. Johnson, a member of the NBA Hall of Fame, a three-time NBA MVP, winner of five NBA Championships and voted one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, is now an entrepreneur with a wide range of business interests that include sports, food service, broadcast, entertainment, airports and real estate. During his talk in the hospital’s Towers Auditorium, he will address Howard Unniversity School of Business students about how he began his business career the keys to making smart entrepreneurial decisions. In 2012, Johnson became a majority owner of the storied Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. He is the first African-American majority owner of a major league baseball franchise. In 2006, he created a national contract food service with Sodexo USA called Sodex-Magic. One of his retail operations, the Magic Johnson Championship Sub, is in Howard University Hospital.
WASHINGTON (January 25, 2013) -- A Howard University-led National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research team is currently in the tropical Atlantic Ocean, where it is studying how small particles suspended in the air originating from Africa affect weather in the U.S. and Caribbean. The team's data could potentially improve hurricane forecasting. Howard University professor Vernon Morris, Ph.D., principle investigator for the program and director of the NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS) at Howard, said the Aerosols and Ocean Science Expeditions (AEROSE) hopes to detail the connection between African winds and the particles they carry, called aerosols, and the weather across the Atlantic. “We are looking at the movement of air masses that come out of West Africa and the associated aerosols,” Morris said. “Some aerosols come from the dust storms. Some are coming from the slash and burn fires that they have in certain African countries. Some come from the mega-cities that African nations are building.”
WASHINGTON (January 14, 2013) –The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University’s premier library documenting the global black experience is pleased to present “Barack Obama: The First Term, 2009-2012”, an exhibition of some 60 photographs documenting Barack Obama’s first four years as President of the United States. Founded 99 years ago as a small collection of books, manuscripts and other documents, the Moorland-Spingarn has developed into the premier academic research library in the field of African American and African Diasporan history and culture.
US AFRICOM General Carter Ham to Present on the Mission of Africa Command at Howard’s Ralph Bunche Center.
WASHINGTON (January 22, 2013) – Howard University’s Ralph Bunch International Affairs Center will host a presentation by General Carter F. Ham, commanding officer of the U.S. Africa Command, Thursday, Jan. 24 at 1:30 p.m. General Ham’s presentation will focus on the role and mission of the United States Africa Command. This presentation comes at a time of great interest surrounding the recent conflicts in Mali and Algeria. General Ham became commander of U.S. Africa Command, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, on March 9, 2011. U.S. Africa Command is one of six unified geographic commands within the Department of Defense unified command structure.
WASHINGTON (January 20, 2013) – Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, will lead a discussion into the problems of the American prison system titled, “Prisons: A Corporate Goldmine?” The discussion will take place at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23 in the School of Business auditorium. Edelman will be joined by Rev. Janet Wolf, National Program Coordinator and director of Nonviolent Organizing to End the Cradle to Prison Pipeline of the Children’s Defense Fund. The lecture will be facilitated by Former President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Elaine R. Jones.
WASHINGTON – A team of Howard University students will compete in the Queen's Entrepreneurs’ Competition in Ontario, Canada from Jan. 17-19. Through the contest, students hope to further their entrepreneurial dream of developing a recruiting services business that focuses on college-bound athletes. The Howard team is comprised of friends from the College of Arts and Sciences -- William Mannie and Raleigh Fatoki, economic seniors, and Thomas Burrell and Jordan Taylor, seniors who are majoring in sports management. Their business, Golden Eye Recruiting, involves creating a web platform to enable high school athletes to better connect with college coaches, share videos and sports stats, and other recruiting data.
WASHINGTON (January 11, 2013) – Mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed will participate in a panel discussion on the Obama Presidency at Howard University in the Blackburn Center Ballroom, Friday, Jan. 18 at 9 a.m. The panel, titled, “Looking Back, Looking Ahead: The Legacy of President Obama” is part of a series of Howard University events marking the 2013 Inauguration of President Barack Obama. Other participants include: Michael Grant, president of the National Bankers Association; Dr. Greg Carr, Howard University associate professor and chair of Africana Studies; and Stefanie Brown James, a member of the 2013 Presidential Inauguration Committee.
Howard Welcomes Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to the Hilltop for Founder’s Day, Pilgrimage to Sorority Birthplace Marks the Beginning to Centennial Anniversary Celebration
WASHINGTON (January 9, 2013) – The ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will make the pilgrimage to Howard University as part of the centennial Founders Weekend Celebration in Washington D.C. on Friday, January 11. The Homecoming Day will begin with a Welcoming Ceremony at 9 a.m. in Burr Gym. The daylong celebration will feature special presentations, exhibits, historic displays and much more in honor of the Sorority’s 100th anniversary and its legacy of distinction, sisterhood and service. More than 12,000 visitors are expected to attend. “The Howard University family commends and salutes Delta Sigma Theta as you return to the place of your birth,” said Howard University President Sidney Ribeau. “It is our hope that you will find inspiration from your time at the Capstone, as your founders did a century ago, to forge a brilliant future with renewed vigor, visionary leadership, and commitment to meet the challenges of the next century.”
WASHINGTON – This year, Howard University has shipped more than 184,000 pounds of surplus dormitory furniture to needy schools in the United States and Central America. Tons of surplus bed frames, metal and wooden bookcases and desks, chairs, dressers and mattresses on campus were packed up and sent off in more than a dozen individual shipments. The project was a joint effort between the Offices of Residence Life and the Howard University Chief Financial Officer.”
WASHINGTON – Thirty students from the Howard University School of Business are scheduled to depart this month to South Africa to present semester-long consulting projects. The consulting trip will focus on social, cultural, legal and economic obstacles to business development in the country. In preparation, students have spent the current semester researching business problems and opportunities. Once in South Africa, students will provide their consulting insights to a diverse set of companies. “Howard University has persistently shown its dedication to produce graduates with well-balanced global perspectives,” said School of Business Dean Barron H. Harvey, Ph.D. “We have been honored to continually grant these real-world experiences to our students and help them develop a deeper global management perspective.”
HBCU Alliance Responds to Under-Representation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Disciplines and Careers
WASHINGTON (December 3, 2012) -- On November 20, 2012, HBCU presidents, provosts, faculty, and other key administrators gathered at Howard University to discuss the progress of the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Washington Baltimore Hampton Roads-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (WBHR-LSAMP) program. The WBHR-LSAMP program is a nationally recognized initiative designed to increase the diversity, quality, and quantity of students matriculating in STEM baccalaureate and graduate degree programs. The leadership of the STEM community will be an important part of those who mold and define the shape and direction of the national and global community. This annual Board of Governors meeting is an opportunity for members of the alliance (Howard University [HU] - the lead university, Bowie State University [BSU], Hampton University [HaU], Morgan State University [MSU], Norfolk State University [NSU], University of the District of Columbia [UDC], and Virginia State University [VSU]) to refine program strategic goals and address student recruitment, retention, and graduation issues. The attendees also focus on maximizing research opportunities.
Howard Receives $1.5 M Grant from National Institute of Science and Technology for Professional Research Experience Program Program will Benefit STEM Undergraduates, Graduate Students and Post-Doc
WASHINGTON (December 3, 2012) -- The National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) has awarded Howard University a $1.5 million grant from the Professional Research Experience Program – Material Measurement Laboratory (PREP-MML). The program provides laboratory experiences and financial assistance to Howard University undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral associates in the MML at NIST Laboratories in Gaithersburg. MML is the major operating unit within NIST focused on measurement research, standards, and data mining in the chemical, biological and materials sciences. The objectives of the PREP-MML are to encourage the growth and progress of science and engineering in the United States by providing research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral associates, enabling them to collaborate with internationally renowned NIST scientists and exposing them to cutting-edge research.
Mayor Vincent. C. Gray, State Superintendent of Education Hosanna Mahaley Jones, Statewide Director of Athletics Clark Ray, education leaders, Dunbar Senior High School Football Coach Jerron Joe and Friendship Collegiate Academy Football Coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim will host a media availability and ceremonial coin toss to determine who the “home” team will be for the D.C. State Athletic Association’s inaugural statewide football championship.
Howard University Announces Online Gallery Store Purchase reproductions of artwork from Howard University’s collections.
The Howard University Intellectual Property Committee is pleased to announce that reproductions of 46 works from its Gallery of Fine Art, Moorland Spingarn Research Center, and School of Divinity are available for purchase at http://ip.howard.edu/art.html. The available works include works by such artists as Henry O. Tanner, Aaron Douglas, Archibald Motley, L.P. Spinner, and Constantine Youssis, as well as historically significant photographs of Howard University. The reproductions range from $15.00 11x18 mattes to $850.00 40x60 canvases. They make great holiday gifts for art enthusiasts of all types, and friends of Howard University, as well as Howard University alumni, students, faculty and staff. Proceeds from the sale of the works go directly to the respective galleries to help support the collections.
WASHINGTON (November 20, 2012) – The Howard University Radio Network “season of giving” kicked in to high-gear this week as WHUR 96.3FM, WHUR-WORLD 96.3HD2, and HUR-Voices SiriusXM 141 fanned out across the Washington area to disseminate hundreds of turkeys and bags of food to needy families just in time for Thanksgiving. The food give-away is the culmination of the network’s signature philanthropic event entitled “Food2Feeed,” a 12-hour radiothon held on Nov. 15th outside the Old Post Office Pavilion. The event encouraged listeners to dig deep to give to those in need.
WASHINGTON – People in Kenya could soon be benefitting from a waste treatment plant that captures methane gas for use as a biofuel. In Indonesia, city residents in Jakarta will have the use of clean water from a recharge pond. In Ethiopia, more people located in small villages will have access to electricity. All of these improvements are the result of research projects by Howard University students in GEAR UP program. GEAR UP (Global Education, Awareness and Research Undergraduate Program) is spearheaded the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences. The program is supported by the National Science Foundation. The goal is to increase the global engagement of graduates in engineering and other sciences through study and research abroad. The Institute of International Education estimates that only 4.7 percent of engineering graduates have studied abroad. For African-American students, the percentage is even smaller. Lorraine Fleming, Ph.D., the GEAR UP director and a professor of civil engineering, said students from the college need study abroad experience.
WASHINGTON (Nov. 16) -- Before Olivia reveals her deepest secret to those she feels she can trust, she first likes to play a game of “What If.” “What if I had one leg?” she asks. “Would you still be my friend?” “What if I was missing all of my teeth,” she continues cautiously. “What if I never combed my hair?” And finally, she pauses for a moment and then asks the one question that is always on her mind. “What if I had AIDS? Would you still be my friend?”
NSF Computer Education for the 21st Century Program awards $1M Grant to Howard’s Computer Science Program
WASHINGTON (November 16, 2012)- A. Nicki Washington, Ph.D. associate professor, Systems and Computer Science, was awarded a $1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant titled, “The Partnership for Early Engagement in Computer Science.” The grant, awarded under NSF’s Computer Education for the 21st Century (CE21) Program, will provide computer science resources to students in Washington DC Public Schools (DCPS) and high schools. An “Exploring Computer Science” course will be offered at five DCPS high schools, beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year. Additional high schools will be incrementally added throughout the three-year program. The course will educate students through problem solving, web design, programming, human-computer interaction, and mobile application development. DCPS teachers will be trained to teach the course and will also receive professional and instructional coaching from Washington throughout the year.
WASHINGTON (November 15, 2012) – Howard University is pleased to announced the launch of the HowardMobile app. HowardMobile lets the members of the Howard University community stay connected to essential university life information and services with the touch of a button. HowardMobile offers mobile access to campus maps and real-time bus schedules, the entire course catalog, the latest university news, sports schedules and more. With the increased popularity of mobile devices on campus, having an app is an extremely important asset for increasing student and community engagement.