April 2011
Excellence at Howard
Glenda Hodges, Ph.D Glenda Hodges, Ph.D., associate director for Howard University Hospital, was appointed to a second three-year term with the American Cancer Society's board of directors for the South Atlantic Division. She is slated to serve from 2010 to 2013, and will continue until 2016.
LaSalle D. Leffall, M.D. LaSalle D. Leffall, M.D., will chair the board of directors of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® for a second term. The former chair of the Department of Surgery at Howard University Hospital and the College of Medicine held the position previously from 2002 to 2007. He will serve for two years.

Lisa K. Fitzpatrick Lisa K. Fitzpatrick, M.D., associate professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the College of Medicine and an attending physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Howard University Hospital, was named to the new D.C. Commission on HIV/AIDS. The commission is tasked with developing policy recommendations to help reduce HIV infection rates, increase HIV testing utilization, improve access to quality medical, substance abuse, mental health treatment and housing for all persons with HIV/AIDS and determine the best way to achieve “treatment on demand” in the District.
Fitzpatrick is also co-principal investigator of the Pennsylvania Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education Training Center, Howard University Local Performance Site.
The University’s Mock Trial Team The University’s Mock Trial Team competed in a final round of the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) National Championship competition in Des Moines, Iowa, April 15-17. Before the final round, several members of the
Howard team won for outstanding performance. Yosef Wise won for his role as an attorney. Shakei Haynes and Daniel Cokes won individual witness awards. The team also won the prestigious Spirit of AMTA Award, which is voted on by the teams attending the competition and awards the team that displayed excellence in sportsmanship, friendliness and the overall spirit of healthy competition.

School of Business The School of Business was named sixth on the U.S. News and World Report's list of “10 M.B.A.s With Most Financial Value at Graduation.” The list ranks the 10 business programs where graduates earn the most in their first year relative to their debt load. Howard is the only HBCU on the list and is also listed in the top 100 schools in the U.S. News’ Business School ranking.

Mbye Cham, Ph.D. Mbye Cham, Ph.D., professor and chair, Department of African Studies, served as president of the official jury for feature films at the 22nd Festival PanAfricain du Cinema et de Television de Ouagadougou (FESPACO) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, West Africa, from Feb. 26-March 5. FESPACO is the biggest film festival in Africa and showcases works by filmmakers from Africa and the Diaspora every two years. Cham also participated as an official invitee at the 21st Festival del Cinema Africano, d’Asia e America Latina, held in Milan, Italy, from March 21-27.

Also, in the Department of African Studies
Krista Johnson, Ph.D., assistant professor, was selected for a Fulbright research/teaching award to Zimbabwe. Her project will examine the Zimbabwe government’s and the donor community’s response to the AIDS epidemic in Zimbabwe. Student Jau-Yon Chen received a pre-doctoral research grant of $3,500,
plus a round-trip airfare from the West African Research Association, to conduct fieldwork on migration and development in Senegal this summer. Student Nana Brantuo was named one of 10 fellows selected for the 2011 Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute in Harlem, N.Y., from June 13-July 22. Student Makeda Njoroge was awarded a Public Policy and International Affair fellowship for this summer.  The program prepares young adults for careers and influential roles serving the public good.  She will participate in a summer institute in policy skills from June 12–July 30.

Tony Medina, associate professor of creative writing in the Department of English, was selected as a finalist for the 2011 Paterson Poetry Prize for his work My Old Man Was Always on the Lam. Ahmed Rubaai, Ph.D., professor of electrical engineering and founder and lead developer of HU Motion Control and Drives Laboratory, was selected to receive the prestigious 2011 ASEE Robert G. Quinn Award for “Outstanding Contributions to the Development of Laboratory Curriculum-Based Hands-On Experience through Case Studies, Software and Laboratory Hardware on the Enhancement of Learning in Engineering Education.”

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