December 2011
Excellence at Howard
Deborah Thomas, R.N., Howard University Hospital, was one of 10 nurses selected for the Washingtonian Excellence in Nursing Award. In addition to her award, an article of her accomplishments will be published in the December issue of Washingtonian magazine.
M.F. Mahmood, Ph.D., professor of mathematics, received a $127,875 research grant for the continuation of his earlier award on Energetic Materials Under High Pressure and Temperature from the U.S. Department of Defense for 2011-2012. Mahmood is the principal investigator of this project and a visiting scientist at Carnegie Institution of Washington (CIW). He is collaborating with scientists of the High Pressure Physics Group of CIW and the Army Research Laboratory. (Justin D. Knight)

Winston Anderson, Ph.D., professor of biology, was one of nine individuals to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Barack Obama. Anderson is a leading cell biologist who has devoted 44 years of his academic life, including 36 years on the Howard faculty, to the intellectual enhancement and training of African Americans and other underrepresented groups, from K-12 to postdoctoral students. In addition to being honored at the White House, recipients receive awards of $25,000 from the National Science Foundation to advance their mentoring efforts.  (Justin D. Knight)
Wayne Frederick, M.D., director of the Howard University Cancer Center and division chief for General Surgery at Howard University Hospital, was selected as one of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s standout scholars for 2011. Frederick, who also serves as associate dean for Clinical Strategy and Operations at the College of Medicine, is one of 12 scholars from a variety of institutions and disciplines who will be profiled in the Jan. 6 edition of the magazine. (Ceasar)

Greg McGhee, quarterback of the Bison football team, earned MEAC’s Rookie of the Year award. McGhee was ranked third in the MEAC in total offense averaging 197.5 yards per game. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native was selected as the MEAC Rookie of the Week five times this season. (Justin D. Knight)

Department of Art Interior Design students won the 2011 Made in America Design Show House Competition. Under the leadership of Mark Watkins, assistant professor of interior design, the students designed an Old World Library and fabricated everything from custom millwork to wall and window treatments. Sponsor showrooms at the Design Center provided high-end furnishings and fabrics. The interior design students who participated in the competition are Naada Favitsou-Boulandi, Omar Tulloch, Karen Ennis, Alicia Johnson, Naomi Black and Bretagne Blair. A banner will be placed on the exterior of the Washington Design Center promoting the run of the show.

Maurice Smith, a doctoral student in the School of Education, won the Harold Isaacs Best Graduate Student Paper award. His essay, which will be published in the Journal of Third World Studies, is titled "School Self-Evaluation: Towards a Policy for Improving Leadership within Jamaica’s Public Education System—Perspectives, Potholes and Possibilities.” Smith received $500, a gold plaque and a citation.

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