February 2011
Excellence at Howard
Jalil Muhammad History major Jalil Muhammad was named one of 25 fellows selected for the second cohort of the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color. The fellows will receive a $30,000 stipend to complete a master's degree in education, preparation to teach in a high-need public school, support throughout a three-year teaching commitment and guidance toward teaching certification. (Justin D. Knight)
Charles L. Betsey, Ph.D., interim dean of the Graduate School, was appointed to an advisory committee for a Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) study of the factors affecting completion and attrition in STEM master's programs. The pilot study, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the National Science Foundation, expands upon an earlier CGS study and will be conducted over a 27-month period, through January 2013. The CGS will select five institutions to provide data on several cohorts of master's students from administrative data, surveys and focus groups and interviews with students, graduate program directors and deans in order to better understand reasons for enrollment, factors that contribute to student success and promising practices to improve completion.

A long-standing partnership with the General Motors (GM) Foundation, the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Educations (PACE) and Howard yielded an award of $88,700. GM Vice President of Global Design and GM Foundation Board Member Ed Welburn (pictured, left), who received a bachelor' s degree in Fine Arts at Howard, presented the grant at the Washington Auto Show in January. Along with GM's financial funding of $70,000, PACE, the corporate alliance between GM, Autodesk, Hewlett-Packard, Siemens PLM Software and Sun Microsystems, provided $17,700 worth of in-kind donations of computer-based hardware, software and other tooling equipment. The grant will also support the continuation of the Corporate Team Adoption Program, in which GM engineers, designers and representatives from other areas of the company mentor and guide student teams with special projects, jobsite tours and identify professional opportunities. (Justin D. Knight)

The Patrick E. Gorman Scholarship fund dedicated $10,000 to the College of Medicine to award students with financial need. Five Department of Music students Cassandra Allen, Richard Jamar Boyer, Andrew W. Jenkins, Erin McClover and Damarra Underwood performed in a concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy on Jan 28 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The performance was under the direction of Department of Music alumnus Rev. Nolan Williams.

John Tharakan, Ph.D., professor of Chemical Engineering, received a  Best Presentation award during the 2011 International Engineering and Technology Education Conference, Jan. 17-20, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Tharakan's paper "Institutionalizing a Student-Centered Community-Based Service Learning Engineering Education Experience" discussed the learning projects of the University's chapter of Engineers Without Borders and the potential these projects have for incorporation into regular engineering curricula. The Howard University Cancer Center, in cooperation with the Department of Community and Family Medicine, was awarded a $50,000, one-year grant by the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program to increase awareness about the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer. Carla Williams, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine, College of Medicine, and director of Community Outreach Core for the center, will oversee the program as the principal investigator.

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