January 2012
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The Office of University Communications has internships for credit for School of Communications students. Responsibilities include working in such areas as media relations, marketing and publications. For additional information, contact Jo-Ann English at jo-ann.english@howard.edu. In addition, the Health Sciences division is offering two paid internships to junior or senior journalism students from the School of Communications. This internship requires 20 hours per week and pays $10 per hour. Applicants must be excellent writers and proficient in Facebook and Twitter. To apply, contact Ron Harris at rjharris@howard.edu.
Howard Magazine is seeking interviews with members of the Tuskegee Airmen. If you know an alumnus who served with the elite World War II pilots, contact Raven Padgett at rpadgett@howard.edu or 202-238-2334.

Arthur N.S. Mcunu Jr., M.D., director of cardiac and thoracic surgery, Howard University Hospital; assistant professor of surgery, College of Medicine, recently published Zulu Chest Cutter: From the Slums of Soweto to Success in America.

The gripping autobiography recounts Mcunu’s rise from poverty in South Africa, to studying at Howard and becoming a successful heart surgeon.

Mcunu will hold a book signing at the Howard University Bookstore on Feb. 2 from 5 - 7 p.m.
John Young, Ph.D., professor, Department of Anatomy, College of Medicine, published Introduction to Cell Biology. The textbook is intended to introduce students to the cell biology of mammalian cells and enable them to acquire a better understanding of current issues in this field.

Four engineering students traveled to Khartoum, Sudan, to present at the Knowledge Management Capacity Conference on their groundbreaking work to bring clean water to a village in Kenya through their work with Howard’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders.

Shorma Bianca Bailey, a senior chemical engineering major (and the 2011 White House Champion of Change for Women and Girls in STEM recipient) is leading the Howard team. Bailey is joined by Tena Hunter, Aleah Holt and Kristina Banks as well as faculty advisor John Tharakan, Ph.D. The team will present their paper titled “Investigating the Water Quality and Quantity Issues in Choimim, Kenya.”

The EWB-HU members have worked on this sustainable water solution for the last three years. Choimim, a rural community of tea and cattle farmers, is about 200 miles from Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. (Kerry-Ann Hamilton, Ph.D.)

Howard Inducts Members of Phi Beta Kappa
Howard’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa—Gamma of the District of Columbia—inducted 20 students into the 59th class of the academic society. (A second group of inductees will be added to the class this spring.) For more than 230 years, Phi Beta Kappa has recognized exemplary academic performance in the liberal arts and sciences nationwide. The Gamma of D.C. chapter was established at Howard in 1953.

Pictured (L-R): Front row—Monica Adedeji, Brianna Stokes, Natasha Graves, Britney Wilson; middle row—Makeda Njoroge, Joshua Johnson, Desiree Luckey, Rene Morgan, Heba Elnaiem; back row—Camille McCallister, Amelia Swygert, John Harris, III, Aldel Brown, Ty Thomas. (Not Pictured: Cassandra Booker, Sheena Hall, Kyle Henne, Breanna Jordan, Seshat Mack and Matthew Thornton.) (Justin D. Knight)

The Health Sciences division will host its second annual Research Day on April 13, in the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library. Faculty and students are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentations for research day by 11:59 p.m., Feb. 29. Submission guidelines and forms can be found at http://healthsciences.howard.edu/research/Research-Day.

For more information, contact Vincent Walford at 202-865-4809 or vincent.walford@howard.edu. (Ceasar)

Howard University recently joined the Washington Research Library Consortium, a collaborative partnership of major universities in the Washington, D.C. area to share library collections and information technology. Effective immediately, faculty members and students will realize a number of benefits, including access to the circulating collections of books and other research materials from the libraries of the other participating universities. The WRLC's courier service will transport borrowed materials to Howard's main library, generally within 24 to 48 hours. Benefits also include access to and borrowing privileges at member libraries, operational support for library information technology, technological support for creating and maintaining digital collections, and access to an off-site storage facility in Upper Marlboro, Md. Additional services will be added in the months to come.

The Americans for Democratic Action Education Fund will sponsor its annual "What Would Martin Do?" forum on Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. in the Digital Auditorium in the Armour J. Blackburn Center. The forum will feature a panel of distinguished speakers addressing the question of how the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., might approach critical policy issues facing the country in the 21st century. Speakers include Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, advisor for LGBT policy and racial justice at the Center for American Progress; William Spriggs, Ph.D., assistant secretary of policy at the U.S. Department of Labor; Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., president and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus; and Steve York, an award-winning documentary filmmaker. The winning essay from the "What Would Martin Do?" national essay contest will also be read aloud by this year's winner, Marc Brenman of Kensington, Md.
The College of Arts and Sciences will hold its seventh annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 2 in the Armour J. Blackburn Center. Students are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations by Feb. 20, to www.coas.howard.edu/research. Additional guidelines and further information are also available at the site. The College invites faculty to sign up as judges and staff and graduate students to serve as moderators at www.coas.howard.edu/research.  

Howard University Hospital's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is co-sponsoring a fibroid summit, March 29-30. Learn the latest research about fibroid development and new ways of treating them, presented by top scientists and a panel of patients. For more information and to register, call 202-865-1161.
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