Maher, Kelly McCray and Justin P. Dunnavant were selected as 2009
Fulbright Scholars. The awards are for one year of study
and/or research that can be pursued in more than 140 countries.
Maher is headed to Germany and will explore social integration on
the German-Polish border. McCray will spend a year teaching in Thailand
as part of the English Teaching Assistantship program. Dunnavant
will travel to Jamaica to research African cultural retentions through
archaeological data, with a goal of expanding understanding of the
African experience in the Americas.
Photo by Kerry-Ann Hamilton
President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate William
E. Spriggs, chair of the Department of Economics, as assistant
secretary for policy in the Department of Labor. Spriggs recently
served on the Agency Review Team for the Labor Department for the
transition efforts of President Obama.
Jeanne Craig Sinkford, Ph.D., professor and dean
emeritus of the College of Dentistry, has been appointed to the
National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s
Health. Sinkford, who currently serves as the associate executive
director of the American Dental Association and director of the association’s
Center for Equity and Diversity, is the first woman to be included
in the U.S.A. Section of the International College of Dentists’ Chronicles
of Outstanding Leaders in Dentistry, the first woman to be appointed
dean of a dental school in the U.S. and for more than 20 years was
the only female dean at Howard.
Barron H. Harvey, Ph.D., C.P.A., dean of the School
of Business, received the prestigious H. Naylor Fitzhugh Humanitarian
Award. This honor is bestowed upon members of the National Alliance
for Marketing Developers who have made significant contributions to
marketing as it relates to business, community development and the
education and well-being of youth.
Sonya T. Smith, Ph.D., associate professor in the
Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been selected to participate
in the Women’s International Research Engineering Summit in
Barcelona, Spain. The main objective of the summit, which is sponsored
by the National Science Foundation, is to enable research exchanges
between female engineers from around the world while identifying issues
faced by females pursuing careers in engineering that could benefit
from a global strategy.
Pictured L-R: Lawrence Kaggwa and
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced that
for the first time in the history of its special honors, a professor
and student from the same institution will be honored with Journalism
Educator of the Year and Student Journalist of the Year. Howard professor
Lawrence Kaggwa and student Jamisha Purdy
were named as the honorees at the NABJ spring board meeting in Tampa,
and will be commended at the organization’s Hall of Fame Induction
and Banquet on August 7.
Photo by Justin D. Knight
School of Business students were awarded $50,000
in prizes at the annual Ford HBCU Business Classic in Atlanta. Lawrence
E. Ball, a junior, won First Prize and was awarded $30,000, $10,000
of which goes to the University’s scholarship fund. Jomari Peterson,
(M.B.A. ’09), won Second Prize and was awarded $20,000, $5,000 of
which goes to the University.
The University’s Parliamentary Debate Team
made its debut and history by participating in “The Great Debate”
exhibition with Yale University’s debate team to celebrate the NAACP’s
100th anniversary. Both universities debated whether access to high-quality
education should be a constitutionally guaranteed right, and if financial
institutions that engaged in predatory lending practices that discriminated
against minorities should receive bailout money from the federal government.
Both teams were awarded trophies for their outstanding performances.
Howard’s debate team is part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Forensics
Society, where Professor Tianna Y. Sousa-Johnson, J.D., serves as
director. The debate team is coached primarily by Javaris Powell.
The University’s academic team advanced to the “Sweet
16” level at the 20th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, in Orlando,
Fl., and won a $5,000 grant. The University joined 63 other Historically
Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in a three-day tournament
that tested students’ knowledge on a variety of topics. It is the
only annual academic competition held between the nation’s HBCUs.
This year’s team included William Whitted as captain, a senior business
management major; Glenn Gex Jr., a freshman chemical engineering major;
Kevin Moses, a freshman biology major; Anthony Pratcher II, a junior
history major; and William Webb, a senior biology major. Coach Roberta
McLeod, director of the Blackburn Center, accompanied the students.
With 24 of Howard students’ essays accepted, and
possibly four more by its McNair Fellows, the University should
have the largest number of published essays in the 2009 edition
of the faculty refereed National Conference on Undergraduate
Research (NCUR) Journal when it comes out in September.
This would allow Howard to repeat for the second year in a row as
the most published academic institution in the journal. The members
of Howard’s 2009 NCUR team are: Mariah Jackson, Jessica Littles,
Kathlyn Desravines, Simon Brown, Jarrell Carter, Moses Dixon, Jennifer
Wright, Sade Bowen, Carmen Hills, Marcus Ware, Erica Lee, Yetunde
Osun, Jovonsia Guidry, Yetunde Alabi, Brafi Adomako, Talon Hurst,
Whitney Henry, Nnamdi Anozie, Elizabeth Tafete, Tariqua Morrisson,
Phillip Clancy, Mileka Ackie, Chelsea Rasberry and Colleen Wedderburn.
William B. Lawson, M.D., Ph.D., professor
and chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, becomes
the second African-American president of the Washington Psychiatric
Association (WPS) on May 22. WPS is the largest district branch
of the American Psychiatric Association.
Photo by Ceasar
Afro Blue, the University’s vocal jazz ensemble,
was named the college winner in downbeat magazine’s 32nd
annual student music awards competition. The results will appear in
the June 2009 issue. The group is under the direction of Professor
Photo by Ceasar
For the second consecutive year, the Blackburn Center Gallery—under
the leadership of Roberta McLeod—has been selected for the Best of
Washington Award in the Art Galleries & Dealers category by the
U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA). In recognition of the achievement,
a special 2009 Best of Washington Award has been designed for display
in the Blackburn Center Gallery.
Photo by Justin D. Knight
Genee Robinson, a student majoring in Fashion Merchandising
in the Division of Fine Arts of the College of Arts and Sciences,
was awarded the competitive Reginald F. Lewis Scholar Prize. The
$10,000 prize is awarded to the undergraduate student whose cumulative
grade point average demonstrates the highest increase between the
sophomore and senior years.