November 2010
Excellence at Howard
Eve Higginbotham, M.D
Eve Higginbotham, M.D., senior vice president and executive dean, received the prestigious Heed Award from the Society of Heed Fellows during the 2010 American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in Chicago. She is the first woman to receive the award in its 45-year history. The Society of Heed Fellows is a charitable and educational foundation that provides funding for post-graduate studies in ophthalmology and the ophthalmic sciences and annually awards a former fellow for outstanding performance.   Wayne Frederick, M.D. Wayne Frederick, M.D., director of the Howard University Cancer Center and division chief for General Surgery at Howard University Hospital, was named one of Ebony magazine’s Power 100 for 2010. Frederick, who also serves as associate dean for Clinical Strategy and Operations at the College of Medicine, was cited for “working to educate and save lives when it comes to cancer” in the December issue of the magazine. (Ceasar)

Damien T. Frierson
Pictured, Damien T. Frierson (Justin D. Knight)
In the School of Social Work, Dean Cudore Snell was accepted to participate in the Leadership Academy in Aging for the 2010-2011 year. Sandra E. Crewe, Ph.D., was reappointed to the board of trustees for Maryland Affordable Housing Trust. The National Association of Social Workers named Ruby Gourdine, Ph.D., a Social Work Pioneer for her outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the profession. And doctoral student Damien T. Frierson, M.S.W., was appointed to a three-year term on the Council of Social Work Education’s Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression.

Roberta McLeod

Roberta McLeod, director of the Blackburn Center and Intramurals, Recreation and Club Sports, was conferred as a Distinguished Member by the honorary board of regents. The board of directors of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars also conferred the honor and distinction for Distinguished Membership. McLeod was recognized for her commitment to the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service.

For the third consecutive year, the Blackburn Center Gallery, under the leadership of McLeod, was selected for the 2010 Best of Washington Award in the Art

Galleries & Dealers category by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA). The USLBA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. (Ceasar)

Dean Barron Harvey
Pictured, Dean Barron Harvey (Kerry-Ann Hamilton)
The School of Business was ranked number one for the “Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students” in the 2011 edition of the Princeton Review’s The Best 300 Business Schools. This marks the eighth time that Howard’s MBA program has ranked number one in the past nine years. The Princeton Review surveyed more than 19,000 students at 300 business schools, in addition to collecting data from school administrators, to create 11 ranking lists.   A report released by the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and Institute of Medicine—“U.S. Must Involve Underrepresented Minorities in Science and Engineering to Maintain Competitive Edge”—ranks Howard second among the top 10 baccalaureate institutions that awarded African Americans doctoral degrees in the natural sciences and engineering (NS&E) from a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) for the period of 2002-2006. It also lists Howard among the top 25 baccalaureate institutions that awarded African Americans doctoral degrees in the NS&E from an HBCU or a non-HBCU.

Two journalism professors have received news entrepreneur fellowships to develop, described as “a new vision in digital media.” Ingrid Sturgis, assistant professor of new media, is a fellow at the Knight Digital Media Center, a partnership between USC Annenberg and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Yanick Rice Lamb, associate professor and coordinator of the Print/Online Journalism Sequence, is in a fellowship sponsored by UNITY Journalists of Color Inc., and the Ford Foundation. Both professors plan to combine engaging global journalism and social media to link people from Atlanta to Accra, as well as provide training and opportunities for journalists, students and citizens.

  Sophomore Chey Savoy was selected to serve as a Federal Service Student Ambassador for the 2010-2011 academic year. The prestigious program enlists students to promote public service on college and university campuses, nationwide.

M. F. Mahmood, professor, Department of Mathematics, was awarded a $122,430 research grant in continuation of his earlier award on energetic materials from the Army Research Office for the period 2010-2011. Mahmood collaborates with scientists at the Carnegie Institution of Washington.   The Howard University Center for Wellness and Weight Loss Surgery has been accredited as a Center of Excellence by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This designation means that the center has met the essential criteria that ensures it is fully capable of supporting a bariatric surgery care program and that its institutional performance meets the requirements outlined by the ACS BSCN Accreditation Program.

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