November 2011
Excellence at Howard
Emmanuel O. Akala, Ph.D.

The College of Pharmacy received two research grant awards from the National Institutes of Health to study ways to design HIV/AIDS-fighting drugs. The awards total approximately $750,000. Emmanuel O. Akala, Ph.D., (pictured left) and Simon Wang, Ph.D., received verification of NIH funding for separate HIV supplemental grants in collaboration with the DC-Developmental Center for AIDS Research, a consortium of Washington-area medical and educational institutions that support HIV/AIDS research activities.

Robin C. Newton, M.D.

Robin C. Newton, M.D., associate senior vice president for clinical affairs and quality, received the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Newton, who oversees all graduate medical education, is being recognized for her leadership and commitment to creating an excellent environment for medical resident education at Howard University Hospital, through the College of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Lisa K. Fitzpatrick, M.D.

Lisa K. Fitzpatrick, M.D., professor, College of Medicine, and infectious disease specialist, Howard University Hospital, received the District of Columbia Hospital Association’s Grass Roots Award. Fitzpatrick is being honored for her work to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS and her commitment to educate the area’s medically underserved residents on how to better protect their health.

Ahmed Rubaai, Ph.D., professor of Electrical Engineering, was elected the publications chair of the IEEE Industry Applications Society. He is the first African American to hold this position and will serve for four years. Rubaai also won a seat on the executive board in recognition of his leadership, service and commitment to the profession.

More than 20 doctors from Howard University Hospital and the Howard University Faculty Practice Plan were named by their peers as outstanding practicing physicians in the Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia area. The results were published in the Washington Post. Last spring, Super Doctors®, a listing of top doctors in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area, sent surveys to thousands of doctors in the area seeking nominees in 30 categories. Each nominee was then evaluated by the Super Doctors® research staff using a set of 10 established indicators, including peer recognition and professional achievement. Visit to read more about Howard's “super doctors” and their specialties. (Pictured left, Babafemi Adenuga, M.D.; Pictured right, Gail Nunlee-Bland, M.D.)

Leslie T. Fenwick, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education, is the recipient of the 2011 WEB DuBois Higher Education Award. The award is bestowed annually by the National Alliance of Black School Educators—a 10,000 member professional organization of superintendents, principals and other education professionals devoted to improving the academic achievement and success of the nation's schoolchildren, particularly African Americans.

Aaron B. Stills, Ph.D., chair and associate professor of counseling psychology, Department of Human Development and Psychoeducational Studies, was selected as the “Counselor Educator of the Year” by the D.C. Counseling Association. Stills is also the founding president of the National Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, a division of the American Counseling Association.

Andrea Bonnick, D.D.S., chair, Department of Dentistry, and director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program at Howard University Hospital, was inducted into the International College of Dentists, the world’s preeminent dentist organization.

Edward D. Dunson Jr., chair, Department of Architecture, was named “Professor of Architecture of the Year,” by the District of Columbia National Organization of Minority Architects. The NOMA awards ceremony recognizes minority architects, professors, developers, students and community leaders in the field of architecture.

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