November 2012
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Howard University received a $3.4 million grant for a five-year institutional transformation project by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Howard is one of 13 institutions to be awarded an ADVANCE project and the only HBCU recipient. The ADVANCE program was designed to increase diversity in academia—specifically in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines—by developing the interest, participation and advancement of women in these areas. Howard’s award supports the ADVANCE Institutional Transformation project, and will be the first study in the nation that adopts a participatory-advocacy mixed methods research design to understand how women faculty in STEM experience recruitment, promotion, retention, leadership development and healthy balanced living.
The School of Business received a $50,000 Ford College Community Challenge grant award from the Ford Motor Company Fund. The winning proposal, “The DC School Sustainability Project, A College Mentoring Partnership,” was chosen out of 26 proposals submitted for the grant and focused on promoting sustainability on high school campuses. The Howard proposal includes a sustainability case competition between 15 high schools within the Washington metropolitan area. High school teams will be paired with honors students from the School of Business to create strategies that will help high school campuses become more sustainable.

Elsie L. Scott, Ph.D., former president and chief executive of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, was named the founding director of the Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center. Scott will spearhead the development of the center into a focal point for leadership development and public policy research and analysis in the areas of African-American contributions to U.S. national and foreign policy, and the role of African Americans in U.S. presidential and congressional politics.
Allan A. Johnson, Ph.D., associate dean in the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, was inducted as a fellow of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP), on Oct. 24, at the organization’s 2012 annual conference in Orlando, Fla. The ASAHP Fellows Award is designed to provide meaningful recognition to those members of the association who have contributed significantly to allied health as administrators, educators, clinicians or researchers.

The School of Communications was selected as one of the nation’s Top 25 Journalism Schools, according to a survey of industry professionals conducted by NewsPro magazine. NewsPro is published by Crain Communications and is targeted to journalists, news managers and news executives at print, broadcast, online and other media organizations. The journalism school survey was distributed to and NewsPro readers, with 438 respondents participating.
The Howard University Board of Trustees approved the establishment of two new undergraduate programs and a new doctoral program in the School of Communications as a part of the University’s academic renewal efforts. The new undergraduate programs are: Strategic, Legal and Management Communications (SLMC) and Media, Journalism and Film (MJF). Within those programs, new concentrations will be available in the areas of digital communication, entrepreneurship and international and intercultural communication. Undergraduate students will have the option of creating interdisciplinary programs of study that cut across SLMC and MJF. The doctoral program in Communication, Culture and Media Studies (CCMS) combines the strengths of the faculty and many courses from the Mass Communications and Media Studies Program and the Communications and Culture doctoral program. Students will be admitted into these programs beginning in the fall semester of 2013.

The College of Pharmacy established a Board of Visitors. Eleven leaders in the fields of pharmacy, education, health care and research are the inaugural members of the board. The Board of Visitors will advise the College of Pharmacy dean, faculty and staff on various educational, fiscal, development and fundraising initiatives. The board will meet twice a year. Individual members, however, will play ongoing leadership roles by spearheading special initiatives. The members of the board will interact with students and faculty through lectures and professional development exercises. (Justin D. Knight)
Download Howard Magazine’s mobile application, available in the Apple iTunes store. In addition to the app, the magazine has launched a digital version that is more interactive and can be shared via social media. This free digital app can be downloaded onto an iPad or iPhone by visiting, and selecting “Download it Now,” or by visiting the iTunes store, and typing “Howard Mag” into the search engine. The application features the fall 2012 issue of the magazine, which highlights the university’s green initiatives, as well as three previous issues. All future issues will be available for download.

Download the new HowardMobile application, which lets the Howard community stay connected to essential University information and services with the touch of a button. HowardMobile offers mobile access to campus maps and bus schedules, the entire course catalogue, the latest University news, sports schedules and more. The app is available free on iOS, Android and all other web-enabled devices through the mobile web. A BlackBerry version is scheduled for release in December 2012. You can download HowardMobile from the Apple store or Google Play Store, directly from your device. For more information, go to

A. Nicki Washington, Ph.D., associate professor, Systems and Computer Science, received a $1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant titled, “The Partnership for Early Engagement in Computer Science.” The grant, awarded under NSF’s Computer Education for the 21st Century Program, will provide computer science resources to students in Washington, D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) and high schools. An “Exploring Computer Science” course will be offered at five DCPS high schools, beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year. Additional high schools will be incrementally added throughout the three-year program.

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