November 2013

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Moorland-Spingarn Research Center (MSRC) is hosting the U.S. premiere of an internationally acclaimed photographic exhibition—Nelson Mandela: Character, Comrade, Leader, Prisoner, Negotiator, Statesman—in advance celebration of its 100th anniversary next year. The Mandela exhibit will be on display in the MSRC Gallery in Founders Library through April 27, 2014. The MSRC Gallery is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturdays; and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays. Admission is free. The exhibit was curated and produced by the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa, with support from Howard University, the Republic of South Africa’s Department of Arts and Culture, the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Howard University Republic of South Africa Project.

Twenty 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 a recent edition of The Washington Post. To view the entire list, click here.

The Howard University Cancer Center received a $125,000 grant award from the Avon Foundation. In 2012 and 2013, the Avon Foundation for Women provided funds to the Howard University Cancer Center to support the acquisition of new equipment to reduce barriers to care and follow-up in underserved women. Because some underserved women can experience challenges related to economics, insurance coverage and immigration status, transiency can be a problem that results in relatively high rates of loss to follow-up. HUH has addressed this issue, in part, through the patient navigation program. Funds from the Avon Foundation were used to add an ultrasound machine dedicated to performing breast procedures such as unilateral/bilateral ultrasounds, ultrasound guided needle biopsies and fine needle aspirations. The additional machine will reduce wait times for follow-up procedures, and allow for same-day services leading to reduced stress for patients. (HUH’s Lori Wilson, M.D., accepts the check from Carol King, president, Avon Foundation for Women.)

Next year, the Howard University Alumni Association (HUAA) will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Please help support it today through a membership by visiting www.thehuaa.org. Membership dues are $35 for a Clock-Tower Level (one year) or
$105 for a Founder’s Level (three years). In addition to supporting Howard and HUAA, you will also receive benefits, which include discounts at Kimpton Hotels, Working Advantage and the Howard University Bookstore. Your investment allows HUAA to fund its operations, scholarships, alumni programming and HUAA’s signature events.

 
The Graduate School launched an online research magazine. Visit http://hugsresearch.org/ to read about the current research being conducted at Howard. For more information, contact Gwendolyn Bethea, Ph.D., at hugs@hugsresearch.org.
The College of Pharmacy was named among the “Top 75 Pharmacy Schools”  in the nation by Pharmacy Technician Review. Howard University was listed at #61, and regionally ranked #11 in the East Coast and #11 in Private Schools. The criteria used in compiling the list included academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program and faculty, size and scope of the pharmacy school class and value as it relates to tuition.
(Justin D. Knight)

Marguerite E. Neita, Ph.D., was named the interim dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. Neita is an associate professor and chair and program director in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Science. She is involved in local community and international outreach programs in the Caribbean and Africa and is committed to enhancing the medical laboratory science profession through education and service at home and abroad. (Justin D. Knight)
Edward E. Cornwell III, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Surgery in the College of Medicine, was named the secretary of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in October. ACS is a scientific and educational association dedicated to promoting the ethical and competent practice of surgery combined with high-quality care for surgical patients.

Biology major Angel Rogers received a Luard Morse Scholarship and will spend the 2014 spring semester of her junior year studying at Oxford University, St. Edmund’s College, in England. Rogers said she plans to pursue a medical degree and a doctorate in biomedical and biochemical studies. For more information about the Luard Morse Scholarship, contact Betty Aikens at 202-806-4363. (Justin D. Knight)
Junior Brittney Ewing, a political science major, became the first recipient of the $5,000 Ronald Walters Scholarship, which was established to aid students interested in pursuing careers in politics. The award was presented during the inaugural Ronald Walters Legacy Conference on Oct. 10, in the Blackburn Center Ballroom. Walters was a longtime Howard professor, and the award was made possible through a donation from his widow, Patricia Turner Walters. (L-R: Walters and Ewing)

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities presented a special award to the Division of Fine Arts, recognizing its outstanding support of the city’s arts, entertainment and creative industries. The honor was part of the 28th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards, the highest honors conferred by the District of Columbia in recognition of artistic excellence and service. 
The Department of African Studies is celebrating 60 years of graduate scholarship. A number of events have been held in commemoration of the anniversary. Be sure to attend the upcoming lecture “In the Shadow of China? USA in Africa since 1993” on Dec. 2, from 2-3 p.m., in the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center. Click here for the complete list of events.

Edna G. Medford, Ph.D., chair of the Department of History, received a 2013 Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Medford is one of the country’s leading authorities on 19th-century African-American history, Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation. Medford holds a master’s degree in U.S. history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

APEX Winner Logo The Howard University Radio Network launched a new station—HBCU SiriusXM, Channel 142—on Nov. 14. The new station will serve as a platform for extraordinary stories that showcase the diversity of experiences at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In 2011, Sirius XM granted Howard a lease to create two channels on the satellite radio system. The other channel—H.U.R. Voices, Channel 141— launched in November 2011. For more information, visit www.HBCUradionet.com.
The Howard University Radio Network kicked off its season of giving on Nov. 19, with its 36th annual Thanksgiving fundraiser "Food2Feed." The 12-hour radiothon raised over $101,000 to feed needy families for Thanksgiving. In addition to the monetary donations, Food2Feed also collected a tractor-trailer filled with canned goods and other non-perishable items. The donations will be used to purchase and assemble baskets of foods.
The Capital Area Food Bank and Shabach Ministries Inc. will distribute the baskets to needy families in the Washington region on Nov. 26.

Save the Date: The Howard University Pharmacy Alumni Association is holding its annual gala on April 12, 2014, at the Greenbelt Marriott in Greenbelt, Md. For more information, contact Fred Munford, chair of the gala, at fmun44@gmail.com or visit www.hurxalumni.com. (Justin D. Knight)
Howard Magazine won 2013 APEX Publication Excellence Awards, for the winter 2013 issue, “Innovative Research Through an Interdisciplinary Lens,” and for the magazine’s mobile app, which was launched in September 2012. The winter 2013 magazine featured Howard professors who are engaged in cross-disciplinary research.

Health-care providers, public health officials, activists, students, faith leaders, people affected by HIV and experts from across the globe will gather for the fourth annual International Conference on Stigma on Nov. 22. The event will be webcast live on the conference website and can be accessed all over the world.  Keynote speakers include Jeanne White Ginder, AIDS activist and mother of Ryan White, who first brought HIV stigma to national attention in 1984 when he was expelled from his school after he was diagnosed with HIV; and Darius Mans, Ph.D., president and chief executive of Africare, a leading international development organization in Africa. The conference is being held in the Blackburn Center Ballroom.

The Howard Gospel Choir will present its fall 2013 concert, “And For This, We Give You Thanks,” at 7 p.m., Nov. 22, at Cramton Auditorium. There will be an appearance by Jarmel Evans and Worship Forever. Please bring a non-perishable item to contribute to the choir’s holiday food drive, and invite a friend. For more information, e-mail givethanks@HowardGospelChoir.com. Admission is free.

Howard University Hospital was recently reverified as a Level I trauma center by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma. The Hospital’s cancer program also received full accreditation from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. 

 
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