Interior Ken Salazar

Howard will receive $800,000 for renovations on the Miner Building, which houses the School of Education.

Pictured: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar visited the campus and met with President Sidney A. Ribeau, Ph.D., School of Education Dean Leslie T. Fenwick, Ph.D, faculty and students.

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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar visited Howard last month to announce $14.25 million in historic preservation grants for Historically Black Colleges and Universities—funds made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Howard will receive $800,000 for renovations on the Miner Building, which houses the School of Education. The building will undergo infrastructural renovations to its windows and roof. The University has also invested $1.5 million in renovations to the first floor.

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Students, faculty and staff of the College of Arts and Sciences blogged about their experiences during the annual Summer Study Abroad in Egypt. Visit to read the posts.

Howard University Hospital (HUH) has a video channel on YouTube, featuring HUH physicians in news clips discussing a broad range of medical topics. Visit the site at

The fall 2009 issue of Howard Magazine is now online. Visit to read about the “Many Faces of Howard University.”

The fall 2009 issue of HUH Check Up is now online. Visit to read about Howard University Hospital’s Diabetes Treatment Center.

Visit the official Howard University Facebook page at

Howard University has a Twitter account. To follow the latest “tweets,” visit

WHUR-WORLD, 96.3 HD-2, launched an interactive blog ( The blog continues the musical and political discussions sparked by the programming on the station, which was the recipient of the 2008 National Association of Broadcasters HD Radio Multicast Award.

The Oregon Public Broadcasting will distribute more than $2-million in grants among 22 public television and radio stations to enable them to restore, digitize and archive valuable historical content they have gleaned from their vaults. WHUT-TV is one of the stations that was selected. This summer, funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting allowed stations to search through hundreds of hours of historically significant broadcast material that might otherwise have been overlooked, neglected or lost. The stations are now moving forward into the second phase of the program, preserving and archiving selections of their content.

Among the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Howard graduates have the highest average starting salary ($50,300). According to PayScale Inc., Howard ranked 100th on the list of colleges and universities with the highest starting salaries.

The College of Medicine honored Alfred Lloyd Goldson, M.D., the former chair of the Department of Radiology Oncology, with the unveiling of a portrait and announced a fundraising drive for a chair in his honor. Goldson, at 33, was the youngest person to chair a department at Howard when he took over in 1980. He trained numerous radiation oncologists and radiation therapists, and his work with underserved populations went beyond the walls of Howard and into countries like Tanzania and Haiti.

Felicia Ann McClary, a third-year chemistry student in the Graduate School, was selected to attend the 59th Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine and Physics in Lindau, Germany. McClary was among 580 young researchers from 67 countries who met with 23 Nobel Laureates this summer.

Yaitza Luna-Cruz, a doctoral candidate in atmospheric sciences, participated in a six-week NASA Airborne Science field experience. Luna-Cruz, along with the 28 other students, received a rare behind-the scene look at instrument integration and flight planning.

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Matthew Austin, a seventh grade honor student at the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science, introduced President Barack Obama at an event this summer that was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Austin was accompanied by his teacher, Kimberly Worthy, the 2009 District of Columbia Teacher of the Year. Visit
to watch the introduction.

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Howard’s Campus Police were featured on Segway PT’s
Web site for their successful use of the Segway i2 police
units around the campus—

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Haile Gerima, professor, Department of Radio, TV and Film, John H. Johnson School of Communications, recently debuted his film, TEZA (Morning Dew), in Washington, D.C.

The Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) hosted “About Our Children” in the Ira Aldridge Theatre. The event was moderated by alumna, IWF president and CEO and MSNBC political analyst Michelle D. Bernard and featured Bill Cosby and Alvin Poussaint, M.D. The event was telecast on MSNBC.

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Elmo from “Sesame Street” recently made a special appearance at the WHUT-TV studio. The visit was part of “Families Stand Together,” a multiple media, bilingual (English and Spanish) initiative designed to help families with young children experiencing difficult economic challenges.

Howard University Hospital’s Department of Radiology will undergo construction and the installation of new equipment until mid-December. The project will be phased in to ensure minimal disruptions and involves the construction of a new angiography room, the installation of state-of-the-art equipment for Vascular Interventional Radiology and a new space for patient preparation, the replacement of two diagnostic X-ray rooms with two digital radiographic rooms and the installation of a new digital fluoroscopic room. The later stages of the renovation will also include a new corridor for inpatient and Emergency Department patients.

The Minority Institutions’ Drug Abuse Research Development Program is accepting applications from faculty and students to participate in research training, to increase the capacity of faculty and students conducting rigorous and competitive research in the prevention of drug abuse and HIV/AIDS in communities of color. If you are interested in participating, contact Doren H. Walker, Ph.D., at or 202-865-8349.

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Grace I. Virtue, Ph.D., executive communications manager and senior writer in the Office of University Communications, published How Will I Know My Children When They Get to Heaven: A Mother’s Tales of Hope (Aslan Publishing), which addresses contemporary parenting issues from the perspective of a single, immigrant mother in the U.S.

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E. Ethelbert Miller, director of the African-American Resource Center, published The 5th Inning (PM Press/Busboys and Poets), an examination of personal relationships, depression, love and loss.


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Eve J. Higginbotham, M.D., will join Howard as senior vice president and executive dean for Health Sciences, effective January 1, 2010. Higginbotham will oversee Howard University Hospital, the College of Medicine, the College of Dentistry, the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health and the Health Sciences Library. Higginbotham replaces Donald E. Wilson, M.D., who recently retired.

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Judi Moore Latta, Ph.D., was named interim executive director of Communications and Marketing. She is also a professor in the Department of Radio, TV and Film, John H. Johnson School of Communications.

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Nesta Bernard was named interim vice president for Development and Alumni Relations. She previously served as associate vice president for University Advancement.

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Charles Betsey, Ph.D., professor of Economics, was named interim dean of the Graduate School. During the past two decades, he has compiled an exemplary teaching, research and service record at Howard. He replaces Orlando Taylor, Ph.D., who retired this summer.

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Bradford Grant, AIA, NOMA, was named the interim dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences, and the director of the School of Architecture and Design. He is a registered architect with extensive experience in housing and community design. He replaces James Johnson Jr., who retired this summer.

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John T. Herbert, M.D., MBA, was named professor and chair of the Department of Anesthesiology in the College of Medicine. Prior to coming to Howard, he served for 16 years as the director of Anesthesiology and Operating Room Services at the Harlem Hospital Center and clinical professor of Anesthesiology at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.

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Gregory Carr, Ph.D., was named chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is also an associate professor in the department.

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Dana Williams, Ph.D., was named chair of the Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is also a professor in the department.

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Ron Hopson, Ph.D., professor of Psychology of Religion, will serve as the interim associate dean of Academic Affairs in the School Divinity during the 2009-2010 academic year.

Marvin Cooper is the new director of Protective Services for Howard University Hospital and will oversee a new force of 37-40 protective services officers.

Joseph Bell was named interim director of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. He previously served as the head coach of the Bison swim team and was also the director of Howard’s Upward Bound Program.

Florence B. Bonner, Ph.D., was appointed senior vice president for Research and Compliance. She has been acting in the position since July 2008. Prior to that, she served as associate vice president for Research and Compliance.

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