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August 2, 2013

The summer season has been lively and exciting on the campus of Howard University. On the Hilltop, the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., celebrated 100 years of dedicated service. Howard students and faculty called the nation to action in response to the Zimmerman verdict. Howard scholars and athletes were lauded for their academic achievement and commitment to excellence. Plans were also made to remember four little girls from Birmingham with alumna and Tony award winner Phylicia Rashad.  Read all this and more in the summer edition of the Howard Ticker.

Prayer Vigil for Trayvon Martin
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Centennial Pilgrimage to Howard

Prayer Vigil for Trayvon Martin

More than 200 students, community leaders, and supporters met at the flagpole on Howard's main campus for a prayer vigil in honor of Trayvon Martin, sponsored by the Howard University NAACP chapter. Thousands of members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., visited Washington, D.C., for the centennial celebration of the sisterhood.  During the week, many made the pilgrimage to Howard University, the birthplace of the sorority, to dedicate the newly installed commemorative stained glass window in the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel and the newly designed Fortitude Plaza in the valley. View slideshow.
University News

Freshmen Leaders Embark on China Academic Exchange

Students in the Howard University Freshman Leadership Academy (FLA) program are experiencing a global connection this summer by traveling to China and studying in Beijing and Shanghai. As part of the international experience, students are taking part in lectures, leadership seminars and cultural tours.

This year, 42 students are traveling to China from July 14 to Aug. 4. The experiences are designed to broaden their appreciation of world cultures, improve their intercultural communication skills and increase awareness of what it means to be a global citizen. This year marks the third summer FLA students have traveled to China.  Howard students are visiting important economic landmarks like the Shanghai World Financial Center, U.S. Consulate, McDonald’s corporate office, and major local corporations. Students are also scheduled to tour the Great Wall, the Shanghai Museum and other important cultural sites. Read More here

Architecture Student Interns Gain Experience on Interdisciplinary Research Building Construction

Seniors Jasmine Boyd and Bria Crawford are interns working with Turner Construction on the new Interdisciplinary Research Building (IRB).  They  are chronicling their hands-on experiences as Bison helping build their community.

The IRB, to be located at 2201 Georgia Ave., NW, Washington, is a cornerstone of the University’s academic renewal initiative, and its prominent gateway location on the Georgia Avenue Corridor is a public expression of Howard’s commitment to 21st century research.

The new 81,000 square-foot mixed-use academic building will support and promote interdisciplinary research and educational collaboration. The IRB is designed as an energy-efficient (LEED) facility which will incorporate cutting-edge technology and the latest educational, environmental and research standards. It will include wet and dry laboratories, instructional space, research support space, ground floor retail, and centralized offices for faculty, students and academic staff. Read More here

Howard School of Business Awards Inaugural Executive MBA degrees

Howard University hosted a graduation ceremony to honor the inaugural class of the School of Business Executive MBA (EMBA) program at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 1, in the Blackburn Center Hilltop Lounge on the main campus.

The online EMBA program combines Howard’s heritage with the prestige of the School of Business. Howard University will award degrees to nearly two dozen candidates, all of whom continued to hold senior business positions while completing the 18-month program. Read more here.

Bison Athletics Receives Major Academic Recognition from NCAA and MEAC

Howard University student athletes rank among the best in the nation. Both NCAA and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) have recently announced major academic honors for high-performing athletes at Howard.

The MEAC recently named Howard University the top institution in the conference for producing academic all-stars. MEAC named 101 student-athletes from Howard to the 2013 Commissioner’s All-Academic Team. The Howard total beat all other institutions in the 13-member conference.

Last year proved to be another exemplary academic year for Bison Athletics. Howard reported an impressive 68 percent graduation rate for its student athletes. The cumulative GPA for student athletes was 3.08; nearly half of all athletes held GPAs above 3.0. Read more here.

Pharmacy Students Begin International Experiential Rotations in Africa

Five Howard University College of Pharmacy students began their international experiential rotations in July at Ethiopia’s renowned Addis Ababa University, at Livingstone General Hospital in Zambia and at Howard University’s regional office in Pretoria, South Africa.

Fourth-year students Chioma Esoga, Danielle DelVillano, Dejene Woldermariam and Octavia Jordan, and third-year student Hope Chang are working on public health promotion and disease prevention, as well as conducting practice management research and observing patient care.

They are accompanied by Anthony K. Wutoh, Ph.D., R.Ph., dean of the College of Pharmacy, who is teaching and providing technical assistance to faculty and researchers at Addis Ababa University. Read more here.

Howard University School of Law’s Response to State of Florida v. George Zimmerman

Okianer Christian Dark, interim dean of Howard University School of Law issued a written statement in response to the recent verdict in the State of Florida v. George Zimmerman.

“George Zimmerman is not innocent; he was found not guilty of the charges of second degree murder or manslaughter. This verdict was not about justice for Trayvon Martin, which he deserved. We are profoundly saddened by this verdict because it means that there is yet another unarmed young black male's death at the hands of someone relying on racial stereotypes. This is why last year, Howard Law students insisted on raising the profile of this case by creating a video, “Am I Suspicious,” which was posted on YouTube and why they rallied with others in Washington, D.C. and Florida to have Zimmerman charged. Read the full statement here.

Howard University Co-Presents FOUR LITTLE GIRLS: Birmingham 1963

Howard University and The Kennedy Center, Project1Voice, in conjunction with Duke Ellington School of the Arts and African Continuum Theatre Company, will present a free, staged reading of the play FOUR LITTLE GIRLS: Birmingham 1963 on Sept. 15, 2013, at 6 p.m. in the Family Theater, located within the Kennedy Center. Tickets for the general public will be distributed on a first come, first served basis in the Hall of States beginning at 5 p.m. on the day of the event.  Those patrons who are not able to secure a ticket to the Family Theater will be directed to watch the simulcast in the Grand Foyer.

Written by playwright Christina Ham and directed by Tony Award®-winning actress and Howard alumna Phylicia Rashad, the reading commemorates the 50th anniversary of the bombing that took the lives of four young girls at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. Read more here.

Howard University Hosts College Readiness Program for 25 Students Interested in Health Professions

Howard University College of Arts and Sciences welcomed participants in the 2013 Pre-freshman Academic Summer Enhancement Program to campus in July. The program is sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The summer program offered 25 incoming Howard University freshmen six weeks of intense academic activities from June 2 to July 13 to enhance their college preparation and to introduce them to health professions and related careers. All activities, including room and board, are covered by a federal grant from the Health Careers Opportunity Program. Read more here.

Cross-Disciplinary Howard Team Wins First Place in Innovation Contest

A team from Howard University won first place in the 2013 Partnership for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering and Education (PACE) Collaboration and Innovation Challenge. The team traveled to the 2013 PACE Annual Forum held July 21-26 in Pasadena, Calif., to present their winning project and accept the award.

The competition is an annual challenge aimed at promoting collaboration between students in different majors with the intent of fueling innovation in the areas of engineering, industrial design, manufacturing and market research. PACE is in collaboration with General Motors, Autodesk, Hewlett Packard, Oracle and Siemens PLM Software. Read more here.

Mathematics Professor Receives Department of Defense Research Grant

Howard University Department of Mathematics Professor Mohammad F. Mahmood, Ph.D., received a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study energetic materials under extreme conditions of high pressure and high temperature.

The research project, “Fast Chemical Dynamics of Energetic Materials at High Pressures and Temperatures Studied by Ultrafast Laser Techniques,” is funded by a $400,062 grant from the Defense Department’s Army Research Office. The grant period runs from 2013 to 2016. Professor Mahmood received a grant in the same field in 2009. Read more here.

Howard Researcher Studies Earthquake First Responders in Japan

Terri Adams Ph.D., Howard University associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, traveled to Japan in May to examine the challenges experienced by first responders during the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. 

The research in Japan is part of a larger study being conducted by Adams. The study examines resilience and role conflict among first responders who are personally impacted by the disasters in which they are expected to respond. Adams has examined similar issues during the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans and Gulfport, Miss., as well as the earthquake and tsunami in Santiago and Constitución Chile in 2010. Read more here.

70 Directors for Venice 70 Honors Haile Gerima

A 90-second film featuring Professor and Film Sequence Coordinator Haile Gerima premiered at the 70th Venice Film Festival.
The film was produced by Howard University Alumni: Bradford Young - Cinematographer; Ambessa Jir Berhe – Location Sound and Krystian Ramlogan – Editor. Read more here.

Alumni Accolades

College of Pharmacy Alumna Elected President of the Drug Information Association’s Board of Directors

Howard University College of Pharmacy alumna, Minnie Baylor-Henry, JD, R.Ph., (‘72) was elected to serve as the president of the Drug Information Association (DIA) and chair of its board of directors during the association’s 49th Annual Meeting in Boston, June 23-27. Baylor-Henry’s year-long tenure began June 30. DIA is a global, professional association of nearly 18,000 members involved in the discovery, development, and life cycle management of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, and related health-care products. Read more here.

Alumnus McMurray Attracts Film Spotlight for ‘Fruitvale Station’

Alumnus Gerard McMurray (B.A. ‘04) has gained greater recognition for his role as associate producer of "Fruitvale Station." McMurray’s success comes as a number of other young alumni are steadily winning awards and gaining appreciation.

The critically acclaimed feature "Fruitvale Station" tells the true story of Oscar Grant, the unarmed African-American man who was fatally shot by a transit officer in Oakland, Calif., on New Year’s Day. McMurray told The Washington Post that he and like-minded filmmakers have drawn inspiration from 1990s-era Black filmmakers. 

In addition, the upcoming BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia (Aug 1-4) will present the panel, “Howard University and Visualizing Blackness.” In its description of the panel, BlackStar noted that over the past several years Howard film alumni have steadily gained recognition for cinematography, directing and producing. The group said Howard is becoming known for “a specific politically-charged aesthetic in which students are encouraged to push beyond the boundaries of conventional cinema to re-present Black bodies masterfully and beautifully.” Read more here.

Recent Appointments
Lorraine Fleming

Lorraine Fleming, Ph.D., Named Interim Dean of College of Engineering, Architecture & Computer Sciences

Provost and Chief Academic Officer Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, today announced the appointment of Lorraine Fleming, Ph.D., as the interim dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences (CEACS). She succeeds James Mitchell, Ph.D. The appointment is effective August 1, 2013.

Fleming is a professor and former chair of the Department of Civil Engineering. Since joining the Howard faculty in 1985, Fleming has led a number of research and intervention initiatives to attract and retain African-American students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines and to improve the quality of engineering education for undergraduates. She is founder and director of the HUSEM (Howard University Science, Engineering and Mathematics) Program and is the principal investigator and director of the NSF-funded Global Education, Awareness and Research Undergraduate Program (GEAR-UP). Read more here.

Sandra Edmonds Crewe, Ph.D. Named School of Social Work Interim Dean

Provost and Chief Academic Officer Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, announced the appointment of Sandra Edmonds Crewe, Ph.D., as the interim dean of the School of Social Work. Dr. Crewe succeeds Cudore Snell, D.S.W., who retired as dean on June 30.

Dr. Crewe has served as a professor of social work at Howard for 15 years. She also served as associate dean from 2006 to 2012.  Currently, Dr. Crewe is director of the Howard University Multidisciplinary Gerontology Center.  She is the principal investigator on a major grant, sponsored by the District of Columbia’s Office on Aging, which provides up-to-date research and professional development for the aging community. Read more here.

Tennille Adams Named Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Howard    

Howard University Director of Athletics Louis “Skip” Perkins named Tennille Adams as the new head women’s basketball coach. Adams comes to Howard with an impressive record, including an integral role in six double-figure winning seasons at Northwestern University and a notable coaching career with Big Ten, Patriot League and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Division I institutions.

Adams will inherit a program with strong reputation for winning, including three consecutive championship game appearances, two invitations to the WNIT (2011 and 2012), the first-ever Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) appearance (2013), and two 20+ wins seasons. Read more here.


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Article features Joseph Fortunak, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, and his work to develop an anti-malarial drug that is cheaper and more efficient to produce.

Howard Students Go from 'The Sing-Off' to Success
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Howard Team Wins Innovation Contest
Howard University wins first place in the 2013 Partnership for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering and Education (PACE) Collaboration and Innovation Challenge.

Delta Sigma Theta Anniversary Draws Thousands to Mall
Coverage of the centennial of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the stained glass window dedication at the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel.

Fixing the Miseducation of Black Children
Article written by Ivory Toldson, Ph.D., associate professor of Counseling Psychology at Howard.

Marriage Equality Opponent Fails To Debunk Three Tactics LGBT Advocates Are Using
Article includes mention of an amicus brief submitted by Howard School of Law.

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Article includes Howard mention.

Law Camp Develops Future Attorneys
Article features Howard’s School of Law.

Bryan H. Curry, MD, Represents Washington D.C. with Inclusion in Renowned Publication The Leading Physicians of the World
Dr. Bryan H. Curry, of Howard Hospital, is being honored for his work in the cardiology community.

National Minority Donor Awareness Week Aug. 1-7
Release features Dr. Clive O. Callender of Howard University Hospital. Release mentions that at Howard, Callender helped develop the first minority-directed dialysis and transplant center and histocompatibility and immunogenetic lab in the country. 

New Screening Tool for ADHD
Article includes comments from Leslie T. Fenwick, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education.

Opinion: A Diverse Perspective
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Article on the late Ernest Everett Just, embryologist and Howard professor.

Reflections After 'Frutivale Station' - Part II
Article includes Howard mention.

Economic Concerns Affect Students' College Choices, Study Shows
Article features comments from Howard students concerning their degree and career choices.

Howard University Responds to Zimmerman Verdict  

Young Black Men are Created in the Image of God, Too
Column by Harold Dean Trulear, Ph.D., associate professor of Applied Theology at Howard.

Anger Flows at Acquittal of George Zimmerman in Death of Trayvon Martin
Article includes coverage of a pray vigil at Howard for Trayvon Martin.

After Zimmerman Verdict, ‘A Hard Morning’
E. Ethelbert Miller, director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University, responds to the verdict of the Zimmerman trial.

Zimmerman Trial Verdict Filters into Pews and Pulpits
Coverage of Sunday’s prayer vigil at Howard for Trayvon Martin.

George Zimmerman Case Brings Race, Discrimination in U.S. to Forefront
School of Law Dean Okianer Christian Dark comments on the verdict of the Zimmerman trial.

School of Law Dean Okianer Christian Dark comments on the verdict of the Zimmerman trial. 

In Vigilantes We Trust
Column about the Zimmerman trial by Waris Husain, adjunct professor at the School of Law.

Trayvon Martin Case Fuels Anxiety for Black Moms
Column by Yanick Rice Lamb, associate professor of journalism at the School of Communications.

With Passion and Rare Candor, Obama Explains What It’s Like to be a Black Man in America
Article includes comments from Greg Carr, Ph.D., associate professor and chairman of Afro-American Studies. Article was published in the Washington Post, Federal News Radio, and other major media outlets.

Racial Protests, Possible Civil Rights Suit in Zimmerman Case
Article features Greg Carr, Ph.D., professor and chairman of Afro-American Studies.

Howard University Fights to Keep Trayvon Martin’s Memory Alive
Blog features pictures of Howard medical students and a video by Howard law students in support of Trayvon Martin.

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