By Latasha Ford Six students studying plant science-biotechnology and biology at Fort Valley State University participated in a CRISPR-based summer workshop to learn more about DNA sequences and molecular biology techniques A group of Wildcats who participated in a summer workshop are better prepared for the classroom now that the fall semester has begun on Fort Valley State University’s campus. The three-day workshop introduced five plant science-biotechnology students and a biology student to clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR). This latest technology allows scientists to enable gene editing and refine gene expression in living organisms, including plants, animals and
Courtesy Lincoln University of Missouri Seven Lincoln University of Missouri pre-law students recently attended the National HBCU Pre-Law Summit in Washington, D.C. A study program organized by the Osgood Center for International Studies, the summit is the nation’s only major national pre-law event created especially for HBCU students and alumni interested in law school and becoming lawyers. The Lincoln University of Missouri Honors Program and the Lincoln University Political Science Program combined efforts to take the students to Washington for the event in September. The Honors Program provided funding and planning, and the Political Science Program planning of the international studies component and
Courtesy of Alabama State University WVAS 90.7FM, the “Voice of Alabama State University” is serving as a Radio Partner for the inaugural global awards ceremony, The Jazz Music Awards: Celebrating the Spirit of Jazz. This event will recognize individuals who have made – and continue to make – a lasting contribution to this uniquely American art form. Finalists in each category are the result of the first round of nominations submitted during the eligibility period from April 1 – March 31. These well-deserved honors will be presented at the Jazz Music Awards ceremony, set for October 22, at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in
By Alexis Clark For the third consecutive year Tennessee State University has been selected as a Fulbright Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Institutional Leader. TSU receives the honor from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and is recognized for demonstrating exemplary work with its foreign exchange program for students, faculty and staff. The Fullbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international academic exchange program. TSU earned the honor for the2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years and for promoting exchange opportunities on campus. The University is one of 19 HBCUs to receive the designation by the State Department.
Courtesy of Coppin State University The Coppin State University Helene Fuld School of Nursing has received more than $25,000 from the Maryland Higher Education Commission to support and modernize undergraduate student preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The grant will enable the School of Nursing to acquire and integrate ExamSoft learning assessment tools and software into the existing curriculum, and instructional technology which will help prepare students for the newest iteration of the NCLEX-RN. The adoption of the ExamSoft technology will expose students to the new exam format, which includes case studies, and more questions
Courtesy of Xavier University of Louisiana In commemoration of St. Katharine’s and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament’s vision of a sacred place of learning rooted in faith and scholarship, Xavier is hosting its annual Founders’ Day Convocation Ceremony on Tuesday, October 4, in the University’s Convocation Center at 12:15 p.m. In addition to celebrating Xavier’s founding and the class of 2023, the ceremony will also recognize the accomplishments and milestones of Xavier’s faculty and staff. “Founders’ Day is a celebration and recognition of the great achievement of St. Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, which is
By D. Thompson The University System of Maryland (USM) has awarded a prestigious Wilson H. Elkins Professorship to Dr. Karen Cook-Bell, associate professor and chair of the Department of History and Government. The professorship supports USM professors and researchers who demonstrate exemplary ability to inspire students and whose professional work and scholarly endeavors make a positive impact at their institutions. Dr. Cook-Bell received a $75,000 award to establish the W.E.B. DuBois Center for the Study of Black Experience to encourage and disseminate research about African American and African diaspora. She said the center was named for DuBois because he represents a model
By Donovan J. Thomas Morehouse School of Medicine is joining a $46 million collaboration focused on expanding genomic research efforts in order to discover new ways to treat and prevent diseases. The partnership, known as the Accelerate Precision Health program, is supported by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, an organization created by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan to “solve some of society’s toughest challenges.” The grant is part of a multi-year, $500 million investment to support healthcare research advancing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts. Together with the nation’s three other Historically Black Medical Colleges — Charles R. Drew
By Tonya Dixon The College of Education (CEd) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will welcome longtime early childhood educator and best-selling author Paula Young Shelton as guest speaker for the Dean’s Equity, Access and Advocacy Speaker Series and related events. Kicking off the day, Shelton will address students of Aggie Academy at 12:30 p.m. through an engaging, oral presentation and reading of her new book, “Just Like Jesse Owens,” co-written with her father, civil rights activist Ambassador Andrew Young. She will also deliver a speech at 5 p.m. in Proctor Hall to faculty and friends titled, “Liberating
By Hayya Shah The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy awarded its first-ever Zero Energy Design Designation (ZEDD) seal of recognition to Howard University for its master of architecture program with an equitable high-performance energy design concentration. Earned by only 12 collegiate institutions worldwide, this inaugural designation distinguishes post-secondary academic programs that impart the best practices of zero-energy design on students and require them to apply those building science concepts in actual projects. These leading educational programs are recognized by the DOE for preparing tomorrow’s architectural and engineering leaders to design and build the most sustainable buildings possible.