Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Publication covering racial issues in higher education.

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 24, January 10

A Fascination for Physics
Dr. Nadya Mason is a woman of many talents. Examining the quantum behavior of nanotubes, long, thin cylinders of carbon, or how electrons behave in low-dimensional, correlated materials are only a few of them. Touted by Dr. Jeremiah D. Sullivan, the...
African-American Studies and Religion: Reaching out to the Post-Civil Rights Generation
Eddie Glaude Jr. Title: The William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies, Princeton University Education: Ph.D., Religion, Princeton University; M.A., Religion, Princeton University; M.A., African-American Studies, Temple...
A Teacher's Tenacity
At the early age of 14, Dr. Rasha Morsi knew that her life's calling was teaching others. But the encouragement of a grade school math teacher propelled her on the path to academia."She kind of made me think, 'wait a minute, I can do this ... I really...
Catching Up with the Class of 2002
The first group of "Emerging Scholars" gives us an update on life since their magazine debut in January 2002 in what was then Black Issues In Higher Education.Dr. Danielle AllenEducation: M.Phil, and Ph.D., Classics, University of Cambridge; M.A. and...
Catching Up with the Class of 2002: The First Group of "Emerging Scholars" Gives Us an Update on Life since Their Magazine Debut in January 2002 in What Was Then Black Issues in Higher Education
Dr. Danielle Allen Education: M.Phil. and Ph.D., Classics, University of Cambridge; M.A. and Ph.D., Government, Harvard University; B.A., Classics, Princeton University Update: "Since January 2002, my most significant intellectual and professional...
Connecting the Dots
Dr. Trachette Jackson would never have guessed she would be considered one of the nation's youngest preeminent scholars in the burgeoning field of mathematical biology, particularly since she went to college to become an engineer."Although I was always...
Cooking Up Achievement
At the start of each semester, the first thing Dr. Anna Skop wants to know from her genetics students is if they know how to cook."The best advice I ever received was 'never trust a scientist who can't cook,'" Skop says. "Cooking is what we do in a lab....
Defining His Own Agenda
Goodwin Liu jokingly refers to his academic foray into medicine as "the path of least resistance." After all, both his parents were doctors. While they never pressured him to follow in their footsteps, he didn't consider doing anything else. So he diligendy...
Demystifying Engineering
When it comes to the consistently low number of STEM doctorates awarded to U.S. citizens each year, Dr. Monica F. Cox says, "we are in a crisis." For instance, American Mathematical Society statistics reveal that only 433 of the 1,116 math Ph.D.s awarded...
Education Psychology: Publishing, Rather Than Perishing
KEVIN COKLEY Title: Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education, University of Texas at Austin Education: Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Georgia State University; M.Ed., Counselor Education, University of North Carolina...
Electrical Engineering: A Teacher's Tenacity
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] RASHA MORSI Title: Assistant Professor of Electronics Engineering and Director, Center for Gaming and Simulation, Norfolk State University Education: Ph.D., Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering; M.E., Computer...
Engineering Education: Demystifying Engineering
MONICA COX Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Education, Purdue University Education: Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, Vanderbilt University; M.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Alabama; B.S., Mathematics, Spelman...
Exploring the Intersections of Diverse Disciplines
It's no wonder that Dr. Pablo Mitchell likes to explore the intersections of diverse academic disciplines. As a native of New Mexico and a person of mixed heritage - his mother is from Panama, his father is Anglo - who studied in the East, Southwest...
Genetics: Cooking Up Achievement
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AHNA SKOP Title:. Assistant Professor of Genetics and Medical Genetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison Education: Postdoctoral research, University of California Berkeley, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology; Ph.D.,...
Getting to Know Dr. Toya Barnes-Teamer
Dr. Toya Barnes-Teamer used to watch educators struggle to boost graduation rates, and when she had a chance to do something about it, she took it. Last March, Barnes-Teamer stepped up to the newly created position of vice president for student success...
Grants & Gifts
CLARK COLLEGE'S CORPORATE EDUCATION (Wash.) unit has been awarded a $31,000 Job Skills Program (JSP) grant to provide training for Southwest Washington Medical Center. The grant will provide training for 25 SWMC directors, managers and supervisors on...
Helping Foster Care Youth Access College
Education has not been on the radar for child agencies until recently, say child advocates.Aida Chávez was one of the thousands of foster youth who, when formally emancipated from the system at 18 years old, was not prepared. It was time to enter the...
Helping Foster Care Youth Access College: Education Has Not Been on the Radar for Child Agencies until Recently, Say Child Advocates
Aida Chavez was one of the thousands of foster youth who, when formally emancipated from the system at 18 years old, was not prepared. It was time to enter the real world: to get a job and go to college. But she had only $500 in her bank account. ...
History: Exploring the Intersections of Diverse Disciplines
PABLO REID MITCHELL Title: Associate Professor, Department of History, and Director, Comparative American Studies Program, Oberlin College Education: Ph.D., History, University of Michigan; M.A., History, University of New Mexico; B.A., History,...
Law: Defining His Own Agenda
GOODWIN LIU Title: Assistant Professor of Law and Co-director, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity, University of California-Berkeley Education: J.D., Yale Law School; M.A., Psychology, Philosophy & Physiology,...
Letters
INFORMING ON NEW ORLEANSThe article is very informative (see "Staying Afloat in New Orleans," Nov. 29, 2007). I didn't realize the illiteracy rate in New Orleans was so high, but it's good to know that there are people trying to help the situation. Thanks,...
Mathematics: Connecting the Dots
TRACHETTE JACKSON Title: Associate Professor of Mathematics and Co-director, Mathematics Biology Research Group, University of Michigan Education: Ph.D., Applied Mathematics; M.S., Applied Mathematics, University of Washington; B.S., Mathematics,...
On the Move
John Payton has been appointed director-counsel and president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Most recently, he was a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr. Payton earned a bachelor's from Pomona College...
Our Salute to Scholars
"If you do the work you care most about, that's where you'll find true satisfaction. You simply won't find passion and intellectual honesty in an area you don't care about." These are the words of Goodwin Liu, one of this year's Emerging Scholars and...
Physics: A Fascination for Physics
NADYA MASON Title: Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Education: Ph.D., Physics, Stanford University; B.S., Physics, Harvard University Age: 35 Dr. Nadya Mason is a woman of many talents. Examining...
Political Science: Researching the Electorate
RICARDO RAMIREZ Title: Assistant Professor of Political Science and American Studies, University of Southern California Education: Ph.D., Political Science, and M.A., Education and Administration and Policy Analysis, Stanford University; B.A.,...
Poll: Racial Groups View Each Other with Mistrust
America, the proverbial melting pot, is boiling over with racial tension. A new poll, "Deep Divisions, Shared Destiny," by New America Media, the nations largest collaboration of ethnic news media, reveals some unflattering realities concerning the...
Publishing, Rather Than Perishing
Dr. Kevin Cokley effortlessly excelled as a high school student in his small rural town of Mount Holly, N.C. When he arrived at Wake Forest University, however, he struggled in the classroom for the first time in his life.Cokley, now an educational psychologist...
Reaching out to the Post-Civil Rights Generation
The decade of the 1990s saw the emergence of a number of Black scholars whose speeches and writings on race reached a broad audience of Americans and were hailed as public intellectuals. This decade, Black intellectuals, representing the most recent...
Researching the Electorate
As a kid, Dr. Ricardo Ramírez would rise early in the morning during the summers to help toil the land. His parents, who were both farm workers in central California, worked long hours in an effort to provide a better life for their struggling family....
Study Suggests Colleges Do More to Reach Under-Represented Students
Information about college from traditional sources is not as accessible to or easily understood by low-income and first-generation students, who tend to rely on high school counselors and unsolicited marketing materials when researching colleges, according...
The Use of outside Voices in Increasing Faculty Diversity
For all of our difficulties in achieving student diversity on our nation's college campuses, it is commonly acknowledged that faculty diversity is an even more elusive goal. Underrepresented minority faculty in 2005 composed only 16.5 percent of all...
The Year Ahead on Capitol Hill
Higher education advocates hope Congress will address Pell Grant increases, textbook costs and other priorities before the fall presidential campaign.With a presidential election on the horizon, 2008 on Capitol Hill is shaping up as a year for quick...
The Year Ahead on Capitol Hill: Higher Education Advocates Hope Congress Will Address Pell Grant Increases, Textbook Costs and Other Priorities before the Fall Presidential Campaign
With a presidential election on the horizon, 2008 on Capitol Hill is shaping up as a year for quick action on budget, student aid and other education bills before the fall campaign takes the national spotlight, advocates say. "The battles are going...
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