What's New: Programs, Accrediations, & Initiatives

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What's New: Programs, Accrediations, & Initiatives


Tuskegee University has launched a Ph.D. program in Materials Science and Engineering - the first such program at a historically Black institution, according to institution officials. Each fellowship is valued at $30,000. Students in the program are involved in research areas such as affordable manufacturing/processing, sensing and control, finite element modeling and analysis, specialized testing for performance evaluation, electronic and semiconducting materials, thin film science, and synthesis analysis of polymeric resins related to advance materials and structures.

The program has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the national Accrediting Board for Engineering Technology.

For more information, contact: Dr. Shaik Jeelani, vice president of research and sponsored programs, 101 Chappie James Center, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL 36088.

Next fall, Morgan State U will become the nation's first historically Black college or university to offer a doctoral degree in public health, and one of the few institutions to focus its program on the production of practitioners instead of researchers, according to insttution officials. The program is designed to allow students to obtain their public health doctorate within four years of obtaining their bachelor's degree.

"We will be training communitybased practitioners who will be developing practical solutions to the health problems that decimate urban neighborhoods," says Dr. Jay Carrington Chunn, associate vice president for academic affairs and principal investigator for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which funded the program's two-year planning study.

The program, which has been approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, will focus on issues that plague urban communities including drug abuse, violence, and the spread of the HIV-AIDS virus and sexually transmitted diseases. …

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