Monthly Archives: September 2011

Relationship violence forum Wednesday

Poster for Domestic Violence Awareness Forum -- Wed Oct 5 2pm-5pm, Harrison Auditorium

An opportunity to learn about an issue that our students need to be more aware of.

NIH & NSF representatives to speak at workshop on research in the social and behavioral sciences

N.C. A&T faculty and doctoral researchers are invited to hear directly from three officials of the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation on Tuesday November 8.  The Fall 2011 Social and Behavioral Sciences Workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Conference Center in Coltrane Hall.  Registration opens today at the DORED training website.  Registration is free, but seating is limited.

Chancellor Martin will kick off the workshop.  Speakers at the event will include Dr. Dorothy Castille of the NIH National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities; Dr. Bill Elwood of the NIH Opportunity Network for Basic Behavioral and Social Science Research; and Dr. Mark Weiss, Director of the Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Division of NSF.

The agenda is here (PDF). Details on the workshop are here (PDF).

Journalist named to endowed professorship

Bonnie Newman Davis has been named the first News & Record-Janice Bryant Howroyd Professor of Journalism at N.C. A&T.  She previously was an associate professor in the School of Mass Communications at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.  Before going into higher education, she spent more than 20 years as an editor and reporter with The Richmond-Times Dispatch and newspapers in Kentucky, Michigan and North Carolina.  She is an A&T graduate.

Last spring, Davis was named the 2011 Journalism Educator of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists.   Virginia Commonwealth has more on her background, and the Maynard Institute has more on her appointment.

N.C. A&T dean on diversity in higher education

“There are more undercurrents of resistance—and some of that has to do with the general political climate. The remedies that we thought were going to bring about greater access and greater diversity—those have now become quietly contentious. No one attacks them directly. There’s just an undertone that maybe we’ve done enough to become diverse, maybe we should just step back. The old arguments of meritocracy have resurfaced.”

— William B. Harvey, Dean, N.C. A&T School of Education

The September 25, 2011, issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education takes a look at diversity in higher education with two notable reports:


Nobel Prize winner in chemistry to speak at A&T

Nobel Prize-winning chemist Dr. Roald Hoffmann will be the keynote speaker for the Department of Chemistry’s Fourth Bi-Annual Chemical Sciences Symposium.  The daylong event will be held Friday October 21 in the New Science Building.  The morning will be devoted to Hoffmann and other invited speakers; a poster session will be held in the afternoon.

Hoffmann received the 1981 prize in chemistry along with Kenichi Fukui for their independently developed theories on the the course of chemical reactions.  Hoffmann used quantum mechanics and the wave properties of matter to investigate and predict chemical reactivity.

His life story is remarkable.  Born to a Jewish family in Poland in 1937, he and his parents were later imprisoned in a Nazi labor camp.  He and his mother were smuggled out in 1943 and were sheltered by a Ukrainian family until being liberated by the Red Army in 1944 (his father stayed behind and was killed by the Nazis after he organized an unsuccessful breakout attempt).  After four years in post-war refugee camps, Hoffmann came to the United States at age 12.

Although he hadn’t been able to attend school until he was seven, at age 18 he enrolled at Columbia, where he received his undergraduate degree.  He received his doctorate from Harvard.  Since 1965, Hoffmann has taught at Cornell University, where he is now the Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters Emeritus. He is widely recognized for his contributions on molecular bonding and chemical structure.  He is also a poet and playwright and has written extensively on philosophy and science.

There is no registration fee for the symposium.  For more on the event, visit the symposium website.

“Conceptual inconsistency” twisting hip hop

Fifteen years after Tupac Shakur’s death, “we’ve seen the industry manufacture a new type of rapper,” says Dr. Brian Sims, assistant professor of psychology.  Meek Mills, Rick Ross, DMX and others are trying to embrace both of the opposing ideologies of assimilation and nationalism while invoking the names of Tupac, Malcolm X, Huey Newton and other historic leaders.  And Sims is calling them out.   Who better to do it: Among the courses he teaches is Psychology 510: Psychological Perspectives in Hip Hop.  Click here to read his incendiary commentary on the HipHopDX website.  It’s stirring up reactions (190 comments as of this morning).

“Shamelessly claiming to represent what Tupac represented may seem ignorant and reckless; but in fact it is strategic. When people like Tupac Shakur die, the system that they fought always swallows-up that fight, and then, over time, convinces those of us who weren’t there to see it first-hand that there was no fight in the first place. The resistance value of authentic Black thought is thus ultimately sanitized and reduced to a mere spoke in the American wheel of imperialism.”

History professor Phil Rubio on “Colbert Report”

Not content with appearances in The Washington Post, New York Daily News, NPR and other national news media, Dr. Phillip Rubio popped up on The Colbert Report on Comedy Central last night to talk about the U.S. Postal Service with comedian Stephen Colbert.  And he made sure everyone knew where he’s from.