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A healthy trend at medical schools

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By Kemba Dunham, Boston Globe

As a child, Ryan Rasmus dreamed of being a doctor. Now, the 22-year-old is a first-year student at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.

“There is a great responsibility that comes with this education,’’ said Rasmus, an African-American who is originally from Houston. ’’It will enable me to impact my community in ways that may increase their quality of life and their longevity.’’

More minority students like Rasmus are enrolling in US medical schools, according a study by the Association of American Medical Colleges, a nonprofit that represents all 150 accredited medical schools in the United States and Canada. Native Americans had the largest enrollment growth, at 24.8 percent, followed by a 9 percent increase for Hispanics; 2.9 percent for African-Americans; and 2.4 percent for Asians. The growth is in part due to a push by schools to attract more underrepresented minorities — African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Native Americans, and mainland Puerto Ricans — to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population.

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December 10, 2010 at 3:12 pm

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin to speak at Appalachian’s Dec. 12 commencement

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SOURCE Appalachian State University

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin will deliver the commencement address Dec. 12 at Appalachian State University. She will speak on “The Surgeon General’s Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation.”

Benjamin will address graduates of the College of Arts and Science, Reich College of Education and University College at 10 a.m. in the Holmes Convocation Center on campus. She will address graduates of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, College of Health Sciences, Hayes School of Music and Walker College of Business beginning at 2 p.m., also in the Holmes Center.

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December 10, 2010 at 9:51 am

Study: Black Students Who Attend HBCUs More Successful in Math, Technology

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By Andy Moore, Black Web 2.0

According to a recent study done by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, students who attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities are more likely to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

On Monday, The Commission released its annual briefing report  on The Educational Effectiveness of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)and Encouraging Minority Students to Pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Careers. The study found that students at historically black colleges and universities reported higher levels of academic involvement in their studies and in faculty research projects than black students at non-HBCUs.

According to The Commission, the success of these programs comes from the lack of “academic mismatch” that is often found at non-HBCUs. Academic mismatch occurs when an admitted student’s credentials fall below those of the median student in that program.

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December 10, 2010 at 8:28 am

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Christopher Brown hired as Alcorn State University’s new president

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By Elizabeth Crisp, Clarion Ledger

The state College Board has hired Christopher Brown to become the 18th president of Alcorn State University.

Brown, 38, currently is vice president and provost at Fisk University in Nashville. He’s expected to start at Alcorn in January.

Brown, a Charleston, S.C.-native, has been fielding questions from campus constituents for most of the day. In meetings with alumni, faculty, students and others, he discussed his vision for Alcorn, touching on athletics, budgets, student activities and fundraising.

“It feels natural,” he said about possibly leading the state’s land grant HBCU. “I’m convinced that this is where I’m supposed to be, and this is where I’m supposed to serve.”

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December 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Interview with the Head of the New Office of African-American Male Achievement

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By Christopher Johnson, The Oakbook

Oakland’s young black men are in trouble. They make up a disproportionately large number of youths in the criminal justice system. At the same time, when it comes to attendance, literacy, math scores and other achievement indicators, black boys in Oakland Unified Schools are coming in last. To begin tackling some of these tremendous challenges, OUSD recently created the Office of African-American Male Achievement. Christopher Chatmon, a 42-year-old professional teacher and education chairman for 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, is the executive director. He spoke with The OakBook contributor Christopher Johnson about how his experiences as a young man shaped his dedication to the OAAMA, and what he hopes to accomplish over the next several years.

Click on the above link for the audio interview.


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December 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm

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Scholarship founded for young black men

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By Barbara Leader, The News Star

A former police officer, school board member and mayor of Pontiac, Mich. has established an academic scholarship for young black men in Union Parish.

Willie Payne, who is a 1974 Spearsville High School graduate, has returned to Farmerville to retire and to contribute to the community where he was reared.

“As a veteran police officer and school board member, I know first hand that a lack of education promotes a life of crime,” he said. “I’m passionate about helping African American men in Union Parish because I know that there are more black men between the ages of 18 and 24 in jail than those seeking higher education.”

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December 1, 2010 at 7:00 am

Former school renamed for Spencers

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SOURCE: Enquirer

The Cincinnati School Board on Monday re-named the former Frederick Douglass School at 2825 Alms Place in Corryville after civil rights pioneers Marian Spencer and Donald Spencer Sr. The building will be renamed the Donald A. and Marian Spencer Education Center.

Donald Spencer, a former CPS teacher, died May 4 at the age of 95. He spent 18 years teaching math and social studies in the district, including at Frederick Douglass.

Aided by her husband, Marian sued to desegregate Coney Island Park in 1952 and was elected to Cincinnati City Council in the 1980s. Donald was one of the first African-American Realtors in Cincinnati, the first African-American trustee at Ohio University, a lifetime member of the Cincinnati NAACP and a strong advocate for voting rights and desegregation.

The school moved into a new building at 2627 Park Ave. in 2007 and the old building now houses district offices and classrooms for students in the Alternative to Suspension and Alternative to Expulsion programs, which offer instruction and counseling for students removed from their regular school for misbehaving.

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November 30, 2010 at 3:02 pm