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New Faculty

We welcome an exciting group of over 50 new faculty members to the academy. They bring to Howard robust scholarship in their respective fields as well as a genuine commitment to student learning and enhancing our programs. (more)

Howard University & U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Howard University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first entered into a collaborative agreement in 2006 as a joint response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The aim of the effort was to assist students impacted by the devastating natural disasters. The continuation of the agreements underlines the EPA’s desire to ensure a diverse workforce through the MOU with goals which include enhancing student participation in environmental efforts, through research, technology, development, and employment opportunities at EPA.

Recently, Howard University alum William Cooper became the new liaison for the MOU. The new agreement strengthens the existing collaborations between Howard University and EPA. The MOU’s programmatic focus stems around the acronym C.R.E.S.T., or Community service, Recruitment and outreach, Education, Sustainability, and Teamwork. This gives the members of the MOU Steering Committee a programmatic platform to invest in the environmental and educational experiences of the tomorrow’s leaders in our global community.

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming events and projects.

New Programs and Dean for School of Communications

Howard University's School of Communication has a legacy of including social justice, underrepresented groups and global issues in its academic programs. With the School's recent realignment, the new dean plans to continue the legacy while taking the School to new heights. Dr. Gracie Lawson-Borders was named the new dean of the School of Communications (SOC) effective July 1.
Dr. Gracie Lawson-Borders
Dean, School of Communications
With her new desk adorned with felt coasters made from the sheared underbelly of bison, Dr. Lawson-Borders is excited to join Howard and become a Bison.
"There is so much potential and opportunity at the university, and I want to be part of that experience," said Lawson-Borders. Dr. Lawson-Borders is a seasoned communications scholar with nearly three decades of experience in academia, communications studies and professional journalism. Previously, she... (more)

Noteworthy New Projects

Harvard/Howard/MIT Science and Technology Center
Howard has received a five-year award from the National Science Foundation to fund a collaborative Science and Technology Center with Harvard and MIT. The Center will integrate research on three materials
  1. Graphene (G)-electrons that move as massless particles at a constant speed;
  2. Topological Insulators (TI) -mobile surface electrons with spins fixed to the direction of motion; and
  3. Nitrogen-vacancy (NV) Centers in Diamond - a single spin stores a bit of quantum information.
This project will bring together an outstanding and diverse team of faculty members and students from Harvard University, Howard University, MIT, and the Museum of Science in Boston.
Dr. Gary Harris is the Howard University principal investigator.

TeachLive Grant
Our School of Education has been awarded a competitive grant to investigate the use of virtual reality to change teacher practice and student achievement via an innovative program known as TeachLive. The SOE will initiate this work in Fall 2013 with the University of Central Florida and Lake County (Florida) School District. The project is funded by Gates Foundation and Northrop Grumman. This research is relevant to the School's new undergraduate teacher education program by enabling our students to benefit from the TeachLive avatar/simulation lab that is being created by the SOE faculty this summer.

Sustaining Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Response through Partnerships
The School of Pharmacy is the recipient of a 5-year multi-million dollar award from the Centers for Disease Control to enhance HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in Nigeria. The grant will enable the University to support local and indigenous service delivery facilities to provide comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment activities and to expand community and facility based HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support and treatment in public and private facilities within several states of Nigeria. A major goal of the project is to strengthen pharmacy systems and pharmacists' capacity to improve and expand current pharmacy services to maximize access to sustainable and qualitative pharmaceutical care for HIV infected clients and their families at the facilities and in the communities.
Dr. Anthony Wutoh will serve as the project director.
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