I am way behind sharing good news from the summer. So before we all get entangled with the month of August, here is some good news to share!
IN THE NEWS:
o The College of Nursing was mentioned, and Nick Harris (community relations) pictured in the article, “Universities and colleges pitch in supplies, time and expertise to aid coronavirus battle”
Universities and colleges pitch in supplies, time and expertise to aid coronavirus battle
As hospital workers and other essential personnel remain entrenched on the front lines battling coronavirus, university…
o Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy was featured in First Magazine of New Orleans:
o She was also quoted in the article “Jazz funerals silenced: How New Orleans grieves amid coronavirus” in the Tennessean newspaper (Nashville TN):
Jazz funerals silenced: How New Orleans grieves amid coronavirus
From an early age, Ellis Marsalis III knew what grief in New Orleans sounded like. The shuffle of leather shoes walking…
o Dr. Amy Lesen had several media appearances:
§ Quoted in the article, “Coronavirus disparity in Louisiana: About 70% of the victims are black, but why?”
Coronavirus disparity in Louisiana: About 70% of the victims are black, but why?
Roughly 70% of the people who have died from coronavirus in Louisiana are black, a striking disparity for a state where…
§ Quoted in editorial, “Too many black folks are dying from coronavirus. We urgently need data.”
Will Sutton: Too many black folks are dying from coronavirus. We urgently need data.
Too many black folks are dying, and we bear the blame. The novel coronavirus is invading the bodies of thousands of…
§ Appeared on the CBS Evening News story, “Coronavirus hits poor and minority communities hard in the South”
Coronavirus hits poor and minority communities hard in the South
The coronavirus has been exploding across the South. In a dozen Southern states, there have been nearly 65,000…
§ Quoted in ABC 6 (Columbus OH) story, “‘A call-to-action moment’: Data shows stark racial disparities in coronavirus deaths”
'A call-to-action moment': Data shows stark racial disparities in coronavirus deaths
Amid growing concern about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on African Americans and communities of color, the…
§ Quoted in the Baton Rouge Advocate story, “Coronavirus death toll continues to rise in Baton Rouge area as racial disparities pop up locally.”
Coronavirus death toll continues to rise in Baton Rouge area as racial disparities pop up locally
The death toll from the novel coronavirus reached 156 in the Baton Rouge area Tuesday, adding to a grim milestone that…
o Dr. Corey Hebert also had several media appearances:
§ Quoted in article, “John Bel Edwards: An emotional thought on Easter, a call for coronavirus disparity task force”
John Bel Edwards: An emotional thought on Easter, a call for coronavirus disparity task force
After releasing data showing a stark racial gap in Louisiana's coronavirus deaths that has illuminated the greater risk…
§ Featured in the article, “Dr. Corey Hebert on coronavirus death toll: ‘Protect Louisiana’s vulnerable African Americans’”
Dr. Corey Hebert on coronavirus death toll: 'Protect Louisiana's vulnerable African Americans'
Gov. John Bel Edwards invited a prominent black physician to comment during his news conference on Wednesday about the…
o Dr. Hebert, Dr. Lesen, and Dr. Peter Fos were named to the Governor’s COVID Task Force:
Gov. Edwards announces co-chairs, members of COVID-19 task force
BATON ROUGE - Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced two co-chairs and appointed members to the Louisiana COVID-19…
o Dr. Ebony Turner wrote an editorial, “How I Transitioned My College Algebra Course to Digital Platforms”:
Guest Editorial: How I Transitioned My College Algebra Course to Digital Platforms
The world is currently in the midst of a deadly pandemic caused by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID - 19). In the…
o Dr. Ashraf Esmail was interviewed by Fox 8 on the COVID-19 Pandemic and its impact on financial suffering for low income workers and the poor:
COVID-19 pandemic could cause more financial suffering for low-income workers and the poor
NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - The ongoing COVID-19 health crisis could thrust some low-income workers and the poor deeper…
o Alumna Astasia Williams ’16 is the senior social media manager for the Washington Redskins. They did a podcast with her recent where they say “in a very short time Williams has grown to prominence in the world of sports social media. She’s become a trailblazer of sorts for women, and spoke to how great of an impact various women in the league have been on her development. Williams is one of few Black women in positions like this and shares how she carries the responsibility in that.”
The Voice Behind The Posts, Astasia Williams And The Redskins' Social Media
Allana and Tiffany were joined by Astasia Williams, the Senior Social Media Manager for the Washington Redskins in this…
o Kelly Harris, literary outreach coordinator for Poets & Writers in New Orleans, listed 5 books of poetry in honor of national poetry month. Included is Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy’s book, “Red Beans and Ricely Yours”:
Let's Read Part One: Poetry From New Orleans
During this pandemic, as many of us are quarantined in our homes, we may be looking for ways to find a silver lining in…
o Dr. Robert Collins interviewed for the news report, “State lawmakers adjourned for 49 days due to COVID-19 and were still paid”
Zurik: State lawmakers adjourned for 49 days due to COVID-19 and were still paid
NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - State lawmakers collected nearly $1,000,000 in per diem payments for the legislative session…
o Dr. Sharon Hutchinson discussed preparation of nursing students during this pandemic with WWL-TV:
New Orleans nursing schools preparing students for COVID-19 battle
Nursing schools around the New Orleans area are using the COVID-19 pandemic as a teachable moment as they prepare the…
o Dr. Marc Barnes was invited to become a member of the CASE Commission on Philanthropy
o Paulina Webber ’23 was selected for an internship with the UNCF Institute for Capacity Building in Atlanta this summer.
o Dillard physics is featured in the new publication, “Promising Practices for Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine: Opening Doors (2020)
o Dr. Abdalla Darwish has a new publication with PVAMU’s electrical engineering department, “Simulation and Analysis Method of Different Back Metals Contact of CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Solar Cell Along with Electron Transport Layer TiO2 Using MBMT-MAPLE/PLD” in American Journal of Optics and Photonics (March 2020). He has a chapter in the new book, “ZnO Thin Films: Properties, Performance and Applications.” He is also studying possible uses of lasers to combat COVID-19!
o Dr. Wen Zhang’s book on the Peking Opera (published in 2018) has been selected to be translated in 8 languages for publishing.
o Honour Williams ’21 was admitted to the Tarleton State University 2020 cohort of the REU site “restoring cattle ranches for sustainable land and water resources.”
o William Pinkney was accepted as a 2020–2021 UNCF Student Ambassador.
o Tristan Cojoe ’20 was named a 2020 South Central Region Leadership Fellow for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is one of six women who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership on their campuses and in the communities they serve.
o Caitlin Foster ’21 was selected as the first recipient of the newly founded Dillard Diamonds Senior Scholarship, funded by alumni members of the Diamonds.
o Langston Carter-Price ’22 was admitted to the 4th annual Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Summer Discovery Program
o Halle Taylor ’21 was accepted into LSU Shreveport School of Medicine UGRAP Summer Research Program
o Ki’Avian Johnson ’23 was accepted into LSU Shreveport School of Medicine UGRAP Summer Research Program
o Ronisha McCardell ’21 was accepted into international health mission program in Kenya
o Thomas Adams ’23 was accepted into Western University Summer Health Professions Enrichment Program (SHPEP)
o Tiara Hamilton ’21 accepted into SURE Summer Program at Emory University
Dillard has a Pulitzer Prize winner! Lots of stories on Dr. Jericho Brown and the impact his Dillard experience had on him.
o Here is the announcement by Pulitzer Prizes:
The Tradition, by Jericho Brown (Copper Canyon Press)
Jericho Brown has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at…
o “Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet Reflects on Career Trajectory,” Diverse Issues in Higher Education:
Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet Reflects on Career Trajectory
Dr. Jericho Brown first learned last week that he had won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry at the very moment that the…
o “Pulitzer Prize winner’s works inspired by Shreveport roots,” Shreveport Times:
Interview: Pulitzer Prize winner's works inspired by Shreveport roots
Jericho Brown has come a long way from being a kid with a knack for getting in trouble in school to becoming an…
o “An interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown,” NOLA.com:
An interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown
Poetry has mysterious powers. Poet and onetime New Orleanian Jericho Brown, who last week won a Pulitzer Prize for…
· The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation approved a grant of $110,000.00 to Dillard University to support enrollment stabilization efforts and emergency student needs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
· Meet our new Melton Fellows: Amari McAllister, Jared Ingram, Kennedy Musgrave, and LaJeanne Shelton:
o David Page was appointed a Commission Director for the NASFAA Board of Directors for the 2020–2021 year. He will oversee four national committees for the year.
o Kennedy Musgrave ’23 participated in a program on stress management for attorneys who practice in child welfare law. She discussed the impact of the pandemic on her age range, their concerns, how adults can assist us with managing stress, and even positives experienced.
o Patricia Bernstein (adjunct faculty member) is one of the #feedthefrontline artists helping krewe of red beans raise money to feed the frontline:
Feed the Front Line NOLA by Muffin Bernstein
To provide support for our creatives and culture bearers, we're pitching in to help the best way we know how …
o Dr. Roland Bullard was a panelist for the Credo Virtual Event: “Planning for Students’ Emerging Needs: Disrupting COVID-19”on May 5th.
o Adria Kimbrough was a panelist for several teleconferences:
§ Law School Admissions Council’s “Helping Diverse Students Impacted by the COVID-19 Crisis” on April 17th
§ Updates, Strategies, and Coping Techniques for Addressing Diversity Issues During COVID-19, hosted by the Minority Network and Law School Admission Council on April 30th
§ UNCF Building Better Narratives for Black Education in New Orleans Twitter Chat on May 13th
o Dr. Peter Foss (Health Disparities) and Dr. Katrina Kellum (nursing) authored the study, “The Relationship of Diabetes and COVID-19: A Health Disparity” in the journal, Diabetes & its Complications http://www.scivisionpub.com/pdfs/the-relationship-of-diabetes-and-covid19-a-health-disparity-1173.pdf
o Students were inducted into Dillard University’s Upsilon Tau Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society: Essence Thomas ’20, Jai Flowers ’21, Jamya Robinson ’21, Tyler Racklin ’20.
o Jamya Robinson shall participate in the 2020 Summer Training for Excellence in Education Research (STEER) Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The STEER program is part of UCLA’s highly ranked Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSEIS).
o Justin Matthews ’21 was selected for a remote internship with a mentor from the Air Force Research Lab located in Rome, NY.
o Dr. Nancy Dixon has been selected as a Mellon Periclean Faculty Leader (PFL). This grant is for a course to be taught in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022.
o Shamyra Beasley ’23 will complete an internship with an OBGYN clinic in Clarksdale, MS.