Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies Kenneth Monteiro was elected president of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education. Monteiro will serve a two-year volunteer term as president, effective April 2015 through April 2017. One of his major goals is to develop new strategic partnerships with the Department of Education, state educational organizations and national leadership associations representing other ethnicities.
Physics and Astronomy
Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Stephen Kane is the lead author of "A Comprehensive Characterization of the 70 Virginis Planetary System," which has been accepted into the Astrophysical Journal and was published online in arXiv.org on April 15. The article outlines a complete characterization of the 70 Virginis planetary system, one of the very first exoplanetary systems to be discovered.
Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto co-authored the article "Heterogeneity of long-history migration explains cultural differences in reports of emotional expressivity and the functions of smiles," which was published April 20 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study found that historical heterogeneity -- the extent to which a country's present-day population descends from numerous source countries, versus few -- predicts cultural variation in norms for emotional expressivity.
Professor of Sociology Allen LeBlanc of the Health Equity Institute was selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to serve as a member of the Social Psychology, Personality and Interpersonal Processes Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, for the 2015-19 term, which will begin July 1. Members are selected based on their demonstrated achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors. Study sections review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations on the applications and survey the status of research in their fields of science.