ARTICLE Issue 007
Message from the Associate Provost
Gary L. Harris, Ph.D., P.E
Dr. Gary L. Harris
This semester was full of exciting activities in the Graduate School and the broader university community.In October, the Graduate School held its first Homecoming Open House in which alumni were invited back to campus to learn about new
programs and developments, including the new Howard University Interdisciplinary Research Building, set to open in spring 2015. We also made plans to establish an alumni interactive business website portal that will showcase the business ventures of our alumni. A research retreat during early fall featured many of the prolific researchers at Howard who met to strategize about increasing grant acquisitions. Additionally, faculty, staff, and students attended grant workshops designed to assist them in successful grant writing.
Special events highlighted the historic social activism of our alumni, including the Edward Bouchet Ceremony in which pioneering civil rights activist Harris Wofford, a founder of the Peace Corp, and a Howard Law School alumnus (J.D.’54), accepted the Edward Bouchet Legacy Award from the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. The society was named for Edward A. Bouchet, the first African American to receive a Ph.D., which he received from Yale University, and the first American in the western hemisphere to receive a doctorate in physics. Wofford received the Bouchet Award for his lifelong work in promoting civil and human rights. Howard and Yale University established the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Societyon September 15, 2005 on the occasion of Bouchet's birthday.
We also made great strides in our plans to hold Howard’s first Tedx event on January 22, 2015, which will help to propel the research and other programs at Howard to a level of increased global recognition. The event will feature presentations on African contributions from early civilization up to today’s modern-day progress in science and technology through quantum physics. These new developments will affect disease prevention and treatment well into the next century.
These and other events moved the University even further along in its progress to address the disproportionate disparities in health, education, and socio-economic well-being of the communities that we serve.
As the year ends, we will solidify these and other plans to expand our connection with our faculty, students, staff and alumni, with a continued focus on research grant acquisition, program creation, and student/alumni enrichment activities.
It is our goal to end the year having made great strides towards our overall mission of service to our constituents both here and abroad.
Gary L. Harris, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies
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