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HUGS Research Magazine
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ARTICLE Issue 009

Message from the Associate Provost

Gary L. Harris, Ph.D., P.E

Gary L. Harris, Ph.D
Dr. Gary L. Harris

Dear Reader:

I am pleased to announce that Howard University held its first TEDxHowarduniversity event on January 22, 2015 in the College of Medicine. The event, titled “Discoveries,” chronicled technology developments from the ancient African civilizations up to the present time.

If you were unable to attend or would like to revisit the event, just go to YouTube and enter the name of the speaker or entertainment performance and you can post your feedback. They are as follows: Gary L. Harris, Ph.D., P.E., "From the Transistor Radio to Quantum Materials"; Gregory Carr, Ph.D., "The American Tapestry: Unsung Heroes"; James Lindesay, Ph.D., "Black Holes and Quantum Gravity"; Muriel Logan, "My History Interfacing with Technology"; The Jones-Haywood Dance School, "Tapping Out Culture"; Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers and Cherie Ward, "TEDx" (the poem), "Discoveries" (the poem).

An upcoming TEDxHowarduniversity program will emphasize the interconnectedness of mental health to overall health and wellbeing, as well as new digital tools for assessing mental health disorders. More information is forthcoming.

This issue of the HUGS magazine features a sampling of faculty research in the areas of nanomaterials and applied spectroscopy, as well as a new $1.7 million grant to establish a national resource center for African Studies, that will offer undergraduate and graduate fellowships. Additionally, this issue highlights a new University and community-wide venture, the Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship (ICE) project, which will encourage an entrepreneurial spirit among Howard constituents and the surrounding community.

Finally, we announce plans for Research Week, scheduled for April 13-17, which are in full swing. More than 483 abstracts have been submitted in a number of disciplines. This is the first year that Research Day has been extended to a full week, with broadened opportunities to showcase research at Howard University. More information may be found at

Thank you for connecting with us and we look forward to your continued contributions.


Gary L. Harris, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies

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