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ARTICLE Issue 014

Message from the Associate Provost

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

Dear HU Community,

The 2015-2016 Academic Year was both groundbreaking and inspirational in many ways with a series of special seminars, award ceremonies, and nearly 500 oral and poster presentations during Research Week 2016.

As we ended the school year, we eagerly anticipated the historic commencement address of President Barack Obama on May 7, 2016. See ( During the ceremony, we awarded approximately 95 Ph.D.s, maintaining our preeminent role as the nation’s largest on-campus producer of African-American Ph.D. recipients, among a diverse group of graduates.

Research Week 2016, April 11-15, was a resounding success, with week-long activities, including oral and poster presentations by undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, junior and senior faculty. We were immensely proud of the response from the university community that makes us know that the university’s dynamic research enterprise is not only alive and well, but thriving, with pioneering research in every major field.

The ribbon cutting ceremony on April 15 marked the official opening of the new $80 million Interdisciplinary Research Building. Cutting edge, environmentally progressive research laboratories, classroom, and conference spaces are features of the new facility. Additionally, its official opening signals the establishment of Northwest D.C.'s new technology corridor, at the corner of Bryant Street and Georgia Avenue, Northwest.

In addition to the aforementioned events, this issue of the Howard University Graduate School magazine features the research of faculty member Amol Kulkarni, Ph.D., assistant professor, College of Pharmacy, on inflammation as a predictor in the clinical management of such diseases Type-2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease. It also highlights a groundbreaking course taught by faculty member Bahiyyah Muhammad, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Criminology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, inside District of Columbia prison facilities; and a community conversation which featured discussions on substance abuse, gun violence, and mental health; and accolades of faculty and graduate students.

Thank you for your support during the year and I wish you a restful and productive summer.


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

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