Tag: African Academics in America

Lost to COVID-19 | Ghanaian-born University of Akron professor hosted international students at his house every Thanksgiving

By Jennifer Pignolet | Akron Beacon Journal

Baffour Takyi knew what it was like to be far from home. The University of Akron professor was from Ghana, and he still had deep roots, including extended family, in the African nation. So every Thanksgiving, he and his wife invited Akron’s international students to their house for a meal. 

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Catherine Nakalembe | How Ugandan Nasa scientist uses satellites to boost farming in Africa

By Patience Atuhaire | BBC

As a keen badminton player Ugandan Catherine Nakalembe wanted to study sport science at university but a failure to get the required grades for a government grant set her on a path that led her to Nasa and winning a prestigious food research prize.

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Kwaku Atuahene-Gima | Ghanaian Professor among 2% of top global scientists in list created by Stanford University

By KOJO EMMANUEL | Pulse Ghana

Ghanaian Professor and President of the Nobel International Business School (NiBS), Professor Kwaku Atuahene-Gima has been listed among the top two percent scientists on the continent. The most coveted and prestigious list of World Ranking of top two percent scientists published on October 16, 2020, featured Professor Atuahene-Gima.

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International expert on African studies to speak to campus

By tova stabin | Around the University of Oregon

Emmanuel Akyeampong, a Harvard expert in African and African American cross-cultural studies, will give a virtual presentation at the University of Oregon on Dec. 1. Akyeampong’s talk, “African and African American Relations, c. 1960 to Recent Times: Transformations in Global Blackness” is part of the African American Workshop and Lecture Series, sponsored by the Office of the President and the Division of Equity and Inclusion. The presentation will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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Chapurukha Kusimba| Academic journey of top Kenyan-American scholar

by Simbi Kusimba

Though a renowned academic with more than 100 publications to his name, anthropological archaeologist Prof Chapurukha Kusimba had humble beginnings. The Kenyan-American was born 58 years ago in Kaptola village, Mt Elgon subcounty, in Bungoma county.

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Lesley Lokko | Scottish-Ghanaian resigns as dean of architecture at New York’s City College

By Eleanor Gibson  | Dezeen

Scottish-Ghanaian architect Lesley Lokko has resigned as dean of the Spitzer School of Architecture at City College in New York, citing a crippling workload and a lack of empathy for black women.

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Hisham Aidi | Moroccan academic dissects the relationship between art and politics

Moroccan academic Hisham Aidi, a professor at Columbia University in the United States, won many prizes for his books, in which he discussed the relationship between art and politics.

By yabiladi.com

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Richard Joseph | A “Nigerian” scholarly luminary from the diaspora

By Biodun Jeyifo | The Nation

This week, Richard Joseph, the John Evans Professor Emeritus at Northwestern University, turned 75. The greetings, salutations and tributes from all over Africa and the world but especially from Nigerian scholars, have been as plentiful as they have been very moving.

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Marius Kothor | Togolese-American scholar in Yale Receives Three National Fellowships for Dissertation Research

By Yale Council for African Studies

Marius Kothor, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History and Council on African Studies (CAS) Graduate Affiliate has been awarded the Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) by the Social Science Research Council, the Fulbright IIE award, and the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) fellowship. All three awards offer nine to twelve months of funding to graduate students to conduct dissertation research in whole or in part, outside the United States.

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Adji Bousso Dieng |This AI Expert From Senegal Is Helping Showcase Africans In STEM

By Andrew Wight | Forbes

Not only has Adji Bousso Dieng, an AI researcher from Senegal, contributed to the field of generative modeling and about to become one of the first black female faculty in Computer Science in the Ivy League, she is also helping Africans in STEM tell their own success stories.

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