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Volume 1 Issue 2: May 2010

Dear Readers, a couple of errors slipped through in Tuesday's mailing.  Those errors in the links for article #1 and article #9 have been corrected in this follow-up distribution. We apologize for any confusion the errors may have caused. 
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Blacks in Architecture, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (ASTEM).
A monthly compilation of articles on blacks in ASTEM. 
1. Notre Dame names its first Black valedictorian
2. EPA rules bad for minorities
3. Latinos, African Americans willing to pay more to slow climate change
4. Minority Contracting Opportunities
5. TANZANIA: Zanzibar's sewage disposal challenge 23 Apr 2010 07:42:03 GMT
6. NASA Selects Partners in Idaho, Massachusetts, New Mexico and Wyoming for 2010 Summer of Innovation
7. Program helps to develop African-American engineers
8. When will Ghana get represented at the International Mathematical Olympiad?
9.  Gates Millennium Scholars Program Announces New 1,000 Scholars For The Class of 2010
10. AABE announces 3rd Annual Energy Entrepreneurs Forum
11. The Transformers
12. CSX executive making tracks
13. Twelve more students will earn DARE doctoral fellowships in 2011
14. Six Receive UAB MHRC Awards for Health Disparities Research
15. Cap Wigington, St. Paul's architect
16. Architects chosen for Black History Museum
1. Notre Dame names its first Black valedictorian
Posted: Monday April 26, 2010 1:34pm
'Black America will witness another "first" in higher education next month when a 21-year-old Black woman becomes the first Black valedictorian at the University of Notre Dame this spring.
University of Notre Dame officials say they don't keep such records of achievement by race but don't recall ever having a Black valedictorian in the Catholic institution's 168-year history. Therefore, Katie Washington, a Gary, Ind., native and biology major, will get that distinction in mid-May.
"I am humbled," Washington told the Northwest Indiana Times. "I am in a mode of gratitude and thanksgiving right now."'
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2. EPA rules bad for minorities
By Deroy Murdock
Posted April 26, 2010 at 5:57pm
( - Ventura County Star)
"The Environmental Protection Agency wants to curtail greenhouse gases. Black Americans should be afraid - very afraid.
Five civil rights organizations recently condemned EPA's plans to regulate carbon dioxide and other emissions as part of its war on so-called "global warming." These groups argue that the EPA's Dec. 7 "Endangerment Finding" and pending anti-CO2 regulations will slam Americans hard and blacks and other minorities hardest."  Read More: 
3. Latinos, African Americans willing to pay more to slow climate change
By: Khalil Abdullah, Contributing Writer
Posted: Monday, April 26, 2010 1:34 pm
(The Louisiana Weekly)
"(New America Media) - Latino and African-American communities in the United States increasingly share similar views on the negative impact of climate change and call for government support for a green economy, according to two recently released polls.
Polls say these results may be factors determining which candidates get these ethnic votes in the mid-term November elections."  Read More: 
4. Minority Contracting Opportunities
Fri, Apr 23, 2010
(La Prensa San Diego)
"Harris & Associates is requesting qualifications from certified DBE, MBE, and WBE firms interested in providing environmental, surveying, and geotechnical services related to City of Encinitas's Balour Dr. Street Improvements."  Read More:
5. TANZANIA: Zanzibar's sewage disposal challenge 23 Apr 2010 07:42:03 GMT
Source: IRIN
(Thomson Reuters Foundation Alert Net)
Reuters and AlertNet are not responsible for the content of this article or for any external internet sites. The views expressed are the author's alone.
 ZANZIBAR CITY, 23 April 2010 (IRIN) - Zanzibar's rudimentary waste management and sanitation facilities are nowhere near keeping pace with the increase in the Tanzanian island's population, according to officials.  Read More: 
6. NASA Selects Partners in Idaho, Massachusetts, New Mexico and Wyoming for 2010 Summer of Innovation
Posted on: Monday, 26 April 2010, 12:27 CDT
NASA is partnering with the Space Grant Consortia of Idaho, Massachusetts, New Mexico and Wyoming in the Summer of Innovation initiative to use the agency's out-of-this-world missions and technology programs to boost summer learning, particularly for students who are underrepresented and underperforming in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.  Read More:
7. Program helps to develop African-American engineers
By Marta Yamamoto
(For the Contra Costa Times)
Posted: 04/26/2010 06:19:29 PM PDT
Updated: 04/27/2010 01:22:39 PM PDT
"PITTSBURG - A team of local African-American high school students spent 20 Saturdays researching, designing, building and programing a robot. On Saturday, they got their chance to show it off."  Read More: 
8. When will Ghana get represented at the International Mathematical Olympiad?
 By John Amponsah
The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is an annual mathematics competition that is organised for teenage (pre-university) teams from all over the world to meet at a particular country to test their mathematical skills. Since 1956, the IMO has provided a challenge for young mathematical minds from all over the world (see It is part of the "International Science Olympiad" (ISO) competitions, which include Physics, Chemistry, Informatics, Biology, Philosophy, Astronomy, Geography, Linguistics and Earth Science. The IMO is however the oldest of these competitions and (arguably) the most prestigious. Read More: 
9.  Gates Millennium Scholars Program Announces New 1,000 Scholars For The Class of 2010
 Thu Apr 22, 3:15 pm ET
FAIRFAX, Va., April 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- UNCF -- the United Negro College Fund -- today announced that the nation's largest minority scholarship program, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS), has awarded good-through-graduation college scholarships to this year's cohort of 1,000 students.  The Class of 2010 Gates Millennium Scholars represents 45 states, the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories: American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The scholarships can be used to pursue degrees in any undergraduate major at the college or university of the recipients' choice. Read More: 
10. AABE announces 3rd Annual Energy Entrepreneurs Forum
Apr 6, 2010, 14:52
The American Association of Blacks in Energy® today announced the agenda for the 3rd annual Energy Entrepreneurs Forum on May 20, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. The Forum which is the premier energy entrepreneur event provides information and access to those who are interested in growing their business in the energy sector or transitioning their business to take advantage of the renewed focus on energy.  Read More: 
11. The Transformers
Tech-, science-, & math-savvy young professionals inject innovation and reset the system
Article written by Tennille M. Robinson.
(Black Enterprise)
Being considered a "nerd" might not be such a bad a thing anymore. Science and technology are standout growth industries for the U.S., with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting a 22% increase in the number of such jobs from 2004 to 2014, or more than 2.5 million job openings. Those working in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) earn about 70% more in wages than the national average. And the global marketplace is constantly on the prowl for new innovations to change the way we do any-and everything.  Read More: 
12. CSX executive making tracks
by Karen Brune Mathis
Managing Editor
(The Daily Record - Jacksonville, Florida)
Smith wants to contribute 'time, energy'
Derrick Smith, like his employer CSX Corp., knows how to move what's important.
While CSX moves cargo along its extensive railroad system, Smith moves issues, ideas and strategies.
"With CSX being one of the more prominent employers in town, you are an ambassador when you are out there," Smith said.
Certainly Smith, 52, is integral in the Jacksonville-based company, the city's largest Fortune 500 company with $9 billion in revenues. About five months ago, Smith was named vice president of financial planning and analysis, a pivotal position for the 24-year CSX veteran.
13. Twelve more students will earn DARE doctoral fellowships in 2011
(Stanford Report,)
April 30, 2010
Encouraged by the success of the Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence Doctoral Fellowship Program, Stanford has decided to extend the pilot project for another year, Patricia Gumport, vice provost for graduate education, announced Thursday.
Speaking at the April 29 meeting of the Faculty Senate, Gumport said the university will extend the program, called DARE, to 2011.
The fellowships, which are awarded to students in the final two years of their PhD programs, are designed to help prepare students from diverse backgrounds for successful careers in academia.
14. Six Receive UAB MHRC Awards for Health Disparities Research 
April 28, 2010
(UAB Media Relations)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Faculty, staff and students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa were presented Charles Barkley Health Disparities Investigator Awards for best oral and poster presentations at the 2010 UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium, sponsored by the UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC).
Award recipients each received $200 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third place. The cash awards were provided by the MHRC Barkley Health Disparities Fund, an endowment donated to the UAB MHRC by NBA great Barkley and designed to encourage research in health disparities.  Read More: 
15. Cap Wigington, St. Paul's architect
by Cathy Wurzer, Minnesota Public Radio
April 21, 2010
(MPR NewsQ)
St. Paul, Minn. - Architecture remains one of the least-diverse professions in the United States.
Of the approximately 100,000 architects in the United States in 2005, only about 1,500 were African-American, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This fact makes the story of Clarence "Cap" Wigington even more remarkable.
Wigington would have turned 127 years old Wednesday, and in the early 20th century, he became the city of St. Paul's lead designer for public buildings.  Read More: 

16. Architects chosen for Black History Museum

by Randy Kennedy

The New York Times

"A dream almost a century old moved another step closer to reality on Tuesday as the Smithsonian Institution chose a team led by David Adjaye, the celebrated Tanzanian-born architect, to design the National Museum of African American History and Culture, scheduled to open on the National Mall in Washington in 2015."  Read More  

March 8, 2010
Black astronaut Stephanie Wilson was abroad the recent Space Shuttle flight.  Read here the pre-Flight interview
Paul Revere Williams: American Architect.  A Man and His Work.
Online Gallery of the work of 'architect of the stars ', Paul Revere Williams.
NOMA Exhibition Call to Participate: Presentation Boards will be due June 1st, 2010
NOMA is excited to announce the 2010 NOMA Exhibition Call to Participate! In the coming months we will be displaying the projects of our membership at both the AIA Conference in Miami on June 10-12, 2010 and at our annual NOMA Conference which will be held in Boston on October 7-9, 2010.  The exhibition of the work of our members is imperative to portray not only the ongoing success of NOMA as an organization but the outstanding caliber of its membership body. There will be a $175 registration cost that is associated with production and transport of the exhibit boards, this fee is per board and will cover the cost of both conference exhibits. We hope you take full advantage of this opportunity to participate in the NOMA Membership Exhibition.  Submissions are due June 1st, 2010. We look forward to receiving your submissions!!
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J. Bruce Llewellyn, Who Forged a Path for Blacks in Business, Is Dead at 82
By Douglas Martin
Published: April 9, 2010
J. Bruce Llewellyn, whose success in fields as varied as banking, broadcasting, Coca-Cola bottling and groceries made him one of the most prominent black businessmen in America, died Wednesday night at his home in Manhattan. He was 82.
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