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School of Science
Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders
Department Chair of 50 Years Steps Down
Dr. Robert Martin Screen has announced that he will step down as chair of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Hampton University at the end of August. Screen, who founded the department and has served as chair for more than 50 years, will continue as a professor in the department, concentrating on his writing and research in the areas of language development and disorders, and the impact of culture on communication. A pioneer in his field, Screen has established a standard of excellence in the area of preparing young professionals to work in the fields of audiology, speech-language pathology, special education and medicine, in diverse communities, using culturally competent practices that are evidence-based.
Department of Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences
HU AIM Satellite Mission Extended
The Hampton University Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) satellite mission recently received a contract increase of $6.3 million to extend satellite mission operations until September 2014. AIM received a contract increase in 2009 to extend satellite operations through September 2012. AIM, led by Dr. James Russell, principal investigator and co-director of the HU Center for Atmospheric Sciences, is the first satellite mission dedicated to the study of noctilucent (NLC) or "night-shining" clouds. AIM’s research has shown that the PMCs are brighter, appear more frequently and are extremely variable.
College of Education and Continuing Studies
HU $2.69M Grant to Assist Local School Districts
The U.S. Department of Education’s School Leadership Program has awarded Hampton University a $322,489 grant for five years, totaling $2.69 million in support of the HU Leadership Academy (HULA). Through the grant, HU will partner with area schools to implement a multifaceted approach towards improving student achievement by improving the effectiveness of educational leadership. HULA will partner with Norfolk Public Schools, Portsmouth City Public Schools, Franklin City Public Schools, Danville City Public Schools, and Roanoke City Public Schools.
The School of Business
The Hampton University School of Business hosted the 2010 Summer Transportation Institute Program this summer for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Dr. Sonja Pollard Mitchell, program director and assistant professor of marketing, says the program introduces high school students to different jobs in the transportation industry. Students enjoyed trips to Richmond and Washington D.C among many other weekly expeditions that focused on the various sides of transportation.
This year’s program closed with a ceremony featuring guest speaker Irene Rico, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Virginia Division Administrator.