Tulane student wins Goldwater scholarship, and other news of higher education

Tulane student wins scholarship

A Tulane University sophomore majoring in physics has won the Goldwater Scholarship, a premier national award for undergraduates interested in careers in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering.

Skylar Deckoff-Jones, who is from Santa Fe, N.M., was one of 283 Goldwater Scholarship recipients nationwide.

The award, which was established by Congress in 1986 to honor former Sen. Barry Goldwater, of Arizona, provides one- and two-year scholarships that pay for up to $7,500 in tuition and other expenses.

Deckoff-Jones plans to pursue a doctorate in physics and conduct complex material research in a government research laboratory, according to a statement from Tulane.

“Being chosen as a Goldwater Scholar is a huge honor that reaffirms my desire to go to graduate school,” Deckoff-Jones said.

Another Tulane student, Shrey Kashyap, of Metairie, received an honorable mention for the scholarship. She plans to pursue a doctorate in pharmacology.

Xavier grad to teach class at Harvard

A graduate of Xavier University is developing a “massive open online course” to teach people how to effectively report news using mobile devices as part of a fellowship at Harvard University.

Allissa Hosten Richardson, who graduated from Xavier in 2003 and teaches journalism at Bowie State University in Maryland, will spend two weeks as one of five 2014 visiting fellows for Harvard’s prestigious Nieman Foundation for Journalism.

She will build the online class as a free tool to teach veteran journalists, citizens and students how to report news using tables, MP3 players and smartphones.

She started working on the course in the fall at Bowie State and will continue her work at Harvard, as well as giving talks on mobile journalism and exchanging ideas with other visiting fellows. “Mobile journalism is an increasingly vital skill for the public to have. In times of crisis, the ordinary citizen journalist who is armed with a smartphone is often the only eyewitness we have,” Richardson said.

She has been widely recognized for her innovations in mobile journalism and was named the 2012 National Association of Black Journalists Educator of the Year.

U.S. attorney to speak at SUNO event

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite Jr. will be the guest speaker when Southern University at New Orleans holds its annual Honors and Awards Day at 11 a.m. April 9 in the university gymnasium.

Polite oversees all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the federal government in the Eastern District of Louisiana. He supervises an office of about 55 assistant U.S. attorneys.

The theme for this year’s SUNO celebration is “Setting the Stage for Long-Term Success.” More than 700 students are slated to receive awards for scholarship, service and leadership. The event is open to the public.

Dillard event to feature Andrew Young

New Orleans native Andrew Young, a civil rights leader and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will be one of the speakers at a Dillard University program this week.

The event, titled “Building Dreams Through Leadership,” will also feature Jeff Johnson, a correspondent for Black Entertainment Television; Tracy Broughton, Miss America 2011; Susan Taylor, former editor of Essence Magazine; Calvin Mackie of Channel Zer0 Group; and Judge Glenda Hatchett, presiding judge of the Fulton County, Ga., Juvenile Court.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Georges Auditorium in Dillard’s Professional Schools and Sciences Building and is free and open to the public.

For information, go to www.dillard.edu or call (504) 816-4800.