Dillard University is a private, historically black liberal arts college in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Founded in 1930 incorporating earlier institutions that went back to 1869, it is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church.The campus is near Gentilly Boulevard and the London Avenue Canal, established in the 1930s. Wikipedia.
News Article | May 26, 2017
One of the smallest historically black colleges in the U.S. boasts a huge accomplishment: pound for pound, tiny Dillard University in New Orleans graduates more physics majors -- and, notably, more female physics majors -- than far bigger schools with more resources. With an enrollment of 1,200, Dillard ranks second in the country in black physics undergrads. The point was punctuated at Dillard's recent commencement exercises, which featured a keynote address from actress and singer Janelle Monae, one of the stars of "Hidden Figures." The award-winning film tells the story of the black women scientists who fought Jim Crow while doing essential mathematical calculations for America's space program. "To see that we have this significant number of women representing (science and math) in the way that they are is a blessing to America and our future," Monae told The Associated Press in an interview before the May 13 graduation. "To have physicists coming out of New Orleans who are African-American women ... that's a huge deal." Nine of the top 10 physics departments in the country — at black or white schools — producing the most African American undergraduates in physics are at HBCUs, according to the American Institute of Physics. Currently, the top producing school is Morehouse College, an all-male HBCU with nearly twice as many students as Dillard. Dillard, the smallest on the list, ranked comparably with North Carolina A&T University, with more than 10,000 students. The private, liberal arts college has conferred 33 physics degrees since 2007, including nine to black women. Degrees in physics are rare for women and minorities. That Dillard — with a campus that is 73 percent female — is outpacing its larger counterparts is significant, said University of Pennsylvania higher education professor Marybeth Gasman. "They're taking a chance on these young women," said Gasman, director of Penn's Center for Minority-Serving Institutions and author of a forthcoming book on HBCUs and STEM -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- education. "They don't bring in people who they deem to be perfect. They bring people in who they deem to have potential and they work with them to discover this talent." Dillard President Walter Kimbrough is one of the biggest champions of the school's physics program. "I'd never met a black female getting an undergraduate degree in physics in my life until I got to Dillard," Kimbrough said. "It broadens the narrative of what black women do." Dillard's powerhouse program is the work of physics professor Abdalla Darwish, who frames his efforts to steer black women into the major as "a movement." "I believe in women, especially minority women," said Darwish, who arrived in 1998 and has built a multi-million dollar laser lab for research. "They are not less than anybody else. Just give them the chance and they will be the best. Give them what they need, and they will do." Founded in 1869, Dillard is best known for its nursing program, the oldest in the state. Physics was established as a major at Dillard in 1940. "You had those areas where we've traditionally expected women: teachers and nurses," Kimbrough said. "Now, we're going to be known as one of the best in physics. When I go out and talk about Dillard, it's a 'wow' factor for us." Trivia Frazier loved math from a young age, but in high school, she gravitated to science out of a curiosity for why things happen. "When I saw you could put an equation to something to describe it in a quantitative way, that's what really drew me to this field," Frazier said. She was the only person in her graduating high school class to pursue physics in college. She chose Dillard because of its eager, approachable recruiters — including Darwish, who talked to her about post-graduate studies. She went from being the only black girl in her school interested in physics, to having three "sisters in physics" at Dillard. "We were able to support each other and understand the quirks about being a physicist and not having the most popular major," Frazier said. "That was one of the most important components of my foundation." As an undergraduate, Frazier wondered what she would do with a physics degree, and considered adding mathematics to her major. Darwish was firm: A black woman in physics was special, he said.
News Article | April 17, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has ranked the best four-year and two-year colleges in Louisiana for 2017. Of the 22 four-year schools honored, Tulane University of Louisiana, Loyola University of New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, Louisiana College and Louisiana State University came in as the top five. 18 two-year schools also made the list, with Louisiana State University Eunice, Delgado Community College, Southern University Shreveport, Bossier Parish Community College and Northwest Louisiana Technical College coming in at the top of the list. A full list of schools is included below. “Students looking at colleges in Louisiana have a wide variety of program options and schools to choose from,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.Org. “We’ve compared each and found the colleges that provide high quality educational experience with high student success rates as they pursue their careers.” To be included on Louisiana’s “Best Colleges” list, schools must be regionally accredited and not-for-profit. Each college was also analyzed based on more than a dozen metrics that include the annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, availability of career counseling services, student/teacher ratio, graduation rate and financial aid availability. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Louisiana” list, visit: Louisiana’s Best Four-Year Colleges for 2017 include the following schools: Centenary College of Louisiana Dillard University Grambling State University Louisiana College Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Louisiana State University Alexandria Louisiana State University Shreveport Louisiana Tech University Loyola University New Orleans McNeese State University Nicholls State University Northwestern State University of Louisiana Our Lady of Holy Cross College Our Lady of the Lake College Southeastern Louisiana University Southern University and A & M College Southern University at New Orleans Tulane University of Louisiana University of Louisiana at Lafayette University of Louisiana at Monroe University of New Orleans Xavier University of Louisiana The Best Two-Year Colleges in Louisiana for 2017 include the following schools: Baton Rouge Community College Bossier Parish Community College Capital Area Technical College Central Louisiana Technical Community College Delgado Community College Fletcher Technical Community College Louisiana Delta Community College Louisiana State University-Eunice Northshore Technical Community College Northwest Louisiana Technical College Nunez Community College Remington College-Baton Rouge Campus Remington College-Lafayette Campus River Parishes Community College South Central Louisiana Technical College-Young Memorial Campus South Louisiana Community College Southern University Shreveport SOWELA Technical Community College About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.
Dillard University | Date: 2014-01-17
A system and method for multiple beam laser deposition of thin films wherein separate laser beams are used to ablate material from separate targets for concurrent deposition on a common substrate. The laser beams may have the same or different wavelengths, energies, or pulse rates. The targets may be similar or differing classes of materials including, but not limited to polymers, organics, inorganics, nanocrystals, solutions, or mixtures of materials. One or more targets may be disposed on a tiltable mount to adjust the direction and mixing of the ablation plumes from the multiple targets. The target surface may be scanned by moving the target in one or more axes. Multiple ablation modes may be concurrently employed at the various targets, including, but not limited to pulsed laser, MAPLE, IR-MAPLE and other modes. A polymer-nano-composite film example is disclosed.
Dillard University | Date: 2015-09-14
Briefly, the present disclosure relates to a nanocomposite thermoelectric energy converter comprising a composite thin film inorganic semiconductor having carbonized polymer nano-clusters and the net of polymer nano-fibers included within. The carbonized polymer nano-clusters and nano-fibers improve the thermoelectric figure of merit ZT by increasing electrical conductivity and decreasing thermal conductivity. The converter may be fabricated by a dual beam pulsed laser deposition process. A first laser beam evaporates a target comprising the materials of the inorganic semiconductor. A second laser beam evaporates the polymer using a matrix assisted target for depositing the polymer concurrently with the semiconductor deposition to yield the composite film. The lasers may be separately controlled to determine the resulting composition. The converter may be deposited on rigid or flexible substrates for a wide range of applications.
Dillard University | Date: 2014-10-05
The present disclosure generally relates to a system and method for multiple beam laser deposition of thin films wherein separate laser beams are used to ablate material from separate targets for concurrent deposition on a common substrate. The targets may include, but not limited to polymers, organics, inorganics, nanocrystals, solutions, or mixtures of materials. A target may be disposed on a tiltable mount to adjust the direction of the ablation plumes. Multiple ablation modes may be concurrently employed at the various targets, including, but not limited to pulsed laser, MAPLE, IR-MAPLE and other modes. One laser may be tunable to an absorption wavelength of a component of the target. The tunable laser may be for example an optical parametric oscillator laser. The system may include a camera and processor for plume axis determination and feedback control of the plume axis by controlling a tilt of a target holder.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 299.65K | Year: 2011
Dillard Universitys Targeted Infusion Project entitled - An Interdisciplinary Urban Environmental Studies Initiative (TIP-IUES)- seeks to develop undergraduate students who are well-trained in the use of multiple frames of reference to explore linkages between natural and built ecosystems and the human behaviors that drive environmental and natural resource changes. This initiative will design and implement an interdisciplinary urban environmental studies concentration which will span four disciplines: biology/biochemistry, computer science, urban studies/policies, and applied mathematics. The project will support the creation of two courses (an introductory urban environmental studies course and an applied environmental microbiology course), student-driven research projects, and an open-source platform (EnviroThursday) for exchange between the Dillard community, city officials and city planners, and the public.
The objectives of the project are: to develop two courses which will orient students to current trends in urban ecosystems and prepare them for graduate study in the field of environmental studies; to modify URB335 Geographic Information Systems to better equip students with the skill sets to conduct research in the field of environmental science; to design an Interdisciplinary Urban Environmental Studies concentration that will lead to interdisciplinary certification in conjunction with Dillards Deep South Center for Environmental Justice; and to engage undergraduates in environmental research.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 274.09K | Year: 2011
Following the Horizon Well oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico that occurred in 2010, Dillard University proposes a RAPID project for students and faculty to participate in the sampling and biomarker analysis of air, water, and sediments from oil-impacted shoreline and from pristine shorelines under various meteorological conditions. Sampling will be conducted to assess the effects of weathering as well as seasonal changes in surface temperature. Archival samples will be collected and analyzed on bioarerosal culturing assays, by quantitative microscopy, by testing of the genotoxic effect of the particulate matter. Airborne particulate matter will be analyzed for its total carbon content and it total biological load (carbohydrate, protein, phospholipid, and DNA). The project will seek to assess the effect that weathering hydrocarbons and dispersants from the oil spill will have on increasing the numbers of particles which can penetrate the human respiratory system and the toxicity potential that those particles will carry over aerosols generated in their pristine counterparts.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: SCIENCE, TECH & SOCIETY | Award Amount: 213.87K | Year: 2013
The Principal Investigator (PI) will address questions that have arisen as a result of a shift by the scientific community towards engaging with complex problems that span two or more distinct realm; in this case, the issue is climate change, which spans environmental and social realms. Key questions to be addressed concern the challenges faced by scientists engaged in work on this problem, and the character of the associated shift in the norms within the scientific community. The PI will address these questions by focusing on several carefully chosen case studies of scientists and organizations at the leading edge of these transformations. The PI will use multiple methods in doing so, including in-depth, semi-structured oral history interviews with scientists, and archival research into the development of their organizations and research projects. The results of this project will be an oral history website and a monograph of case studies to document this transformative period in science.
The proposed work will contribute to the growing body of research into science and civic engagement by documenting stories of scientists themselves. In investigating how current scientific issues (such as climate change) are engendering a shift in science practice, this project will also increase our understanding of how the scientific problems of an age influence the evolution of scientific social and institutional norms, and how (in turn) those norms affect the way scientific problems are studied. The information and products gained from this research will be instructive to other scientists, to sociologists of science and to STS scholars.
Broader Impacts :
This project will serve to inform policy at academic institutions and to guide efforts to train a new generation of scientists who plan to engage in work that addresses the scientific and social complexities of climate change. Additionally, the proposed work will enhance our understanding of how to facilitate communication between scientists, policy makers, community members and other stakeholders, which could in turn improve research and policy effectiveness. The site of this work is a historically black college liberal arts college in New Orleans, and undergraduates are included in the research plan as research assistants, meaning that this project will contribute to the training of underrepresented minority students in science and social science research and encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue graduate training in those fields. The oral history website, housed at the work site, will serve to provide a deeper understanding to the New Orleans community, particularly communities of color, about the science of climate change and about science in general.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: HIST BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIV | Award Amount: 127.20K | Year: 2015
The National Science Foundation uses the Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID) funding mechanism to support quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events. The project at Dillard University is in response to the event on May 19, 2015, when a severely corroded section of an oil pipeline ruptured along the Gaviota coast in Santa Barbara County, California. It has been reported that approximately 105,000 gallons of crude oil spilled; 21,000 gallons of which spilled into the Pacific Ocean. A nine- mile long oil slick was created in the Pacific Ocean and nearby beaches were contaminated. This project will characterize a cohort of microbiological markers and toxic components associated with the oil spilled on the California impacted shorelines and will make comparisons with the effects of the dispersants used in the Deepwater Horizon oil releases into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
The specific goals are to: identify and quantify airborne microorganisms using traditional and culture independent technology; to assess microbial loads concurrently by direct microscopy, viable plate counts, and broad-range polymerase chain reaction analysis; to make recommendations relevant to best practices for remediation; and to involve undergraduate students in all aspects of the research project. The study of the impacts on ecosystems at the lowest trophic levels should reveal indicators to guide remedial actions. This project will help lay the groundwork for the ecological and epidemiological survey of oil spill impacted regions, thus advancing information for the public.
News Article | December 13, 2016
GAITHERSBURG, Md., Dec. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the latest chapter of the President to President series, published today, Walter Kimbrough, Ph.D., president of Dillard University in New Orleans, describes the importance of developing a strong residence life program as...