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First Black man to walk in space wants others to follow in his footsteps

AS A teenager, Dr Bernard Harris used to spend many afternoons watching space programmes on television. Inspired by scenes showing people boldly going where no one has gone before, Harris vowed he would one day join them.

Years later, Harris followed his dream – making history when he became the first African-American man to set foot in space.

“I always had a desire to travel to space,” said 54-year-old Harris, from Houston, Texas. “I started off working for NASA [National Aeronautics and Space Administration] in 1986 as a flight surgeon and researcher prior to becoming an astronaut.”

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First African-American genomes completed

Researchers recently compiled the complete genetic instruction books for two people of mixed ethnic ancestry — a Mexican-American and an African-American. Carlos Bustamante of Stanford University School of Medicine reported the accomplishment June 12 at Genetics 2010: Model Organisms to Human Biology, a meeting of the Genetics Society of America.

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Amazing Grace, How Dangerous You Sound

The response below is based upon this email, in which Harvard Law Review editor Stephanie Grace indicates that she would entertain the possibility of the genetic intellectual inferiority of African Americans.

In most university research, much of the work that is done is completed by students.  They are often rewarded with co-authorship of the articles that describe the outcomes of their projects.

For the students who serve as editors of the Harvard Law Review (HRL), they go much further.  Serving as the sole researchers presenting their findings, interpretations, and editorials, these students’ journal is the second-most referenced legal publication in the country.  It means that practicing lawyers doing casework everywhere use the writings of these students to help them interpret the law and deliver their opinions.

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NC A&T Professor seeks answers to Alzheimer’s

Since the start of her Alzheimer’s work in 2003, Goldi Byrd, now chair of the department of biological sciences at N.C. A&T State University, has focused on the African-American population. In the beginning, she studied the science; now she also looks at the social factors and perceptions about health studies in the African-American community.

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US D.O.E grants $9 million to HBCU’s

The funding will be used to develop academic programs that promote minority involvement in science and technical research fields, which will help support the mission of DOE’s Office of Environmental Management.

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Hampton University receives $10.2 million NASA contract

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Hampton University recently received a contract increase of $10.2 million from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to extend the NASA Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) satellite mission for three more years.