Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Former Congressman Parren Mitchell Dies at 85

Parren J. Mitchell, right, died on May 28 after a long and great life. The Baltimore, Maryland congressman was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and a champion of minority participation in federal contracts. He served as chairman of the House Small Business Committee and after leaving Congress served as chairman of the Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Conference organizer and EPA employee M. Arnita Hannon, left, worked for Congressman Mitchell for many years in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

NWF Seeks Communications Director

The National Wildlife Federation seeks a Communications Director to lead by example in supervising staff to produce all media-format results that penetrate to the public and opinion makers in advancing priority goals. This senior position supervises direct reports in three locations. NWF has high expectations for superior media results for Conservation Program and Education priorities that have central focus on confronting global warming.

Qualifications: College degree, 7 yrs. progressively responsible experience in non-profit, agency,journalism and politics. Track record of strategic media results.Proven management and superior written and verbal communicationsskills. Position based in Washington w/some travel. NWF offers an excellent benefits package. NWF is an equal opportunityemployer committed to workplace diversity. Please apply online at

NASA Scholarships - Application Deadline June 15

The Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology Program (MUST) Program will support approximately 100 undergraduate students with a one-year competitive scholarship of up to one-half of tuition, not to exceed $10,000. MUST awards scholarships and internships to undergraduates pursuing degrees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The MUST Program is open to all students and is particularly focused on engaging students from underserved and underrepresented groups in STEM fields (Women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans and persons with disabilities). Program participants will also receive a $5,000 stipend to participate in a summer research experience at a NASA center.

Students will benefit year-round from tutoring, lecture series and mentoring from STEM faculty and peers. The scholarships and internships will be renewable for up to three years, provided the students continue to meet the academic requirements. The Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology Program, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is a joint partnership between NASA, the Hispanic College Fund, the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers.

APPLICATION DEADLINE The application period starts April 16th, 2007 and will close on June 15th, 2007. APPLICATIONS. Application Requirements-- Online Application which includes a letter of recommendation, a personal essay and a professional resume--Official Transcript--Proof of U.S. Citizenship

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Our Condolences To John Rosenthall

John's mother, Mrs. Inez Lay Rosenthall, passed last night after 80 years of a very active life. One of her passions was her foundation, which was established to provide assistance for textbooks for college students who grew up in her church.

The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, people may contribute to this foundation. Contributions to the foundation may be sent to: Inez Lay Rosenthall Education Fund in care of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, 525 East Capitol Street, Suite 2B Jackson MS 39201

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Environmental Justice Research Symposium

The Environmental Justice Research Symposium will be held at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment from June 7-9, 2007. An environmental justice tour of Southeast Michigan will be held on the afternoon of June 6th. There are still a few openings for panel presentations; there are still slots for poster presentations also.

If you are interested in attending the conference or presenting please register. If you are presenting, please submit an abstract soon. Conference information. Dorceta E. Taylor, right, is the symposium coordinator.