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2017 HBCU Research Year in Review

In 2017, notable research was accomplished at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the country. As we continue to make strides in understanding how to utilize our research and strengths to build our institutions of higher learning, our cover story, 2017 Year in Review (pg.22), showcases some of the great research and related accomplishments being achieved at HBCUs.

In a rare interview, Pamela Ferdinand speaks with Meharry Medical College president, Dr.James Hildreth. In Focus, Excellence and the Politics of Research, he provides a glimpse of his vision for Meharry and how he is accomplishing success in leading Meharry to new heights through people and partnerships. In Research Parks and Innovation Districts, we continue the conversation on how economic development factors into the sustainability equation. On page 56, read how HBCUs are looking for ways to build on a legacy of research by evaluating a trend of building in and around their campuses. Essentially, expanding their reach with research. And although some of our universities may start with one building, that one building can make a significant impact in giving students real research experiences, building partnerships and paving the way for more discoveries to be made.

In CarverNext, we feature the Big Tobacco Quit (pg.46), where students collectively join with CVS/Health and the Truth Initiative to create tobacco-free HBCU campuses. Julia Osagia and Lincoln Mondy, two young leaders, are helping to create the first smoke-free generation in history, helping to eliminate decades of lung-related diseases for generations to come.