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Carter Clinton
Carter Clinton
Ph.D. Researcher, Genetic Anthropology
Carter Clinton
Ph.D. Researcher, Genetic Anthropology
Originally From: Brooklyn, New York

Carter Clinton is a Ph.D. candidate conducting groundbreaking research in the field of genetic anthropology. He has been selected for numerous awards and honors, including the 2017-2018 Just-Julian assistantship as well as 2018 Graduate Student of the Year. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Clinton seeks to reconstruct the daily lives of people who have traditionally been excluded from history. He focuses his doctoral research at Howard University on the soil of the New York African Burial Ground, where enslaved Africans were laid to rest. By performing soil chemistry, bacterial DNA, and geospatial analysis, Clinton presented a new discovery regarding the diets of African slaves in the 17th and 18th centuries. In March 2019, the Cosmos Foundation selected Clinton as a Cosmos Scholar for his proposal titled "Next generation sequencing of bacterial DNA found in New York African Burial Ground soil samples". Clinton's research is also featured in Nature Scientific Reports, a subjournal of the #1 science journal in the world, and can be accessed on the Nature website.

“I think it’s very important to address and combat the paucity of data on African peoples. Discovering one's ancestry and genomic identity is pertinent to the way in which they self-identify and are able to efficiently address generational health issues. ”
Jurnee Farrell
Jurnee Farrell
Student
Jurnee Farrell
Student
Originally From: Denver, Colorado

When Howard University criminology major and volleyball player Jurnee Farrell had to choose between playing in the MEAC playoffs and saving a stranger’s life, the decision was, in her words, “a no-brainer”. In 2017, Farrell signed up with the donor registry for Be The Match, an organization that matches patients in need with potential bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell donors, with the encouragement of head volleyball coach Shaun Kupferberg. Two years later, Be The Match contacted Farrell, saying that she was a match to a 57 year-old woman with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She spent her final conference tournament recovering on the sidelines, encouraged by her coach to go through with the donation. Jurnee Farrell hopes to be an example that will encourage more African Americans to sign up as potential donors. According to Be The Match, the chance of Black patients finding a donor match is 23%, the lowest rate of all ethnic groups. Howard University has partnered with Be The Match to increase the odds of Black patients finding a donation. To join the Howard registry, you may register online at join.bethematch.org/howard.

“If you get the opportunity to save someone’s life with such an easy process -- you shouldn’t hesitate.”
Kenneth Blakeney
Kenneth Blakeney
Head Coach of Howard Men's Basketball
Kenneth Blakeney
Head Coach of Howard Men's Basketball
Originally From: Washington, DC

A Washington, D.C. native, Kenneth "Kenny" Blakeney's illustrious basketball coaching career spans 12 years and seven Division I universities. Blakeney's roots in basketball run deep; during his undergraduate years at Duke University, he played for the Duke Blue Devils, who won two national championships during his time on the team. After earning his bachelor's degree in history, Blakeney moved on to coaching and entrepreneurship. Before coming to Howard, he coached for Harvard and Columbia, and served as a basketball marketing consultant for Under Armor, where he advised on NBA draft selection, designed apparel, and more. In 2009, Blakeney co-founded Sportin' Styles, a multinational fashion brand that has worked with the NBA, the NHL, NCAA colleges, and more. 2019 marks Blakeney's first season as head coach for the Bison.

“As Bison, our goals are to always to play hard, play the right way, and get better each practice and each game. We have a great group who have come a long way. You will never have to worry about our effort level or our commitment to improve and bring home a win.”
Sabrina Newton
The professors here are not only fountains of knowledge, but they are truly passionate about their craft. I think somewhere along the line that passion spills over into the students and we become just as dedicated to causes of our own. Howard has given me a strong and fearless voice as a black woman. When I step into a room I am confident that I belong there, and I always put my best foot forward. That is the power of the Mecca.”
Sabrina Newton 2019 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship awardee
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