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Black Men Are Dying At Increasing Rates From Sleep Apnea Compared To Their White Counterparts, Study Finds

An increasing number of Black men are dying from sleep apnea, according to a University at Buffalo-Catholic Health System study.  

Samantha Dorisca

May 11, 2022

This Student Was Awarded A $20K Scholarship For Her Research On Reframing The Label Of 'Strong Black Woman'

We would love to see more people follow in the footsteps of this student! According to Today at Elon, Elon University student Eukela Little’s research project, which revolved around reframing the “strong Black woman” label, earned her one of the school’s $20,000 Lumen Prize awards. What’s more, the psychology major was one out of 15 students to be awarded the scholarship.

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 26, 2022

Google Supports Maternal Health Researchers Through Fitbit Health Equity Research Initiative

Health disparities are prevalent in Black and brown communities due to the forces of economic inequities and medical bias. Google is lending its hand to provide medical solutions for these communities by supporting six researchers with $300,000 in Fitbit devices and services to spearhead their research for underrepresented communities as a part of their Fitbit Health Equity Research Initiative. Fitbit devices are revolutionizing the digital health field by pooling information that can fill in the gaps for medical research. The devices can address the concerns of medical issues plaguing Black and Brown communities such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and mental health. Fitbits have been used in over 900 health studies attesting to their ever-growing value in the medical field, according to Amy McDonough, a Health Solution expert for Fitbit at Google. We spoke with Google’s recipients Dr. Toluwalase Ajayi and Sherilyn Francis to learn about how the devices will advance their...

Samantha Dorisca

Nov 6, 2021

Some Black Women Prefer To Work From Home To Escape Racism And We Don't Blame Them

Working from home provides a certain freedom and flexibility that office life will never match, and Black women are taking advantage of that. Whether that freedom looks like working in your pajamas, taking extra breaks, binging Netflix shows during meetings, indulging in midday workouts, or for some Black women, escaping workplace racism, working from home brings various senses of comfort that some aren’t willing to give up easily now. Insider published a story detailing how Black women feel about working from home and how it gives them “more agency over their lives.” While the pandemic forced many companies across the nation to adopt work from home models, it also forced them to question their workplace culture, even while their teams weren’t congregating in person. In June 2020, an Essence Magazine study reported that 45 percent of Black women said they often experienced racism while at work. Slack backed that in its recent Future Forum survey which found that more Black employees...

Michelai Graham

Jul 17, 2021

This Researcher Found a Huge Trove of Personal Data On Donated Devices

If you have an old device, you might bring it to a thrift store, recycling center, or pass it down to somebody else you know. However, according to new research , those donated devices may still contain your personal information. For the study — published by security firm Rapid7 — researcher Josh Frantz purchased 85 devices for only $650, including computers, removable media like flash drives, hard disks, and cell phones. He ended up finding over 366,300 files of pretty sensitive information that included images and documents. Frantz was able to gain access to emails, social security, credit card numbers, passport information, dates of birth, and more. Essentially, all the data that you really don’t want falling into a random stranger’s hands. This highlights that a lot of centers aren’t properly wiping data before they pass devices on, even if they’re promising to do so. Frantz only found two devices that were erased properly, and only three of them were encrypted. It’s important...

Vanessa Taylor

Mar 19, 2019

New Pew Survey Shows 44 Percent Of Young Americans Are Deleting Facebook App

A new Pew survey found nearly half of all young Americans have deleted the Facebook app from their phones in the last year. This comes amid Cambridge Analytica collecting user data on tens of millions of Facebook users without their knowledge. Facebook users ages 18 to 29 are more likely to say they have deleted the app from their phone in the last year. Older users are less likely to have adjusted their privacy settings in the past year. The Pew surveyed over 4,500 participants between May and June 2018. Results showed 26 percent of overall users say they have deleted the Facebook app and 42 percent reported taking a break from checking the platform for several weeks or more. In 2016, Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm, collected the private data of over 50 million Facebook users, from which the social media company has drawn much scrutiny. Check out the full report here.

Jenna Chambers

Nov 6, 2018

Black Women Are 40 Percent Less Likely to Get Promoted, Study Shows

Being the “only one” in the room is an experience all too familiar for many women of color—particularly Black women—in the workplace. The new Women in the Workplace 2018 study published by and McKinsey & Company found nearly half of women of color are often the “onlys” of their race at work and over 80 percent face microaggressions. The study showed these experiences are found to make women of color feel closely watched, scrutinized and excluded in their workplace. For women overall, being an “only” contributes to feeling “under pressure to perform” and “on guard.” However, that isn’t the only impact. Despite numerous reports of companies committing to improving diversity in their workforce, this study shows women are still facing barriers when it comes to climbing the corporate ladder. Black women are 40 percent less likely than men to receive the first promotion to manager, reflecting the largely stagnant progress for the advancement of women in the workplace overall....

Jenna Chambers

Oct 24, 2018

Howard University Awarded With $1M Grant For Cybersecurity Research

Howard University’s College of Engineering and Architecture is the recipient of a $1 million grant from The National Science Foundation’s HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (HBCU-RISE) that will fund a cyber security research project. “Security Engineering for Resilient Mobile Cyber-Physical Systems” will innovate the cybersecurity field with tasks such as developing reproducible mobile cyber-physical system units, designing and evaluating a federated framework for incident detection and response systems and designing, evaluating and validating the proposed framework, according to the NSF’s official Award Abstract . Howard University’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences Associate Dean Moses Garuba and Associate Professor Danda B. Rawat are the principal investigators of the project. In a press release by Howard University , Dean Achille Messac, Ph.D., College of Engineering and Architecture said, “I am delighted to see our faculty...