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UTHSC professor gets boost in quest for insights to help newborns

kidney researcher 
A $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases will allow Dr. Adebowale Adebiyi to further investigate newborn kidney function.  
Adebiyi is an assistant professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). With the grant he will focus on the functions of cell membrane proteins known as “ion channels” that are located in blood vessels and glomeruli (delicate units where blood is cleaned and filtered) within the kidneys.

New leader for the AKAs

New AKA Leader
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BlackNews.com) – The guidance of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA), over the next four years is now in the hands of Milwaukee, Wis. businesses executive Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson.
Wilson is the international service organization’s 2014-18 international president. She was sworn in during a ceremony culminating the sorority’s weeklong international convention held in Charlotte from July 12 - July 18. The installation took place at the Charlotte Convention.

Only 1 in 5 sexually experienced U.S. students ever tested for HIV

sex data
Only 22 percent of sexually experienced U.S. high school students have ever been tested for HIV, even though young people account for a disproportionate share of new infections, researchers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will report at the 2014 International AIDS Conference.
Female and African-American students were more likely to be tested than male students and other racial/ethnic groups, but HIV testing among all groups of adolescents remains low, the CDC analysis found.

#901Choice2014 – in a word, innovative!

INNOVATIVE is the word to describe the social media-infused event sponsored by The New Tri-State Defender (TSD) and Social Change with a Twist (SCWT) at Visible Music College last Thursday (July 10th).
The downtown college’s swanky and modern infrastructure was all abuzz with political candidates of myriad ages, races and political backgrounds. An open-air atrium functioned as a social center for the event. Guests were able to eat, drink, listen to music and meet with various office holders and seekers.

What if we looked past the election?

We are now at the beginning of early voting. By Tuesday, polls will be open all over Shelby County, and until August 2 you will have an opportunity to exercise your franchise through early voting. This is a privilege that many of us take for granted, which is unavailable in many parts of the country. Yet, if recent trends hold true, approximately four to nine percent of registered voters will visit the polls during this voting cycle.
Looking at this reality, we must add the toxic cynicism that now is a part of the community’s disillusion with the political process. Many see no reason to vote or hope. With this in mind, I offer this thought:
Look past the election.