Stroke awareness defined at Hampton U. symposium

By Kayla Boone

Before you finish reading this article, two people will have already had a stroke.

A stroke happens every 40 seconds and every four minutes someone dies, according to the American Heart Association.

On Friday, March 18, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Student Center, Hampton University spread awareness about this issue. The School of Science hosted a Stroke Awareness symposium that featuring guest speakers that included Dr. Yolanda Rainey, Dr. Wolfgang Leesch, Dr. Dorian Wilkerson, Willie Leftwich of Willie's Way Foundation and Marcus Fitch from the American Heart Association.

Rainey is an associate professor at Hampton University in the department of Physical Therapy. She has over 35 years of experience as a licensed physical therapist. She specializes in direct patient care, rehabilitation management and has over 15 years of experience in physical therapy education. Rainey along with the other speakers focused on t000he importance of being medically aware focusing on stroke awareness.

Strokes are the No. 5 cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States according to the National Stroke Association. A stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to the brain. They occur when the blood vessels that carry nutrients and oxygen to the brain are blocked. When this happens brain cells are robbed of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stroke muscles and memory controlled by that part of the brain are lost. The affect a stroke has on a person depends on where in the brain the stroke occurred and how much of the brain is damaged.

Each year approximately 800,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. Up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented by identifying and responding to stroke risk factors.

The symposium was a part of the two-day, 38th Annual Black Family Conference, titled "Full STEAM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math] Ahead: Healthy Minds and Bodies Securing our Future."

The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

25-percent increase in black STEM Ph.D.s, yet room to grow

By Ashley Hendricks

The importance of STEM [Science Technology, Engineering and Math] is often overlooked, especially in the black community. According to the data from the National Science Foundation, the number of black men who earn science and engineering doctorates grew by more than 25 percent in 10 years. Although there is an increase, there is plenty of room for growth in this field.

The compelling truth about STEM growth is that our future crucially depends on it, said experts at Hampton University's 38th Annual Black Family Conference, hosted by the School of Science and titled "Full STEAM Ahead: Healthy Minds and Bodies Securing our Future." STEM disciplines plus Fine and Performing Arts were conference focal points March 16-18.

STEM is used every day. For example, science includes the sun, plants, water, weather, and most importantly food. These are just a few things that fall under the contribution of science.

Then there's technology. The love that society has for technology is undeniable. Technology is not limited to smartphones and tablets. It includes television, radio, microscopes, and steering wheels.

Don't forget about the roads everyone drives on, mind-blowing skyscrapers, and bridges that make traveling a lot easier. Thanks to engineering specialists, humans have that luxury.

And lastly, the importance of mathematics. One doesn't have to be a math whiz to appreciate how mathematics has advanced the world. Math is everywhere – in grocery stores, the local bank, investments, and family and college budgets.

Our lives depend on STEM and it is time to continue to advocate and educate black men, women and children, hence the reason why Hampton University is providing a platform for its students and the public to learn more about STEM and art.

"At this year's conference, we want to engage in meaningful conversations and activities that will empower your family," said Dr. Michelle Claville, School of Science assistant dean and conference chairperson. "Our speakers and panelists will help dispel myths that are culpable for underrepresentation in STEM fields, show the connection between the arts and the sciences through music, and be safe in cyberspace."

Dr. Luther Williams opened the conference as the keynote speaker. He is currently an emeritus professor at Tuskegee University. He is recognized for his dedication and leadership roles in creating opportunities for minorities in the sciences. In 1984, he served as the president of Atlanta University and later served as the chair of the White House Biotechnology Science Coordinating Committee.

The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

Child-friendly science and tech fair at Hampton U. conference

By Jirah Cosey

Even kids participated this year, learning how science explains the culture of our world.

This year's Conference on the Black Family at Hampton University encouraged families alike to venture into various STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] career fields.

Normally the conference consists of various panels that favor adults. This year's conference took a different twist by aiming to affect the minds of children as well. One of the panelist slots turned into a science fair for kids across the Hampton Roads area, a forum titled the "Phantastic Voyage," located in the student center ballroom, consisted of numerous stations that showcased different components of science.

Stations ranged from showing different aspects of the brain to teaching children how to make slime. Kids stared in amazement as HU atmospheric science Ph.D. student Ryan M. McCabe used a visual demonstration to show how a hurricane is formed.

"The best way to learn is to ask questions," said McCabe about the importance of science. "By learning these, kids can make critical advancements in human society."

Every station gave kids a different view on learning about science, which made many of the visitors more intrigued. The children were ushered to each station by Hampton University science majors, and the students were inquisitive throughout the experience.

Gabriel Carter, an elementary school student, said, "I love building things that don't originally work and make them into something that does. I think that's pretty cool."

This year's Conference on the Black Family tackled the unknowns about STEM fields and aimed to meet its goal through every panel and discussion. The conference began Wednesday night and continued through Friday.

The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

Cybercrime spooks students at Hampton U. technology forum

By Khalida Volou

Hampton Police Sergeant Mark Kincaid, a speaker at a cyber security seminar Thursday at Hampton University's 38th Annual Conference on the Black Family, said that there has been a series of burglaries on Mariners Cove Road.

As he said that, the crowd gasped in astonishment.

Mariners Cove Road is located in the Hampton Harbors Apartment complex on the edge of the HU campus. Kincaid said that after taking the burglary suspects in for questioning at the police station, the majority of them confessed that they were able to burglarize student's homes because of the easy access of looking at their social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

Most of the students stated their whereabouts and that they were out of town last week for spring break. This sensitive information leaked on the Internet made the students vulnerable to theft.

Who would have ever thought that an area that you live in will be victimized because of something so overlooked like posting things on social media?

The other forum speakers, Amber Boehnlein from JLab and retired FBI Special Agent James Talley, chimed in on the cyber security issue as well. After this seminar it was pretty evident that no one is truly safe on the Internet, regardless of the amount of privacy settings one may have. Looking out for yourself, your brand, and the things you post will have to be taken into account in the cyber world.

The campus School of Science is the conference host and the theme is "Full STEAM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math] Ahead: Health Minds and Bodies, Securing Our Future."

The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

‘Why not us?’ says Hampton U. Pirates about to play No. 1 U. Va.

By Lexy Brower

For the second year in a row, Hampton University punched their ticket into the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Placed as the No. 16 seed, they will take on No. 1 seed University of Virginia 3:10 p.m. Thursday in Raleigh, N.C.

The Hampton Pirates are already viewed as the underdogs, but the players feel pretty confident about taking on what many may call a tough task. Some say it would be a miracle for the Pirates to successfully defeat the Cavaliers. Since 1985, No. 1 seeds are 120-0 vs. No. 16s. Yet there have been close calls, such as Princeton's near upset of Georgetown in 1989.

The score was 50-49.

"I guess some could look at it as being a miracle. It's a 16 seed vs. one seed. It would be a miracle since a 16 seed has never won, but we don't feel like that at all," says senior and Hampton team captain, Reggie Johnson. "We feel we have a good chance at winning the game. It's all about a game plan and having confidence that you can get it done more than anything.

"Records are meant to be broken and there are history books for a reason. Why not us?"

Over the last few years, the Pirates have had a master plan to get into the NCAA tournament but this year Hampton Nation fans will see if they have plans to advance in the NCAA tournament. Playing against some of the best teams in the country, the 21-win, 10-loss Pirates' consistency proves that they are eager and ready to meet the Cavaliers.

"Last year in the beginning, Hampton made a good run against Kentucky," says former Hampton University Lady Pirate basketball player, Bayley Coleman. "So anyone can win a game, no matter the name on the jersey. You also have to prepare yourself, on and off the court. Games like this, you must see their jerseys as blank, like it's any other team you've played."

In 2001, Hampton, a No. 15 seed, upset No. 2 seed Iowa State University 58-57. MEAC [Mid- Eastern Athletic Conference] allies Coppin State and Norfolk State universities also pulled off No. 15 vs. No. 2 upsets in 1997 and 2012.

All eyes are in Raleigh today, but which team will come home making Virginia proud?

The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

Pursue science and tech careers, said Hampton U. conference keynoter

By Aaliyah Essex

Stage lights glistened Wednesday night upon the forehead of Luther Williams as he patiently awaited his part in the program.

Prior to his keynote address, the Hampton University Terpsichorean Dance Company performed a piece titled "Push Through." The graceful dance composition accurately set the mood for the speaker as the narration read, "I am powerful. I will endure. I have the mind to do anything. I will push through. You can push through. We are pushing through. Full steam ahead, I push through."

As the performance ended and the preliminaries concluded, the Ogden Hall crowd greeted the speaker with a warm round of applause as he confidently stepped up to the podium in his black suit, accessorized with a diagonally striped tie. "Hello," he said as he spoke calmly.

After giving recognition to appropriate individuals, the former Tuskegee University professor and Ph.D. strategically informed the audience about the lack of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) and overall education in the African-American community. With a message revolving around education beginning with youth, Williams indirectly pleaded to the students as well as the African-American community: "We could study those in isolation and we can make implemental gains to the body of knowledge, or we could actually design logic constructs to try to solve these problems, problems that are beginning in the black family."

As the former president of Atlanta University spoke, it was clear that he wanted to point out the result of the lack of African Americans involved in STEAM programs. Dermatologist and former Hampton University student Karen Royal Love, M.D. passionately spoke about her take away from the address. "He made the point that with his honors and the things that he has done, we're kind of cast off as 'Well see it can be done.' This black person did it and everyone else is complaining that opportunities aren't there," she said. "Many times those beliefs can penalize our young people." Before the lights faded, Williams urged the students to pursue education as he explained, "In preparation for a career, one really has to ensure that there is currency towards academic preparation."

The 30-minute address set the tone for the 38th annual Conference on the Black Family, hosted by the School of Science. The opening speech complimented the conference's theme, "Healthy Minds and Bodies, Securing Our Future."

The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.