Career briefs, June 9

Jun. 08, 2014 @ 04:42 PM

Glenn P. Bradley becomes Certified Plumbing Designer

DURHAM -- O’Brien/Atkins Associates announced that Glenn P. Bradley has passed the American Society of Plumbing Engineers’ certification exam and is now certified in plumbing design.  

Glenn is providing plumbing design services for several Cisco design-build renovation projects, State Employees’ Credit Union branch offices and Pharmavite’s Opelika, Ala., vitamin manufacturing plant.

The Certified in Plumbing Design program is an international certification program for engineers and designers of plumbing systems. The only international credential program in the plumbing engineering field, it sets the standards for leadership within the industry and provides formal recognition of outstanding professionals with advanced skills in the design and specification of plumbing systems.

O’Brien/Atkins Associates is a design-services firm in Research Triangle Park that provides architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, master planning, and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and engineering services.

Triangle researcher elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

DURHAM -- Thomas Kunkel, a lead researcher for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and a longtime Durham resident, will join other newly elected fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at an induction ceremony this fall in Cambridge, Mass.

Kunkel is recognized for his work in biological sciences. He joins the ranks of the late NIEHS scientific director and Nobel laureate Martin Rodbell, who became a member in 1993.

Kunkel leads a team of researchers in the NIEHS Laboratory of Structural Biology, and is credited for developing a number of experimental approaches for exploring DNA replication — a field in which he is widely regarded as a foremost expert.

In 2011, Kunkel was also recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a Distinguished Investigator, an honor achieved by fewer than 4 percent of NIH scientists.

Mary Batcher to chair NISS trustees board

DURHAM - The National Institute of Statistical Sciences announced that Mary Batcher of Ernst and Young will become chair of the organization’s Board of Trustees on July 1.

Batcher is the executive director of quantitative economics and statistics for Ernst and Young in Washington D.C.

She has responsibility for all aspects of statistical sampling used in tax filings, among other roles. She joined the board in July 2013.

Robert Rodriguez of SAS Institute in Cary has been named as vice-chair. Also serving on the executive committee will be Christy Chuang-Stein, Rebecca Doerge, Susan Ellenberg, Roger Hoerl and Fritz Scheuren. Ellenberg and Hoerl have served as chair and vice-chair of the board since 2011.

Chuang-Stein, Tim Hesterberg and Tommy Wright have been elected to three-year terms on the board, starting July 1. Chuang-Stein and Wright are joining the board for the first time.

The National Institute of Statistical Sciences was established in 1990 by the national statistics societies and the Research Triangle universities and organizations.

SAMSI appoints new directorate leaders

DURHAM -- The Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute has announced the appointments of three new leaders to its directorate.

Sujit Ghosh, a professor of statistics at N.C. State University and a program director in the NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences, will become deputy director of SAMSI beginning Sept. 8.

His research interests are in area of Bayesian statistical methods for analyzing biomedical, econometrics and environmental models.

Tom Witelski, a Duke University math professor specializing in nonlinear partial differential equa­tions and fluid dynamics, will become associate director of SAMSI for a three-year term beginning July 1. He will also act as SAMSI’s liaison with Duke.

Ghosh and Witelski will replace Snehalata Huzurbazar from the University of Wyoming, whose term as deputy director ends June 30, and Ezra Miller from Duke, whose term as associate director also ends June 30.

To fill the gap between Snehalata and Sujit, Pierre Gremaud, an N.C. State math professor, will be interim deputy director for July and August. He served as as­sociate director from July 2008 through December 2009.