Career briefs

Sep. 27, 2013 @ 05:08 PM

NIEHS researcher receives award
DURHAM – Edward Mitchell Eddy, a researcher at the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, has received the Society for the Study of Reproduction’s Distinguished Service Award.
He received the award July 23 at the society’s annual meeting in Montreal. In receiving the award, the group cited contributions he’s made through more than a decade of service as director, president, program chair, publications chair, and associate editor of the group’s journal Biology of Reproduction.

RTI exec VP named to military foundation board
DURHAM -- Tim Gabel, executive vice president of Social, Statistical and Environmental Sciences at RTI International, will represent RTI on the executive board of directors for the North Carolina Military Foundation.
The N.C. Military Foundation is a private, nonprofit, economic development group focused on growing North Carolina's defense and homeland security economy to generate new long-term investment and job opportunities.
Gabel joined RTI in 1983 serving as vice president of the Survey and Computing Sciences unit from 2005 to 2012. Prior to that, he was director of the Research Computing division and served in several management and technical roles within the Social, Statistical and Environmental Sciences group.
RTI and the N.C. Military Foundation previously worked together in creating the Institute for Homeland Security Solutions, a research consortium led by RTI and Duke University.

Chapel Hill resident named to Toastmasters International board
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. – Sharon Anita Hill of Chapel Hill has been elected to the board of Toastmasters International, a communication and leadership skills development organization.
Hill was elected to the 2013-2015 two-year term at the organization’s 82nd annual International Convention, held Aug. 21-24 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Hill, a retired junior IBM Corp. executive, is a professional speaker. In 2004, she founded Sharon Hill International. She trains corporate employees as well as university students in the area of etiquette.
A Toastmaster for nine years, Hill has been a member of her home club, Chapel Hill Toastmasters in Chapel Hill, since 2004.

Hough joins Historic Hillsborough board
HILLSBOROUGH -- Libbie Hough, president of the Hillsborough-based marketing strategies company Comma, has joined the board of directors of The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough.
Hough is serving as the representative to the board for Hillsborough’s downtown merchants.
The Alliance is a nonprofit that works to preserve, promote and enhance the historical, cultural and natural environment of Hillsborough for residents and visitors.
Hough has lived in the area for more than 30 years, both in Chapel Hill and in rural Orange County. In September of last year, she relocated her business from her home office to Churton Street.
Hough launched the company in 2001 and uses a virtual business model to achieve her clients’ marketing needs.

Bell and Howell announces new VP
DURHAM -- Bell and Howell, a global provider of multi-channel communications solutions for print, online and mobile delivery, announced the hiring of enterprise architecture pioneer Michael Lambert as vice president of the company’s new Enterprise Solutions Group.
Lambert spent 23 years at Cigna Healthcare designing and implementing its enterprise customer communications architecture. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of business development for Sefas Innovation, a strategic solution provider for Bell and Howell.

Youth Digital Studio founder to speak at conference
DURHAM – Justin Richards, the founder of Durham-based Youth Digital Studio, a provider of app and game design classes for students, is speaking at a conference in Atlanta Thursday through Sunday.
Richards will be speaking on game development and leadership at the Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game, which is Georgia Game Developers Association.
Youth Digital Studio provides classes both onsite and online at

Durham firm to produce L.A. conference
DURHAM -- The Special Event Co., an event and meeting management company, is producing the 2013 U.S. Business Leadership Network’s 16th Annual Conference & Expo, according to a company announcement.
The expo will be held at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Monday through Thursday.  The conference brings corporate, government, disability-owned businesses and others to create workplaces, marketplaces, and supply chains where people with disabilities are fully included as professionals, customers and entrepreneurs.
The Special Event Company is responsible for speaker and sponsor management, attendee registration, as well as on-site production and logistics.

Anuva director appointed to VP role at association
MORRISVILLE -- Anuva Manufacturing announced that the company’s director of business development, Gary Sulski, has been appointed vice president of membership at the Surface Mount Technology Association Carolinas chapter.
Anuva is a Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council-certified minority business that began providing services in 2008 from Morrisville.
Sulski, who brings nearly two decades of technical electronics experience, will be responsible for assisting technical programs and board members to create an ongoing learning environment for engineers to understand future trends in design and overcome challenges in SMT manufacturing.
At Anuva Manufacturing, he is responsible for leading and guiding the company’s strategic directives as well as new business development and marketing efforts.

State Farm agent opens Durham practice
DURHAM – State Farm announced new agent Antonio Vela has opened a practice in Durham on Sherron Road.
The Antonio Vela Insurance Agency is at 121 Sherron Road, Suite 106 and officially opened July 1.
Prior to becoming a State Farm Agent, Antonio worked as a team member for another State Farm agent in Durham. He moved to Durham about six years ago from Ecuador.
Upon arrival to the United States, he worked with nonprofit organizations in the Triangle.
His office includes two staff members who are prepared to help customers with insurance and financial services needs in English and Spanish.

RTI scientist inducted in medicinal chemistry Hall of Fame
DURHAM — Mansukh Wani, emeritus principal scientist at RTI International, was inducted into the American Chemical Society Division of Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame for his contributions to medicinal chemistry.
The Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have contributed to medicinal chemistry through research, technology and service to the American Chemical Society, according to a news release. The induction ceremony was held Sept. 10 during the society’s fall meeting in Indianapolis, Ind.
Wani, in partnership with the Monroe Wall, discovered two anti-cancer agents. The discovery led to the development of four prescription drugs that represented nearly one-third of all anti-cancer medications in 2002.
Born in India, Wani earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in chemistry before coming to the United States to earn a doctorate degree at Indiana University. He later conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Wisconsin before joining RTI in 1962.