Career briefs

Nov. 10, 2013 @ 06:10 PM

Duke CE gets top spot in Businessweek ranking

DURHAM -- Duke Corporate Education was named the No. 1 global provider of custom education in Businessweek’s ranking of custom executive education providers, based on a survey of client companies.

The magazine’s Nov. 7 ranking, which is done every other year, marks the Duke CE’s sixth appearance in Businessweek’s top spot (2003-2013).

 “Partnering with great global clients to solve business and leadership challenges in a more complex world keeps us sharp and inspires us to raise our game,” said CEO Mike Canning. 

Duke CE has also been named the top provider of custom executive education programs in the Financial Times for 11 consecutive years (2003-2013). 

Duke CE is a not-for-profit support corporation to Duke University of Durham, with additional offices in San Diego, London, Johannesburg, Singapore and Ahmedabad. Duke CE provides custom executive education programs and learning and development advisory services, and helps companies embed learning into day-to-day work.

Freelon wins awards

DURHAM – The Durham-based design firm The Freelon Group has been recognized for two design projects.

The American Institute of Architects North Carolina Chapter recognized the firm with a Merit Award recognizing design excellence, for the recently completed Lord Corp. Phase I Office Building. The award was presented at a reception in Wilmington, during their annual convention.

Freelon’s design for the Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies at Morgan State University received an American Institute of Architects Maryland Chapter award for design excellence.

This project, designed in association with Architect of Record Hord Coplan Macht, received the society’s highest honor, Public Building of the Year.

The Freelon Group is a 42-person design firm founded in 1990 by Philip G. Freelon. Based in Durham, the firm’s design portfolio includes designs for museums, cultural centers, higher education, libraries, research, and science and laboratory projects.

Business leader recognized

DURHAM -- Paul A. Hackmann, CEO of Skill Creation Inc. and Skill Creations of Durham was awarded the “Steve Jordan Lighthouse Award” at the N.C. Providers Council Annual Conference in Greensboro Oct. 10.

The award is named for Steve Jordan, the former Director of the N.C. Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, who died in a bicycling accident in July 2012. 

Nominees were evaluated on their leadership, advocacy, mentoring of future leaders, innovative practices and involvement in change for the community and state. 

In 1984, Hackmann founded Skill Creations Inc., a private, nonprofit that specializes in serving the needs of persons with disabilities. 

Through his leadership, Skill Creations has grown to serve more than 600 people and employs more than 800 workers throughout North Carolina.

Doctors chosen for leadership college

RALEIGH – Three physicians and physicians’ assistants from the Triangle were chosen by the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation along with 14 other N.C. medical professionals for the Foundation’s 12th annual Leadership College.

 The scholars will participate throughout the coming year in intensive leadership training. Among this group are three from the Triangle.

 The 2014 scholars from the Triangle are:

-- Dr. Lyndon K. Jordan, III, a diagnostic radiologist, CEO-elect and practice managing partner at Wake Radiology. He received his undergraduate degree in economics and his medical degree from Duke University.

-- Dr. Kunal Mitra,  a pediatrician in his third year post-graduate at the Duke University Medical Center. He received undergraduate degrees in economics, microbiology and political science from the University of Georgia.

He simultaneously received his medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine and his master’s of business administration degree from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

-- Dr. Katherine M. Varman, a resident in dermatology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her undergraduate degree in human biology from the University of California, San Diego, and her medical degree from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine in Miami.

For more information on the NCMS Foundation’s Leadership College, contact Pam Highsmith, or 800-722-1350.

Durham law firm announces attorney recognitions

DURHAM - Pulley, Watson, King & Lischer announced that several partners of the firm were selected by their peers for recognition in “Best Lawyers,” a publication for the legal profession.

Best Lawyers compiles lists of attorneys by conducting peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

Guy W. Crabtree and Richard N. Watson have been recognized as Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Personal Injury Litigation.  They have been included in Best Lawyers each year since 2004. 

Pulley Watson has also been honored with a Tier 1 Ranking in the 2014 Edition of US News – Best Lawyers, “Best Law Firms”. 

Charles F. Carpenter has been selected as a “2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law” in North Carolina, achieving the AV Preeminent peer review rating, a rating in legal ability and ethical standards.  He joins firm partners Watson, Crabtree and Malvern King in this distinction. 

Pulley, Watson, King & Lischer, P.A., established in 1982, provides representation to injured individuals and families, and legal expertise in business and commercial matters. 

NIEHS researcher wins award

DURHAM -- YuanYuan (Laura) Xu, a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, won the President’s Award for Research Competition at a meeting of the N.C. Chapter of the Society of Toxicology.

She got the top prize for her work to understand the role that exposure to arsenic can play in the development of particularly aggressive breast cancers.

She received the award at a gathering of toxicologists from across the state at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ offices in the Research Triangle Park. They shared new science findings and recognized young researchers.

This is the second time Durham resident Xu has received the President’s Award for Research Competition.

She works in the National Toxicology Program Laboratory as part of the Inorganic Toxicology Group, headed by Michael Waalkes.

Xu also received a Best Postdoctoral Publication Award last March at the annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology,  which includes nearly 7,800 members.