Career briefs

May. 18, 2014 @ 04:44 PM

NIEHS post-docs awarded research grants
DURHAM – The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park has awarded the National Institutes of Health Pathway to Independent Award to two post-doctoral fellows.
The award recipients were Natalie Gassman, of the DNA Repair and Nucleic Acid Enzymology Group, and Shannon Whirledge, of the Molecular Endocrinology Group.
They will receive competitive salaries and funds that cover research supplies and attendance at national meetings. And after completing one to two years of mentored research, they will be eligible to receive up to three years of independent support, contingent upon securing a tenure-track or equivalent research position.
Gassman plans to study how cells undergoing oxidative stress, which is damage caused by high concentrations of oxygen, adjust their repair mechanisms in response to the environmental toxicant bisphenol A.
Whirledge will examine the interaction between different hormones in the uterus using genistein, a substance that is structurally similar to estrogen and occurs naturally in soy.

N.C. Institute of Medicine gets new officers
DURHAM – The North Carolina Institute of Medicine has elected new board members and officers, including some leaders from the Triangle.
The institute is governed by its board, which meets quarterly. Its members are appointed by the governor, the speaker of the N.C. House and the president pro tempore of the N.C. Senate.
Dr. Warren Newton, director of North Carolina AHEC Program and a professor in and the chairman of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine, and Kevin W. Sowers, president and CEO Duke University Hospital in Durham, were two of the new board members.
Sowers was also elected treasurer of the organization, and Newman was elected chair of the membership committee.
The institute is an independent, quasi-state agency chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1983 to provide balanced, nonpartisan information on issues of relevance to the health of North Carolina’s population.

Eno River Media Productions names president
DURHAM -- William Chandler Vatavuk, a Durham attorney, has been named president of Eno River Media Productions. 
He was formerly the general counsel and director of government relations for Eno River Media Productions for several years.

Health consulting firm partner honored
DURHAM – Hill, Chesson & Woody, a health and welfare benefits brokerage and consulting firm that designs, manages and implements employee benefit programs, announced that the firm’s partner, Skip Woody, has received a 2014 Outstanding Conference Speaker Award from North Carolina Association for CPAs.
The annual award goes to conference speakers who received a combined average score of at least 4.75 for knowledge and skill from participant evaluations.
Woody is among four other speakers who won this award for their professional education presentations at NCACPA’s conferences.
Winners were recognized during a dinner at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center in Greensboro on April 30.