RTI International names visiting fellow
DURHAM - Alan Blatecky, former director of the National Science Foundation’s Office of Cyberinfrastructure, has been named an RTI International visiting fellow.
Blatecky will serve as a senior adviser for advanced data technologies and cyberinfrastructure capabilities.
He will work to develop and leverage cross-institute assets to explore and address emerging research opportunities, including federal initiatives and programs, as well as helping RTI develop partnerships in these areas.
Previously, Blatecky was executive director of research and programs at the San Diego Supercomputing Center, director of advanced networking infrastructure and research, computer information science and engineering at the National Science Foundation, and vice president of information technology and networking at MCNC, a company acquired by RTI in 2004.
Durham professional group announces awards
DURHAM -- The Durham Business & Professional Chain recognized four Durham entrepreneurs at its Business Awards Luncheon held Oct. 24 at Sitar Indian Cuisine.
The African American business advocacy organization, founded in 1937, has a mission to create wealth for African Americans by removing structural barriers to their economic participation.
The organization’s “Business Longevity Award” was presented to Elaine Cardin of Lakewood Hair Quarters & Retail for business acumen, exceptional ability and sustained performance for over twenty years.
The “Business Achievement Award” was presented to Jean Orelien of SciMetrika for business acumen, exceptional ability and business growth.
The “New Business Award” was presented to Timothy McIntosh Jr. and Corey Bell for business acumen and exceptional ability in creating a new business venture.
Chapel Hill pharmacist receives award
CHAPEL HILL -- Chapel Hill resident Stephen Eckel received the “Excellence in Innovation Award” at the N.C. Association of Pharmacists’ annual Convention in Raleigh, according to a news release.
The award, sponsored by Upsher-Smith Laboratories, is presented to a pharmacist practicing in North Carolina who has demonstrated innovative pharmacy practice resulting in improved patient care.
Eckel is a clinical associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and is associate director of pharmacy at UNC Hospitals. He has served on the association’s board, and on various committees.
Jennings announces senior art director
CHAPEL HILL – Jennings, a North Carolina-based healthcare marketing agency, has announced the appointment of Rob Frasketi to the position of senior art director.
With more than 15 years of experience in the advertising industry, Frasketi will lend his expertise in the development of print and digital campaigns for several agency clients.
Prior to joining Jennings, Frasketi served as art director for Rockett, Burkhead & Winslow, Crittenden Advertising and most recently, Baldwin&. His design background also includes work for the Charlotte Symphony and the American Advertising Federation’s Raleigh-Durham chapter.
Frasketi graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor’s of fine arts degree in communication arts and with a concentration in design.
Jennings, founded in 1979, is a healthcare marketing agency specializing in audience engagement.
N.C. Medical Society president named
RALEIGH – Dr. Devdutta G. Sangvai, associate chief medical officer for Duke University Health System and the medical director for DukeWELL, was inaugurated as the N.C. Medical Society’s 160th president at the society’s annual meeting Oct. 25 in Raleigh.
Sangvai is board-certified in family medicine, and is an assistant professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University Medical Center.
He has been at Duke since 2003, the same year he became a member of the N.C. Medical Society.
He is the first alumnus of the N.C. Medical Society Foundation Leadership College to serve as NCMS President.
Weinstein Friedlein Architects named ‘Firm of the Year’
CARRBORO – The Triangle Section of the American Institute of Architects named
Weinstein Friedlein Architects as the institute’s “Triangle Firm of the Year,” according to an announcement by the architecture firm.
The award, presented at the organization’s annual meeting on Oct. 30, recognizes dedication and commitment by firms to furthering the goals of AIA Triangle.
Weinstein Friedlein Architects is a design firm that has worked on institutional, commercial and residential projects throughout North Carolina.