Powell appointed dean of humanities
DURHAM -- Richard J. Powell, a professor of art and art history at Duke University, has been appointed dean of the humanities within Duke’s Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, according to Duke Today.
Powell’s appointment was effective Aug. 1. He will serve as dean through June 2016.
He succeeds Srinivas Aravamudan, who is stepping down for health reasons and returning to the faculty.
Aravamudan plans to continue his scholarship as a professor in the departments of English, Romance studies and literature.
Powell served as chairman of Duke’s art, art history and visual studies department from 1996 to 2001 and as an affiliated faculty member in the Ph.D. Lab in Digital Knowledge at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute.
His research and teaching interests are in American art, African-American art and theories of race and representation in the African diaspora, as well as in the media arts and conceptualizations of the "folk" in world art and culture, according to Duke Today.
UNC Health Care is 2014 Support Freedom Award recipient
WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, an office of the U.S. Department of Defense, announced that UNC Health Care of Chapel Hill was named one of 15 recipients of the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.
The award is the department’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of guard and reserve employees. This year’s recipients were selected from 2,864 nominations.
UNC Health Care was nominated by a member of the Navy Reserve, according to a news release. Employees with the Chapel Hill-based health care provider volunteered to maintain a military couple’s house while both were deployed and actively take on extra work responsibilities to support colleagues’ service.
The health system also recognizes veteran employees and actively recruits military members and their spouses for employment.
The 2014 Freedom Award recipients will be honored at a ceremony in the Pentagon Sept. 26.