Orange County residents among Global Gap Year Fellows
CHAPEL HILL – Two incoming freshmen to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from Orange County are among the recipients of the 2014-15 Global Gap Year Fellowship.
The fellowship provides financial support for seven first-year students admitted for fall 2014 who choose to defer enrollment for one year to gain informal, global education that combines volunteer service, work and international travel. It was launched in 2011 and made possible by anonymous gift of $1.5 million to Campus Y.
The local recipients are Thomas Elliott of Carrboro and Lee Mook of Chapel Hill. Other recipients include Kaitlin Nicole Harlow of Clayton, Emily Gabbard of Highlands, Gabriela Aleman of Charlotte, Isabella Hernandez of Greenville and Keely Kriho of LaGrange Park.
Seven Duke students picked for ‘Reggie’ scholarships
DURHAM – Seven incoming Duke University freshmen are now winners of the Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholarship.
Each “Reggie” scholarship amounts to more than $240,000 over four years, covering tuition, room, board and mandatory fees. Duke provides the award to first-year students of African heritage who have demonstrated leadership ability, academic achievement, community involvement and commitment to social justice.
The latest recipients are Naa Adorkor Allotey of Macon, Georgia; Samantha Lorraine Holmes of Ridgefield, Connecticut; Razan Abdurrahman Idris of Springfield, Virginia; Michael Jerome Ivory of Miami, Florida; Brennan Allan Steele of Antioch, Tennessee; Sinclair James Toffa of Englewood, Colorado; and Shaquille Kareem Tucker of Norcross, Georgia.
The scholarship was named after the first black student body president at Duke, who died in a car accident in 1976.
Local students graduate from Brevard College
CHAPEL HILL – Five students from Chapel Hill and Hillsborough on Saturday graduated from Brevard College in Brevard, North Carolina.
The local graduates during the school’s 161st commencement ceremony were Asher Blackmore, Emily Boykin, Nathan Crankshaw and Michelle Prata – all of Chapel Hill – and Kyle Jackola of Hillsborough.
Two UNC researchers win Lumosity grant
CHAPEL HILL – Joseph Hopfinger and Kathleen Gates, professors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on Tuesday received the first Human Cognition Grant from Lumosity.
The $150,000 grant is dedicated to advancing the understanding of neural bases of cognitive training and will support research that investigates changes in brain connectivity.
Hopfinger is a professor of cognitive psychology and Gates is a professor of quantitative psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Lumosity is a cognitive training and neuroscience research company.
Duke names 12 University Scholars
DURHAM – Duke University has selected 12 high school graduates, including three international students, for the University Scholarship.
Each scholarship has an estimated value of $240,000 over four years, covering tuition, room, board and mandatory fees. The program started in 1998 with a gift from Duke alumna Melinda French Gates and her husband, Bill Gates, through the William H. Gates Foundation.
Recipients for 2014 include:
- Abena Ansah-Yeboah of Dumfries, Virginia
- Monica Barbara Arniella of Royal Palm Beach, Florida
- Jihane Bettahi of Fes, Morocco
- Shivam Narayan Dave of Pearland, Texas
- Attyat Mayans of Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Chandler Julianne McMillan of Long Beach, New York
- Cam-Ha Thi Nguyen of Hanoi, Vietnam
- Sanjukta Santra of Fort Collins, Colorado
- Dejana Saric of Loma Linda, California
- Pratiksha Sharma of Lumbini, Nepal
- Austin Tate of Buda, Texas
- Shadman Mohammed Uddin of Roswell, Georgia
UNC recognizes graduate students with Impact Awards
CHAPEL HILL – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has recognized 20 graduate students for research work in collaboration with faculty mentors.
Recipients of the 2014 Graduate Education Advancement Board Impact Awards are:
- Maria Aleman
- Nathaniel Claridad
- Kari Debbink
- Paul Gilbert
- Rachel Gittman
- Lindsey Haynes-Maslow
- Heather Hunt
- Anna Jalowska
- Cynthia Lin
- Madisa Macon
- Jim Martin
- Candy McClernan
- Jennifer Poti
- Bradley Proctor
- Agostina Santoro
- Julianne Schmidt
- Jing Shan
- Paul Sheeran
- Jessica Willoughby
- Dominica Hiu Ching Wong
UNC names new vice chancellor for finance
CHAPEL HILL - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has hired Matthew M. Fajack as the university's new chief financial officer and vice chancellor for finance and administration.
He starts the job on June 9.
Fajack has served as the University of Florida's vice president and chief financial officer since 2008. There, he was responsible for financial planning and analysis, as well as overseeing budgets, finance, treasury and accounting. At UNC, he's expected to oversee financial planning and budgeting, treasury and risk management, facilitiies planning, construction and operations, real-estate development, purchasing, public safety, environmental health and safety and energy services.
Duke freshmen win B.N. Duke scholarships
DURHAM – Duke University has awarded Benjamin N. Duke scholarships to 11 incoming freshmen from North and South Carolina.
The university awards the scholarships to students who demonstrate high academic achievement, commitment to community service and leadership potential. Each scholarship is valued at more than $240,000 over four years.
Recipients for the Class of 2018 are:
- Pujith Adusumilli of Cary
- Barak Biblin of Cary
- Jack Alexander Bradford of Huntersville
- Elizabeth Ann Brown of Raleigh
- Helen Anne Lo of Chapel Hill
- Taylor Jacqueline Panzer of Hickory
- Shubham R. Patel of Mount Pleasant
- Gabrielle Christina Stewart of Charleston, South Carolina
- Catherine Anne Ward of Trent Woods
- Amon Khalid Williams of Carrboro
- Alexandra Lee Wisner of Wilmington
Duke Muslim chaplain assumes new role
DURHAM – Imam Abdullah Antepli, founding director of Duke University’s Center for Muslim Life and the first-ever Muslim chaplain since 2008, takes on a new position as chief representative for Muslim affairs/Muslim chaplain.
In this new role, Antepli will organize workshops, panels and conferences on issues of bridge-building, cross-religious and cross-cultural conversation. His responsibilities at the Duke Islamic Studies Center now also include expanding the Transcultural Islam Research Network to address major issues in Muslim domains of Africa and Asia.
Duke announces 2014 distinguished professors
DURHAM – Duke University on May 1 awarded distinguished professorships to 37 faculty members.
-- Mathew McCubbins, Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of Political Science
-- Ashutosh Kotwal, Fritz London Professor of Physics
-- Laura Edwards, Peabody Family Professor of History
-- Fred Nijhout, John Franklin Crowell Professor of Biology
-- Thomas Mitchell-Olds, Newman Ivey White Professor of Biology
-- Alvin L. Crumbliss, University Distinguished Service Professor
-- Harris Cooper, Hugo L. Blomquist Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
-- Wilfred Amaldoss, Thomas A. Finch Jr. Professor of Business Administration
-- Alon Brav, Robert L. Dickens Professor of Business Administration
-- Qi Chen, Walter M. Upchurch Jr. Professor of Business Administration
-- Adriano Rampini, John D. Forsyth Professor of Business Administration
-- David Robinson, J. Rex Fuqua Professor of International Management
-- Mohan Venkatachalam, R. J. Reynolds Professor of Business Administration
-- Krishnendu Chakrabarty, William H. Younger Professor of Engineering
-- Joseph Izatt, Michael J. Fitzpatrick Professor of Engineering
-- Lingchong You, Paul Ruffin Scarborough Associate Professor of Engineering
-- Kenneth D. Poss, James B. Duke Professor of Cell Biology
-- Douglas Marchuk, James B. Duke Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
-- Daniel K. Benjamin Jr., Kiser-Arena Professor of Pediatrics
-- Monica Kraft, Charles Johnson, M.D., Professor of Medicine
-- Christopher M. O'Connor, Richard Sean Stack, M.D./Guidant Foundation Professor of Cardiology
-- W. Daniel Stamer, Joseph A.C. Wadsworth Professor of Ophthalmology
-- Hai Yan, Henry S. Friedman Professor of Neuro-Oncology
-- Benjamin A. Alman, James R. Ubaniak, M.D., Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
-- Thomas A. D’Amico, Gary Hock Professor of Surgery
-- L. Gregory Jones, Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. Professor of Christian Ministry
-- Grant Wacker, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Christian History
-- Marilyn Oermann, Thelma M. Ingles Professor of Nursing
-- Bei Wu, Pauline Gratz Professor of Nursing
-- Kelly Brownell, Robert L. Flowers Professor of Public Policy
-- Anirudh Krishna, Edgar T. Thompson Professor of Public Policy
-- Lawrence G. Baxter, William B. McGuire Professor of the Practice of Law
-- Rebecca Stein, Nicholas J. and Theresa M. Leonardy Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology
-- Amilcare Porporato, Addy Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
-- Heileen Hsu-Kim, Mary Milus Yoh & Harold L. Yoh Jr. Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
-- Kathy Franz, Alexander F. Hehmeyer Professor of Chemistry
-- Erika Weinthal, Lee Hill Snowdon Professor of Environmental Policy
A.B. Duke scholarships awarded
DURHAM – Duke University has selected 19 incoming freshmen to receive the Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholarship for undergraduate studies.
The A.B. Duke scholarships provide full tuition, room and board and mandatory fees for four years, as well as a six-week summer study program at the University of Oxford in England. Scholars are also offered up to $5,000 for research or other educational enrichment programs. Based on estimated tuition rates, a scholarship will be worth more than $250,000 to a student over a four-year period.
This year's winners are:
-- Eva Elizabeth Arroyo of Elgin, Texas
-- Suman Bajgain of Kathmandu, Nepal
-- Carly Noel Bandt of Shoreview, Minnesota
-- Tristan Henri Bouan of Bretagne, France
-- Joseph Patrick Branson of Madison, Mississippi
-- Elizabeth Anne Brown of Birmingham, Alabama
-- Lauren Kelly Bunce of Miami, Florida
-- Kelly Jane Cochran of Odessa, Florida
-- Devavrat Vivek Dabke, of Avon, Connecticut
-- Caroline Lydia Fernelius of Sugar Land, Texas
-- Aakash Jain of Scottsdale, Arizona
-- Michael Jacob Kiffel of Boca Raton, Florida
-- Sarina P. Madhavan of Katy, Texas
-- Thabit Farrukh Pulak of Richardson, Texas
-- Aaron Balazs Rimanyi of Chapel Hill
-- Sarah Sibley of Denver, Colorado
-- Meghana Kasturi Vagwala of Grafton, Massachusetts
-- Amy Jaclyn Vitha of Valley Stream, New York
-- Luke Pace Whitten of Dallas, Texas