Jan. 14, 2013 @ 03:05 PM

Ex-justice to speak
DURHAM — Retired North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson will be the keynote speaker at N.C. Central University’s celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday.
Timmons-Goodson was the first and only female African-American to serve on the state’s highest court.
The convocation begins at 9:45 a.m. in the B.N. Duke Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. After the convocation, a march and rally will be held in the newly redesigned Unity Bowl on the NCCU campus.
McDonnell to give Keohane Lecture
CHAPEL HILL — Jeffrey McDonnell, a watershed hydrologist and eco-hydrologist, will discuss the issues faced by the world’s freshwater resources during the 2013 Keohane Lecture at UNC Chapel Hill.
McDonnell will present “Tracking raindrops: Basic science for understanding global change impacts on fresh water” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global Education Center.
McDonnell is a faculty member at the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan and Distinguished Professor at the University of Aberdeen and Oregon State University.
As the 2013 Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor, McDonnell will spend January through March in North Carolina, working primarily from UNC’s Institute for the Environment and spending one day a week at Duke University working with colleagues at the Nicholas School of the Environment.
NCCU hosts business talk
DURHAM — Two experts on branding and marketing will explore “The Business of Marketing” at N.C. Central University in the next installment of the School of Business Dean’s Global Speaker Series.
The featured speakers are Richelle Parham, vice president and chief marketing officer for eBay North America, and Brian James King, senior vice president for global brand management and portfolio programs at Marriott International.
The discussion will take place Jan. 29, starting at 5:15 p.m. in B.N. Duke Auditorium. The public session, including presentations by Parham and King, will run till 6:30 p.m. There will be smaller sessions before and after for business students, faculty and invited guests.
Those planning to attend are requested to RSVP at or call 919-530-6458.
Duke professor named to post
DURHAM — Duke University physics professor Berndt Mueller is now associate lab director for nuclear and particle physics at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York.
Mueller, a theoretical physicist who studies the quark-gluon plasma, will hold the associate lab director position, along with a joint appointment at Duke, through December 2015.
VA Center promotes Haigh
DURHAM — Sara Haigh has been named associate director of the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Haigh will be responsible for the organization, direction and coordination of administrative functions of the center.
Haigh, who has worked at the Durham VAMC since 1997, was appointed assistant director in March 2009 and has been serving as the acting associate director since Oct. 1, 2012. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Delaware.
Law school offers series
DURHAM — N.C. Central University’s School of Law will host a series of information sessions on legal issues surrounding child support.
During the first session, on Jan. 22, Child Support Establishment, attorney Nakia Davis will discuss the importance of paternity testing, how child support is determined, the types of child support orders, the impact of custody on a child support order and other topics.
On March 5, during the session on child support modification, Davis will discuss what needs to be filed, who may file, when one may file and where one must file for a child support modification.
During the final session, on March 26, Davis will discuss what to do if you find yourself with a contempt order for nonpayment and face the possibility of incarceration for nonpayment.
All sessions, which are free and open to the public, are from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Turner Law Building.

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