Campus briefs, May 20

May. 19, 2014 @ 12:34 AM

Duke University nursing school gets new dean

DURHAM - Marion E. Broome, dean of Indiana University's School of Nursing, on Aug. 1 will join Duke University in that capacity.

She'll succeed Catherine Gilliss, who announced in September that she was retiring as dean after 10 years. 

Broome's main focus has been pain interventions for children, but she also explored ethics related to informed consent of children in research, research misconduct in clinical trials and ethical dilemmas in publishing. She has published more than 90 journal papers, five books and is editor-in-chief of Nursing Outlook, the official journal of the American Academy of Nursing and the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science.

She earned her nursing degree from the Medical College of Georgia, a master's in family health nursing from the University of South Carolina and a doctorate in child and family development from the University of Georgia.

"Marion Broome is one of the foremost leaders in nursing in this country, and we are delighted she will be joining the Duke School of Nursing and the health system at a time of exciting challenges in health care education, research and care delivery, and the need for better integration of these missions," Victor Dzau, chancellor for health affairs and president and CEO of the Duke University Health System, said in a news release.

NCCU plans memorial service for Lawson

DURHAM – N.C. Central University will host a memorial service for long-time campus photographer Robert Lawson. It will be at St. Joseph’s AME Church on Fayetteville Street on May 31 at 1 p.m.

Lawson took photographs of people and events on campus for 50 years before his retirement in 2013.

In lieu of flowers, relatives ask that people consider a donation in his honor to NCCU Athletics at or to the American Cancer Society.

Apprenticeship open in memory of NCCU student

DURHAM - Theater students at N.C. Central University are invited to apply and audition for the first Devonte Squire Acting Apprenticeship.

The chosen apprentice will get $1,200 for working as an actor in the Durham Family Theatre production of "The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963," adapted from the award-winning novel by Christopher Paul Curtis by Reginald Andre Jackson. The apprentice works 15 hours a week for 8 and 1/2 weeks, starting on Sept. 13, 2014.

The apprenticeship was founded in the memory of Devonte Squire, an NCCU theater student who died suddenly earlier this year.

To apply, visit or pick up a packet at the university's Department of Theatre & Dance office at 115 Farrison-Newton Communications Building, 1801 Fayetteville Street. Application deadline is Aug. 15. After materials are received, an audition will be scheduled for a 1-minute scene plus cold reading from the play script between Aug. 25 and 28.

UNC alumni group bestows medals

CHAPEL HILL – The General Alumni Association of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill honored five alumni for outstanding service.

The recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Service Medals were W. Lowry Caudill of Durham, Donald W. Curtis of Raleigh, Henry E. Frye of Greensboro, Julia Sprunt Grumbles of Chapel Hill and Dr. Hugh A. McAllister Jr. of Houston.

UNC students receive travel fellowships

CHAPEL HILL - Seven University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students have received travel fellowships for research abroad this summer.

The UNC Class of 1938 fellowships were awarded to rising seniors who submitted proposals for projects outside the United States. Each recipient gets $5,000.

Six of the students received 2014 Class of 1938 Summer Project Abroad Fellowships:

- Anururadha Bhowmik of Northfield, New Jersey

- Adrianna (Grace) Farson of Davidson

- Chloe Imus of Pilot Mountain

- April Peterson of Chester, Virginia

- Lydia Thompson of Monroe

- Jaclyn Wu of Barrington, Illinois

Margaret (Maggie) Walker of Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, received the Charles H. and Margaret M. Witten Travel Award, also $5,000.

Duke University environment school gets new dean

DURHAM - Alan Townsend, an ecosystem ecologist and professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has been chosen as the new dean of Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment. He starts the job on July 1.

Townsend, 48, succeeds William L. Chameides, the school's dean since 2007, who will continue as part of the Nicholas faculty.

The new dean's research focuses on how ecosystems interact with a changing global environment and why it matters to people.

The appointment comes after a search involving 270 candidates.

UNC’s Ackland Art Museum exhibition wins award

CHAPEL HILL - "More Love: Art, Politics and Sharing Since the 1990s," an exhibit curated by Claire Schneider for the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, got honorable mention from the Association of Art Museum Curators.

The exhibit was considered under the category of "Exhibitions by Museums with an Operating Budget Under $4 Million." About 13,000 people visited the exibition during its eight-week run in February and March 2013.

Local students make Greensboro College dean’s list

GREENSBORO – Greensboro College released its dean’s list honorees for the Spring 2014 semester. Qualifying students earned at least a 3.5 grade point average while taking at least have their credit hours at the main campus.

Honorees from our area include:

Andrew Michael Baranosky of Durham

Brooke J. Butler of Chapel Hill

Caty Ann Everhart of Hillsborough

Jeffrey Ryan Lochrie of Durham

Andrew Brendan Toney of Durham

UNC garden director wins national award

CHAPEL HILL – Peter S. White, director of the North Carolina Botanical Garden at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has won the 2014 Star Award from the Center for Plant Conservation.

He received the award on May 8 in recognition for demonstrating concern about conserving native plants.

The award honored White’s work with patch dynamics, which emphasizes that each area of an ecosystem is composed of small “sub-ecosystems,” along with his work on invasive species and preserve design.