- Dr. Sean Kimbro, director of the N.C. Central University Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute (BBRI) and associate professor of biology, has been appointed to the American Heart Association Board of Directors for the 2014-15 year. At BBRI, Kimbro leads a team of research scientists whose mission includes exploring the biological and behavioral causes for cardio-metabolic disease, cancer, neurological diseases, alcohol abuse and nutraceuticals as treatments for some of these diseases.
- The John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy has recognized two local professors for excellence in teaching. The center's Spirit of Inquiry awards were given to Duke’s Peter Feaver for his course “American Foreign Policy” and UNC-Chapel Hill’s Gidi Shemer for “Human Anatomy and Physiology.” For six years, the Pope Center has honored college-level instructors who have been nominated by their students and selected by a distinguished panel of judges.
Friday: Moonshine has its roots in North Carolina, and from prohibition to NASCAR, moonshine it has had a colorful history. Come learn about the process, from the farm to the bottle, of how moonshine and whiskey are made. Instructor Jack Hunt has studied the craft and science of distillation. Register at events.duke.edu/campusfarm. Cost: $5. | 3 - 5 p.m.; Duke Campus Farm, 4934 Friends School Road, Durham
Saturday: N.C. Central holds its winter commencement ceremony. Dr. Annika Barnett, first NCCU alumna to graduate from Harvard Medical School, is the commencement speaker. | 9 - 11 a.m.; McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium, NCCU campus, 616 E. Lawson St., Durham
Sunday: UNC-Chapel Hill holds its winter commencement ceremony. The speaker is Kevin Guskiewicz, world-renowned concussion expert and UNC exercise and sport science professor. | 2 p.m.; Dean E. Smith Center, UNC campus, Skipper Bowles Drive, Chapel Hill