Apr. 22, 2013 @ 04:45 PM

Former ambassador to deliver Biddle Lecture at Duke
DURHAM – Former U.S. Ambassador Donna J. Hrinak will speak about the clichés and realities of Latin America in the 21st century at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at Duke University.
Her lecture, “Latin America: More Than Just an Asterisk?” will explore what Latin American countries are doing to compete and contribute in a global world. The Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, Jr. Lecture on International Studies is free and open to the public and takes place in room 04 at the Sanford School of Public Policy.
The current president of Boeing Brazil, Hrinak previously served as U.S. ambassador to Brazil, Venezuela, Bolivia and the Dominican Republic, and as deputy assistant secretary of state for Mexico and the Caribbean. She has also held assignments in Colombia, Honduras, Mexico and Poland and was vice president of global public policy and government affairs at PepsiCo, Inc.
Hrinak’s honors include the U.S. government’s Distinguished Public Service Award and the State Department’s Career Achievement Award. In 2005, she was named international businesswoman of the year by the Miami chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade. Hrinak serves on the board of directors of the Inter-American Dialogue and on the board of counselors of McLarty Associates. She is based in São Paulo, Brazil.
The Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, Jr. Lecture on International Studies was established by Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans and James H. Semans and their family to honor Mrs. Semans’ father, who had a distinguished career as a diplomat serving the United States and was an original signer of The Duke Endowment.
The lecture symbolizes Duke University’s continuing commitment to promoting international understanding and the foreign service as a career option.
UNC junior named 2013 Goldwater Scholar
CHAPEL HILL –  Patrick Joseph Short of Raleigh, a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been awarded a 2013 Goldwater Scholarship. UNC sophomore Anna-Lisa Doebley of Middleton, Wis., and junior Vishwajith Sridharan of McLean, Va., received honorable mentions.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program of Springfield, Va., recently announced 271 recipients nationwide from a pool of 1,107 nominees. The scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year for educational expenses to sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. Short is the 40th Goldwater Scholar from Carolina since the program began in 1989.
The son of John and Denice Short of Raleigh, Short came to UNC-Chapel Hill on a Morehead-Cain Scholarship. An applied mathematics and quantitative biology major, he’s been inducted to Phi Beta Kappa and is also a member of the UNC men’s crew team. He was named a 2012 First Team Academic All-American by the American Collegiate Rowing Association.
Short is immersed in multiple research studies at Carolina. One of his projects in the DeSimone Lab looks at nanoparticle delivery of therapeutics for autoimmune diseases. In another research group, he’s working on a sensitivity analysis of a mathematical model of the mitotic spindle. The goal of the project is to integrate model data with wet lab data to explore material properties of chromosomal DNA.
A third study examines biological networks, and specifically gene-gene networks, using high throughput sequencing data. The genesis for this study was a 10-week summer internship in the Cook Lab in the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology at Oxford University.
Short plans to pursue medical and doctoral degrees in genetics and conduct clinical research in the genetic basis of disease and personalized medicine. “As sequencing becomes continually cheaper and faster, personalized medicine will allow for more effective treatment in nearly all aspects of human health from cancers to immunology to preventive care,” he said.
UNC junior awarded 2013 Udall Scholarship
CHAPEL HILL – Akhil A. Jariwala of Raleigh, a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named a 2013 Morris K. Udall Scholar. The Udall Scholarship recognizes sophomores and juniors who demonstrate a commitment to careers in the environment, Native American health care or tribal public policy and also have strong academics, leadership potential and a record of public service.
Jariwala was one of 50 students selected nationwide from 488 candidates nominated by 230 colleges and universities. The award will cover tuition, books, room and board up to $5,000 for his senior year. Jariwala is the university’s 15th Udall Scholar since the awards began in 1996.
The son of Arvind and Parul Jariwala of Raleigh, Jariwala came to UNC-Chapel Hill on a Morehead-Cain Scholarship. A business administration and environmental studies major, he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s highest honor society for college students.
He is currently studying in Hong Kong through the GLOBE Program, a tri-continental fellowship that allows Kenan-Flagler Business School students to study international business with peers from universities in Copenhagen and Hong Kong.
Area residents named to Syracuse University dean’s list
The following area students enrolled at Syracuse University were named to the fall 2012 dean’s list for their respective schools/colleges: Aleah Marrow, of Durham, College of Visual and Performing Arts; Sarah Arlotto, of Chapel Hill, Martin J. Whitman School of Management; and Loren Simms, of Chapel Hill, School of Education.
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