Campus briefs

Nov. 04, 2013 @ 10:37 AM


- Duke University School of Nursing was named the second best graduate nursing program in the country by, a graduate program guide for students, by students. The ranking was announced in the fall 2013 edition of “Top Grad Nursing Programs” and is the first of its kind.  More than 40,000 current or recently graduated students evaluated more than 1,300 graduate schools nationwide. The University of Pittsburgh was ranked the No. 1 nursing program.

- Lee Baker, cultural anthropology professor and dean of Duke Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, has received the Distinguished Service Award by the Society for North American Anthropology. This prize is awarded to a senior anthropologist for broad-based contributions to research, teaching and service related to the development of critical studies of North America.

- All three hospitals in the Duke University Health System were recognized as top performers in the 2013 assessment by the Joint Commission, which accredits health organizations in the U.S. Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional and Duke Raleigh hospitals were among 1,099 facilities that attained excellence by the Joint Commission, representing the top 33 percent of accredited hospitals that report accountability measures nationwide.

The four accountability measures specifically highlighted for excellence at Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional and Duke Raleigh hospitals include heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.


Worth Repeating

“… We have become more and more sort of radically transparent to our government or to data brokers whose names we have never heard of or big companies we have heard of such as Facebook and Google and so on. We have become radically transparent to them and they’ve become more opaque to us. It’s a place where you’re almost living inside a one-way mirror.”

- Barton Gellman, one of the journalists who interviewed and received documents from National Security Agency analyst turned leaker Edward Snowden this past spring, during a “Foreign Policy and National Security” discussion at UNC-Chapel Hill Wednesday.




Wednesday: N.C. Central University will hold a celebration paying tribute to the life and legacy of NCCU alumnus and noted civil rights attorney Julius L. Chambers. Chambers passed away Aug. 2 at 76 years old. 4 to 6 p.m. | B.N. Duke Auditorium, NCCU campus

Wednesday:  Durham Tech will hold a “Global Warming and the Arab Spring” discussion. Dr. Vakur Sumer from Selcuk University in Turkey will analyze some of the ways that climate change is driving current Middle Eastern conflicts, such as the on-going Syrian civil war. 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Collins Building (Auditorium, room 278), Durham Tech main campus, 1637 Lawson St., Durham

Wednesday: The Duke Pakistani Students' Association will host Pakistan's Federal Minister of Planning Development and Reform, Ahsan Iqbal. Iqbal, who also has served as the Minister of Education, will speak about his vision for Pakistan 2025. 8:15 - 10:15 p.m. | York Room, Divinity School, Duke West Campus

Thursday: Dr. David Cleaves, climate change adviser to the chief of the U.S. Forest Service, will lead a "Forest Conservation and Climate Change: Adaptation of Science, Policy, and Practices” discussion. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Love Auditorium, Levine Science Research Center, Research Drive, Duke University, Durham

Friday: NCCU hosts its fifth annual School of Education Graduate Research Symposium, where organizations, private clinics and vendors will discuss career opportunities and technology advancements in education and communication disorders. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | H.M. Michaux Jr. School of Education Building, 700 Cecil St., Durham

Friday: UNC President Tom Ross will provide an open-to-the-public update on the the UNC Board of Governors’ five-year strategic plan implementation and the importance of renewed state investment in the public university system. 2:45 - 3:30 p.m. | Room 2603, Knapp-Sanders Building, School of Government, UNC-Chapel Hill

Friday-Sunday: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill celebrates its Homecoming. Find the schedule of events at

Nov. 11: Is NSA leaker Edward Snowden a patriot or a traitor? Logan Beirne, an Olin Scholar at Yale Law School and previously practiced at Sullivan & Cromwell's New York office, joins the Duke Law Federalist Society for a discussion. 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. | Room 3037, Duke Law School, 210 Science Drive, Durham