Campus briefs

Nov. 25, 2013 @ 09:01 AM


- The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation will be based as an independent foundation at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment with offices in the school's new home, Duke Environment Hall.
Research collaborations, graduate student projects, and a graduate-level course taught by legendary scientist E.O. Wilson are among the initiatives that will stem from the new partnership. The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation was founded in 2006 and is inspired by E.O. Wilson’s lifelong work to foster a knowing stewardship of our world through biodiversity research and education initiatives that promote and inform worldwide preservation of our biological heritage.
- N.C. Central University Chancellor Debra Saunders-White has been named a grand marshal for Durham’s 12th annual MLK-Black History Month Parade, which will take place Feb. 1 at noon. The theme this year is “Celebrating Black Women in American Culture.” The other two grand marshals will be St. Augustine’s University President Dr. Dianne Suber and Bennett College President Dr. Rosalind Fuse-Hall, according to Spectacular Magazine.

- The UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees has presented its highest honor, the William Richardson Davie Award, to four alumni in recognition of their “dedication, commitment, loyalty and service.”

The alumni award recipients are David Gardner Frey of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Karol Virginia Mason of Washington, D.C.; Hugh A. “Chip” McAllister Jr. of Houston, Texas; and Roger Lee Perry Sr. of Chapel Hill. Established by the Board of Trustees in 1984, the Davie Award is named for the Revolutionary War hero who is considered the father of the university. It recognizes extraordinary service to the university or society.

Worth Repeating

“I want to charge each and every one of you to find ways you can resist and raise awareness in your own lives to make the lives of trans people better and to create more gender self-determination and gender freedom for yourselves.”

- Laverne Cox, transgender actress in the Netflix original series “Orange is the New Black,” speaking to hundreds of students in the UNC-Chapel Hill Student Union Nov. 19 for Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Dec. 3: Bull’s Head Bookshop in UNC Student Stores will host its annual bilingual reading of the Dr. Seuss classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Free and open to the public, with cookies and hot chocolate. | 4 p.m.; 207 South Road, UNC-Chapel Hill
Dec. 3: Join scholars for a discussion on the challenges of measuring an individual’s and society’s happiness. Free pizza. | 5 p.m.; Hyde Hall, University Room, off East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
Dec. 6–8: Celebrating its 80th year of performances, the Duke Chapel Choir presents Handel’s brilliant masterwork in the stunning acoustic of Duke Chapel. This holiday tradition, directed by Rodney Wynkoop, will be presented with full orchestra and professional soloists. Tickets: $20, free for Duke students. Visit for information. | 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m. & 3 p.m.; Duke Chapel, Duke West Campus