Apr. 09, 2013 @ 03:40 PM

Nobel laureate at UNC, Duke
DURHAM — Nobel Laureate Jean Marie Le Clézio, the prolific French author, and Issa Asgarally, the Mauritian cultural scholar and activist, will discuss “Interculturality and the Arts” April 17-19 at a series of events at UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University.
Le Clézio and Asgarally co-founded the Foundation for Interculturality and Peace to explore how to promote dialogue across cultural and geographical barriers through the arts and humanities, community engagement and educational curricula.
Both men will be at UNC’s Sonja Haynes Stone Center on April 17 for readings and book-signing (10-11:30 a.m.), roundtable discussions (2-4:30 p.m.) and the keynote address (6:30-7:30 p.m.).
On April 18 they will be at Duke for roundtable discussions and readings (2-5 p.m., Franklin Humanities Institute/ Haiti Lab). On April 19, Duke and UNC music faculty will co-host a concert at Duke in their honor featuring soprano Terry Ellen Rhodes, cellist Fred Raimi and pianist Jane Hawkins (7 p.m., Mary Duke Biddle Music Building on Duke’s East Campus).
Le Clézio and Asgarally will also visit faculty and students at East Chapel Hill High School.
Huntsman speaks at Duke
DURHAM — Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., diplomat, businessman and twice-elected Republican governor of Utah, will deliver part two of his Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture series Thursday at 5 p.m. at Duke University.
The talk, “Today’s Changing Political Landscape: Foreign and Domestic,” in Fleishman Commons at the Sanford School of Public Policy is free and open to the public. A reception in the lobby will follow the talk.
In a dialogue with Sanford professor Philip Bennett, Huntsman will discuss U.S.-China relations in the context of the recent leadership transitions and incidents of intellectual property theft. He will also share his thoughts on how the Republican Party can adapt and seek to broaden its appeal.
France honors two
DURHAM — The Consul General of France in Atlanta Denis Barbet will award the Academic Palms, in the rank of knight, to Michèle Longino, former director of the Center of Excellence of Duke University, and David Bell, professor of French studies at Duke.
Created by Napoleon in 1808, the Academic Palms honor members of the education community who, through their actions and passion abroad, demonstrate themselves to be dynamic actors in the promotion of the French language and culture.
The honorific distinction is a demonstration of gratitude to Longino and Bell for their intellectual and pedagogical work that has contributed to the circulation of knowledge and ideas between France and the United States.
The consul general, Denis Barbet, will make the award presentation on campus of Duke during a visit there next week.
Caiola gets award
CHAPEL HILL — Stephen Caiola, an associate professor in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at UNC Chapel Hill, has received the Ned Brooks Award for Public Service from the school.
The award, which is named for Brooks, a faculty member and administrator at Carolina since 1972, recognizes a faculty or staff member who has built a sustained record of community service through individual efforts and has promoted the involvement and guidance of others.
For more than four decades, Caiola has promoted public service through his work with UNC Hospitals and at the School of Pharmacy. After establishing the clinical pharmacy program at UNC Hospitals, he worked with Orange Chatham Comprehensive Health Service to move UNC into the community to improve the health care needs of the underserved. During that time, he also involved pharmacy students as charter members of the Student Health Action Coalition, the oldest health affairs student-run clinic in the country.
Nisbet places high
CARRBORO — Alexander Nisbet, a resident of Carrboro, won second place out of 839 students at the 37th annual Planet Student Career Days —The National Collegiate Landscape Competition.
Organized by the national trade association for landscape professionals, the three-day competition at Auburn University in Alabama is designed to held build careers for college students. Nisbet attends Alamance Community College in Graham.
Students competed in 28 different events directly related to the skills necessary for a career in the industry, including 3-D landscape design, irrigation techniques, hardscape installation, plant identification and business management.
Science fun at Duke
DURHAM — Astonishing materials, crazy chemistry and all things squishy and gooey are the stars of a family-friendly, hands-on evening of science hosted by the Triangle Materials Research Science and Engineering Center on April 17.
The event, which is open to the public, runs from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Gross Hall on Duke University’s West Campus.
It will include a fun, science-filled presentation by Popular Science columnist Theo Gray, who is author of several books, including “Theo Gray’s Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do At Home — But Probably Shouldn’t.” Gray will demonstrate the exciting and surprising properties of many materials and chemicals we know and love.
Students and faculty from Duke and N.C. State will lead hands-on demonstrations focused on the unique behavior of many materials, especially “soft matter.” Kids and adults can make and play with fun polymers, learn about next generation soft materials and chat with all of the “mad scientists.”
Adair appointed
DURHAM — Bill Adair, creator and editor of PolitiFact, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning website of the Tampa Bay Times, has been appointed the Knight Professor of Computational Journalism at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.
Adair, 51, will join the faculty July 1 as a professor of the practice of journalism and public policy. He said he is “excited about this wonderful opportunity and very honored to have been selected.”
Two years after its creation, the site won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. PolitiFact also has affiliates in 10 states and a partnership with Hearst Television, and has inspired fact-checking sites in France, Norway and Sweden, among other countries.
Two get Goldwaters
DURHAM — Two Duke University juniors have been selected as scholars by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.
Kushal Seetharam and Yaohua Xue are among 271 students awarded Goldwater Scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year. The one- and two-year scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.
The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a national field of more than 1,100 mathematics, science and engineering students. The scholarship program honoring the late U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.
Xue is a chemistry and economics double major from Apex. Seetharam is an Angier B. Duke Scholar from Great Falls, Va., and a physics and electrical and computer engineering double major.
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