Campus briefs

Jun. 23, 2014 @ 10:15 AM

Duke researchers identify new cancer treatment
DURHAM – Duke Medicine researchers identified a new strategy for treating a nerve tissue cancer with modified heparin.
In a study conducted in mice and published June 17 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers found that when the century-old injectable drug is altered to remove its blood-thinning properties, it shrinks neuroblastoma tumors without causing severe bleeding.
Neuroblastoma is rare overall, but the most common cancer in infants, according to the American Cancer Society.

McCrindle collection highlighted at UNC’s Ackland
CHAPEL HILL -- About 130 prints, drawings and paintings collected by philanthropist and publisher Joseph F. McCrindle are on display at The Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
McCrindle, founder and editor of the Transatlantic Review, amassed thousands of works of art during his lifetime. The exhibition is titled "An Eye for the Unexpected: Gifts from the Joseph F. McCrindle Collection."

Duke medical library explores Civil War medicine
DURHAM -- A new exhibit, called "Civil War Medicine," is on display in the Duke University Medical Center Library on Searle Drive.
The exhibit, which runs until September, features rare books, medical instruments, artifacts and historic images and documents from the Rubenstein Library.
The medical center library also is hosting a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine that highlights contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons and hospital staff during the Civil War. That exhibit will be on the second level of the library until July 19.
The library is open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Duke, UNC researchers recognized for influence
DURHAM – Dozens of professors from Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earned recognition from Thomson Reuters as highly cited researchers. They’re among the top 1 percent most cited for their subject field and year of publication.
Professors from Duke include:
- Benjamin Wiley, chemistry
- Christopher Granger, clinical medicine
- Erik Magnus Ohman, clinical medicine
- Michael J. Pencina, clinical medicine
- Dan Ariely, economics and business
- Tim Bollerslev, economics and business
- Campbell Harvey, economics and business
- Robert Jackson, environment/ecology
- Heather Stapleton, environment/ecology
- Jennifer West, materials science
- James Berger, mathematics
- Ingrid Daubechies, mathematics
- Bryan Cullen, microbiology
- Barton Haynes, microbiology
- David Montefiori, microbiology
- Ahmad Hariri, neuroscience and behavior
- Robert Lefkowitz, pharmacology and toxicology
- David R. Smith, physics
- Philip Benfey, plant and animal science
- Xinnian Dong, plant and animal science
- Tai-Ping Sun, plant and animal science
- Avshalom Caspi, psychiatry/psychology
- Honalee Harrington, psychiatry/psychology
- Richard Keefe, psychiatry/psychology
- Joseph Mcevoy, psychiatry/psychology
- Terrie Moffitt, psychiatry/psychology
- Kelly Brownell, social sciences
- James Moody, social sciences
- Mary Story, social sciences
Professors from UNC include:
- Wenbin Lin, chemistry
- John Buse, clinical medicine
- Gerardo Heiss, clinical medicine
- Charles M. Perou, clinical medicine
- Sidney Smith, clinical medicine
- Valarie Zeithaml, economics and business
- Stanley Lemon, microbiology
- Yun Li, molecular biology and genetics
- Karen Mohlke, molecular biology and genetics
- Elena Batrakova, pharmacology and toxicology
- Alexander Kabanov, pharmacology and toxicology
- Terry Kanakin, pharmacology and toxicology
- Jeffery L. Dangl, plant and animal science
- Richard Dixon, plant and animal science
- Diana Perkins, psychiatry/psychology
- Liesbet Hooghe, social sciences
- Seth Noar, social sciences
- Barry Popkin, social sciences

Duke cancer center lauded for innovation
DURHAM – Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center in Durham was one of six programs in the United States (and the only one in North Carolina) recognized with a 2014 Innovator Award from the Association of Community Cancer Centers.
The ACCC honored a partnership between Duke and the Carolinas Palliative Care Database Consortium that collected quality improvement data to understand patients’ needs and inform practice change.

Local students recognized on dean’s, chancellor’s lists
Several local students were cited for academic performance on dean’s lists and honor rolls for the most recent semester. Among them:
- Nicholas E. Drew of Durham at Campbell University in Buie’s Creek
- Joseph Pratt of Durham at Winston Salem State University
- Dorothy Galli of Durham at Macalester College in Minnesota
- Bessie Nicole Barnes and Jazmyne Nicole Satterfield, both of Durham, at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Local students graduate from college
Two local students graduated at the end of the most recent semester:
- Erin Wuebbens of Durham from American University in Washington, D.C.
- Stephen Sotolongo of Durham from Elon University

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