Campus briefs

Oct. 15, 2013 @ 12:53 AM

Faculty/Staff Achievements
- Dr. James Abbruzzese, a leading expert in the clinical study and treatment of pancreatic cancer, has been named chief of the Division of Medical Oncology and associate director for clinical research at the Duke Cancer Institute.
He will assume his new roles on Nov. 11 and is currently chairman of the department of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology and Digestive Diseases at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
- Duke University’s School of Law was ranked No. 1 for “Best Quality of Life” in The Princeton Review’s 2014 Edition of The Best 169 Law Schools. The “Best Quality of Life” category is based on student answers to survey questions on whether there is a strong sense of community at the school, how aesthetically pleasing the school is, the location of the school, the quality of social life at the school, the school's classroom facilities and the library staff.

Worth Repeating
“Being visible was a really huge deal because people weren’t as visible in that year, in that era. ... It felt important, and one of the things throughout the ’80s and ’90s, among people who were activists, was that coming out is one of the most powerful things that you can do. Those of us that do have that privilege that allows us to come out, also have the responsibility to do so.”
- Terri Phoenix on the 25th anniversary of National Coming Out Day. Phoenix is the director of the UNC-Chapel Hill LGBTQ Center and attended the original March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1987.

: N.C. Central University is celebrating Founder’s Day, which will honor founder Dr. James E. Shepard and induct members of the class of 1963. Free admission. 9 a.m. | McDougald-McLendon Gynasium, NCCU Campus, Durham
Friday: Experience a traditional Japanese tea gathering in the Duke Gardens teahouse. Enjoy the aesthetics, poetry and serenity of the rich tradition over an enticing bowl of whisked green tea and a Japanese confection. Guests will meet at the Doris Duke Center to be escorted to the teahouse. Participant limit is 10 people. Cost is $40, $30 for Duke Gardens members and Duke students/staff. For information, contact Sara Smith at 6:45 p.m. | Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St., Durham
Saturday: NCCU presents its annual Homecoming Parade, which will start at W.G. Pearson Elementary School on Fayetteville Street and travel to Lawson Street. 9 a.m. | Fayetteville Street, Durham
Saturday: Celebrate the fall harvest season with Duke Campus Farm. Sip and sample treats made from the farm’s signature beets and sweet potatoes. There also will be farm tours and lawn games. Contact Emily Sloss at for information. 2  - 5 p.m. | Duke Campus Farm, 4934 Friends School Road, Durham
Sunday: The NCCU Marching Sound Machine is hosting high school bands from across the country at its third annual Homecoming Battle of the Bands. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Visit for information. 3 p.m. | O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium, NCCU Campus, Durham
Monday: Duke Teaching Observatory is hosting a public stargazing night. Observe the sky through telescopes guided by Duke physicists. For information, contact Ronen Plesser at 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Duke Teaching Observatory,  4900 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham. Observatory entrance across the street from GPS location.
Monday: UNC-Chapel Hill is hosting a talk titled, “Arab Uprisings Aren’t Over.” The speaker, Thanassis Cambanis, is a writer who has covered the Arab world for more than a decade and is completing a book on Egypt after Mubarak. Free admission. 5:30 p.m. |  FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill