Campus briefs

Oct. 21, 2013 @ 08:45 AM

Faculty/Staff Achievements

- Duke University School of Medicine has established a new center for dermatological research named for the late Dr. Sheldon Pinnell, who led the division of dermatology in the 1980s and ’90s and paved the way for its expansion to departmental status. As a researcher, Pinnell shed important light on subjects including genetic diseases, the biology of collagen, and the processes by which exposure to the sun causes accelerated aging of the skin. A pioneer in the discovery and development of topical antioxidants to prevent and repair such damage, he was a founding scientist and chief medical adviser for science-based skin care company SkinCeuticals.

- Duke University School of Nursing is accepting applications for its new HIV/AIDS specialty concentration within the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner major for the fall 2014 semester. The distance-based HIV/AIDS curriculum will be directed by James (Les) Harmon, assistant professor at the school since 2008 and a nurse practitioner with more than 16 years of experience treating HIV/AIDS patients.
The new specialty concentration is being launched with grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Duke School of Nursing is one of only five schools in the nation to receive this grant and the only school in the Southeast, where there is a critical need for HIV/AIDS health care providers.

- The Duke School of Nursing and the University of California, Davis Extension, are joining forces to bring Duke’s nursing Population Care Coordinator Program to Northern California. Population Care Coordinators are specially trained nurses who work closely with primary care physicians and care teams to implement patient-centered approaches in health care.
Created by Duke, the 14-week Population Care Coordinator Program is designed to help nurses develop crucial competencies in population health management, care team leadership, health coaching, behavior change and patient self-management.

- TIME has highlighted Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in its list of “Game Changers,” or innovators and problem-solvers that are inspiring change in America. Guskiewicz is the Kenan distinguished professor and co-director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center and Director of the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. “The research is really driving change in terms of the policy, and it’s changing the game, the games we play,” he said in the TIME interview.

- Oceanographers from Duke University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the University of Miami have received $16 million in grants from the National Science Foundation for the deployment of a new observing system in the subpolar region of the North Atlantic. The observing system will measure the ocean’s overturning circulation, a key component of the global climate system.

Worth Repeating

“God wouldn’t give me something that I couldn’t handle. … There are people who are in my condition who aren’t in as good physical shape as me. I’m making sure I’m doing this for all the people who can’t or don’t want to share their stories.”

- Sheldon Mba, a 19-year-old N.C. Central University theater and dance sophomore who is living with a life-threatening blood disorder. He is trying to find a bone marrow transplant donor.


Wednesday:  IRS tax help is now available to North Carolina families through the NCCU School of Law’s Virtual Justice Project. The seminar will be geared toward helping taxpayers understand pre- and post-filing situations. Registration is recommended but not required. Contact Demetria Harris at 919-530-6601 or for more information. Noon – 1:30 p.m. | NCCU School of Law, 640 Nelson St., Durham

Thursday: Join Attorney Nakia C. Davis, supervising attorney for the Family Law Clinic at the NCCU School of Law, as she answers questions that relate to child custody, child support and divorce. Registration is encouraged but not required. Contact Demetria Harris at 919-530-6601 or for information. 6 – 7:30 p.m. | NCCU School of Law, 640 Nelson St., Durham – Telepresence Room

Thursday: The Durham Tech main campus is holding its Fall Harvest Fest, where DTCC students can grab food, refreshments and prizes. Must have a student ID. Noon – 4 p.m. | Main Campus Plaza, Durham Tech, 1637 E. Lawson St., Durham

Friday: The Duke Arts Festival: Arts + Sustainability begins Friday with a 10-day showcase that celebrates the creativity of student artists and performers. The festival includes an exhibition of visual art in the Bryan Center and solo and group performances by students throughout the week. For more information, visit:

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