Campus briefs

Oct. 28, 2013 @ 11:52 AM

Achievements

- President Obama announced last week that Judge Patricia E. Campbell-Smith has been named chief judge of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Campbell-Smith received her bachelor of science with honors in 1987 from Duke University, and she currently serves on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
- The White House Internship Program, which prepares students for public service and leadership roles, announced its fall participants. Four Duke students made the list: Tyler Cumberlander of Westfield, Mass.; Robby Naoufal of San Diego, Calif.; Tullia Rushton of Birmingham, Ala.; and Mark Sobin of Silver Spring, Md.
- Dr. Myron S. Cohen, a UNC physician and scientist who is internationally recognized for his work studying the transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS, has received the 2013 North Carolina Award for Science. Cohen, also the director of the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases, will receive the award, the state’s highest civilian honor, from Gov. Pat McCrory at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham Nov. 21. Since 1964, the awards have been given annually in four categories: fine arts, literature, public service and science.
- The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s General Alumni Association presented Distinguished Young Alumni Awards to Stuart Alan Albright Jr. of Durham and Thanassis Cambanis of Beirut. Albright graduated from UNC in 2001 with a degree in English and is now an English teacher and football coach at Jordan High School in Durham. Cambanis graduated from UNC in 1997 with a degree in history and is a former Daily Tar Heel editor. He is now a foreign correspondent who has written about the Middle East.
- Betsy Q. Melcher, academic coordinator for the Duke University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Division, was recently honored with the New Faculty Award from the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). The award recognizes faculty members with three years or fewer of service who have made significant contributions to physician assistant (PA) education teaching, administration, scholarship or professional service.
- The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center (NCDHC) in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library will be the state hub and conduit to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), an organization that provides a single point of access for millions of books, photographs, documents, sound recordings and moving images from some of the leading libraries and archives across the country. Through a partnership announced Thursday, the center will compile and provide information about North Carolina’s digital collections to the DPLA.
Grants
The Executive Leadership Foundation has awarded N.C. Central University a $350,000 grant that will support the university’s Summer Youth Business & Entrepreneurship Academy.             

The grant was provided under the Executive Leadership Foundation’s Community Impact Initiative, a national program aimed at closing the achievement gap among black middle and high school students.
The NCCU School of Business and ELF share the goal of preparing students for career success and global leadership. By enrolling in the Summer Youth Business & Entrepreneurship Academy, high school sophomores and juniors take part in a two-week, non-residential business and entrepreneurship immersion program. Students participate in lectures, corporate visits and a case competition, where they work in teams to prepare a business plan. A panel of judges from the business community evaluates the plan and awards a prize to the winning team.

The partnership with ELF will allow the NCCU Summer Youth Business & Entrepreneurship Academy to expand its outreach to include more students and provide additional services at no cost to the student. The program began in 2012 with 16 and is expected to grow to 60 students in 2014 and double its enrollment in both 2015 and 2016.

Call for volunteers

Duke Medicine is looking for volunteers to take part in the first definitive, large-scale clinical trial to investigate if a vitamin D supplement helps prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in adults who have prediabetes and are at high risk for type 2.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the study is taking place at about 20 study sites across the U.S. The study will include about 2,500 people - Half of the participants will receive vitamin D and the other half will receive a placebo, or a pill that has no drug effect. Participants will have check-ups for the study twice a year and will receive regular health care through their own health care providers.

If you are interested in joining the D2d study as a participant in the Durham area, please contact Duke Medicine at 919-668-7863 or D2dstudy@dm.duke.edu. Learn more about the study at www.D2dstudy.org .