Campus briefs

Nov. 11, 2013 @ 11:54 AM


- Misa Noda, a medical student at Duke-National University of Singapore, won the Most Outstanding Third Year Clinical Science Research Thesis Award for her work on occupational health in Sri Lanka. She studied the risk factors for lower back pain among drivers of three-wheelers, a large occupational group in many Asian countries. Her results showed drivers with lower back pain often worked longer hours.  

- Beth Feingold, postdoctoral associate at DGHI, has been named a national fellow by the Environment Leadership Program, which recognizes individuals who show leadership and commitment in responding to social and environmental challenges.

- UNC reproductive biologist Deborah O’Brien and UNC biochemist John Sondek have uncovered potential targets for therapies that could have major implications for men’s health and cancer treatment. They were two of eight GlaxoSmithKline awardees out of 142 candidates in the U.S. and Canada; The GlaxoSmithKline Discovery Fast Track competition will allow the researchers to quickly screen millions of compounds to see if any show promise for regulating male fertility or for cancer treatment.

- Northwestern Mutual life insurance company has donated a Starlight Fun Center to Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center. The center will feature tools and resources for child life specialists who help provide healing, entertainment and distraction for Duke Children’s patients.

Grants & Scholarships

- The KPMG Foundation has awarded Elicia Cowins a $10,000 KPMG Minority Accounting Doctoral Scholarship to pursue her doctorate at UNC-Chapel Hill. Cowins began her doctoral studies in 2009. The KPMG Foundation Minority Accounting Doctoral Scholarship program aims to further increase the completion rate among African-American, Hispanic-American and Native American doctoral students in accounting.

“Worth Repeating”

“… You know we can’t compete in that environment. Not when Connecticut, for example, has invested $137 million and has said publicly that they’re going to steal our faculty, and they’ve already started doing it. So if we’re going to compete, we’ve got to have competitive compensation.”

- UNC system President Tom Ross, regarding the need for competitive salaries and pay increases for faculty and staff, at a UNC Public Administration Conference on Friday. UNC system faculty and staff have only had 1.2-percent pay increases over the last six years.

Now Read This

"Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less" 


248 pages, paperback

To author Carol Krucoff, movement is medicine.

The Duke Integrative Medicine yoga therapist got into the practice decades ago to retain flexibility as a runner and reduce stress from her then journalism job at The Washington Post.

She now works with patients, young and old, flexible to wheelchair-bound. She said she noticed that her patients are sometimes too busy to do full-scale yoga workouts at home, so she decided to create a guide on how to incorporate little yoga practices into daily life, such as a shoulder shrug waiting at a stop light or a mountain pose standing in line at the supermarket.

The book’s 108 practices range from No. 73, the “Victorious Breath,” which can strengthen the respiratory and digestive systems, to No. 40, the “Crane Pose,” which strengthens the legs and abdominals.

“One of the most common things I get is, ‘Oh no, I’m not flexible enough to do yoga,’” Krucoff said. “That’s like saying my house is too messy to hire a cleaning service… The only thing you need to be able to do to practice yoga, there’s only one requirement, and it’s that you can breathe.”


Tuesday: Acclaimed freelance photojournalist David Degner has been based in Cairo, Egypt, for the past three years. He will show photographs and give a first-person account of his time covering the Arab Spring revolutions in Egypt, Libya, Bahrain and Syria. Refreshments will be served on the CDS Porch from 6 to 7 p.m. | 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Duke Center for Documentary Studies, 1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham

Thursday: The UNC-Chapel Hill African Studies Center and the Carolina Women’s Center are co-sponsoring a documentary film screening, “Zanzibar Soccer Queens,” about how Muslim women use soccer as their vehicle for liberation and creativity in a conservative society. | 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.; Hitchcock Room, Stone Center for Black Culture and History, UNC campus, 150 South Road, Chapel Hill

Thursday: A panel discussion regarding the history of planning education throughout the decades, including an introduction to the new book, “The School that Jack Built: City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.” 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Gerrard Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill campus

Nov. 16 – 17: Duke is hosting its very own hackathon, with more than 650 students registered so far who will go after $10,000 in prizes. Visit for more information.

Nov. 19: The Global Health Exchange lecture, organized by Duke Global Health Institute, will present data about gains that need to be made to improve health for marginalized individuals and groups. Free and open to the public. Light lunch will be served. | 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.; Room 124, Trent Drive Hall, Duke campus, 310 Trent Drive, Durham.