Campus briefs

Nov. 18, 2013 @ 10:14 AM


- Vance-Granville Community College has announced the names of students on its summer semester Dean’s List: Brian G. Bishop of Durham, Cynthia H. Wrenn of Creedmoor and Megan C. Sullivan of Oxford.

- Eight UNC alumni received awards Nov. 1 at the 15th annual Alumni Association Awards ceremony of the UNC-Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School. The Alumni Association Awards were presented to Steven D. Bell of Greensboro, founder of Bell Partners, Business School Leadership Award; Rolf K. Hoffmann of Westlake Village, Calif., senior vice president and head of U.S. commercial operations for Amgen, Global Leadership Award; and Phaedra Boinodiris of Cary, global serious games and gamification program manager at IBM, Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
Five honorees received Alumni Merit Awards, given by the school’s degree programs to alumni who personify the school’s tradition of excellence: H. Kel Landis III of Raleigh, co-founder and partner at Plexus Capital, bachelor of science in business administration award; Jeffrey A. Allred of Atlanta, partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, master of business administration award; Cam Patterson of Chapel Hill, chief of the division of cardiology at UNC Hospitals and associate dean of medical entrepreneurship at UNC, executive MBA award; Coleman D. Ross of Chapel Hill, independent insurance companies director and former national leader of insurance practice at Price Waterhouse Coopers, master of accounting award; and William D. Perreault of Chapel Hill, William R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Marketing, doctoral award.

- Duke postdoctoral researcher Natalia Martin is The Pew Charitable Trusts’ biomedical researcher of the month for her creative work on neuroimmunology. Martin studies the role of the nervous and immune systems in the process of innate immunity—the body’s first line of defense against invading pathogens.

- Duke University was ranked No. 16 and UNC-Chapel Hill was ranked No. 38 on Lumosity's 2013 list of Smartest Colleges in America. The analysis is based on data from over 70,000 college students who use Lumosity’s brain training program and examines data from Lumosity games that challenge five cognitive areas: memory, processing speed, flexibility, attention and problem solving.
- Researchers leading the UNC Carolina Breast Cancer Study have enrolled the 3,000th participant for the study’s third phase, making it the largest-ever population-based study of breast cancer in North Carolina and one of the largest in the world. This milestone completes enrollment and initiates the five year follow-up. Launched in 1993, the study aims to improve understanding of breast cancer, including why the disease’s fatality rate is higher in African-American women.



- The Duke Global Health Institute awarded pilot funding to two research teams for projects in Kenya and China. The funding is part of DGHI's International Travel Grant Program, which biannually gives Duke junior faculty, trainees and postdoctoral fellows the opportunity to explore possibilities for global health research in low- or middle-income countries, according to the institute.
A team led by Virginia Radcliff and Peter Kussin will explore the feasibility of using ultrasounds as a tool to guide fluid resuscitation for Kenyan patients in critical care.  Another team led by Megan Allyse and Subhashini Chandrasekharan will build collaborations for a potential study that explores the barriers of non-invasive prenatal genetic testing in China.

- Samuel Lai, a UNC-Chapel Hill chemical and biomolecular engineer, has received a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, a five-year, $875,000 award that recognizes the nation’s most innovative young scientists. Lai, an assistant professor at UNC’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy and a member of Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, is one of 16 recipients nationwide to be awarded the unrestricted grant from The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.