Campus briefs

Jan. 19, 2014 @ 02:56 PM


- Hannah Wilson, the daughter of Will Wilson and Frances Presma of Durham, has been named to the Dean’s List of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., for academic achievement during the 2013 fall semester. She was a graduate of Northern High School.

- John Wesley Crill of Durham received a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from N.C. State University in December. Crill is the son of Victoria H. Crill of Durham and Mr. and Mrs. John L. Crill of Clayton.

- The Arthritis Foundation awarded Farshid Guilak, Laszlo Ormandy professor of orthopaedic surgery at Duke University School of Medicine, with the Arthritis Foundation Investigator Award. Guilak’s research focuses on the study of osteoarthritis, a painful and debilitating disease of the synovial joints. His laboratory is exploring development of new pharmacologic and stem-cell therapies for this disease.

Grants & Donations

- Cary-based oncology contract research organization Ockham Development Group is donating $25,000 to the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center.  

- U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, N.C.-District 1, cheered N.C. Central University for receiving a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to continue development of its Computational Center for Fundamental and Applied Science and Education, known as NSF-CREST. The grant will help to improve research opportunities for students. This is the second grant NCCU has received from the NSF to construct the Computational Center for Fundamental and Applied Science and Education. In 2008, NCCU was able to begin planning and construction of the center using $5.7 million of initial NSF funding. 

- The National Science Foundation has awarded $5 million in grants to a Duke University-led study to explore how centuries of soil erosion from human land use is affecting Earth’s life-supporting outer skin. Scientists call Earth’s thin outer layer its “critical zone” because it’s where rock, water, air, plants, animals, microbes and soil interact to regulate the planet’s environment and provide most of the ecosystem services on which human life depends. The five-year study will be conducted at the new Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) located in the Calhoun Experimental Forest, a unit of the Sumter National Forest in upstate South Carolina.

Worth Repeating

“We still wrestle with un-freedom. At a moment where so many of us are enjoying access to college and access to good jobs and access to fancy degrees, so many of us are still trying to eat every day. Some of y’all know them. Some of y’all live with them. Some of y’all are them.”

-- Hip-hop generation intellectual, author and TV host Marc Lamont Hill talks about the lessons Martin Luther King Jr. left behind at N.C. Central University’s MLK Convocation Thursday.


Today: The Ackland Film Forum’s “American Comedy, American Democracy” series is showing a screening of “All the President’s Men” starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman. The film forum is co-presented with the UNC Global Cinema Studies Program. Students get in free with ID, all others $4. | 7 p.m.; Varsity Theatre, 123 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

Wednesday: Durham Tech will host Dr. Peter S. White, director of the N.C. Botanical Gardens and UNC-Chapel Hill biology professor, in a presentation titled, “Turn the Poet Out of Doors: A Natural History of Robert Frost.” | 12:30 p.m., Phillips Building, room 325, Durham Tech main campus, 1500 East Lawson St., Durham

Thursday: Join a Duke ISLAMiCommentary “Egypt at a Crossroads” discussion featuring Matt Bradley, reporter for the Wall Street Journal in Cairo, and professors Ellen McLarney and Abdeslam Maghraoui. | 10 a.m.; John Hope Franklin Center, 2204 Erwin Road, Durham

Thursday: Listen to speakers representing different Duke health departments at the annual Global Health Lecture and Research Symposium, which will address disparities in health status and health care in the U.S. and across the world. Registration is required, so visit and find “Upcoming Events.” | 12:15 p.m., Christine Siegler Pearson Building (Duke School of Nursing), room 1014-Auditorium

Saturday: The Duke Performances lineup features Ciompi Quartet in its third concert of the season. Tickets $10 for students, $20 regular pricing. Visit for information. | 8 p.m.; Baldwin Auditorium