Chancellor honors 71 students for academic, service leadership
CHAPEL HILL – Seventy-one of the brightest and most dedicated students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were honored April 18 with the university’s most prestigious awards for academic achievement and leadership in activities.
Chancellor Holden Thorp presided at the annual Chancellor’s Awards ceremony, in which Executive Vice Provost Ron Strauss presented academic awards and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp presented service and leadership awards.
Three students, all seniors, won two awards each:
Kyle Michael Swartz, son of Michael and Lou Ann Swartz of Raleigh, won the Walter S. Spearman Award for the senior man judged most outstanding in academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership qualities and strength of character. He also received the Kenneth C. Royall Award, for the senior Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet who demonstrates excellence in scholarship, leadership and officership.
Henry Laurence Ross, son of Gordon and Caren Ross of New Hartford, Conn., won the Sydney Sullivan Award given to one man and one woman in the graduating class who have best demonstrated unselfish interest in human welfare. He also received the Ferebee Taylor Award for the member of the graduating class who has made the greatest contribution to the continued vitality and strength of the Honor Code in the community.
Mackenzie Rae Thomas, daughter of John and Laurie Thomas of Huntington, N.Y., won the Chi Omega Award for Scholarship and Leadership for the senior student in the entrepreneurship minor in the department of economics chosen as the most outstanding in scholastic achievement and exemplary leadership. She also received the Frank Porter Graham Award for the senior who has made the most outstanding contribution to realization of the human ideals of equality, dignity and community.
Chapel Hill award winners:
Hetali Mayur Lodaya, daughter of Mayur and Rita Lodaya of Chapel Hill: the Jane Craige Gray Memorial Award, to the junior woman judged most outstanding in character, scholarship and leadership.
Philip Melancthon Snyder V, son of Mel and Phyllis Snyder of Chapel Hill: the Earl Slocum Band Award, to the senior in the University Bands who has demonstrated meritorious achievement in musicianship, leadership and academic excellence, and who also has made a significant contribution to the growth and success of the band program.
Katherine Marie Watkins, daughter of Robert Todd and Lisa H. Watkins of Chapel Hill: the Mary Turner Lane Award in Women’s and Gender Studies, to the senior judged to have made an outstanding contribution through original scholarship and/or creative production on gender and feminist issues.
Durham award winners:
Nina Sophia Bryce, daughter of Scott and Sarah Bryce of Durham: the Peter C. Baxter Memorial Prize in American Studies, to the undergraduate in that discipline who best exemplifies Baxter’s intellectual excellence, personal warmth and creativity.
NCCU receives gift from C.D. Spangler Foundation to establish distinguished professorship
DURHAM — N.C. Central University received an endowed gift from the C.D. Spangler Foundation to establish the John Neville Distinguished Professorship in Visual and Performing Arts. The $500,000 endowed professorship will provide an opportunity for NCCU to attract a scholar who will support teaching and research in visual and performing arts.
The professorship is named in honor of John Neville, a longtime employee of the University of North Carolina system. A native of Hillsborough and resident of Durham, Neville currently serves as a facilities maintenance technician and has worked at UNC for more than 33 years under UNC presidents William Friday, C.D. Spangler, Molly Corbett Broad, Erskine Bowles and Tom Ross.
The C.D. Spangler Foundation has a two-part initiative that together makes available $26.9 million to support the creation of up to 96 distinguished professorships within the UNC System. The state of North Carolina matches the $250,000 provided by the Spangler Foundation for each professorship, along with gifts from private donors and other foundations.
Duke Human Vaccine Institute receives industry honor
DURHAM – The Duke Human Vaccine Institute (DHVI) recently won a Vaccine Industry Excellence Award for best academic research team.
The honor, one of 13 awarded by the World Vaccine Congress during its April 2013 meeting in Washington, recognizes individuals, organizations and research teams that have made significant contributions to vaccine development over the past year.
The DHVI was cited for its work leading to new insights into HIV vaccine protection. Last year, DHVI researchers and collaborators with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the U.S. Military HIV Research Program and the Thailand Ministry of Health published research that shed light on why a promising vaccine fell short of providing broad immunity. The insight will help guide future vaccine development.
A world leader in the fight against major infectious diseases, DHVI plays an integral leadership role in the Global HIV/AIDS Vaccine Enterprise and is a pioneer in emerging infections, biodefense research andvaccine development for HIV, TB and other diseases.
Former managing editor of Washington Post to lead Duke center
DURHAM – Philip Bennett, the Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University, has been named director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at Duke. His two-year appointment will begin July 1.
Bennett joined Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy faculty in 2009 after a four-year stint as managing editor of The Washington Post, during which he helped lead the newspaper to 10 Pulitzer Prizes.
As managing editor of the PBS documentary program "FRONTLINE" for the last two years, Bennett supervised work on more than two dozen films, including the award-winning “Money, Power and Wall Street” series, and “The Choice,” an in-depth look at the 2012 presidential candidates.
He will step down from that role in May, while continuing to consult with "FRONTLINE" on a film about the NFL, scheduled for broadcast this fall.
Bennett said he intends to deepen the DeWitt Wallace Center’s support for accountability journalism, a research focus defined by Jay Hamilton, the center's current director.
Hamilton is leaving Duke to become the Hearst Professor of Communication at Stanford University. Under Hamilton’s direction, the center hired leading journalists as professors of the practice, sought new economic models for news and aimed to create new tools to lower the cost of investigative reporting.
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