Campus briefs

May. 05, 2014 @ 01:52 PM

N.C. Central forges training alliance in Beijing
DURHAM – N.C. Central University Chancellor Debra Saunders-White on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding for a bilingual speech language pathologist training program with the Beijing Language and Culture University in China.
The program, through NCCU’s School of Education, will allow both universities to participate in student and faculty exchanges, joint research and educational-training programs and research contracts.
The Durham delegation in Beijing included White, School of Education Dean Wynetta Lee, Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Johnson Akinleye and Grace Hao, professor of communication disorders.
“The new relationship between NCCU and Beijing Language and Culture University will give students an extraordinary opportunity to learn from two distinguished programs and ultimately provide people who need their services with uniquely trained practitioners,” Saunders-White said.

Surgeon Atul Gawande tapped for UNC commencement
CHAPEL HILL – Surgeon and best-selling author Dr. Atul Gawande is expected to deliver the commencement address May 11 at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Gawande, a surgeon, writer and public-health researcher, practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He’s a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation.
He also founded and chairs LifeBox, an international not-for-profit that seeks to use technology to reduce surgical deaths.
Commencement begins at 9:30 a.m. in Kenan Statium, with Chancellor Carol L. Folt presiding.

Minority health expert, HBCU advocate to speak at NCCU commencement
DURHAM – John Ruffin, an expert on minority health disparities, and Lezli Baskerville, an advocate for historically black colleges and universities, are the speakers for N.C. Central University’s commencement exercises.
Ruffin, the retired director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities for the National Institutes of Health, will address professional and graduate-degree recipients on May 9 at 3 p.m. in the McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium.
Baskerville, president and CEO of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, will address undergraduate-degree recipients during the May 10 ceremony at 8 a.m. in the O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium.

UNC students awarded graduate research fellowships
CHAPEL HILL – Twenty-three students at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which recognizes outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
NSF fellows receive three years of support, including a $32,000 annual stipend, a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance, international research and professional development opportunities and access to a supercomputer.
The 2014 fellowship recipients are:
- Katherine J. Barrett
- Donte LeShon Bernard
- Kelly Nicole Bodwin
- James Robert Byrnes
- Alisha Renee Coffey
- Nicole Delita Fleming
- Javier Grajeda
- Kelley J. Hammon
- Erika Helgeson
- Teague Henry
- Adam J. Hoffman
- Moira Pauline Johnson
- Michael Christopher Jones
- Elizabeth Audrey Keenan
- Danielle Arletta Keller
- Katrina Marie Kutchko
- Michael S. Little
- Mallory Melton
- Benjamin David Morris
- Christopher William Pinion
- Kristina Norinne Schaefer
- Casey Schmidt
- Hillary Suzanne Smith

Phi Beta Kappa inducts several local UNC students
CHAPEL HILL – Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest college honorary society, recently inducted 176 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students.
Membership is open to undergraduates in the college and professional degree programs who complete 75 hours of course work with a GPA of at least 3.85 or who has completed 105 hours of course work in the liberal arts and sciences with a 3.75 GPA.
Students from Durham and Orange counties inducted at UNC include:
- Paige Kimball Burhans, senior from Durham
- Devin Anne Gustafson, senior from Durham
- Lara Ashley Keyes, senior from Durham
- Gregory Pereira, senior from Durham
- Meredith Carter, senior from Chapel Hill
- Clark Hamilton Cunningham, junior from Chapel Hill
- Abigail Marie Dennison, junior from Chapel Hill
- Danielle Alexandra Fradin, senior from Chapel Hill
- Adam Douglas Glasser, junior from Chapel Hill
- Jesse Varblow Holloway, senior from Chapel Hill
- Daniel Huseman, senior from Chapel Hill
- Samuel Clements Jones, senior from Chapel Hill
- Alexander E. Kenan, junior from Chapel Hill
- Kathy D. Miles Morgan, senior from Chapel Hill
- Lindsay Bau Savelli, senior from Chapel Hill
- Michael Sokoletsky, junior from Chapel Hill
- Isaac Maynard Warshaeuer, junior from Chapel Hill
- Bruce Gene Wei, senior from Chapel Hill

Doctoral candidates get Duke Endowment support
DURHAM -- The Duke Endowment awarded Duke University $7.5 million for fellowships for increased and year-round support for doctoral degree candidates at The Graduate School.
The gift -- the school’s largest ever -- includes $5 million to establish The Duke Endowment Graduate Fellowship Endowment to support doctoral students, particularly those pursuing degrees in traditionally underfunded areas like the humanities and social sciences, as well as those working in interdisciplinary programs and initiatives. The other $2.5 million will support a challenge fund to encourage endowment contributions from other donors.
“We are grateful for this wonderful gift that will help Duke stay at the forefront of graduate education,” President Richard H. Brodhead said. “This investment in The Graduate School will enable our students to become the next generation of scholars -- expanding the frontiers of knowledge and making vibrant intellectual contributions to the world.”
The Duke Endowment grant will help advance the comprehensive $3.25 billion Duke Forward fundraising campaign, which passed the $2 billion mark last month. The seven-year effort supports priorities across Duke's 10 schools, Duke Medicine and a range of university programs. Creating access and opportunity for students through financial aid is one of those priorities.
The Graduate School has about 2,500 Ph.D. students and 700 research master's degree students enrolled across more than 70 departments and programs.

Chapel Hill student among those honored by Greensboro College
GREENSBORO – Luke Erickson, a sophomore at Greensboro College, was recognized with the Wilkinson Award for early academic success during the college’s recent academic awards convocation.
Erickson of Chapel Hill has not yet declared a major.
First-year students must have had at least 14 hours of credits for grades at Greensboro College and earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.6 on all work, including transfer courses, to be eligible for the award.

UNC professor elected to National Academy of Sciences
CHAPEL HILL – Kathleen Mullan Harris, James E. Haar Distinguished Professor of Sociology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
She’s the first woman and 13th faculty member at UNC to earn election into the academy, a private organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to advancing science and technology for the public good.
Harris is director and principal investigator of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). The study follows more than 20,000 teenagers into adulthood, allowing her to explore health disparities, acculturation of immigrant youth and family formation behavior.

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