Dec. 03, 2012 @ 03:00 PM

Hospitals receive high rating
DURHAM — The three hospitals in the Duke University Health System — Duke University Hospital, Durham Regional and Duke Raleigh — have each received an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.
The “A” score was awarded in the latest update to the organization’s Hospital Safety Score list, which issues grades A-F to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The score was compiled under the guidance of patient safety experts and is designed to provide information the public can use to protect themselves and their families.
The Leapfrog Group’s rating system uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data, including data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and the American Hospital Association’s annual survey.
Stories for children
CHAPEL HILL — Storytellers and musicians will entertain children of all ages Thursday at the 20th annual Winter Stories program at UNC Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library.
In honor of the program’s 20th anniversary, two special guests will take part. Jeffery Beam, a Hillsborough-based poet who helped found Winter Stories, retired from the UNC library staff in 2011. Terry Rollins, a professional storyteller, was one of the earliest Winter Stories performers.
Other performers include associate professor Brian Sturm and students from the School of Information and Library Science, who will tell tales from around the globe, perform music and lead sing-alongs.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a new or gently used children’s book to contribute to the Book Fairy drive for the Pediatric Oncology Clinic at UNC Hospitals.
“Chilly and Charming” will begin with refreshments at 5 p.m. and entertainment at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Liza Terll at or 919-548-1203.
Duke, Winston-Salem State collaborate
DURHAM — The Duke University School of Nursing and Winston-Salem State University have received a $1.245 million, five-year grant to increase the number of underrepresented WSSU minority nursing students who are prepared to  transition to Ph.D. programs in nursing, and other related biomedical/behavioral science disciplines at Duke.
The “Bridges to the Doctorate Program” is the second of its kind in the nation. The program is funded by the National Institute of Helath.
Duke and WSSU will work together to implement a 17-credit hour Research Honors Track within WSSU’s MSN program. The enhanced program will consist of early and on-going mentored research experiences, new and strengthened research courses, and a year-long integrated intensive mentored research experience including an intensive eight-week summer research internship at Duke.
UNC faculty honored
CHAPEL HILL — Four faculty members at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine have been elected 2012 fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Fellows are chosen by current AAAS members because their efforts at advancing science applications are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. The UNC fellows include Charles Carter, a professor of biochemistry and biophysics; Robert Duronio, a professor of biology and genetics; Lishan Su, a professor of microbiology and immunology; and Kevin Weeks, a professor of chemistry.
Duke teams with Indian school
DURHAM — Duke University and Shiv Nadar University have agreed to work together to develop educational programs in India.
Located on a 286-acre campus in India’s National Capital Region, SNU offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through its schools of engineering, natural sciences, humanities and social sciences, and plans to launch additional schools and programs in 2013 and beyond.
Duke Provost Peter Lange and Nikhil Sinha, founding vice chancellor of SNU, have signed an agreement outlining the two institutions’ planned collaboration to establish teaching, research and exchange programs for students and faculty members at both institutions.
Hoehn wins scholarship
DURHAM — Duke University senior Kenneth Hoehn of Canton, Ga., has won the prestigious Marshall Scholarship.
Hoehn, an Angier B. Duke Scholar who is studying evolutionary and computational biology, will go on to complete at least two years of graduate study in the United Kingdom. Hoehn plans to use his award to pursue a doctoral degree in evolutionary genomics at the University of Oxford.
The British Parliament established the Marshall Scholarship in 1953 to honor U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall and to commemorate the ideals of the Marshall Plan. Forty scholarships are awarded each year to “talented, independent and wide-ranging” young Americans to finance their study at institutions in the U.K.
Alumni honor Martindell
WESTERVILLE, OH — Sarah Martindell of Durham has received the Otterbein University Alumni Association Global and Intercultural Engagement Award at the school’s Young Alumni Awards ceremony.
The award recognizes individuals who have experienced local, regional, national or international engagement with diverse populations that result in increased intercultural competency and interest in global environments.
Martindell, a 2008 graduate of Otterbein, has begun graduate work at the Duke Divinity School, where she seeks a Master of Divinity degree.
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