Campus briefs

Jul. 15, 2013 @ 11:57 AM

Duke announces Fulbright Scholarship winners
Eighteen Duke University seniors and graduate will study abroad during the 2013-14 academic year as recipients of Fulbright Scholarships.
The students will spend the school year conducting research, studying and teaching English.
The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries. Duke seniors, recently graduated alumni and graduate students are eligible to apply for Fulbright Scholarships.
This year's Duke Fulbright scholars are:
• Lindsey Brandt-Bennett (graduate student), language and literature, Germany
• Annie Brock (graduate student), environmental studies, Indonesia
• Christopher Clayton (senior), public health, Bolivia and Ecuador
• Alexandra Dodson (graduate student), art and architectural history, Italy
• Ashley Elrod (graduate student), history, Germany
• Miriam Fox (senior), public health, Argentina
• Julia Goss (senior), environmental studies, Cambodia
• Alyssa Granacki (senior), English teaching assistant, Italy
• Taylor Hausburg (senior), English teaching assistant, Rwanda
• Elizabeth Jazwiecki (senior), English teaching assistant, Taiwan
• Ji-Hyeun Kwon-Min (senior), English teaching assistant, Spain
• Karolina Puskarczyk (senior), public health, Poland
• Rochelle Rojas (graduate student), history, Spain
• Stephanie Rotolo (senior), public health, Togo
• Samuel Shearer (graduate student), anthropology, Rwanda
• Erica Sherman (graduate student), art and architectural history, Brazil
• Michael Spolum (graduate student), environmental studies, Burma
• Antonina Vikhrest (senior), interdisciplinary studies, Ukraine
Durham County students graduate, make dean’s lists
- UNC-Greensboro recently announced its class of 2013 spring graduates from Durham County: Jacyln Sassa, Cameron Agerston, Jillian Anderson, Bryttanye Bannister, Gabriel Barrientez, Ashley Blake, William Britto, John Brookins III, Jaquel Brothers, Ashley Brown, Rasheda Carpenter, Yanina Chicas-Garcia, Zachary Cordell, Amber Daye, Kashay Evans-Barlow, Shirley Foster, Rebecca Frey, Shlondria Frink, Joanne Galli, Matthew Gamble, Kaitlin Gill, Michael Gillespie, Letisha Guasp, Amanda High, Rhoda Hormenoo, Christopher Coston, Brandi Mangum, Ellen Strazis, Katherine Walston, Bryonna Jackson, Danielle Jefferson, Janee Jonassaint, Melissa Ko, Norma Lands, Ian MacRonald, Catherine Majestic, Grady Morrison, Joseph Murphy, Zeina Mvemba, Michael Pendergrass, Jesse Peterson, Marshella Pounds, Ariel Scoggins, Jamaan Simons, Darien Smith, Rachel Smith, Robert Steigerwald, Gary Styles, Shaquana Suggs, Michael Verville, Johnna Wall, Sydney Webb, Kevin Wells and Valencia Bass.
There were 54 graduates from Durham County.
- Njeri Jennings, a graduate of Jordan High School, has been named to the spring semester dean’s list at The College of Wooster in Ohio. Jennings, a junior history major from Durham, achieved a grade point average of 3.65 or above.
- Amber Renee Oliver of Bahama was named to Duke University’s spring dean’s list with distinction. She is part of the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, and she is among 719 students who received the dean’s list with distinction honor.
Durham resident appointed to Appalachian State University board 
Lee Barnes of Durham has been appointed to a four-year term on Appalachian’s Board of Trustees by the UNC Board of Governors. He will take the oath of office during the September trustees meeting, according to an Appalachian State University release.
Barnes is the president and director of M.M. Fowler Inc., which runs the Family Fare convenience stores. He has been a sales development representative for Shell Oil Company, and he graduated from Appalachian in 1990 with a degree in business administration.
In 2012, he founded the Lee Barnes Scholars Program at Appalachian. He has a master’s degree in business administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Duke environmental institute ranks as top 10 climate change think tank
Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions has recently been ranked by the International Center for Climate Governance as a top-10 climate change-focused think tank.
The ranking is based on climate research integrity and how the research was used to address 2012 climate change policy. The Nicholas Institute placed ninth, with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University at No. 1.