Campus briefs

Jul. 22, 2013 @ 10:08 AM

Durham Tech, Appalachian State align honors programs

Durham Technical Community College and Appalachian State University have signed a memorandum of agreement to ensure DTCC graduates going into the ASU Honors College will be able to enter the university with honors credit already under their belts.

The DTCC Honors Program requires students to earn a B grade or better in all honors credit courses and to maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 for all curriculum classes, according to a DTCC release.

DTCC graduates can receive up to 12 hours of honors credit that they can use toward ASU Honors College requirements. To participate, DTCC graduates must apply for acceptance into ASU and the Honors College.

The agreement begins this fall semester.

High school graduates receive scholarships for UNC, Duke

Twenty-nine high school graduates have become Robertson scholars and received scholarships for UNC Chapel Hill or Duke University.

The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program invests in young leaders who strive to transform society in some way, according to a UNC news release. This year's class represents 12 states and six countries.

The program was created in 2000 through a $24 million gift from Julian Robertson, a 1955 graduate of UNC, and his wife, Josie. They were inspired by their sons - one graduated from Duke in 1998 and the other from UNC in 2001.

Scholars at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:

• Hunter Baehren, Toledo, Ohio (Sylvania Southview High School)

• Brent Comstock, Auburn, Neb. (Auburn Senior High School)

• Mark Dawson, Madison, Miss. (Madison Central High School)

• Kassra Homaifar, Greensboro, N.C. (Grimsley High School)

• Shafali Jalota, Silver Spring, Md. (National Cathedral School)

• Frank Jiang, Edison, N.J. (John P. Stevens High School)

• Monique LaBorde, Hendersonville, N.C. (Hendersonville High School)

• Jaclyn Lee, Newbury Park, Calif. (Newbury Park High School)

• Jacob Oliffe, Strathfield, Australia (Trinity Grammar School)

• Sumeet Patwardhan, Chandler, Ariz. (Corona del Sol High School)

• Arjun Raghavan, Chapel Hill, N.C. (Chapel Hill High School)

• David Spratte, Decatur, Ga. (Saint Pius X Catholic High School)

• Nate Wagner, Princeton, N.J. (Mercer Hill Academy)

• Savannah Wooten, Chandler, Ariz. (Corona del Sol High School)

Scholars at Duke University:

• Graham Adeson, London, England (Harrow School)

• Chinyere Amanze, Baltimore, Md. (Bryn Mawr School for Girls)

• Mark Botterill, London, England (St. Paul’s School for Boys)

• Maya Durvasula*, Albuquerque, N.M. (Albuquerque Academy)

• Rachel Freedman, Apex, N.C. (Enhanced Learning School)

• Nicholas Johnston, Wollstonecraft, Australia (Sydney Church of England Grammar School)

• Kasper Kubica, South Ogden, Utah (West High School)

• Tierney Maray, Maroubra, Australia (St. Clare’s College Waverley)

• Charlotte McKay, Timaru, New Zealand (Timaru Girls’ High School)

• Anna Mukamal, Cary, N.C. (Cary Academy)

• Sanmi Oyenuga, Obafemi Owode, Nigeria (African Leadership Academy)

• Sofia Stafford, New York, N.Y. (The Hewitt School)

• Andrew Tan-Delli Cicchi, Wadestown, New Zealand (Wellington College)

• Elle Wilson, Chevy Chase, Md. (Episcopal High School)

• Muna Yussuf, Nairobi, Kenya (African Leadership Academy)

*will defer for a year and join the program in 2014

For more information about the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program, visit

Researchers receive awards from Duke-inspired gerontology endowment

The Ewald W. Busse Research Awards, named after the founding director of the Duke Aging Center, were presented to two researchers at the 20th World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics in Seoul, Korea, this summer.

The event is held by the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and the awards recognize continuing contributions to aging research, according to a Duke Medicine release.

This endowment is administered by the Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, and the recipients are selected by a jury of scientists chaired by Aging Center Director Harvey Jay Cohen.

Professor Becca R. Levy at the Yale University School of Public Health and professor Thomas T. Perls of the Boston University School of Medicine received the recognition.

Duke Medicine assistant professor recognized for biomedical science research

Dr. David Tobin, an assistant professor of molecular genetics and microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, was recognized this month by the Vallee Foundation, which focuses on advancing medical science and education.

Tobin received the Young Investigator Award for his research on the direct observation of the response of immune cells to pathogens in zebra fish, according to a Duke Medicine release.

The award provides $250,000 in discretionary funds for basic biomedical research.


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