Dec. 10, 2012 @ 02:31 PM

Cohen to give address
CHAPEL HILL — Myron Cohen, a physician and researcher who has spent the last three decades studying the transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS, will speak at UNC Chapel Hill’s winter commencement ceremony, continuing a tradition of members of the faculty delivering the December address. 
Chancellor Holden Thorp will preside at the ceremony for students who graduated in August as well as those graduating Sunday.
More than 2,400 students are expected to graduate at the ceremony that will begin at 2 p.m. in the Dean Smith Center. Administrators anticipate awarding 1,299 bachelor’s, 766 master’s, 277 doctoral and 68 professional degrees.
Pickle picked for post
DURHAM — Amy Pickle, a senior attorney at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, has been appointed interim director of the school’s State Policy Program.
Pickle will replace Bill Holman who will begin work as director of the Conservation Fund’s North Carolina office.
Earlier this year, Pickle was appointed by Gov. Beverly Perdue as one of the 15 members of the newly created Mining and Energy Commission. The commission has been charged by the General Assembly to develop regulations governing hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” of the state’s underground shale gas reserves.
Pickle also serves on the state’s Environmental Management Commission, where she is responsible for adopting rules for the protection, preservation and enhancement of North Carolina’s air and water resources.
Turner to speak at Duke
DURHAM — The Rev. William Turner, a 1971 Duke University graduate and a member of one of the first classes to include African Americans, will deliver the keynote address for the university’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration.
This year’s theme, “Power, Protest & Transformation,” complements the 50th anniversary of the enrollment of Duke’s first black undergraduates, a nine-month, university-wide commemoration.
Turner is pastor of Durham’s Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church. He has spent his academic career at Duke, first as a student and currently as a professor.
Turner was the first to integrate Duke’s football team as a walk-on player. In addition to earning a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, he received a master of divinity degree in 1974 and a doctorate in religion in 1984, both from Duke.
He has taught theology for many years at Duke Divinity School and is now a professor of the practice of homiletics.
The keynote, which is free and open to the public, is at 3 p.m. Jan. 20 in Duke Chapel.
Local student lauded
WILMINGTON — East Chapel Hill High School graduate Macon Foscue, now a senior at UNC Asheville, is one of 17 students across the state to receive the 2012 Community Impact Award.
Given by North Carolina Campus Compact, the award recognizes college students who make significant, innovative efforts to address local community needs.
Foscue is an interdisciplinary studies major who developed his own course of study on environmental sustainability community consciousness. He put learning into practice through his work with Active Students for a Healthy Environment. The group works to address sustainability issues through such activities as an alternative spring break trip to learn about mountain-top removal.
N.C. Campus Compact is an association of colleges and universities committed to fostering campus-community engagement.
Students inducted into honor society
CHAPEL HILL — A number of local students have been inducted into UNC Chapel Hill’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society.
To be inducted, students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.85 and have completed at least 75 hours of course work toward their degree.
The inducted students included Katherine Watkins of Pittsboro; Margaret Anderson, Nina Bryce, Joshua Burrows and Emily Palmer, all of Durham; and Rebekah Rust, Bronwen Clark, Jonathan Kylstra, William Lee, Alexander Loyal, Katherine McIlwain, Morgan Moore and Trent Wei, all of Chapel Hill.
Duke Hospital honored
DURHAM — Duke University Hospital is the only medical center in North Carolina and among just 67 nationally to be named by The Leapfrog Group to its annual list of Top Hospitals.
Duke was selected from nearly 1,200 hospitals that participate in the Leapfrog Group’s annual survey, which measures patient safety and quality, use of resources for patient care and management structures designed to prevent errors.
Duke University Hospital received top scores in five of seven measures, including preventing medical errors, maintaining appropriate intensive care staffing, taking steps to avoid harm, providing maternity care, and achieving a positive patient care experience.
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