Campus briefs

Jun. 16, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Kenya bombings prompt Duke travel restrictions
DURHAM -- Bombings in Kenya's major cities prompted Duke University's International Travel Oversight Committee to vote to restrict travel to Mombasa and Nairobi, effective May 31.
Nairobi is now "for transit only," meaning that undergraduate students can travel through the city as they enter or leave the country. It can't be their destination unless they petition for a waiver in advance.
Duke undergraduate students known to be in these cities will be notified of the new restrictions and Duke will help with any necessary travel changes.

Student actors put on ‘Hairspray’ at UNC
CHAPEL HILL – High school actors and technicians this week started work on a production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Hairspray” as part of PlayMakers Repertory Company’s Summer Youth Conservatory.
It’s scheduled to run July 16-20 in the Paul Green Theatre inside the Center for Dramatic Art on Country Club Road at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and children under 18. Purchase tickets by calling 919-962-7529, visit the PlayMakers box office or order online at

Duke dean receives lectureship award
DURHAM – Richard Danner, senior associate dean for information services in Duke University’s law school, received the 2014 Distinguished Lectureship Award from the American Association of Law Libraries.
Next month, he’ll share his history, practice and philosophy of law librarianship at the 107th AALL Meeting & Conference in San Antonio, Texas. His lecture also will appear in the Law Library Journal.

Duke research shows protein could hamper resistant bugs
DURHAM - Researchers from Duke University and the University of Sydney in Australia have figured out the structure of a key protein that helps make staphylococcus resistant to antibiotics.
With these new findings in hand, researchers may discover new ways to stop a sort of genetic parasite known as a plasmid from copying themselves and bolstering that resistance.
"If plasmids can't replicate, they go away," said Maria Schumacher, lead author of the study and an associate professor of biochemistry in the Duke University School of Medicine. "This is a fantastic new target for antibiotics."
The work appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Local students graduate
Several local students graduated from colleges in recent weeks. Among them:
- Rachael Blondy of Durham from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.
- Stephanie Viola of Hillsborough from Widener University in Pennsylvania.
- Douglas Chi-Wei Tsao of Durham from Wake Forest University.
- Ezra Antoine Ntirugelegwa of Durham from Catawba College in Salisbury.

Students make college deans’ lists, honor rolls
Several local students qualified for deans’ lists and honor rolls at various colleges in the most recent semester. Among them:
- Orion Ray of Hillsborough at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia.
- Gabrielle Grant and Ammaris Jordan of Durham and Tyson Terry of Oxford at Chowan University in Murfreesboro.
- Jessica Busse of Durham at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee.
- Micaiah Alston Satterwhite of Durham at Valdosta State University in Georgia.
- Esther Cohn of Chapel Hill at Clark University in Massachusetts.
- John Lewis B. Carr of Durham at Rhodes College in Tennessee.

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