Campus briefs

Jun. 09, 2014 @ 10:04 AM

Federal grant funds Duke Divinity project
DURHAM -- A $125,000 federal grant will help the Duke Divinity School continue work on the Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection project.
The 2014-2015 LSTA Project Access & Digitization Grant funds the ongoing work of collecting, preserving and providing digital access to materials of religious organizations in North Carolina. The online collection offers insights into the state's religious diversity. The project started in 2012 as a collaboration between Duke, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University.

NCCU youth academy gets funding
DURHAM -- The Executive Leadership Foundation has granted a $350,000 request to support program development and scholarships for the Summer Youth Business & Entrepreneurship Academy at N.C. Central University's School of Business.
The academy teams NCCU professors and local business leaders with high school students in marketing, finance, entrepreneurship, leadership and ethics. Students visit local companies, develop business plans and give presentations for judging.
NCCU officials said the grant would help the program reach full capacity by its third year and should cover the full cost of attendance for 280 students: 40 in 2014 and 120 each in 2015 and 2016.

Duke Forest area now named after Edeburn
DURHAM -- About 490 acres of Duke Forest now are named after Judd Edeburn, longtime resource manager, who retires in December.
The Duke University Board of Trustees voted last month to rename the Eno Division of the forest to the Edeburn Division. That stretch of forest is at the southeast tip of Hillsborough, between N.C. Highway 86 and New Hope Church Road.

UNC researcher named National Academy of Education Fellow
CHAPEL HILL -- Kihyun Kelly Ryoo, an assistant professor of learning sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is one of 25 chosen as a 2014-2015 National Academy of Education Fellow.
She's been awarded $55,000 for the post-doctoral fellowship, funded by a grant from the Spencer Foundation.
Ryoo's research focuses on technologies to support English learners and language minority students trying to grasp complex scientific concepts.

Local students named to college dean’s lists
Several colleges reported that local students qualified for their dean’s lists during the most recent semester. Among them:
- Alexander Freeman of Efland, Karmen Wilkerson of Roxboro, Michael Gasque of Mebane, Kiaya Robinson of Chapel Hill, James Moser of Carrboro and Emily Alton of Durham at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory.
- Marissa Mayfield of Durham at Erskine College in South Carolina.
- Jillian Leary of Chapel Hill at James Madison University in Virginia.
- Alexander Boyd of Chapel Hill at Beloit College in Wisconsin.
- Douglas Allen Beckner of Mebane at Wofford College in South Carolina.
- Tayyaba Chaudhry of Siler City, Kay Currin of Oxford, Elizabeth Daniels of Durham, Zachary Geller of Roxboro, Bryson Gibson, Sharon Hackney, Jessica Reveal, Terry Rogers, Ekaterina Svarovskaia and Elijah Wood of Durham, Samantha Sellers of Hurdle Mills and Amanda Terry of Efland, all at William Peace University in Raleigh. The university also named several students to the dean’s list with distinction, including Maya Bryant and Akilah Govan of Durham, Alexis Joynes of Bahama, Cameron Ford of Oxford, Lauren Martin of Pittsboro and Sarah Troxler of Mebane.

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