Campus briefs

Jul. 07, 2014 @ 11:14 AM

UNC gets federal funding for solar energy research
CHAPEL HILL – The U.S. Department of Energy gave the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill $10.8 million to work on emerging solar energy technologies and develop devices that can efficiently produce fuels.
The award, part of a $100 million per year initiative, allows UNC’s Energy Frontier Research Center for Solar Fuels to find approaches to produce solar fuels stored for night-time use.
The UNC EFRC was established in 2009 with a five-year, $17.5 million award from the DOE.

Duke joins national network studying rare diseases
DURHAM – Duke University is one of six new clinical sites participating in the Undiagnosed Diseases Network established by the National Institutes of Health.
Duke and the other five sites each will receive grants of about $7.2 million over four years to evaluate and investigate cases that involve patients with prolonged, undiagnosed conditions.
The NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program started in 2008 and has enrolled about 600 children and adults in clinical protocols.

Three new trustees join Duke board
DURHAM – Three new members joined the Duke University Board of Trustees on July 1.
Ann Pelham, a 1974 Duke graduate who was publisher of Legal Times and served as president of the Duke Alumni Association, is serving a six-year term. Two young trustees on the board are recent Duke graduate Neil Kondamuri and graduate student Shannon O’Connor.
Kondamuri will serve one year as a non-voting member and two years as a voting member. O’Connor will serve a year as a non-voting and a year as voting member.

Local students graduate
DURHAM -- Several students from the area graduated from colleges during the most recent semester. Among them:

  • Sarah Bloesch of Carrboro and Brent Kolb of Chapel Hill from Southern Methodist University in Texas.
  • Sarah Shepherd of Durham from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.
  • Andrew Lee Kuyper of Durham from Appalachian State University.

Local students recognized with honors
DURHAM -- Several students from the area were recognized with honors by colleges during the most recent semester. Among them:

  • Emily Johnston of Chapel Hill at Rider University in New Jersey.
  • Jonathan Ziefle of Durham at Oregon State University in Oregon.
  • Aliviana Najjar of Durham at Oxford College in Georgia.
  • Kelsey Shaffer of Chapel Hill at Pratt Institute in New York.
  • Christian Bowers of Durham and Kathryn Taylor and Taylor Williams of Chapel Hill at Emory University in Georgia.

NCCU 40 Under 40 honorees announced
DURHAM –  The North Carolina Central University Office of Alumni Relations will recognize 40 young alumni on Sept. 12 at the second annual Forty Under Forty Awards Gala.
The recipients, selected from a pool of 150 candidates, have demonstrated accomplishments before the age of 40 in arts, entertainment, healthcare, sciences, education, law, business, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, public service or government.
The selection committee included a panel of alumni, university personnel and private industry leaders who are also under age 40.
The honorees are:

  • Jonathan Ziefle of Durham at Oregon State University in Oregon.
  • Adrian T. Jones, ’02, NCCU a running-backs coach for the Eagles football team.
  • Chelandra Moore-Quarles, ’05, psychologist with an independent practice.
  • Christopher A. Graves, ’97, auditor at GlaxoSmithKline.
  • Christopher DelaRosa Lopez, ’13, education policy specialist and assistant to the president at Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
  • Deena Smith, ’01, librarian at the Federal Judicial Center.
  • Derrick D. Jordan, ’99, Chatham County Schools superintendent.
  • Dominique W. Williams, ’09, Wilson Williams Law attorney and partner.
  • Emily M. Dickens, ’95, assistant vice president for federal relations at UNC System-General Administration.
  • Erika Murphy-Newkirk, ’99, regional education facilitator for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.
  • Jade Fuller, ’01, litigation attorney for the New York City Department of Education.
  • James Taylor Jr., ’03, city councilman for the City of Winston-Salem.
  • Jamila Perry Foreman, ’08, director of rehabilitation for Aegis Therapies.
  • Jasmine Crowe, ’05, founder and chief change maker at Black Celebrity Giving.
  • Karon Moody Harden, ’01, education and training specialist at the National Association of Counties.
  • Kenneth Love, ’03, managing partner at Love and Dillenbeck Law.
  • Kessonga Giscombe, owner and acupuncturist at Today Acupuncture and Wellness.
  • Lewis D. Ferebee, ’97, superintendent at Indianapolis Public Schools.
  • Michael A. Bryant, ’96, ’99, interim management and budget director for Mecklenburg County.
  • Patrice H. Hopkins, ’01, project manager and senior acquisition specialist at Wyle Inc.
  • Patrice Z. Howard, international food policy researcher and principal investigator for Africa RISING.
  • Patrick Douthit, ’99, producer, rapper, founder of Jamla Records, True School Corp., a Harvard Fellow and director of NCCU Hip-Hop Institute.
  • Pauletta Spence-Thompson, ’04, educational director for the nonprofit Daniel Center for Math and Science.
  • Phonte Coleman, 01, Grammy-nominated rapper, singer and songwriter.
  • Rashaun D. Rucker, ’02, deputy director of photo and video for the Detroit Free Press.
  • Sabrina C. Clark, ’01, program coordinator for network development at the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.
  • Shameka Johnson, 09, speech and language pathologist and educator and owner of TECHnically Speaking.
  • Sharonda E. Arnold, ’05, owner of On Time Financial and a motivation speaker.
  • Shayla C. Nunnally, ’98, associate professor at the University of Connecticut.
  • Shelley Davis-Hill, ’98, senior associate athletics director and senior woman administrator at Howard University.
  • Sherise Malachi-Wright, 01, special events partnership manager for CBS Radio.
  • T. Greg Doucette, ’12, managing attorney and executive director at NC Small Practice Incubator & Collaboration Environment (NC SPICE).
  • Teccara M. Carmack, ’09, digital media planner at Maxus Global marketing and advertising firm and owner of Carmack and Associate Consulting.
  • Terrance Reeves, ’11, senior privacy analyst at Department of Veterans Affairs and director of global promotions at True School Corp.
  • Terrance Scarborough, ’08, assistant director of licensure for UNC System-General Administration.
  • Tomeika Bowden, ’00, digital communications manager for DC Public Charter School Board.
  • Tomika R. Altman-Lewis, ’14, facilitator for academically and intellectually gifted programs at Durham Public Schools.
  • Truitt O’Neal, 01, online media consultant, radio personality and owner of Just Ask Truitt Creative Services.
  • Wanida E. Lewis, ’08, research and development scientist for General Mills.
  • Wouri Vice, ’01, red-carpet wardrobe stylist, fashion consultant, media contributor.
  • Cicero Leak III, ’01, co-owner of Talent Literary and Sports Agency (TLS), providing representation for clients in movies, television, music and sports.

The 2014 Awards Gala is set for 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham. It will include entertainment by the award-winning NCCU Jazz Ensemble, along with the award presentations, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $50 per person and will be available starting on Aug. 1.

Kenan-Flagler launches online accounting master’s degree
CHAPEL HILL --  The Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill plans to launch a second online degree program if it gets approval next year.
Pending UNC General Administration approval, UNC Kenan-Flagler will launch an online master’s of accounting degree program called Accounting@UNC in July 2015.
“Historically, firms have wanted to hire more of our graduates, but space constraints prevented us from increasing the program’s size,” said Douglas A. Shackelford, dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler and the Meade H. Willis Distinguished Professor of Taxation, in a statement. “Technology now lets us increase access to a UNC education for even more talented people and meet the demand from companies who want to hire them.”
The 15-month program will use the same admissions standards, curriculum, faculty and career management approach as the 12-month residential MAC program, said Amy Wittmayer, the managing director of the MAC Program.
This will be the school’s second online degree program behind MBA@UNC, which launched in 2011 with 19 students. There are now 550 students are enrolled in that program.
The company is working with 2U Inc., a provider of cloud-based software-as-a-service solutions for leading nonprofit colleges and universities, as the technology partner for both programs.

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