Campus briefs

Jul. 08, 2013 @ 12:42 PM

Rheumatology Research Foundation recognizes Duke, UNC doctors

Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill made the list of schools recognized last week by the Rheumatology Research Foundation, which advances research and career development for those who specialize in patient care for arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.

Dr. Lisa Criscione-Schreiber of Duke University and Dr. Beth Jonas of UNC Chapel Hill are two of 28 people who were given the Amgen Fellowship Training Award, which provides funds to pay for one year of clinical rheumatology training for a fellow.

Duke scientist attends this year’s ComSciCon

The Communicating Science workshop held in Cambridge, Mass., this June was organized by science graduate students with one mission in mind: Making scientific research more accessible and understandable to the public.

You may remember that we recently published a story about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students who used multimedia and alternative course curriculums to get others excited about advances in their research fields. Clare Fieseler, who founded the “Scientists with Stories Project,” represented UNC Chapel Hill at this year’s ComSciCon.

And now we’ve discovered another local representative: Elizabeth Doran of Duke University. She earned her master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Duke, wrote the “Green Devil” column for the student newspaper, The Chronicle, and is now studying sustainability at the Duke Nicholas School of the Environment, according to a Massachusetts Institute of Technology release. MIT was one of ComSciCon’s sponsors.

Doran is one of 50 students who attended, and there were 700 applicants this year.

SECU awards $10,000 scholarships to Chapel Hill students

The State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation recently presented $10,000 four-year scholarships to two students:

- Carley Marie Collette, a senior at East Chapel Hill High School. Collette will attend UNC Chapel Hill.

- Julia Maye Chianese, a senior at Chapel Hill High School. Chianese will study at Appalachian State University.

The scholarship recognizes a student’s community involvement, leadership skills, academic achievements and character, according to the SECU release.

Since the SECU Foundation “People Helping People” high school scholarship program began in 2005, it has awarded $32 million to North Carolina high school seniors.

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