Dec. 24, 2012 @ 08:56 PM

Workshops focus on taxes
DURHAM — The N.C. Central University School of Law will host a series of workshops for the community in January focusing on income tax preparation.
On Jan. 3, the focus will be “Getting Documents Together for Filing Season: What Do I Need?”
The Jan. 10 session will be on “IRS Filing Statuses and Dependents Issues: Which Filing Status Should I Use and Who Can I Claim?”
Finally, on Jan. 17, the subject will be “IRS Credits From A-Z: What You Need to Know.”
All events are free and will be held in the School of Law beginning at 6 p.m. To register, contact Michelle Roberts at 919-530-6601 or email Registration is encouraged but not required.
Duke’s Levi cited
DURHAM — David Levi, the dean of the Duke University School of Law, has been named to a list of the most influential figures in legal education.
The National Jurist named 24 legal educators and one legal education public policy advocate to its 2012 list. The magazine requested nominations from every law school in the nation, and received more than 85. Its editorial team narrowed the list down to 50 and then asked 350 people in legal education, including every law school dean, to rate each nominee based on how much they influenced them in the past 12 months.
Petes receives honor
DURHAM — Thomas Petes, a professor of molecular genetics and microbiology at Duke University, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal for lifetime achievement in the field of genetics.
The medal recognizes the full body of work of an exceptional geneticist, and recipients have made substantial contributions throughout their careers. The medal was established by the Genetics Society of America in 1981 and named in honor of Morgan, who received a 1933 Nobel Prize for his findings, which provided the first experimental evidence that chromosomes are the carriers of genetic information.
Petes specializes in the study of yeast as a model for understanding genomic instability and chromosomal abnormalities commonly found in cancer cells.
Durham Tech collaborates
DURHAM — N.C. Wesleyan College President James Gray III and Durham Tech President Bill Ingram will meet at the community college Jan. 3 to sign a memorandum of understanding that will formalize a transfer partnership between the two schools.
The purpose of this transfer partnership is to promote completion of both the associate’s degree at Durham Tech and the baccalaureate degree at Wesleyan. The two institutions will collaborate on strategies that facilitate a smooth and successful transfer of DTCC graduates to Wesleyan undergraduate degree programs.
For Durham Tech traditional graduates who wish to transfer to Wesleyan’s traditional program in Rocky Mount, Wesleyan will provide the students with a financial aid package that will level their direct cost of attendance to be equivalent to the direct cost of attendance at a state-supported institution, benchmarked against N.C. State University and East Carolina University.
Durham Tech recently signed a similar agreement with Meredith College in Raleigh.
Durham student stands out
DURHAM — Sally Hodges-Copple of Durham was one of 17 students worldwide to achieve a perfect score last year in the AP macroeconomics exam.
AP macroeconomics looks at the economic system as a whole and the course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price determination. It also develops your familiarity with economic performance measures, economic growth and international economics.
Hodges-Copple, now a student at Rice University, graduated from Riverside High School last year.
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