Dec. 31, 2012 @ 03:30 PM

No more smoking at Duke Gardens
DURHAM — Starting today, Duke University’s Sarah P. Duke Gardens will be smoke-free.
The policy applies to the Doris Duke Center and all other indoor and outdoor spaces at the gardens. The new rules are posted prominently at various locations in the gardens.
The policy, officials said, joins a list of exiting regulations designed to ensure the safety of visitors, plants and wildlife alike, and to help make visitors’ experience at Duke Gardens as enjoyable as possible.
UNC faculty honored
CHAPEL HILL — Several UNC Chapel Hill faculty staffers recently have received recognition.
Sanjoy Baruah, a professor of computer science, has been named to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow Class of 2013.
Jonathan Dutton, professor of ophthalmology, has been appointed to the Spinoza Chair Visiting Professorship at the University of Amsterdam for 2013.
Worth Bolton, clinical assistant professor at the School of Social Work, has been presented with the 2012 Norbett L. Kelly Distinguished Service Award by the Addiction Professionals of North Carolina in appreciation of his contributions to the field of alcoholism and chemical dependence.
NCCU hosts training exercise
DURHAM — N.C. Central University, the N.C. Tactical Officers Association and Lawmen’s Supply will host Operation Eagle Swoop, a multi-agency, multi-jurisdiction, full scale terrorist training exercise on Thursday on the NCCU campus.
This exercise is designed to test the capabilities and preparedness of the NCCU Police, its emergency management group and emergency response team.
In addition, the Durham Police Department, Durham County Sheriff’s Office, Durham Fire/Rescue, Durham County Emergency Medical Services and Durham County Emergency Management will also be tested.
The exercise scenario will include role players/actors in an active shooter scenario in the center of campus, hostage negotiations in two residence halls and a tactical/rescue phase which will include the transportation of “victims” to area hospitals.
Operation Eagle Swoop is the largest and the first full scale training exercise to be held on a campus within the UNC system. The training will test the interoperability of the Durham Emergency Services community and their ability to coordinate/control the response of tactical teams from across the state of North Carolina.
Luettich gets award
CHAPEL HILL — Rick Luettich, director of the Institute of Marine Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill, has been awarded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Impact Award.
Luettich received the award for his work with the ADCIRC storm surge and inundation model ahead of Hurricane Irene in 2011.

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