Campus briefs

Jun. 30, 2014 @ 09:58 AM

Duke doctor named initiative’s president
DURHAM – Dr. David Pisetsky, professor of medicine and immunology at Duke University Medical Center, is now president-elect of the United States Bone and Joint Initiative.
Pisetsky has been active with the USBJI for several years and has co-chaired summits on musculoskeletal care.
He received his bachelor’s degree in biochemical sciences from Harvard College in 1967 and his Ph.D. and M.D. degrees from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1972 and 1973. He joined the faculty of Duke University Medical Center in 1978. He became a professor of medicine in 1990.
“I am very pleased and honored to be elected President-elect of the USBJI,” Pisetsky said in a news release. “I think that USBJI is an outstanding organization and can play a key leadership role in improving the lives of people with musculoskeletal disease, creating innovative programs to advance multidisciplinary, patient-centered care and promoting advocacy and research.”

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

  • Rebecca Halter of Chapel Hill at Skidmore College in New York.
  • Jamie Schaefer of Durham at Bryant University in Rhode Island.
  • Adam Ziad Kurdi of Chapel Hill at Catawba College in Salisbury.
  • Christopher Leiter of Durham at Eastern Kentucky University in Kentucky.
  • Joshua Jesell and Lauren Dobbs of Hillsborough at Juniata College in Pennsylvania.
  • Rachel Ray and Rebekah Ray of Durham at Samford University in Alabama.
  • Rachael Blondy, Thomas Grigg and William Stratton of Durham and Kristin Sundy of Chapel Hill at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.

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

  • Ariel Blackshear-Tvrdy of Durham from Lawrence University in Wisconsin.
  • Meredith Allred, Phillip Goodling, Laura Graham and Samantha Logan O’Neal of Chapel Hill and Lauren Jones, Julia Kihm and James Chesnut of Durham from the College of William & Mary in Virginia.
  • Laura Ferrell of Durham, Alvin Moss of Cedar Grove, Eddie Alston of Chapel Hill and Heather Matter of Hillsborough from Davidson Community College in Thomasville.

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