Campus briefs

Apr. 21, 2014 @ 11:15 AM

Duke researchers receive Team Science Award
DURHAM – The American Association for Cancer Research on April 6 awarded the eighth annual AACR Team Science Award to the Duke University/Johns Hopkins University/National Cancer Institute Malignant Brain Tumor Team.
The award recognizes an outstanding interdisciplinary research team for its innovative and meritorious scientific work that has advanced or likely will advance cancer research, detection, diagnosis, prevention or treatment.
The team, led by Dr. Darell Doty Bigner of Duke University's Preston Robert Tisch Tumor Center and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Institute at the university's medical school, includes 26 faculty members from Duke, Johns Hopkins and the NCI. They were selected because of the impact their research had on understanding of the biology of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most common and lethal type of brain cancer.

Student-curated Civil War exhibit coming to UNC
CHAPEL HILL -- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill undergraduate students will provide a gallery tour of the exhibit “Imagining the U.S. Civil War, 1861-1900” during its opening April 24 at UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library. The students, members of an American literature seminar, curated the exhibit as a semester-long class project.
During the tour, students will explain and provide context for the items they selected and researched. Among the items on view will be “The Woman in Battle,” Loreta Janeta Velazquez’s 1876 memoir about fighting in the Civil War disguised as a man, and an 1862 poem, “Sinking of the Cumberland,” which describes an early instance of modern naval warfare.
To develop the exhibit, the 21 students in the class worked in groups organized around themes such as battlefields, African-American literature and women at war. The groups selected poetry, fiction, images and other materials from Wilson Library’s Rare Book Collection, North Carolina Collection and Southern Historical Collection, and the special collections at UNC’s Health Sciences Library.
The 5 p.m. reception and 5:30 p.m. event in the Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room are free and open to the public.

Grant aims to ensure future of N.C. artists’ archives
CHAPEL HILL -- A grant will help a team of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill prepare future librarians and archivists to identify, organize and care for the complex records of visual artists in North Carolina.
The three-year, $491,908 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services is called “Learning from Artists’ Archives: Preparing Next Generation Art Information Professionals through Partnerships with North Carolina’s Artists’ Archives.” It will support a comprehensive training program for six fellows enrolled in the dual master’s degree offered by UNC’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and the art department’s art history program.
The grant will also fund two free training events on personal archiving for up to 50 North Carolina artists, to take place at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh and the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte. The grant program will culminate in a major symposium about collecting and preserving artists’ archives in the South.
The principal investigator will be Heather Gendron, head of UNC’s Sloane Art Library and adjunct professor at SILS. Co-investigators for the collaborative effort are Carol Magee, associate professor and director of graduate studies for art history, and JJ Bauer, visual resources curator and lecturer, both in the art department, College of Arts and Sciences; and Richard Marciano, professor, SILS.
Potential fellowship candidates or artists who would like to participate should contact Heather Gendron at or (919) 962-2397.

Warren Wilson offers scholarships to 9 in Durham
DURHAM – Nine students in Durham County have been offered scholarships to attend Warren Wilson College this fall.
The students are Billie McDowell, Kea Izlar, Gina Thompson, Jamisen Moore, Rachel Friedman, Sarah Williams, Emma Schirmer, Gabriel Baucom and Elmer Del Castillo Garcia.
Founded in 1894 as the Asheville Farm School, Warren Wilson is a liberal arts college with integrated work and service programs.

Cultural critic Teju Cole speaks at Duke on Thursday
DURHAM – Teju Cole, best known for his novel “Open City,” on Thursday delivers the 2014 Kenan Distinguished Lecture at Duke University.
The free lecture, open to the public, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Fitzpatrick Center’s Schiciano Auditorium on West Campus. Parking is available in the Bryan Center garage. A reception will follow the talk, which is sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics.
Cole’s lecture will focus on themes of identity and technology in a globalized world.
The talk is part of an ongoing lecture series that brings a distinguished speaker to campus each year to address moral issues of broad social and cultural significance. The series is funded, in part, by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Fund for Ethics and is a signature program of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke.

Exhibit at Ackland Art Museum to explore dynamics
CHAPEL HILL – An  exhibit called “Parts of the Sum: MFA 2014” will showcase the work of nine artists completing master of fine arts degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The exhibit opens with a free, public reception on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and runs until June 1. It explores dynamics between items and the notion of a “whole” by showing works that divide, reduce, combine or collide material elements.
Artists showcased in the exhibit include Ben Alper, Michael Bramwell, Isabel Cuenca, Minjin Kang, Cody Platt, Meg Stein, Lile Stephens, Antoine Williams and Connie Zamorano.

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