Feb. 18, 2013 @ 08:27 PM

Cook Award for eight
DURHAM — Eight members of the Duke-Durham community have been selected as 2013 Cook Award winners, named for Samuel DuBois Cook, the first African-American faculty member at Duke.
The winners will be honored at the 16th annual dinner and awards ceremony tonight at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club.
Kevin White, Duke’s vice president and director of athletics, will receive a distinguished service award. Lee Baker, dean of academic affairs for Trinity College will be honored for his mentoring and teaching vigor.
Other winners include Marcus Benning, president of the Black Student Alliance; Li-Chen Chin, director of intercultural programs in student affairs; Daniel Kimberg, a Duke graduate who founded Student U, a nonprofit that works with Durham public school students to develop academic and personal skills; Dorothy Powell, associate dean of the School of Nursing; Yuridia Ramirez, a doctoral student who volunteers at El Kilombo, a nonprofit focused on the concerns of people of color, migrants and low-income residents; Charles West, a senior who has served as treasurer for Duke’s NAACP collegiate chapter and is on the executive board of Duke’s Partnership for Service.
Researcher to speak
DURHAM — Michael Nettles, a policy researcher at the Educational Testing Service, will deliver the inaugural address of the N.C. Central University School of Education’s Excellence in Education Speaker Series on Friday.
Nettles, senior vice president for policy evaluation at ETS, will speak on “Assessment and Cultural Diversity: Toward Educational Parity in Urban Schools.”
The program begins at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the H.M. Michaux Jr. School of Education Building. The event is free and open to the public.
Boulding remaining
DURHAM — William Boulding is staying on at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Boulding, who had been named initially to a two-year term in August 2011 to succeed Blair Sheppard, now has been selected to serve a full term, Duke officials have announced.
Boulding, 57, an expert in marketing and management, is the J.B. Fuqua Professor of Business Administration at Duke.
A search committee led by finance professor David Robinson and made up of faculty, students, administrators and a representative of the school’s Board of Visitors recommended Boulding’s full appointment after evaluating candidates from around the world.
Health conference scheduled
CHAPEL HILL — The 34th annual Minority Health Conference will be held Friday at the Friday Center for Continuing Education.
Brian Smedley, the vice president and director of the Health Policy Institute at the Center for Political and Economic Studies, will give the William T. Small Jr. keynote lecture. His topic will be “Taking Action to Achieve Health Equity: Beyond the Affordable Care Act.”
The afternoon keynote lecture will be delivered by Leandris Liburd, director of the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To register, visit
Student up for award
DURHAM — Durham Tech student Sabrina Bowyer has been nominated for the 2013 Gov. Robert W. Scott Leadership Award.
Bowyer is currently pursuing her associate in arts degree in the university transfer program. After graduating from Durham Tech, she hopes to transfer to either N.C. Central University or Appalachian State University to work toward a degree in the human services field.
Bowyers has participated in a study abroad trip to the Dominican Republic; volunteered with the college's student literary publication; and has belonged to the math, Spanish and debate clubs. She serves as community outreach coordinator with the executive board of the student senate.
Leong selected
DURHAM — Kam Leong, the James B. Duke professor of biomedical engineering at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions for engineers.
Leong, who was cited for “contributions to engineered drug delivery and non-viral mediated gene delivery,” is one of 69 new members selected to join the academy this year.
He joined the Duke faculty in 2006 with joint appointments in the schools of engineering and medicine, and is best known for developing innovative treatments for brain cancer.
Discussion looks at laws
DURHAM — A panel discussion next Tuesday at N.C. Central University looks at state “stand your ground” laws a year after the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida.
Standing Your Ground will bring together panelists from Central, N.C. A&T, Winston-Salem State, Elizabeth City State and Fayetteville State universities in a discussion from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the NCCU law school.
Weddington to talk
DURHAM — Sarah Weddington, the attorney who argued the landmark Roe v. Wade case on abortion before the U.S. Supreme Court, will speak next Monday at Duke University.
The talk, in honor of the 40th anniversary of the court decision, will take place at 7 p.m. at the Reynolds Theater in the Bryan Center. Admission is free and is open to the public. Tickets will be distributed at the door.
Nursing program approved
CHAPEL HILL — The UNC system Board of Governors has authorized the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing to offer a graduate-level nursing degree, the doctor of nursing practice.
Nurses with the advanced degree will be educated to fill critical roles in a complex health care environment in which people need better access to primary care, chronic illness management and preventative health services.
Previously, there had been no state-supported colleges or universities offering the DNP degree in North Carolina, which has 91 counties out of 100 that are designated as medically underserved areas.
The BOG decision allows UNC and five other state-supported schools to join Duke University and Gardner Webb University in offering the most-advanced level of clinical education to North Carolina nurses.
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