Career briefs

Jun. 11, 2013 @ 12:22 AM

RTI forensic research scientist honored

DURHAM -- John Collins, forensic science policy and management advisor at RTI International, has received the 2013 Briggs J. White Award for excellence in forensic sciences management.

According to a news release from the nonprofit contract research institute, the award is presented annually to a member of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors who best demonstrates excellence and leadership in forensic science.

Collins, who joined RTI in September as a forensic research scientist, previously served as director of the State of Michigan's seven crime laboratories. The award honors Collins’ creativity, integrity and dedication to duty, which resulted in significant advances in crime laboratory management.

At RTI, Collins develops and coordinates research and business opportunities in the area of forensic science policy, administration, and technology. He works with RTI’s partners to increase the capabilities of state and local criminal justice agencies to effectively and professionally serve the public in matters involving forensic science technology as part of a grant from Forensic Technology Center of Excellence.

Mechanics and Farmers honors 2013 Founders Award recipients

DURHAM – Mechanics and Farmers Bank officials announced the 2013 recipients of the Mechanics and Farmers Bank Founders Award at the bank’s annual meeting in Durham recently.

The award, established in 2009, is presented each year to individuals or groups that demonstrate the founding principals of the bank.

,The bank honored William A. “Billy” Marsh Jr., the bank’s former general counsel. He started in the role in 1972 and was with M&F Bancorp, the holding company for the bank, since its inception in 1999. He has retired from the role.

He has been a civil rights champion, according to information from the bank. He was the first black chairman of the Durham County Board of Elections, according to the bank, and was the first black chairman of the N.C. State Board of Elections.

The bank also honored Vivian Patterson with the award. She began her career with the bank in 1944 as a bank teller, and retired in 1992 as bank vice president and trust officer.

According to information from the bank, she is a role model for professional women and advocated for education for achieving personal and professional goals. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business from N.C. Central University.