Blog: Durham Higher Education

Jun. 03, 2014 @ 05:26 PM

No new contracts for NCCU band leaders

Members and fans of the N.C. Central University "Marching Sound Machine" learned last week that university administrators wouldn't renew the contracts of band director Jorim Reid or staff members Lamon Lawhorn and Karimah Bennett.

Their departure has left the band in disarray, according to social media posts and a petition at change.org.

Dwight Perry, chairman of the NCCU Board of Trustees, on Tuesday deferred comment "regarding these personnel changes" to Chancellor Debra Saunders-White.


Jun. 03, 2014 @ 01:05 PM

Duke receives $30M gift for engineering, science

Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering has received one of its largest gifts ever.

On Tuesday, President Richard H. Brodhead announced that alumni J. Michael and Christine Pearson committed $30 million to the engineering school to advance engineering and science education. Their gift is expected to support interdisciplinary programs, courses and research at Pratt.

It's the sixth largest gift of the university's Duke Forward fundraising campaign and among the top three given to the engineering school.


Jun. 02, 2014 @ 11:04 AM

Duke hosts King Khan & The Shrines

Psychedelic soul band King Khan & The Shrines - described on the Duke Performances website as "the love child of Anubis and Kali," is scheduled to play in Sarah P. Duke Gardens on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Admission is $13, $10 for Duke students and employees, free for children 12 and under.

The show is part of Merge 25: A Celebration of Merge Records' 25th Anniversary.


Jun. 02, 2014 @ 10:45 AM

Duke, China research may aid cancer drug development

Collaboration between Duke Medicine researchers and neurosurgeons and scientists in China produced new insights into a rare, deadly form of brain cancer called brainstem glioma.


Jun. 02, 2014 @ 10:33 AM

Duke researchers discover bossy neuron

Researchers at Duke University found a new type of neuron in the adult brain that can tell stem cells to make new neurons. The experiments, still in their early stages, show the brain may be able to repair itself from within.

In a study with mice, Chay Kuo, assistant professor of cell biology, neurobiology and pediatrics, worked with a team to learn about neurons that expressed the choline acetyltransferase enzyme, which makes the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.

The findings appeared June 1 online in the journal Nature Neuroscience.


May. 30, 2014 @ 11:02 AM

Cookbook most popular item in Duke Digital Collections

Be-Ro Home Recipes: Scones, Cakes, Pastry, Puddings” is the most persistently viewed item available online in Duke University’s digital collections.


May. 30, 2014 @ 10:59 AM

University dean’s lists recognize area students

Local students earned recognition on dean’s lists of several colleges across the country during the recent semester.


May. 29, 2014 @ 10:26 AM

Local students among graduates at several universities

Several area students graduated from colleges in North Carolina and throughout the United States in recent weeks.


May. 27, 2014 @ 03:59 PM

Duke faculty celebrate new club's opening

Duke University faculty over Memorial Day weekend celebrated the grand opening of the new Duke Faculty Club.

The new facility got started in September 2013. The old clubhouse building was demolished, replaced by more spacious amenities including a game room, snack bar, fitness room, offices and locker rooms. The pool deck was expanded for infants and toddlers, plus a family restroom accessible from the main courtyard. The club, designed by Durham-based Duda | Paine Architects, now also includes a new event lawn space and tennis courts.


May. 20, 2014 @ 03:42 PM

Duke names new vice provost for research

Lawrence Carin is Duke University's next vice provost for research.

Currently chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carin, 55, joined Duke's faculty in 1995 as an associate professor and became professor in 2001. He has co-authored more than 270 academic papers in fields such as artificial intelligence, video analysis, neuroscience, cancer, voting behavior and music - among others. He may be best known for his work on bomb detection, which led to the creation of Signal Innovations Group in the Research Triangle Park.

The company employs 40 people. Carin recently sold his interest in the company.


May. 19, 2014 @ 04:09 PM

Several Duke teams post perfect APR scores

Duke University student-athletes nailed perfect Academic Progress Report scores for eight varsity teams, according to data released by the NCAA.


May. 16, 2014 @ 02:36 PM

Several local students make Greensboro College dean’s list

Greensboro College released its dean’s list honorees for the Spring 2014 semester. Qualifying students earned at least a 3.5 grade point average while taking at least have their credit hours at the main campus.


May. 14, 2014 @ 02:19 PM

Duke University environment school gets new dean

Alan Townsend, an ecosystem ecologist and professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has been chosen as the new dean of Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment. He starts the job on July 1.


May. 13, 2014 @ 01:52 PM

NCCU plans memorial service for Lawson

N.C. Central University will host a memorial service for long-time campus photographer Robert Lawson. It’ll be held at St. Joseph’s AME Church on Fayetteville Street on May 31 at 1 p.m.


May. 13, 2014 @ 01:19 PM

Duke University School of Nursing names new dean

Marion E. Broome, currently dean of Indiana University's School of Nursing, on Aug. 1 will join Duke University in that capacity.

She'll succeed Catherine Gilliss, who announced in September that she was retiring as dean after 10 years.