Blog: Durham Higher Education

Jun. 16, 2014 @ 09:33 AM

Kenya bombings prompt Duke travel restrictions

Bombings in Kenya's major cities prompted Duke University's International Travel Oversight Committee to vote to restrict travel to Mombasa and Nairobi, effective May 31.

Jun. 06, 2014 @ 11:41 AM

Duke lowering state flag for Angelou

On Saturday, Duke University lowers the state flag to half-staff from sunrise until sunset to honor Maya Angelou, the celebrated poet and activist who welcomed new undergraduate classes during orientation week with a special address for more than two decades.


Jun. 06, 2014 @ 11:14 AM

Local students named to college dean’s lists

Several colleges reported that local students qualified for their dean’s lists during the most recent semester. 

Jun. 05, 2014 @ 10:55 AM

Federal grant funds Duke Divinity project

A $125,000 federal grant will help the Duke Divinity School continue work on the Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection project.

Jun. 04, 2014 @ 04:11 PM

NCCU youth academy gets funding

The Executive Leadership Foundation has granted a $350,000 request to support program development and scholarships for the Summer Youth Business & Entrepreneurship Academy at N.C. Central University's School of Business.

Jun. 04, 2014 @ 04:04 PM

Duke Forest area now named after Edeburn

About 490 acres of Duke Forest now are named after Judd Edeburn, longtime resource manager, who retires in December.

The Duke University Board of Trustees voted last month to rename the Eno Division of the forest to the Edeburn Division. That stretch of forest is at the southeast tip of Hillsborough and stretches between N.C. Highway 86 and New Hope Church Road.

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

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.