Blog: Durham Higher Education

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. 

May. 12, 2014 @ 03:13 PM

Apprenticeship open in memory of NCCU theater student

Theater students at N.C. Central University are invited to apply and audition for the first Devonte Squire Acting Apprenticeship.

The chosen apprentice will get $1,200 for working as an actor in the Durham Family Theatre production of "The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963," adapted from the award-winning novel by Christopher Paul Curtis by Reginald Andre Jackson. The apprentice works 15 hours per week for 8 and 1/2 weeks, starting on Sept. 13, 2014.

May. 07, 2014 @ 03:15 PM

A.B. Duke scholarships awarded

Duke University has selected 19 incoming freshmen to receive the Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholarship for undergraduate studies.

May. 07, 2014 @ 03:00 PM

Duke announces 2014 distinguished professors

Duke University on May 1 awarded distinguished professorships to 37 faculty members.

May. 06, 2014 @ 05:19 PM

Duke Muslim chaplain assumes new role

Imam Abdullah Antepli, founding director of Duke University’s Center for Muslim Life and the first-ever Muslim chaplain since 2008, takes on a new position as Chief Representative for Muslim Affairs/Muslim Chaplain.

In this new role, Antepli will organize workshops, panels and conferences on issues of bridge-building, cross-religious and cross-cultural conversation. His responsibilities at the Duke Islamic Studies Center now also include expanding the Transcultural Islam Research Network to address major issues in Muslim domains of Africa and Asia.

May. 06, 2014 @ 05:03 PM

Duke freshmen win B.N. Duke scholarships

Duke University has awarded Benjamin N. Duke scholarships to 11 incoming freshmen from North and South Carolina.

The university awards the scholarships to students who demonstrate high academic achievement, commitment to community service and leadership potential. Each scholarship is valued at more than $240,000 over four years.

May. 06, 2014 @ 02:11 PM

Duke names 12 University Scholars

Duke University has selected 12 high school graduates, including three international students, for the University Scholarship.

May. 06, 2014 @ 01:24 PM

Duke hosts "John Henryism" symposium on May 13

Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy on May 13 hosts a day-long symposium on "John Henryism and Social Inequality."

The symposium, scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Sanford 04, honors the career of professor Sherman James, who developed the "John Henryism Hypothesis" during his 41-year career. He coined the term for the idea that poor and working-class individuals, especially African Americans, who engage in "high-effort coping" with difficult social and economic conditions may be at higher risk for early onset of hypertension and heart disease.

The symposium is free, but registration is required. RSVP at

May. 05, 2014 @ 02:14 PM

Seven Duke students picked for “Reggie” scholarships

Seven incoming Duke University freshmen are now winners of the Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholarship.

May. 03, 2014 @ 03:46 PM

Durham voters to elect four school board members Tuesday

When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, they will be asked to fill four of the seven seats on the Durham Board of Education.