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Prof. Steve Vogel has brought out the second edition of his acclaimed textbook "Comparative Biomechanics." From a review of the first edition: "[T]his book is tremendous fun to read. Vogel writes with an effervescent sense of delight in his subject. The text is laced with wit and humor, and sprinkled with eclectic examples of nature's many marvels." [more]
Prof. Mark Rausher is one of 25 Duke faculty to be awarded a distinguished professorship in May 2013. Recipients must be nominated for the honor, which recognizes the quality and the impact of the candidate's intellectual contribution as evaluated by distinguished scholars in their field. [more]
Prof. Daniele Armaleo has received funding for a project entitled "Identifying a secondary metabolite network in the lichen Cladonia grayi." Prof. Sherryl Broverman was awarded funding to start a new research project this summer in Kenya examining the link between nutrition and cognition on students in the WISER (Women's Institute of Secondary Education and Research) primary school program. Additional funding from DukeEngage will enable 10 undergraduates to participate in the study this summer.
Justin Becker (JD/MIDP '12) advises us that he will be working as an attorney at the Department of Commerce in the International Trade Administration where he is expected to participate in the Commercial Law and Development program. This program is designed to support developing countries in the development of their legal systems to make them more market friendly. One aspect includes helping to develop international arbitral systems. Justin adds that what really excites him is that this assignment has direct connections to his studies in both the law and MIDP programs.
Jill Foster, assistant to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, has been awarded the Meritorious Service Award for her work with the Biology majors and their their families. Only 16 employees across all of Duke receive this honor. Congratulations, Jill! [more]
Prof. Mohamed Noor has received the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, the only teaching award selected by undergraduate students. Students in Biology 202 said Noor visits each of the nearly 30 lab sections and talks weekly with every student. This is the second straight year a Biology faculty member has won this award. Daniele Armaleo received the honor in 2012. [more]
Prof. Xinnian Dong has been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology. The Academy, the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology, recognizes excellence, originality, and creativity in the microbiological sciences. [more]
Prof. Kathleen Donohue has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis. Guggenheim Fellows "have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship;" about 200 are selected per year. The NIMBioS awards sabbatical fellowships to foster collaborations between biologists and mathematicians/computer scientists. [more, alt.]
"A team from the Sanford School of Public Policy traveled to Boston in March to compete in the regional round for the $1 million dollar Hult Prize for student social entrepreneurs. In partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative, the Hult Prize is a start-up accelerator. Each year, more than 10,000 college students submit proposals and 200 teams are selected for the six regional competitions. The six winning teams pitch their start-up ideas at the annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting.
'We are a team of five international students, from Armenia, India, Italy, Mexico and Myanmar. Our backgrounds are as diverse as our nationalities: medicine, environment, business management and nonprofits. We call ourselves ‘Food Rangers’ and our brand is synonymous to healthy, hygienic and nutritious food which is culturally acceptable,' their proposal said. The five students are enrolled in the school’s international development policy master’s degree program."
The Food Rangers' efforts have also been recognized by Sanford schools' Social Entrepreneurship and Policy Initiative organization and have been won the 'Risk Takers Award' this year. [more]
On April 12, 2013, Sanford Dean Dr. Bruce Kuniholm and Dr. Joyce Teo Siew Yean, Dean Faculty of Business and Economics (FBEPS) & Director of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) at UBD signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Cooperation Agreement. Others in the picture are Dr. Anita Aziz, Vice-President for Education and Internationalization, UBD, Associate Dean for Executive Education Dr. Francis Lethem, and Director of Graduate Studies (MIDP) Dr. Cory Krupp.
Under these agreements up to five students studying at UBD’s Institute of Policy Studies towards their Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management (MPPM) will be at Sanford for one semester as visiting students. They will attend classes under the MPP and MIDP programs starting in Spring of 2015. This will be the final semester of their 18 months program of studies.
This agreement is the culmination of discussions that started in November 2011 with a visit by a delegation from UBD headed by Dato Dr. Zulkarnain Hanafi, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University.
Aaron Rathmell has received the Material Research Society Silver Graduate Student Award for his work on copper nanowires in Prof. Benjamin Wiley's lab. This award recognizes students of exceptional ability who show promise for future achievement in materials research.
Post-docs Aaron Virshup and Julia Contreras-Garcia, working in the groups of Profs. Beratan and Yang, together with Adjunct Prof. Wipf, report a new approach to taking "stochastic voyages into uncharted chemical space" in order to construct representative libraries that span new galaxies of drug-like compounds. They have shown that the regions sampled are absent in earlier real and virtual molecular libraries. Their approach appears as the JACS Just Accepted paper and an article also appears in Duke Today.
Chemistry graduate student Cameron Brown from the Craig group has been selected to receive a 2013 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. Cameron will use the three years of stipend support that the award provides to continue his PhD thesis research on new classes of stress-responsive materials.
The Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Dorian Canelas has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of the Practice in Chemistry. Dr. Canelas has been teaching in the department over the past four years, and among other education related activities, developed the CHEM 99D "Introduction to Chemistry" course recently highlighted in a Duke News article.
DCID Faculty Dr. Natalia Mirovitskaya and DCID Founder Professor William Ascher have recently published the first in a series of books on economic development and conflict, entitled: Economic Development Strategies and the Evolution of Violence in Latin America. Their book explores the links between Latin American governments' economic policies and the nature and dynamics of inter-group violence. Based on the patterns of ten countries, the contributions to this volume trace the remarkable transformation from open ideological conflict to the explosion of social (seemingly apolitical) violence, the upsurge of urban crime, and the confrontations over natural resources and drugs across the region spanning from Mexico to Argentina. The variations in economic success and in conflict prevention and transformation can guide policymakers, development professionals, and activists committed to conflict-sensitive development. The book was published by Palgrave MacMillian, New York, NY in 2012. For access to its first chapter please click on ”more", or go to http://vox.lacea.org/?q=books_latinamerica [more]
Six MIDP fellows and a graduate student from the Duke Law School formed two panels on this theme during the UNC-Duke Consortium Conference "Realizing Visions of Latin America and the Caribbean" on February 15-16, 2013. The panel members from MIDP were: Janina Cuevas, Susana Garcia, Zoila Navarro, Luisa Fernanda Cardozo Romero, Matias Arrau, and Carlos Guiza; and Xiao Recio Blanco from the Duke Law School. MIDP professor Fernando Fernholz, who served as moderator, helped organize the panels and provided the framework for the discussions. The MIDP program participated actively through presentations and panel discussions in this year UNC-Duke Consortium Conference following a tradition of past years. The fellows presented their findings on the increase in size and importance of the middle class in the region, before a full audience (despite the falling snow) during the sessions on Saturday morning at the UNC Global FEDEX Center. They discussed significant changes in the region as an emerging and stronger middle class affects governance, politics, the economies and social outcomes. -- http://uncdukeconsortium.org/
Dr. Steven Malcolmson, Dr. Jennifer Roizen, and Dr. Amanda Hargrove will join the Department as Assistant Professors starting this summer. Dr. Malcolmson's and Dr. Roizen's research interests are in the area of Organic Synthesis and Dr. Hargrove's research interests are in the area of Chemical Biology. The Malcolmson Lab will be developing novel catalysts to access new modes of reactivity for C-C bond formation. The Roizen Lab will using novel reaction methods to access natural products and their derivatives for use as anti-infectives and selective ion channel inhibitors. The Hargrove Lab will be using small molecules to characterize the regulatory activity and therapeutic potential of long noncoding RNAs.
An MIDP team made up of 5 fellows from 5 different countries has been selected to attend the Hult Prize regional challenge in Boston on March 2. 10,000 teams competed worldwide representing more than 150 countries and over 350 colleges and universities. Of those, 200 teams were selected to compete in regional finals in 5 cities across the world (Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai).
The Hult Prize is a start-up accelerator for social good, dedicated to launching the next wave of social entrepreneurs through identifying, funding, mentoring, advising and launching new social businesses. The 2013 challenge addresses the Global Food Crisis.
A detailed case study on the Global Food Crisis, narrated by President Bill Clinton, has been released to all selected teams to set the framework for this year's challenge. The challenge can be found here. Competitors are asked to develop social enterprises that answer the President's Challenge.
The MIDP team is comprised of Ana Lucia Garcia Briones, Pankhuri Dutt, Silvia Fontana, Aung Thant, and Hrachya Topalyan. Special thanks to Frank Webb for providing the inspiration and congratulations and good luck to our team!-- http://www.hultprize.org/
Former Duke-UNC Rotary Center fellow Bautista Logioco (MIDP ‘04) was recently honored in his home country of Argentina with The Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) award in the “Contributions to Children, World Peace and/or Human Rights” category. This award was given to Mr. Logioco by the Juniors Chamber International (JCI) Argentina and the Argentinean Chamber of Commerce in honor of his outstanding work in the field of peace and conflict resolution. Mr. Logioco is currently working as a Programme Officer at the UN Peacebuilding Support Office in New York City, where he supports the development and implementation of peace building programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Prior to that he served as a Programme Specialist in the Secretariat of the UN Framework Team for Preventive Action, where he supported UN entities to “deliver as one” in developing conflict prevention/sensitivity strategies and programs.DCID proudly congratulates Bautista on earning this award and wishes him the best of luck in his future endeavors. (B. Logioco pictured third from left)
As part of DCID's community service effort, we actively seek out and participate in group volunteer projects around the local Durham area. This holiday season, several faculty and staff members came together at Urban Ministries of Durham to prepare food for the homeless and poverty-stricken population in our community.
David Usupashvili (MIDP ’99) has been approved as the Chairman of the Parliament for the newly elected government of the Republic of Georgia. David previously served as chairman of the Republic Party of Georgia, which was part of the Georgian Dream alliance that won the election against the United National Movement. [more]