In Brief

  • R. Alison Adcock, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral science; Vincent Conitzer, assistant professor of computer science and economics; Katherine Franz, assistant professor of chemistry; and Mauro Maggioni, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, are among 118 scholars recently named Research Fellows by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The fellowship program honors faculty members who conduct research at the frontiers of chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, physics, and computational and evolutionary molecular biology.
  • Anjali Bhatia, a sophomore, received a National Award for Citizen Diplomacy from the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy for founding Discover Worlds, a nonprofit aimed at getting students involved in global issues. The organization, which she founded at age sixteen, encourages high-school and university students to raise public awareness of domestic and international issues.
  • Romit Roy Choudhury, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and computer science, has received a five-year, $437,000 National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award. The award recognizes and supports the early career development activities of teacher-scholars likely to become academic leaders. Choudhury's research interests include wireless networking, mobile computing, and distributed systems.
  • Mike Krzyzewski, head coach of the men's basketball team, earned his 800th career win in an early-March game against North Carolina State University. He is the sixth Division I men's coach to win 800 games.
  • Timothy Lenoir, Kimberly J. Jenkins Chair of new technologies and society, has been awarded a $238,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for a project to transform an existing military simulation into a humanitarian-assistance video game. The proposal was one of seventeen projects that will receive funding as part of the first Digital Media and Learning Competition, funded by the MacArthur Foundation and administered by the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory.
  • The East Campus Science Building, which formerly housed Duke's art museum, has been renamed in honor of longtime faculty member Ernestine Friedl. Friedl, James B. Duke Professor Emerita of cultural anthropology, came to Duke in 1973 to chair the newly formed department of cultural anthropology. She served as the first female dean of Trinity College and the faculty of arts and sciences from 1980 to 1985. During her tenure as dean, the women's studies program at Duke was established. The Ernestine Friedl Building houses the departments of African & African American studies and cultural anthropology, the programs in literature and Latino/a Studies, the Institute for Critical U.S. Studies, the Institute for Critical Theory, and the Duke Human Rights Center.
  • The Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences has established a new Ph.D. program in marine science and conservation.
  • The Office of Information Technology has announced plans to improve Duke's wireless Internet services. By the end of the year, Duke will boast six million square feet of wireless coverage at the industry's new 802.11n network standard, which offers users up to five times the bandwidth of the previous service.
  • The School of Nursing has launched the Duke Center of Excellence in Geriatric Nursing Education aimed at increasing the number of nursing faculty members with geriatrics proficiency, addressing the shortage of clinical instructors with geriatrics proficiency, and developing an online community and knowledge base for these educators.

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