In Brief: July-August 2009

  • Lorena Beese, James B. Duke Professor of biochemistry, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Beese studies molecular mechanisms underlying DNA replication and repair and their role in causing cancer.
  • Thomas Brothers, professor of music, and Jennifer M. Groh, associate professor in the psychology and neuroscience department and in the department of neurobiology, have been awarded fellowships by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Brothers plans to continue his writing about the life of Louis Armstrong; Groh plans to write a book on spatial processing in the brain.
  • Richard G. Newell, Gendell Associate Professor of energy and environmental economics at the Nicholas School of the Environment, has been tapped by the Obama administration to serve as administrator of the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA). The EIA serves as the nation's premier source of data, analysis, and forecasting on resources, supply, production, and consumption of all energy sources.
  • Christopher Schroeder, Charles S. Murphy Professor of law and public policy studies, has been nominated by President Obama to become the assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Policy. If confirmed, Schroeder would serve as chief policy adviser for Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. and Deputy Attorney General David Ogden.
  • Duke's Fuqua School of Business has formed a partnership with the Centre of Excellence at the Dubai International Finance Centre and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Programme for Leadership Development. Fuqua will establish a campus in Dubai, offer several degree programs, and create joint research centers in cooperation with the emirate's entities.

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