In Brief: November-December 2009

  • Catherine L. Gilliss  B.S.N. '71, dean of the School of Nursing, was appointed president of the American Academy of Nursing. She has served two terms on that organization's board of directors.
  • Paul Hendrickson was the Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professor in documentary studies and American studies at Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the fall semester. A faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, Hendrickson was a writer at The Washington Post for much of his career and recently wrote Sons of Mississippi, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in general nonfiction.
  • Bruce Jentleson, professor of public policy and political science, was sworn in as senior adviser to the U.S. State Department policy planning director. Jentleson, who was director of the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy from 2000 to 2005, previously served in the Clinton administration.
  • Randall Kramer, professor of resource and environmental economics at the Nicholas School of the Environment, has been tapped to lead the Duke Global Health Institute's research initiative on global environmental health. Kramer was honored as Duke's 2004 University Scholar/Teacher of the Year, and has twice been named Teacher of the Year at the Nicholas School.
  • Eric Meyers, Bernice & Morton Lerner Professor of Judaic studies and director of the Center for Jewish Studies was honored with a lifetime achievement award by the Upper Galilee Regional Council for archeological research conducted in Galilee. Meyers has worked in the area for forty years.
  • Brenda Nevidjon B.S.N. '72, clinical professor of nursing, became president of the Oncology Nursing Society. She is former chief operating officer of Duke University Hospital.
  • The Office of Study Abroad has changed its name to the Global Education Office for Undergraduates. The move reflects the expansion of the department's role in administering four domestic programs: Duke in New York Arts and Media Program, Duke in New York Financial Markets and Institutions, Duke in New York Arts and Media Summer Internships, and Duke in Los Angeles Program in Media Arts and Industries.

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