In Brief: September-October 2001


  • James Heitman, a molecular biologist at Duke Medical Center, has been awarded the Amgen Award for research that has led to “an enlightened understanding of human disease and therapy in transplantation biology and infectious disease.” The award, presented by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, is among the most prestigious offered in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology. He is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator who specializes in research on how human cells react to infectious disease and to foreign cells acquired through transplantation. His research could lead to new drugs and treatments for transplant recipients.

  • David Jarmul has been named associate vice president of news and communications. He was deputy director of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s communications department and head of its Web team. In the newly created post, he will be responsible for leading Duke’s Web efforts, especially the content of the university’s top-level Web pages. Succeeding Al Rossiter Jr., he also will lead Duke News Service, supervising a staff of journalists who provide news and information about research, programs, and events at Duke to print and broadcast media. Before joining HHMI, Jarmul worked for nearly a decade at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., where he was deputy director of its news and public information office. An honors graduate in American history from Brown University, Jarmul served as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in Nepal, wrote radio programs for Voice of America, worked as a business reporter in San Francisco, and was editor of a magazine produced by Volunteers in Technical Assistance, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to developing countries.

  • George Pearsall, professor of mechanical engineering and material sciences, will receive the ASME-Triodyne Safety Award from the Design Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The award, to be presented in November, is given annually for significant contributions to teaching, research, or practice in the safety aspects of mechanical design. The selection committee accented Pearsall’s consulting activities in the areas of failure analysis, risk assessment, and safe-products design.

  • Time magazine has placed Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics in the Divinity School, and Mike Krzyzewski, men’s basketball coach, on its list of America’s best. In the issue dated September 17, the newsweekly listed Hauerwas as America’s “Best Theologian” and Krzyzewski as America’s “Best Coach.” Hauerwas was described as “contemporary theology’s foremost intellectual provocateur.” In February, he became the first United Methodist theologian to deliver the Gifford Lectures in St. Andrews, Scotland; the Giffords are widely regarded as the world’s most distinguished lecture series in the fields of philosophy, natural theology, and religion. Krzyzewski, an eleven-time National Coach of the Year who has coached at Duke for twenty-one seasons, led Duke to its third national championship in 2001. In October, he will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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