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Duke, NCCU share community grants

Duke and North Carolina Central University are assisting low-income Durham children through $4.5 million in grants awarded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Duke will use $2.25 million to develop intensive after-school programs at community centers in low-income neighborhoods. It is the largest gift for community engagement as part of the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership Initiative. NCCU will use its $2.25 million, the largest grant NCCU has received from a private source, to expand its Saturday academy for low-performing Durham school children and to create family resource centers for students and their families.

Board elects new members

The Board of Trustees elected four new members in July: Wilton Alston and Clarence 3C.G.2 Newsome, as well as Sara Elrod and Tomalei Vess, the respective undergraduate student and graduate and professional student young trustees.

Alston, the president of the Duke Alumni Association, received a bachelor of science in biomedical engineering degree from Duke in 1981. Newsome, dean of Howard University's School of Divinity, holds three degrees from Duke and was a member of the Duke Divinity School faculty for eight years. Elrod graduated from Trinity in May and Vess received a doctoral degree in biology.

Medical Center ranked sixth

Duke University Medical Center was ranked the sixth best hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report1s July 22 issue.

Duke ranked sixth overall for the third year in a row, and had 16 specialty areas that were highly ranked. The magazine's annual guide to "America's Best Hospitals" became available July 15. This was the 13th year in a row that the Medical Center made the list of top 16 hospitals in the United States.

Hospitals were ranked on their performance in each specialty area, looking at reputation, mortality rates and a group of care-related factors such as nursing. The Duke specialty areas that U.S. News ranked include: Geriatrics, 5th; Heart/Heart Surgery, 5th; Gynecology, 6th; Cancer, 7th; Digestive Disorders, 8th; Kidney Disease, 8th; Orthopedics, 6th; Ophthalmology, 8th; Psychiatry, 9th; Rheumatology, 9th; Urology, 9th.

The top five hospitals in the rankings are The Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of California at Los Angeles.

Fuqua names deputy dean

Richard Staelin, the Edward and Rose Donnell professor of marketing at the Fuqua School of Business, was named deputy dean of the school July 15. Staelin served as associate dean for faculty affairs from 1983 until 1990. He was managing director of Fuqua's Global Executive MBA program when it was launched in 1996, associate dean for executive education from 2000 to 2002 and coordinator of the marketing area at Fuqua several times.

White House honors faculty

Four University faculty members were among 60 experts honored at the White House in mid-July for their 2001 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, a special recognition for young, federally funded investigators. Launched by former president Bill Clinton, the PECASE program provides additional recognition for a select group of researchers whose projects are deemed of greatest benefit to their funding agencies' missions.

The faculty came from different sectors in the University: Steven Cummer is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Pratt School of Engineering; Michael Fitzgerald, an assistant professor of chemistry; John Klingensmith, an assistant professor of cell biology; and Dr. James Tulsky, a general internist at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center with a joint appointment as associate professor of medicine at the Duke University Medical Center.

Graduate faculty elect chair

The Executive Committee of the Graduate Faculty elected new officers at a meeting earlier this spring. Monty Reichert, professor of biomedical engineering, was elected chair, and Craufurd Goodwin, professor of economics, was elected vice chair. They replace outgoing chair Kenneth Surin, professor of literature, for one-year terms.

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