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UNIVERSITY BRIEFS

GPWN offers tips for eating during finals

The Graduate and Professional Women's Network is presenting "Food For Thought: Nutrition and the Busy Student," Dec. 5 at 5:15 p.m. in the Women's Center. Participants will learn how to eat healthily and stay energized through finals.

Duke nutritionist Franca Alphin will discuss how foods are linked to health and happiness and answer questions on nutrition and mood.

Math team places 3rd in competition

A team from Duke scored third, behind Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the 2002 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, a prestigious national event for math students, held Dec. 1, 2001.

Duke's Department of Mathematics won $15,000 for its team's third-place finish. The three winning team members, David Arthur, Nathan Curtis and Kevin Lacker, each won $600. Lacker received another $2,500 for being among the five highest-ranking contestants in the Putnam's complicated scoring.

Arthur, a junior, is a mathematics and computer science major; Curtis, a music major, and Lacker, a mathematics and computer science major, have graduated from Duke.

Law team wins competition

The School of Law won the regional competition of the prestigious 53rd Annual National Moot Court Competition, held in Richmond, Va., the weekend of Nov. 15. Of 20 participating teams from 11 law schools in the region, two Duke teams placed in the top four. The Duke team of Dhamian Blue, Jackie Sumer and Meg Turner took first place by defeating a team from the University of Virginia in the final round. The Duke team of Jontille Fowler, Patrick McLain and Lewis Schlossberg reached the semifinals before succumbing to Virginia in a close match.

The National Moot Court Competition, sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Bar of the City of New York, is widely considered the most competitive in the country. Duke's winning team, along with Virginia's second-place team, will advance to the national finals in New York City in late January.

Binational Forum on Civil Society begins today

The U.S. ambassador to South Africa and the presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of South Africa will join a group of South African and American civil society leaders for the inaugural Binational Forum on Civil Society Dec. 2 to 4 at the Sanford Institute of Public Policy.

Attendees will consider how best to assist South African non-profit organizations in addressing critical challenges facing the nation. These include making headway against the HIV/AIDS epidemic; moving the agenda of reconciliation and restorative justice forward; rebuilding communities through participatory self-help; and encouraging the growth of community-based philanthropy, especially among the newly wealthy. The event is sponsored by the Sanford Institute's U.S.-Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values.

Among the U.S. organizations that will be represented are the National AIDS Fund, National Conference for Community and Justice, National Center for Family Philanthropy, Ford Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and International Human Rights Law Group. South African organizations to be represented include the Ecumenical Service for Socio-Economic Transformation, AIDS Counseling Care and Training, Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and the University of South Africa.

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