Duke Mag-In Brief-Jul/Aug 2002-Gazette

August 1, 2002
Address Change
Billion Dollar Budget •  Business Moves Up  • Construction Ahead
We Bring You Science
 • A Start on Status •  Subtract Cigarettes, Add Years
Seated in Bass Chairs
 • Student Scholars Teach Immigrants •  Not Only Nancy Drew
Recognizing Young Researchers • In Brief

In Brief

  • Robert M. Cook-Deegan, a leading expert on science policy-making and social issues involving the new field of genomics, was named director of the Center for Genome Ethics, Law, and Policy (GELP), effective July 1. He is responsible for bringing together biomedical researchers, ethicists, legal scholars, and others to consider how advances in genomics will affect society. GELP, one of five centers that make up Duke's $200-million Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, encourages interdisciplinary research and promotes public debate about genomics. Cook-Deegan is the author of The Gene Wars: Science, Politics, and the Human Genome.
  • Charles Hammond M.D. '61, E.C. Hamblen Professor and former chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Duke Medical Center, was named president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. ACOG represents nearly 40,000 physicians who provide health care for women. In April, Hammond stepped down from his post as chair at Duke to devote attention to his new duties as ACOG president. He will continue to teach at the medical school and care for patients at Duke.
  • Debu Purohit, professor of marketing, and Jennifer Francis, associate professor of accounting, were co-recipients of the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Award for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching. The honor recognizes outstanding teaching in elective courses in the M.B.A. program at Duke's Fuqua School of Business. In April, Nikolaos Vettas, associate professor of economics, received the award for his outstanding teaching in core courses in Fuqua's M.B.A. program. David Hsieh and Ernst Maug, both of the finance department, received the Cross Continent M.B.A. Faculty Award.
  • Zoila E. Airall, who has more than twenty years of experience in student affairs and institutional diversity, was selected as the new assistant vice president for campus life. She will oversee student organizations and events, multi-cultural programming, support services for international students, and community service and student-leadership programs. The post was created this spring as part of the reorganization of the student affairs division. She came to Duke from Bryn Mawr, where she had worked since 1996.
  • Edward C. Halperin was named vice dean at Duke's medical school and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at Duke Medical Center. He will be responsible for coordinating clinical faculty recruitment at the school, the Private Diagnostic Clinic, and the Duke University Health System, and for maintaining the medical education curriculum. Since 1996, he has been the L.R. Prosnitz Professor and chair of the radiation oncology department. Halperin received his M.D. at Yale's medical school, completed an internship in internal medicine at Stanford University Medical Center, and did his residency in radiation oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He joined the Duke faculty in 1983.
  • Jean Fox O'Barr, former director of Women's Studies, received an honorary degree from Indiana University in May. In 2000, she was named University Distinguished Service Professor at Duke, the same year the Jean Fox O'Barr Professorship in Women's Studies at Duke was established by the Lee/Ewing Foundation in her honor. After earning her bachelor's at Indiana, she went to Northwestern University, where she earned her master's and Ph.D. in political science. She joined the Duke faculty in 1970.
  • Jonathan Gerstl, who has actively worked with Jewish youth for a number of years, was named the new executive director of the Freeman Center for Jewish Life, effective July 1. He is a graduate of Temple University, where he also earned his M.Ed. in education in recreation management and tourism. Over the last twelve years, he has been director of camping and teen services for the Jewish Community Center of New Haven, Connecticut, program director of the Jewish Community Center in Sarasota, Florida, and director of Camp Judaea outside Houston, Texas. He succeeds Roger Kaplan.