- 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