In Brief: January-February 2004

January 31, 2004

 

  • Three Duke Medical Center researchers have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine. They are physician Rebecca Buckley '55, professor of pediatrics and immunology; Paul Modrich, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and professor of biochemistry at Duke; and Margaret Pericak-Vance, director of the Duke Center for Human Genetics and James B. Duke Professor of medicine.
  • Seven faculty members have been selected as 2003 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general federation of scientists. The new Duke fellows are among 348 AAAS members internationally to be selected this year for the honor by their peers. They are Kenneth A. Dodge, William McDougall Professor of public policy studies and psychology professor; Anthony R. Means, Nanaline H. Duke Professor of pharmacology; John H. Reif, A. Hollis Edens Distinguished Professor of computer science; Keith M. Sullivan, James B. Wyngarden Professor of medicine; Marilyn J. Telen, Wellcome Professor of medicine; Samuel A. Wells Jr., professor of surgery; and Weitao Yang, Philip Handler Professor of chemistry.
  • Two Duke University Press books won top honors in the 2003 Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards, given by the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation to honor published works by authors of African descent. First prize went to Forgotten Readers: Recovering the Lost History of African American Literary Societies by Elizabeth McHenry, an assistant professor of English at New York University. Passed On: African American Mourning Stories, A Memorial, by Karla Holloway, dean of humanities and social sciences at Duke, was a finalist. Holloway's book, which also won the 2002 Eugene M. Kayden Book Award, deals with the death of her son and also examines bereavement, death, dying, and burial among twentieth-century African Americans. McHenry's book traces 200 years of African-American literacy, book clubs, and literary societies, including groups founded in the antebellum North and throughout the country following the Civil War.