In Brief: January-February 2010

January 31, 2010
  • Vann Bennett, James B. Duke Professor of cell biology, was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in October. He studies the biochemistry of spectrin-based membrane skeletons and other membrane skeletal proteins.
  • Dorothy Powell, associate dean for global and community health initiatives at the School of Nursing, was inducted into the National Black Nurses Association Institute of Excellence. Powell is founding director of the nursing school's Office of Global and Community Health Initiatives.
  • Seth Sanders, professor of economics, was named director of Duke's Population Research Institute, an affiliate of the Social Science Research Institute. Sanders takes over from James Vaupel, the institute's founding director.
  • Huntington Willard, director of the Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy, received the 2009 William Allan Award from the American Society of Human Genetics. The award recognizes a lifetime of scientific contributions to the study of human genetics.
  • R. Sanders Williams M.D. '74, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at the medical school and senior adviser for international strategy, is the new president of the Gladstone Institutes, a biomedical research center affiliated with the University of California at San Francisco.
  • The board of trustees approved a one-year master of management in clinical informatics degree, to be offered by the Fuqua SChool of BUsiness in partnership with the Duke Center for Health Informatics. The board's executive committee, on behalf of the full board, approved the creation of a Ph.D. program in environmental policy.