In Brief: July-August 2006

August 1, 2006
  • Monte D. Brown has been named vice president of administration for Duke Health System and associate dean of veterans' affairs for the medical school. Brown has served seven months as chief operating officer of Duke's Private Diagnostic Clinic and as the health-system and medical-school representative to the Durham VA Medical Center.
  • Katharine T. Bartlett will step down as dean of the law school. Bartlett, who has served as dean since 2000, plans to return full time to the law-school faculty. During her tenure as dean, the school made impressive steps in faculty recruitment. In addition, nearly all of the school's classrooms were renovated, and a 30,000-square-foot addition, which includes space for faculty, clinic, and journal offices, was completed.
  • Elizabeth Kiss, Nannerl O. Keohane director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics, has been selected the next president of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. Also an associate professor of the practice of political science and philosophy, Kiss became the institute's founding director in 1997. She played a leading role in integrating ethics into the undergraduate curriculum. Kiss will assume her new post in August.
  • Christian R. H. Raetz is one of seventy-two members elected this year to the National Academy of Sciences. Raetz, George Barth Geller Professor and chairman of the department of biochemistry at Duke Medical Center, is internationally recognized for his research on bacterial and animal lipids.
  • David Steinmetz, Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of the history of Christianity at Duke Divinity School, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an international organization of leading scholars, scientists, artists, business people, and political leaders. Also among this year's 175 new fellows are former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
  • Trinity College and the Nasher Museum of Art will receive $1.5 million from Michael E. and Kathleen France of Princeton, New Jersey, to establish the France Family Curator/Professorship. The new position will be filled by a scholar who will teach ancient American art and study the museum's ancient American collection, one of the largest in the U.S. The Frances are the parents of Kristen E. France '06 and Michael G. France '03, who is married to Hillary Adams France '03.
  • The psychology faculty, which was split into two separate departments in 1990, has reunited. The merging of the department of psychology: social and health services and the department of psychological and brain sciences has been in the works for more than a year after external reviewers and a committee of faculty members from both departments recommended it.