In Brief: May-June 2004

June 1, 2004
  • Ralph Snyderman, chancellor for health affairs, was named the inaugural recipient of the Bravewell Leadership Award in November by the Minneapolis-based Philanthropic Collaborative for Integrative Medicine, which "recognizes innovators of integrative medicine for their efforts to transform the culture of health care by establishing better methods of treating the whole person--mind, body, and spirit." He announced in February that he would donate the $100,000 cash prize from the award to establish a new fund at Duke to promote integrative medicine. The Bravewell Award Fund for Integrative Medicine at Duke Medical
    Center will be used to help develop new approaches to prospective health care and integrative medicine.
  • Andrew Schuler and Adam P. Wax, assistant professors at the Pratt School of Engineering, received Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards from the National Science Foundation. Each award is expected to total $400,000 over five years. The NSF established the CAREER program in 1995 to help top-performing scientists and engineers develop their contributions and commitment to research and education early in their careers. Schuler, who teaches in the civil and environmental engineering department, says he plans to study how microbes store energy sources in wastewater treatment plants, and how that affects microbial density. He says that he hopes, ultimately, to optimize the biological treatment technologies for wastewater. Wax, who teaches in the biomedical engineering department, is working on the development of noninvasive optical techniques to detect light scattered by human cells and tissues, to determine their structural and functional features. This could have significant potential, for example, for early detection of some types of cancer.
  • Ann Brown, assistant professor of medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, has been appointed associate dean for women in medicine and science. In this newly created position, Brown will spearhead initiatives to study and enhance the environment for female faculty members and students within the Duke School of Medicine, and to fulfill the goals of the university-wide Women's Initiative. She will lead the medical school's implementation of Women's Initiative recommendations, serve as chair of a dean's advisory committee on women, and continue to work as a member of the university-wide President's Commission on the Status of Women.
  • Richard Payne, an internationally known expert in the areas of pain relief, care for those near death, oncology, and neurology, has been named the Colliflower Director of Duke's Institute on Care at the End of Life. He has led the Pain and Palliative Care Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City since 1998. The Duke institute was launched in 2000 and has been sustained since then by gifts totaling $16.5 million and arranged by Hugh A. Westbrook M.Div. '70, a pioneer in hospice care. The institute works to improve research, education, and practice in the care of people who are dying. Activities have included academic research and teaching; practical training for health-care providers, pastors, and other caregivers; and information and education programs for the wider public. Educated at Yale University and Harvard University's medical school, Payne has given expert testimony to the Congressional Black Caucus National Brain Trust and the President's Cancer Panel on health-care access disparities in cancer care, palliative medicine, and end-of-life care.
  • The Fuqua School of Business has established a partnership with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to provide leadership scholarships to top military officers attending business school as part of their leadership training. Beginning in the fall, the scholarship program will allow two active-duty Army officers to attend Fuqua on the Army's advanced civil schooling allocation of $16,000 per year, which is approximately half of the annual tuition. This is the first time the Army has established a scholarship with a Top-10 graduate business school. The majority of the officers are distinguished company commanders who have served in Afghanistan, Kosovo, and other international combat and peacekeeping zones. Only officers with the highest performance and leadership potential are offered M.B.A. opportunities.