In Brief: November-December 2002

November 30, 2002

 

- Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South, edited by professors William H. Chafe, Raymond Gavins, and Robert Korstad, and the staff of the Behind the Veil project at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke, received a 2002 Lillian Smith Book Award. Presented annually by the Southern Regional Council, the awards recognize authors whose fiction and nonfiction writing extends the legacy of the outspoken writer, educator, and social critic who challenged her fellow Southerners and all Americans on issues of social and racial justice. The awards are the South's oldest literary honor. Remembering Jim Crow was also awarded the 2002 Carey McWilliams Award, presented annually by the MultiCultural Review to an outstanding scholarly or literary work related to the U.S. experience of cultural diversity.

- Edward Hull, former director of residence life and student housing at Southern Methodist University, was appointed to the newly created position of director of residence life and housing services. With oversight of an annual budget in excess of $25 million, he is responsible for the management of programs that support undergraduates and graduate students living in university residence halls and apartments.

- Reynolds Price, novelist, poet, dramatist, and essayist, was awarded the 2002 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities from the North Carolina Humanities Council. The Caldwell Award recognizes those who strengthen the educational, cultural, and civic life of North Carolina through the humanities. Price '55, James B. Duke Professor of English, was cited for his work as a "writer, devoted scholar and educator, and mentor to aspiring writers."

- R. Sanders Williams M.D. '84, dean of Duke's medical school, and Debra A. Schwinn, professor of anesthesiology at Duke, have been appointed to the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine, one of three institutes within the NAS. Medical professionals consider it a high honor to be included in the group, which consists of national scholars and leaders in health and medicine, behavioral and social sciences, administration, law, the physical sciences, and engineering. Williams, a physician-scientist, has made major contributions to the understanding of the basic mechanisms of cardiovascular disease. He was appointed dean of medicine and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Duke Medical Center in April 2001. Schwinn joined the Duke faculty in 1989; she is also professor of pharmacology/cancer biology and surgery, vice chair for research in anesthesiology, and director of the Molecular Pharmacology Laboratories and Perioperative Genomics, and she chairs the third-year medical student (research year) curriculum. Her research focuses on better understanding how stress and genetic differences between people relate to disease outcomes.

- James A. Nunley, an orthopedic surgeon on the faculty at Duke Medical Center, was named chief of the division of orthopedic surgery. He succeeds James Urbaniak, Virginia Flowers Baker Professor of orthopedic surgery, who stepped down after seventeen years as division chief but who will continue in his role as vice chair of surgery. Nunley specializes in surgery of the hand and foot, as well as total joint replacements and the use of microsurgical techniques. He joined the faculty in 1980.