In Brief: November-December 2004

November 30, 2004
  • Geoffrey S. Ginsburg, whose research concentrates on the new field of personalized medicine, is the new director of the Center for Genomic Medicine. He earned his M.D. and Ph.D. at Boston University and has been a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty since 1990. In his new position, he will direct efforts to develop new approaches that will use genetic data to tailor preventive health-care plans for individual patients, a key part of Duke's larger effort to promote a new era of personalized medicine.
  • The Duke Bar Association has been named the top law-school student government in the country by the American Bar Association. DBA's receipt of the 2004 National Achievement Award was announced at the ABA's annual meeting in August, and was based on the law-school association's leadership, programs within and without the law school, and interactions with students, faculty members, administrators, and legal and non-legal communities.
  • Katharine T. Bartlett, dean of Duke's law school since 2000, has been reappointed to a second five-year term. The A. Kenneth Pye Professor of law, she has been a full-time member of the law-school faculty since 1983. The school is in the midst of a $20-million fund-raising program for various construction projects, including expanded and updated classrooms, a new building facade and landscaped gardens, and a 25,000-square-foot addition to accommodate faculty offices, clinics, interdisciplinary centers, and law journals.
  • Ellen Medearis is the new executive director of university development, where she will manage a staff of nearly 100, including the offices of the annual fund, communications and donor relations, corporate and foundation relations, development services, gift planning, and leadership and major gifts. She was director of leadership and major gifts during the $2.36 billion Campaign for Duke.