In Brief: September-October 2006

October 1, 2006
  • Silvia Ferrari, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; Jonathan Mattingly, associate professor of mathematics; and Tannishtha Reya, assistant professor of pharmacology and cancer biology, were among fifty-six researchers who received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers at a ceremony at the White House in July. The awards recognize "the most promising researchers in the nation within their fields."
  • Aaron Greenwald, program director for this year's North Carolina Festival of the Book at Duke, has been appointed interim director of Duke Performances following the retirement of Kathy Silbiger. Greenwald's appointment takes effect January 1, 2007, and runs through June 30, 2008. Greenwald will oversee Duke Performances during a period in which the university's new strategic plan calls for increasing investment in the arts.
  • Calvin Howell, director of undergraduate studies in physics, is the new director of the Duke-based Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory, which serves nuclear physicists from Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, and N.C. State University.
  • Janie Long M.R.E. '81, former director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Antioch New England Graduate School, is the new director of the Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Life at Duke. She succeeds Karen Krahulik, now an associate dean at Brown University.
  • Cindy L. Van Dover, formerly an associate professor of marine biology at the College of William & Mary, is the new director of the Duke Marine Laboratory.