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Profiles

Scott Huettel

Scott Huettel joined the Department of Psychology and Neurosciences in 2008 with an already established Duke career. Matriculating at Duke in 1994 as a graduate student in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, he began instructing in the department in 1996 and continued until 2001, receiving his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology along the way, in 1999. Also, in 1999 and in 2000, he received NIH fellowships in psychology and neurobiology, respectively, after which he joined the Department of Psychiatry with a secondary appointment in Neurobiology and a tertiary appointment in Psychology. In conjunction with his current appointment, Professor Huettel is also director of the Duke Center for Neuroeconomic Studies and associate director of the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center.
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Mohamed Noor

Mohamed Noor received his B.S. in Biology with highest honors from the College of William and Mary in 1992. He continued his studies at the University of Chicago in the Department of Ecology and Evolution, earning the Ph.D. in 1996. From Chicago he went to Cornell University to do postdoctoral research in their Section of Genetics and Development for two years before joining the Louisiana State University (LSU) faculty in 1998 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. He remained at LSU through 2005, adding an adjunct appointment in Women’s and Gender Studies in 2000 and rising to the rank of Associate Professor in 2002. In 2005, Dr. Noor joined the faculty in the Duke University Department of Biology as Associate Professor. He is currently Professor and Chair of the biology department, holding adjunct appointments in the University Program in Genetics and Genomics, the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, and in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.
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David Brady

David Brady received his B.A., Cum Laude, in Sociology from the University of Minnesota in 1994, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Indiana University in 1997 and 2001, respectively. While pursuing his master’s degree, he also participated in the Executive Training Program at the London School of Economics and earned a certificate in Higher Education and Pedagogy at Indiana University. He joined the faculty at Duke in 2001, and has been the director of the Duke University Center for European Studies since 2008, as well as holding a secondary appointment with the Sanford School of Public Policy. Professor Brady’s research focuses on poverty across demographic groups, the sources of poverty and inequality, and the consequences of globalization. Professor Brady’s nominators attest to his energetic cultivation of student success, offering them thoughtful feedback, extensive collaboration opportunities, and active assistance in their professional development.
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Elizabeth A. Clark

Elizabeth A. Clark received her B.A. from Vassar College in 1960, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1962 and 1965, respectively. In addition, she received an S.T.D., Honoris Causa, from the University of Uppsala in 2001. Professor Clark joined the faculty of the Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia in 1964, founding its Department of Religion and eventually serving as its chairperson. She remained there until 1982 when, after spending the spring semester as a visiting professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she joined the Duke faculty as a professor in the Department of Religion. She currently holds dual appointments at Duke: John Kilgo Carlisle Professor of Religion and Professor of History.
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Patrick Gallagher

Patrick Gallagher, a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2003, and an M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Wake Forest University in 2005. His research investigates how self-regulatory processes contribute to both stability and variability in behavior, the nature and function of personality traits, and self-regulatory influences in judgment and decision-making. Patrick’s nominations speak to his roles as a teaching assistant, classroom instructor, workshop leader, and mentor to undergraduates. These varied experiences, coupled with a relaxed and approachable teaching style, helps Patrick create an engaging mood in the classroom where students feel that they are participating in the learning experience, that they can voice their questions and concerns in and out of class, and that they can ask for and receive exactly what they want out of his courses.
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Laurie Stevison

Laurie Stevison, a doctoral student in the department of Biology, received her B.S. in Biophysics from Centenary College of Louisiana in 2005 and her M.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Rice University in 2007. Her research is broadly focused on the causes and consequences of recombination rate variation in Drosophila. Whether she is mentoring undergraduates and new graduate students, volunteering her time in local high schools, or working with the Girl Scouts in the broader Durham community, Laurie’s nominations exemplify how her dedication and positivity make her a role model for all, not just in her service, but in her scholastic and research excellence.
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Jayme M. Johnson

Jayme M. Johnson, a doctoral student in the University Program in Genetics and Genomics, received a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, in Biology from Carleton College in 2006. Her research explores the establishment and maintenance of cell polarity in budding yeast, S. cerevisae. Jayme’s nominations demonstrate her ability to support and guide students in a challenging and creative manner that teaches them how to think critically, develop an understanding of necessary content and skills, and blossom and develop as scientists. She has not only influenced the students she mentors, but has also provided the stewardship that has inspired graduate students think about effective mentoring through a program she developed that identifies best practices for improving student-on-student mentoring.
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William Geoffrey Gardner

William Geoffrey Gardner, a doctoral student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, received a bachelor’s degree from Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering in May 2009. His research interests include portable power generation using ethanol fueled microengines and microscale propulsion. Under Will’s leadership, Duke’s Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) placed 11th out of 130 teams in the most prestigious student engineering competition in the world. Aside from demonstrating his skill at collaboration and passion for motorsports, this venue also led him into a mentorship role with some Durham high school students who entered the RoboCup Junior competition hosted by Duke. His leadership, motivational, and mentoring skills are exhibited in his interactions with peers and faculty at Duke, as well as in the larger Durham community.
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Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman

Elizabeth Hordge Freeman is a fourth year student in the Department of Sociology. She recently returned from a pre-dissertation research trip to Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Her research exemplifies the University’s commitment to interdisciplinary research by spanning the fields of race and ethnicity, family studies, social psychology, and mental health. Additionally, in recognition of the international component of her research, she was awarded a Graduate School travel grant. ...
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Alexis T. Franzese

Dean's Awards for Excellence in Mentoring - 2009 Student Award Recipient
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Karen L. Remmer

Dean's Awards for Excellence in Mentoring - 2009 Faculty Award Recipient
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Joseph O. Sexton

Dean's Awards for Excellence in Mentoring - 2009 Student Award Recipient
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Grant Wacker

Dean's Awards for Excellence in Mentoring - 2009 Faculty Award Recipient
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Lawrence M. Boyd

Dean's Awards for Excellence in Mentoring - 2007 Student Award Recipient
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Kristen Hart

After a successful undergraduate research experience at a Boston College field station in Cape Cod...
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Xing Zong

Xing Zong (Ph.D. Physics ‘10) was awarded the William J. Griffiths University Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Global Community. This award honors graduating students whose service and contributions have significantly influenced University life. A native of Yangzhou, China and the recipient of an A.B. degree in Physics from Nanjing University, Xing Zong says “my parents gave me this name because it stands for ‘thriving’ in Chinese. And thrive at Duke is what he was able to do. Xing served as President of the Duke Chinese Students and Scholars Association (DCSSA), was elected as a Graduate Student Young Trustee, and was a recipient of the Samuel Cook Society Award for promoting diversity. Xing led in co-designing and implementing the www.DukeChina.org Web site, and served as the University student liaison for President Brodhead’s first official visit to Asia in 2006. Soon after coming to Duke Xing discovered that on road signs “Xing” indicates “Crossing.” “This is also a great sign,” he says, “because I am indeed at the crossroads of two cultures.”
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Chiayu Hsu

Chiayu Hsu, a newly minted Graduate School alum (Music, Ph.D. ‘09), was selected as one of three finalists in Dilettante-Music.com’s inaugural Digital Composer-in-Residence competition. The competition invited composers from all around the world to submit their works online to be judged by an international panel. Hsu’s submission, “Zhi” for violin and piano, was composed in 2008, and includes folk rhythms from Chinese festive music. Hsu, who is from Banciao, Taiwan, studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and at Yale University before coming to Duke.
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Robert Saunders

Robert Saunders (Ph.D. Physics '06) recently joined the Institute of Medicine as a program officer in the Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care, fielding issues related to value and costs of care.
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Walter Mignolo

Walter D. Mignolo (William H. Wannamaker Professor of Literature and Romance Studies, Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Spanish & Latin American Studies) was appointed International Board Member for the six-year project "Time, Memory and Representation," Sorderton University, Sweden (http://histcon.se/).
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Aaron Thornburg

Aaron Thornburg, a doctoral candidate in Cultural Anthropology, earned his B.A. from the University of Florida-Gainesville with high honors in 1993, an M.Phil. in Linguistics from the University of Dublin in 1996, an M.A. in Anthropology from Brandeis University in 2000, and an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University in 2007. His dissertation, titled “Imagining Irelands: Migration, Media, and Locality in Modern Day Dublin,” is a study of Irish ethnic identity as it relates to Irish language use in media and school curriculum.
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Terry Jackson

Terry Jackson, a Ph.D. candidate in the University Program in Genetics and Genomics, received a B.S. in Biology, cum laude, from Virginia State University in 2003. Terry engaged in post-baccalaureate research in the Duke University Center for Human Genetics before matriculating in the Duke University Graduate School in the fall of 2005. Terry's doctoral research focuses on the physiological and transcriptional stress response of Arabidopsis thaliana roots under low sulphur conditions. Terry is strongly motivated to assist in the development of his fellow students, and fosters mutual respect with those he mentors, who find him to be approachable, accessible, and encouraging.
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Allison Wisecup

Allison Wisecup, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology, received a B.A. in Sociology and American Studies at the University of Iowa in 2003. She received a master’s in Sociology at Duke University in 2006 and completed a Graduate Certificate in Health Policy in 2008 while working toward the Ph.D. Her primary research interests focus on the study of emotion and mental health, with attention also to the structural foundations of cultural identity meanings and the distribution of meanings throughout society. She also has an interest in the inequality of medical treatment and outcomes, especially in the area of dental health.
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Kaoru Ikuma

Kaoru Ikuma, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, received a B.S. in both Biological Sciences and Biochemistry in 2005 and an M.S. in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2007. Her research focuses on the effect of select biological and environmental factors on the horizontal gene transfer and functionality of the TOL plasmid. In her research group she is highly regarded by students and faculty alike for her high standards, proactive helpfulness, and technical knowledge that she freely shares and willingly teaches.
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Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Professor of Sociology, earned his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Bonilla-Silva held posts at the University of Michigan and at Texas A&M University- before joining the faculty of Duke’s Department of Sociology in 2006. His research areas include racial stratification, social theory, critical race methods, political sociology, and Latin American and the Caribbean, and Epistemology. One of Dr. Bonilla-Silva current projects is titled “We are All Americans! The Latin Americanization of Race Relations in the USA,” and explores the changing dynamics of racial stratification in the United States.
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Kristine Stiles

Kristine Stiles, France Family Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, earned a B.A. in Art History from San Jose State University in California, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the University of California at Berkeley. She joined the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke in 1988 as Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1995 and Professor in 2006. In 2010 she was honored with an endowed professorship, becoming the France Family Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies. Over the course of her years with Duke University, she has also served as a visiting professor at the University of Bucharest, Romania and as associate professor at Venice International University. Professor Stiles’ main field of research is contemporary art with a focus on performance art and other interdisciplinary experimental art practices. Her research is especially concerned with global representations of violence, trauma, and destruction, and she has begun to work in animal studies, as well.
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Paula D. McClain

Paula D. McClain joined as the Duke faculty as Professor of Political Science in 2000. She earned a B.A., M.A., and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Howard University. She held academic positions at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Arizona State University, and the University of Virginia before coming to Duke. In addition to serving on the faculty of the Political Science Department, Professor McClain holds appointments in the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Department of African and African American Studies. She is also program director of the Race, Ethnicity and Politics Program; director of the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute; and co-director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences (REGSS). Professor McClain’s primary research interests are in racial minority group politics, particularly inter-minority political and social competition, and urban politics, especially public policy and urban crime.
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Mark R. Weisner

Mark R. Wiesner, James L. Meriam Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is the eighteenth recipient of the The National Water Research Institute (NWRI) Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research. He has also been named a Fellow of the International Water Association, a global associate of water professionals spanning the continuum between research and practice and covering all facets of the water cycle. The 2011 IWA Fellows will be officially recognized on October 2 at the IWA-ASPIRE conference to be held in Tokyo. At the Board meeting of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP), held this July in Tampa Florida during the bi-annual conference, he was also elected President-Elect of the AEESP.
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Ariel Dorfman

Ariel Dorfman, Walter Hines Page Professor of Literature and Latin American Studies, was on sabbatical from Duke this past year to focus on his writing, which he did in abundance. In September, the second volume of his memoirs, Feeding on Dreams: Confessions of an Unrepentant Exile, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He spent the fall giving readings in most of the U.S. major cities, as well as a reading in Duke’s Gothic Reading Room, which can still be viewed at Duke On Demand. He appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and the Tavis Smiley show, and will be heard on NPR’s The Story. Excerpts from the memoir were published in Harper’s, Granta magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Nation.
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Charles Piot

Charles Piot, Professor of Cultural Anthropology, African & African American Studies and Women's Studies, received his B.A. in Religion from Princeton University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Anthropology from the University of Virginia. He held teaching posts at the University of Virginia and the University of Colorado before coming to Duke University in 1993. During his nearly two-decade career at Duke, he has served as Faculty Director of the Duke in Ghana program, the Duke in Togo program, and the Reginaldo Howard Scholars program. Professor Piot's research focuses on the political economy and history of rural West Africa.
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Susan Alberts

Susan C. Alberts, The Jack H. Neely Professor of Biology, earned her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Chicago, an M.A. in Biology from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a B.A. in Biology from Reed College. She joined the Duke faculty as assistant professor in 1998 after stints as a Research Fellow of the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows, and an NIH National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago. Professor Alberts’ research focuses on the behavioral ecology and ecological genetics of large mammals, with specialties in organismal biology and behavior, evolution, and ecology and population biology.
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Shannon McDermott

Shannon McDermott, a Ph.D. candidate in Genetics and Genomics, received a B.S. in Genetic Engineering from Cedar Crest College. The title of her dissertation is "Genetic basis of hybrid sterility and meiotic drive in Drosophila persimilis and Drosophila pseudoobscura," a work that helps explain how organisms can become different species.
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Allison Schmitt

Allison A. Schmitt, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry, received a B.S. in Chemistry and Biochemistry with distinction from the University of Washington. Her research focuses on understanding the thermodynamics of additivity in ligand binding in several protein-ligand systems utilizing isothermal titration calorimetry, organic synthesis and x-ray crystallography techniques.
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Wendy Dow Piniak

Wendy Dow Piniak, a Ph.D. candidate in Marine Science and Conservation, received a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Gettysburg College and a Master in Environmental Management from Duke University. Her dissertation title is "Sea turtles and sound: audition and the effects of marine sound on hearing and behavior."
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Farshid Guilak

Farshid Guilak, the Laszlo Ormandy Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Professor of Biomedical Engineering, earned his doctorate and an M.Phil. in Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University after completing both a B.S. and an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He joined the Duke University School of Medicine faculty and the Department of Biomedical Engineering in 1994. Dr. Guilak was honored with the Laszlo Ormandy named professorship in 2006.
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Anne-Marie Angelo

Anne-Marie Angelo, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History, received a B.A. in American Studies with High Distinction from the University of Virginia and an M.A. from Duke University. She studies the twentieth-century United States from a transnational perspective and is interested in foreign perceptions of the U.S. during the twentieth century, with specific emphasis on the civil rights movement and its interactions with global racial formations. Her dissertation examines the Black Panther Parties of Israel and the United Kingdom, with reference to the Black Panthers in the United States.
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Victor Ray

Victor Ray, a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology, received a B.A. in Urban Studies from Vassar College with honors and an M.A. in Sociology from Duke University. His areas of research and teaching interest include race and ethnicity, stratification, sociological theory, qualitative methods, and social psychology.
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Melissa Bostrom

Melissa Bostrom (Ph.D. English, UNC-Chapel Hill) has joined the Graduate School staff as Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development. For the past five years, Melissa has served as Director of Graduate Academic and Professional Development at North Carolina State University, where she created comprehensive initiatives to address graduate student professional development that focused on areas such as career and professional skills, mentoring, and teaching. She brings a strong record of accomplishments to her position at Duke and will be able to use her well-established background to build on existing collaborations and partnerships across the campus. Melissa will also explore new avenues for professional development within the university and beyond and will play a key leadership role in helping the Graduate School to create and implement a strategic vision for graduate student professional development at Duke. Melissa may be contacted by email at melissa.bostrom@duke.edu.
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Laura F. Edwards

Laura F. Edwards, Professor of History, earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the Duke History Department as Associate Professor in 2001, she was on the faculty of the University of California-Los Angeles. Professor Edwards' research focuses on women, gender, and the law in the nineteenth-century south.
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Frank A. Sloan

Frank Sloan, the J. Alexander McMahon Professor of Health Policy and Management and Professor of Economics received a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University and an A.B. in Economics from Oberlin College. He joined the Duke faculty in 1993 and has secondary faculty appointments in the Fuqua School of Business, Sanford Institute of Public Policy, School of Nursing, and Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Sloan also directed the Duke Center for Health Policy, Law and Management from 1998 to 2004. Before joining the faculty at Duke in July 1993, he was a research economist at the Rand Corporation and served on the faculties of the University of Florida and Vanderbilt University. His current research interests include alcohol use and smoking prevention, long-term care, medical malpractice, and cost-effectiveness analyses of medical technologies. He also has a long-standing interest in hospitals, including the regulation of hospitals, health care financing, and health manpower.
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Cameron R. "Dale" Bass

Cameron R. "Dale" Bass, Associate Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Injury and Othopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory, earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia. He joined the Duke faculty in 2008 after working in a variety of research capacities at the University of Virginia, including in Military Programs, Center for Applied Biomechanics, and the Automobile Safety Laboratory. A major research focus of Dr. Bass is the study of blast-related brain injury and injury mechanisms.
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Robyn Wiegman

Robyn Wiegman, Professor of Literature and Women's Studies, earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington, and an M.F.A. in Poetry and B.A. in English from Indiana University. She joined the Duke faculty in 2001 after serving as Associate Professor of Women's Studies and English & Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. Her research interests include feminist theory, queer theory, American Studies, critical race theory, and film and media studies.
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Zakiya Nicole Whatley

Zakiya Whatley, a Ph.D. student in the Genetics and Genomics Program, received and Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Hampton University. Her research focuses on the genetic study of DNA damage and repair in Escherichia coli.
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Marisabel Guevara

Marisabel Guevara, a Ph.D. student in Computer Science, earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville and an M.E. in Computer Engineering from the University of Virginia-Charlottesville. Her research in computer architecture lies in leveraging low power components to achieve system-level energy efficiency, with a focus on integration and management of these components in data center systems.
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Anna Gibson

Anna Gibson, a Ph.D. candidate in English, earned an M.A. in English from the University of Exeter, UK, and a B.A. in English from the University of Southern Mississippi. The subject of her dissertation is "Forming Person: Narrative and Psychology in the Victorian Novel."
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Kristine Callan

Kristine Callan, a Ph.D. candidate in Physics, earned a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from Pacific University and an M.A. in Physics from Duke University. Kristine studies small networks of chaotic systems, both experimentally and numerically, and devises ways of determining global network properties from local dynamical measurements.
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Ida Stephens Owens Named First Recipient of The Graduate School Distinguished Alumni Award

Ida Stephens Owens grew up in Whiteville, North Carolina. She came to Durham to attend North Carolina College at Durham, now North Carolina Central University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a B. S. degree in Biology in 1961. In March of this same year, the Duke University Board of Trustees voted to integrate its graduate and professional schools. Dr. Owens was recruited to Duke’s Graduate School in 1962 by Dr. Daniel C. Tosteson, then chair of the Department of Physiology, who later went on to become president of the American Physiological Society, serve as dean of the Harvard Medical School for 20 years, and be appointed a trustee of Duke. Dr. Tosteson was intentional in his effort to visit surrounding black colleges to identify promising students for advanced study in the sciences. It was during such a visit to North Carolina College that he was introduced to Dr. Owens by Dr. James S. Lee, then chair of Biology at North Carolina College at Durham.
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The Graduate School Welcomes Sondra Ponzi

Sondra Ponzi has recently joined the Graduate Student Affairs team in the Graduate School as Senior Program Coordinator for Student Development. Sondra is responsible for the daily coordination of services and programs that support graduate students, such as the Child Care Subsidy. She is also the point person for student group funding initiatives and guidance. Key components of her position consist of program planning and event management to implement The Graduate Schools signature events, such as the orientation for new students, the commencement activities for the Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony, and the Appreciation Week Activities for students.
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