Dean’s Update: Alumna to serve as keynote speaker, faculty members get energy research funding, STEM outreach and more

April 17, 2019
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4.17.19

Hello everyone!

I will be at the Marine Lab Wednesday and Thursday for my monthly visit and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone down there.

Please join the Nicholas School PhD Advocacy Council (NPAC) and featured guests at their inaugural PhD Week from April 22-26. The entire Nicholas School community is invited to attend.

Monday is a kick-off social hour; Tuesday is a “Disseminating Science in an Era of Fake News" panel discussion; Wednesday is the movie screening of "Stink!" and panel discussion; Thursday is Graduate Student Mental Health Day; and Friday is the PhD Research Symposium. The doctoral students are excited to feature numerous guests throughout the week, including "Stink!" director Jon Whelan.

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ALUMNA SELECTED AS RECOGNITION CEREMONY KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Alumna Alexis Kingham Fuge MEM/MF’05 will be the keynote speaker at the Nicholas School Recognition Ceremony on May 11. Alexis currently serves as sustainability business development manager at Amazon Web Services (AWS). She's responsible for building tools and mechanisms to communicate the sustainability and business value proposition of AWS’s cloud computing technology and services for account managers and customers worldwide. Learn more>

NEW DUKE ENVIRONMENT MAGAZINE IN STANDS AND ONLINE

A redesigned Duke Environment Magazine is out this week, featuring an insightful cover story on ongoing community science outreach on both our Durham and Duke Marine Lab campuses. You can pick up a copy on newsstands at Grainger Hall and the LSRC today, or check it out online.

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5 FACULTY MEMBERS IN TEAMS AWARDED ENERGY RESEARCH SEED FUNDING

Brian Murray, Dalia Patiño-Echeverri, Subhrendu Pattanayak, Drew Shindell and Mark Wiesner are part of teams awarded funding from the Duke University Energy Initiative’s Energy Research Seed Fund. The funding helps Duke faculty obtain important preliminary research results they can use to secure external funding. Read more>

WETLAND CENTER AWARDED $200,000 GIFT FOR CARBON FARM RESEARCH

The Duke University Wetland Center has been awarded a $200,000 gift from The Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment to help support the science necessary to establish a carbon farm on former pocosin wetlands in Hyde County, North Carolina. Congrats to Wetland Center researchers Neal Flanagan, Mengchi Ho and Hongjun Wang and director Curt Richardson on the gift!

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210 GIRLS TAKE PART IN HANDS-ON STEM ACTIVITIES AT GEST EVENT

The fourth-annual Girls Exploring Science & Technology (GEST) event brought 210 girls and 70 volunteers together at Duke Marine Lab on Saturday, April 13. This year marked the largest event yet. Volunteers from Duke, UNC, N.C. State, Girl Scouts, NOAA, N.C. Aquariums and the N.C. Coastal Federation led hands-on STEM activities that involved programming robots, anesthetizing fish, dissecting squid and more. The GEST planning team included PhD students Jillian Wisse, Anastasia Quintana, Hillary Smith, Ashley Blawas, Sarah Loftus and Courtney Swink; DUML staff members Sarah Poulin, Roosevelt Mesa, Connie Kot, Rachel Lo Piccolo and Liz DeMattia; as well as UNC PhD student Carson Miller.

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PHD STUDENT IS 6TH NIC SCHOOLER AWARDED FOREVER DUKE AWARD

PhD student Stephanie Stefanski was awarded a Forever Duke Student Leadership Award, bringing the total Nicholas School honorees to six. Last week, we announced that Matt Brantley MEM/MF’19, Temis Coral MEM’19, Justin Lana MS’12/PhD’19, Sarah Loftus PhD’19 (not pictured) and Reed Perry MEM'19 received the award recognizing graduating students’ service to the university.

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ODAR WELCOMES NEW COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

Help us welcome Desirée Daniels to the Nicholas School! As the new development communications specialist in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations (ODAR), Desirée will assist in the planning and implementation of stewardship and communication plans for donor and alumni engagement and will help prepare Annual Fund communications. She comes to the Nicholas School after serving as program specialist in Duke’s Office for Institutional Equity.

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EARTH DAY CELEBRATION CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER

Due to expected severe weather, the Nicholas School Student Council has canceled Friday's Earth Day celebration and will instead host a mixer on Monday evening. Stay tuned for details.

 

 

 

UNDERGRADUATE POSTER SESSION SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY

Undergraduate students seeking graduation with distinction honors will present their projects during a poster session from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday in Hug Commons. Sustainability Engagement Certificate students will also participate in the poster session. Environmental Sciences students will present capstone projects starting at 11:30 a.m.

URBAN REVITALIZATION EXPERT MAJORA CARTER TO SPEAK AT DUKE THURSDAY

Majora Carter, an urban revitalization strategist, will speak at Duke from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Student Wellness Center. She will talk about the power of the built environment to promote equality. Carter is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and social entrepreneur who utilizes green spaces, the built environment and community building to tackle social inequality. RSVP>

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Our Duke Environment Magazine cover story features the community outreach being done at the Nicholas School to inspire the next generation of environmental leaders. https://t.co/3mNYXOa8LU

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