Dean’s Update: Faculty members receive grants, Hunt gets a promotion, Actionators win award and more

February 7, 2019
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2.7.19

Around the Nicholas School, we always have an embarrassment of riches in terms of speakers, seminars and other activities to capture your intellectual attention and curiosity. Choosing is often the hardest part. The same is true this week in terms of what to highlight in my newsletter.

Three items stand out for different reasons:

Our Actionators team has won Duke’s highest honor for equity, diversity and inclusion work. Their path-breaking model diffuses accountability for equity, diversity and inclusion across multiple staff and faculty so as not to put the responsibility on one individual.

Susan Lozier led a remarkable article in Science that questions conventional thinking about how deep-ocean processes influence climate.

And, Dana Hunt received news from the Provost’s Office that she was promoted to associate professor with tenure.

Congratulations all around. It has been a good week!

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7 FACULTY MEMBERS RECEIVE DUKE TEAM GRANTS

Faculty members Nicolette Cagle, Richard Di Giulio, Meagan Dunphy-Daly, Claudia Gunsch, Andrew Read, Tom Schultz and Norman Wirzba are part of interdisciplinary teams receiving Duke’s Intellectual Community Planning Grants. Eight groups were awarded between $1,000 to $5,000 each for 2019. The grants look to foster collaboration around new and emerging areas of interest as part of the university’s strategic plan. Read more>

VIDRA AWARDED TEACHING ENHANCEMENT GRANT

Rebecca Vidra was awarded a Teaching Enhancement Grant from the Provost’s Office to support a 2-week summer residency at the Duke Marine Lab. Rebecca will be working to develop oceans-focused content for her Intro to Environmental Sciences and Policy class (ENV 102) and Environmental Ethics seminar (ENV 214).

HUNT PROMOTED TO ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR WITH TENURE

Dana Hunt has been promoted to associate professor of microbial biology with tenure. Please join me in offering Dana congratulations for this well-deserved and earned accomplishment. The Nicholas School is lucky to have her!

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DUKE RECOGNIZES ACTIONATORS FOR EQUITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION WORK

The Nicholas School D&I Actionators have won the staff team Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Award from Duke’s Office of Institutional Equity. This award recognizes individuals and groups for exceptional leadership and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion within the Duke community. The award will be presented during the Samuel DuBois Cook Society Dinner on Feb. 19. Congratulations to current and former members of the Actionators for your fantastic team work!

NORDONE NOMINATED TO DUKE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Director of Research Development Shila Nordone was nominated as one of the 26 members of the Duke Leadership Academy’s newest class. Throughout the year-long program, participants learn from Duke’s senior leaders, undergo a comprehensive analysis of their work and personality styles as well collaborate on projects that put their newly learned skills to good use solving real-world problems in their work. Read more>

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LOZIER’S NEW STUDY FINDS OCEAN CIRCULATION SURPRISE

An international study led by Susan Lozier finds that the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (MOC) is primarily driven by cooling waters between Greenland and Scotland—not in the Labrador Sea off Canada, as past modeling studies have suggested. The findings, published last week in Science, will help scientists better predict what changes might occur to the MOC, a deep-ocean process that plays a key role in regulating Earth’s climate. Read more>

PALM OIL NOT THE ONLY CAUSE OF DEFORESTATION IN INDONESIA

Kemen G. Austin PhD’18 led a new study that found that although large-scale agriculture remains a major cause for deforestation in Indonesia, the impact of oil palm cultivation has diminished in recent years as other natural and human causes emerge. The findings, published in Environmental Research Letters, are the first to document the changing causes of deforestation occurring in Indonesia. Postdoc Amanda Schwantes, MEM student Yaofeng Gu and Professor of Environmental Chemistry Prasad Kasibhatla served as co-authors. Read more>

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REGISTRATION OPEN FOR WORKSHOP ON JUSTICE & SUSTAINABILITY

Charlotte Clark will co-host the 10th annual Trillium Sustainability Workshop with N.C. Central University on May 8. The workshop offers an opportunity to learn how to integrate this year's theme—justice and sustainability—into teaching and curricula across diverse fields. Registration is open through April 22 for faculty, staff and graduate students with teaching responsibilities as well as K-12 teachers. Noelle Wyman Roth MEM’12 is the Duke Trillium Coordinator while Chris Paul T’05 PhD’16, assistant professor at NCCU, is one of the co-hosts. More info>

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Congratulations to Dana Hunt for being promoted to associate professor with tenure in the Nicholas School!

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@dukemarinelab researchers are part of the ‪#MAPS2019‬ expedition that has been conducting acoustic surveys off the Carolinas over the past weeks. The scientists are tracking the behavior and acoustic activity of beaked and sperm whales as well as other marine mammals. #WeAreDukeEnvironment
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