Dean’s Update: Gallagher promoted, Barros named to National Academy of Engineering, new deep-diving whales study and more

February 13, 2019
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2.13.19

Hi everyone,

I’m on the road right now, so I’ll keep this short. However, I do want to take time to highlight some of this week's items:

Deb Gallagher has been promoted to full professor of the practice in environmental policy. The Nicholas School is lucky to have her given all she does for the school!

I’d like to congratulate Ana Barros for recently being elected to the National Academy of Engineering. What an incredible and well-deserved distinction!

Congratulations are also in order for Jeanne Shearer, a doctoral student advised by Andy Read, for having her research on the amazing diving abilities of Cuvier’s beaked whales featured in The New York Times and many other news outlets.

And finally, if you're looking for a way to celebrate Black History Month, check out these options.

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GALLAGHER PROMOTED TO FULL PROFESSOR OF THE PRACTICE

The Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy has recommended that Deb Gallagher be promoted to full professor of the practice. Please join me in offering Deb deeply felt congratulations for this well-deserved and earned accomplishment.

 

BARROS ELECTED TO NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING

Ana Barros, Edmund T. Pratt Jr. School Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was named to the National Academy of Engineering. Ana, who holds a secondary appointment in our Earth and Ocean Sciences division, was honored for her contributions to understanding and predicting precipitation dynamics and flood hazards in mountainous terrains. Read more>

DUNN SHARES OCEAN MANAGEMENT EXPERTISE WITH WASHINGTON POST

Daniel Dunn was quoted in a Washington Post article on dynamic ocean management, which relies on data-driven tools to balance the needs of fish and fishermen and automatically adapts to environmental changes. Daniel has published research on this topic in the journal Fish & Fisheries, as well as in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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STUDY CONFIRMS CUVIER’S BEAKED WHALES' DIVING ABILITIES

A new study, led by PhD student Jeanne Shearer, confirms that Cuvier's beaked whales off North Carolina's coast make extremely deep dives, which average 1,400 meters and an hour in duration. The new data was recorded from 5,926 dives of tagged whales off Cape Hatteras. Duke’s Nicola Quick, William Cioffi, Heather Foley, Zachary Swaim, Danielle Waples and Andy Read were co-authors of the paper. This work, part of a collaborative study between Duke and Cascadia Research Collective, was funded by the U.S. Navy. Read more>

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NEW ENERGY ACCESS PROJECT WEBSITE LAUNCHES

The Energy Access Project—a partnership between the Nicholas Institute, the Nicholas School and other units across the University—launched its website last week. The project takes an interdisciplinary approach to developing sustainable, modern energy solutions around the world. Established in 2017, it engages students, locally and globally, in finding innovative approaches to accelerate clean energy deployment in emerging markets. Learn more>

DUKE MARINE LAB STUDENTS TAKE PART IN ANNUAL SCIREN COAST EVENT

Last week, the Scientific Research and Education Network (SciREN) Coast's seventh annual event brought together 125 teachers and researchers from across North Carolina to exchange information that educators can use in lesson planning. Ali Boden MEM’19 won first place with her lesson plan about the impact of sunscreens on tourism and marine systems, while PhD student Ashley Blawas and undergrad Annie Harshbarger took second place by highlighting bioacoustics in North Carolina's oceans. Cassandra Nieman MEM’19, PhD student Melissa Duvall and research scientist Liz DeMattia also presented lesson plans. PhD students Austin Allen and Jeanne Shearer, along with Morgan Rudd MEM’18, were part of the event planning team.

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CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT DUKE

Duke's Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture is sponsoring almost daily events honoring Black History Month. On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the exhibit "Black Students Matter: Taking Over Allen in '69" opens at 4:30 p.m. in Perkins Library. That will be followed by a conversation at the Mary Lou Williams Center in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Allen Building takeover and the student activism that led to the center's founding in 1983. More info>

SCHOLARS@DUKE PHOTO DAY SET FOR FEB. 26

Faculty, graduate students and anyone with a Scholars@Duke profile can have a new profile photo taken from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Chaplin Family Study Room in the Brodhead Center. Walk in; no appointment needed.

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Rhodes Scholar Claire Wang—an Environmental Sciences and Policy major—was among this year’s Rhodes and Marshall Scholars honored at Feb. 5's @DukeMBB game - @DukeStudents

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@dukemarinelab director Andy Read is on his way back from an expedition to Antarctica with @DukeAlumni #WeAreDukeEnvironment
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#WeAreDukeEnvironment

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