Dean's Update: Basurto hits milestone, Kelly to speak at Virginia Tech ceremony, PhD student’s work highlighted and more

May 15, 2019
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5.15.19

You did it!

If you helped with graduation, attended graduation, got someone through to graduation or just plain graduated, then I want to thank you. We put on four days worth of ceremonies to honor and celebrate the considerable accomplishments of all the students in the Nicholas School. And we had a lot of fun doing it.

Graduation reminds all of us of our mission and purpose—to create leaders of global significance who focus on the world’s most pressing earth and environmental challenges. What a privilege it is to be dean here. Thank you all for a great year.

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BASURTO CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY AT DUKE
Congratulations to Xavier Basurto on his 10 years of service to Duke University. Xavier got a chance to reflect on his career milestone in a recent Duke Today article: “I came to Duke and have stayed at Duke for its support of creating a better world,” he said. “I truly believe the university is creating global citizens.” The Nicholas School and Duke Marine Lab are lucky to have Xavier aboard!

CLARK CO-HOSTS 10TH-ANNUAL SUSTAINABILITY WORKSHOP
Charlotte Clark co-hosted the 10th-annual Trillium Sustainability Workshop with N.C. Central University on May 8. Participants learned how to integrate this year's theme of justice and sustainability into teaching and curricula across diverse fields. This year, the workshop welcomed the largest cohort of Trillium Fellows to date, with more than 60 participants representing 14 institutions in attendance. Danielle Purifoy PhD'18 was the keynote, Noelle Wyman Roth MEM’12 was the Duke Trillium Coordinator and Chris Paul T’05 PhD’16, assistant professor at NCCU, was one of the co-hosts.

ADJUNCT ASSISTANT PROFESSOR NAMED ROLEX AWARD FINALIST
Krithi Karanth PhD’08 was named one of 10 finalists for the 2019 Rolex Award for Enterprise. The Rolex Awards were designed to support exceptional individuals who have the courage and conviction to take on major challenges that make the world a better place. Krithi, an adjunct assistant professor who also serves as chief conservation scientist at the Centre for Wildlife Studies, was selected from a pool of more than 2,300 candidates. You can read more about Krithi and vote for her on the award’s website.

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KELLY TO SERVE AS SPEAKER AT VIRGINIA TECH LGBTQ+ CEREMONY
Nancy Kelly will be the keynote speaker at Virginia Tech’s Lavender Graduation Ceremony, which recognizes the achievement of the LGBTQ+ graduating students. This comes on the heels of Nancy’s leadership in commemorating the 40th anniversary of Denim Day at her alma mater last month. The ceremony takes place Wednesday evening.

ODAR'S DANIELS EARNS MASTER'S DEGREE
Desirée Daniels, who recently joined our staff as the Office of Development and Alumni Relations' communication specialist, earned her master's degree in university leadership from Lenoir-Rhyne University last week. Join me in congratulating her on this great accomplishment!

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HOME ENERGY EFFICIENCY WORKSHOP TO BE HELD MAY 24
The Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative is holding a free Home Energy Efficiency Workshop from 1-4 p.m. on Friday, May 24, at the Student Wellness Center. The workshop will teach attendees the basics of home energy efficiency as well as provide tips on how to reduce your home’s energy usage and save money on your utility bill. Snacks and coffee will be provided.

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PHD STUDENT’S WORK HIGHLIGHTED BY N.C. SPACE GRANT
In a recent article, the North Carolina Space Grant highlighted the work PhD student Patrick Gray did last summer as part of his NCSG Graduate Fellowship. His project used deep learning to identify and measure whales in drone imagery while also better integrating drones and satellites to improve coastal wetland monitoring. NCSG just announced that Patrick was also awarded the summer fellowship for the summer of 2019.

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