Thursday, January 31, 2013
People's Durham, an organization that tackles affordable housing, social justice and educational issues facing underserved minority communities, has been awarded the 2013 Citizen Award by the Indy Weekly.
The King's Daughters Inn and the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Course along with the Fairview Dining Room all retained their status as AAA four diamond lodging and dining establishments.
Kelly Brownell, the James Rowland Angell Professor of Psychology at Yale University and a leading authority on public policies to enhance nutrition and combat obesity, will become the next dean of Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy.
The Durham Police Department will hold graduation ceremonies for the BLET (Basic Law Enforcement Training) Academy 36 at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, 504 W. Chapel Hill St.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Syngenta Biotechnology Inc. has received a certificate of occupancy for its new greenhouse in the Research Triangle Park.
BASF Plant Science is stopping research into a genetically modified, nutritionally enhanced feed corn in the United States, and is discontinuing efforts to get approval for genetically modified potato products in Europe. The company plans to add corn as a target crop for its fungal resistance research.
Kim D. Saunders, CEO of Durham-based Mechanics & Farmers Bank, has been selected to serve on the group that advises the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on the latest issues facing the nation’s community bankers.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
SMT, the Durham-based company that provides graphics and other services for televised sports and entertainment events, announced Monday its technology will be used in CBS’ Super Bowl XLVII programming.
Benjamin Alman, chair of orthopedics at the University of Toronto, will become chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center in June. David Attarian will serve as interim chair of the department until June
Monday, January 28, 2013
The News & Observer has recognized Durham's Yamazushi as Restaurant of the Year. Twelve other Durham restaurants were included in the Triangle's Best Restaurants list including Nana's, Fairview, Four Square, Revolution, Watts Grocery, Old Havana Sandwich Shop, Vin Rouge, Dos Perros, Pizzeria Toro, Blu Seafood & Bar, Mateo, and Los Comales.
A lumpectomy and radiation may provide early-stage breast cancer patients with a better chance of survival than mastectomies, according to Duke Medicine Research.
Leslie Greenwald, a chief scientist at RTI International, has been elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance for her work in Medicare program and payment system evaluation. Election to membership in the National Academy of Social Insurance is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a social insurance professional.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Durham-based Council for Entrepreneurial Development has developed an early version of an online map that tracks the location of more than 1,000 Triangle start-up technology and life science companies.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Duke student Sam Waters has launched Radoozle, a website that allows online food ordering using Duke Food Points. Students can make online orders at the Loop, Food Factory, Dragon Gate, TGI Friday’s, Chopped Greens and Bread-n-Kabob.
Durham Academy has unveiled its newly renovated gymnasium that includes air conditioning, a new floor, frosted glass windows, improved lighting, 300 additional seats, a trophy hallway, concession stand, public restrooms, a fitness center, locker rooms, offices and an improved training room.
A $50 million gift from Anne T. and Robert M. Bass of Fort Worth, Texas, will launch Bass Connections, an initiative to encourage Duke students and faculty to collaborate across traditional academic boundaries to develop the broad expertise and perspective needed to tackle complex societal problems.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The National Organization of Minority Architects awarded The Freelon Group Architects two awards for design excellence at its 40th Annual Design Awards Presentation and Reception in Detroit, Mich.
The Loop, a Duke University vendor that operates a American-style restaurant on Duke's West Campus in the West Union building will relocate to the space in the Bryan Center currently occupied by Armadillo Grill.
Duke University engineers have developed a novel “sensor” that is more efficient, versatile, and cheaper for potential use in such applications as airport security scanners, and collision avoidance systems for aircraft, cars or maritime vessels..
Friday, January 18, 2013
Medicago, a Canadian vaccine maker, which has a plant in Durham, has netted a $15 million loan from an unnamed pharma partner. The agreement that could include co-promotion rights of Medicago vaccines in certain markets. If a licensing agreement can be made, the principal of the loan would be applied as up-front payments, and Medicago would not have to pay interest.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Dr. John Vaughn has been appointed as the new director of student health of Duke University.
Vaughn will be bringing experience gained from working Ohio State University’s Student Health Services and improving its health promotion activities and technologies.
In just over a month, more than 1,000 donors contributed $614,212 to the Doing Good in the Neighborhood campaign, which benefits local organizations that improve the quality of life in Durham.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Argos Therapeutics Inc., a Durham company developing personalized treatments for cancer and infectious diseases, announced Tuesday that a late-phase clinical trial has launched that’s testing its most advanced product candidate in kidney cancer patients.
PGA Master Professional Ed Ibarguen and PGA Head Golf Professional Jessica Stewart—members of Duke University Golf Club staff located at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club—recently earned golf awards from several prestigious golf associations.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Monday, January 14, 2013
Building permits filed in the last six months with Durham City-County Inspections allow for 123 percent more residential units in the city and county compared to what was filed for in the same period last year.
Steve Goldberg, a former Cary Academy history teacher, plans to open Triangle Learning Community, a private program for middle school students. He has acquired space for the fledgling education program next to the Beth El Synagogue on Watts Street near Duke University’s east campus.
BASF is consolidating its U.S. non-crop herbicide, insecticide and fungicide businesses into a single department. About 30 jobs will be moving to the Research Triangle Park in Durham as part of the change.
Durham's Quintiles has signed a two-year partnership agreement with South Korean firm BioCore to provide its services to Quintiles exclusively. Financial terms of the deal with BioCore were not disclosed.
Friday, January 11, 2013
IBM Corp. busted another record for most patents received by a company in a year. IBM’s 6,478 patent total included 675 patents by employees in Durham's Research Triangle Park.
Digitalsmiths, a Durham-based company announced deals Thursday with Time Warner Cable and i.TV to integrate Digitalsmiths’ Seamless Discovery search and discovery technology so subscribers can find TV shows and movies on TV, on-demand, and on their DVRs.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
By harnessing the very qualities that make sickle cell disease a lethal blood disorder, a research team led by Duke Medicine and Jenomic, a private cancer research company in Carmel, Calif., has developed a way to deploy the misshapen red blood cells to fight cancer tumors.
Duke researchers are looking to genomic technologies – not the isolation of bacteria or viruses – to quickly detect and diagnose infectious diseases such as the flu and staph. Two studies appearing online Jan. 9, 2013, both in the journal PLOS ONE, show how a pattern of genomic information among infected individuals can be used to accurately pinpoint the cause of infection.
Dr. Benjamin A. Alman, A.J. Latner Professor and chair of Orthopaedics at the University of Toronto, will become chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Nancy Andrews, dean of the School of Medicine, announced this week. Alman will assume his new role in June.
The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $4.8 million contract to Carolina Sunrock LLC of Raleigh to improve 21.9 miles of Durham County roads.
Delta Air Lines will launch nonstop service to Tampa from Raleigh-Durham International Airport and double its service to Los Angeles from RDU.
Users of the City of Durham’s Old North Durham Park should take note that construction is set to begin next month. Then work will close the park until August and impact vehicle traffic around the park t 310 W. Geer St.
A New Jersey-based restaurant and hotel franchise operator is planning to open a Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar at The Streets at Southpoint. The restaurant will go into the space that housed the mall’s Rockfish Seafood Grill, which closed Monday.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Michael W. Smith, Durham County’s Emergency Medical Service director, recently announced plans to retire effective June 30 after 37 years with the department.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Hatteras Venture Partners, a Durham-based life sciences investment firm, reached its $125 million fundraising goal for its fourth investment fund with the support of a federal capital investment program.
Angela Lee has been named the new executive director of The St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation, the organization that runs Hayti Heritage Center.
Two faculty members at the Duke University School of Nursing, Paula Tanabe and Donald “Chip” Bailey Jr. have been inducted into the Fellowship of the American Academy of Nursing. Induction as a Fellow is one of the highest honors in the nation a nurse can receive.
Kirsten Corazzini, a professor at the Duke University School of Nursing, has been selected as a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. Corazzini, a social gerontologist, was selected for the health sciences section.
Musta Husain has been appointed as the director of the geriatric psychiatry division and vice chair for faculty development at the Duke University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Frontier Airlines will begin daily service Sunday-Friday between Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Trenton, N.J., April 8. The new service will mark Frontier’s re-entry into the Research Triangle Region market.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Durham-based Tryton Medical Inc. has closed on $24 million in financing. Tryton develops medical stents and the financing should see the company through the U.S. approval of its latest product, the TrytonSide Branch Stent.
Plans have been filed to develop an automobile dealership near The Streets at Southpoint in the location off Fayetteville Road for a proposed approximately 170,000-square-foot development called Hendrick Southpoint. The plans are still under review with Durham City-County Planning.
Friday, January 4, 2013
Apixaban, a drug aimed at preventing strokes, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. New York-based Bristol-Myers Squibb and New York-based Pfizer Inc. partnered to develop the drug, and tested it at Duke University in Durham.
Former Durham Mayor Wib Gulley will step down as general counsel of Triangle Transit sometime this summer, opting to retire now that the agency has local funding lined up for a series of service expansions.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Durham's Fullsteam Brewery and Chapel Hill's Cackalacky have teamed up to create a new ginger pale ale beer, named Cackalacky, which they hope to widely distribute. The launch party will occur on January 27.
VTT Management, a Massachusetts investor, has purchased the Carver Pond apartment community, a 248-unit, garden-style apartment community that was built in 1998 and is located at 4001 Meriwether Drive off East Carver Street in north Durham for $11.4 million, according to Durham County records.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke's first annual Martin Luther King Day lecture will be given on Jan. 21 by Christopher Martens, a multiple-Emmy-award-winning producer and documentarian His address, "The Civil Rights Movement Through the Eyes of Jackie Robinson" will explore the life of the noted athlete and activist.
The 177-unit JFK Towers affordable housing building in north Durham has been sold to Global Ministries Fellowship, a Memphis area faith-based relief agency for $8.1 million.
A subsidiary of Faison Enterprises of Charlotte is tearing down the 1950s-era Washburn Court apartments on 300 Swift Avenue in Durham to make way for a $40 million apartment community opening in 2014. Faison development director Kris Fetter says demolition of the nine, white-brick buildings has begun and that the new apartments will feature a four-story, wood-framed building with 202 apartment units with structured parking underneath.
Cree, the Durham-based LED lighting company will expand its operations in Durham by signing a deal to lease more than 58,500 square feet at the Research Tri-Center industrial park near Research Triangle Park.
Following American Suzuki Motor Corp.’s reorganization bankruptcy filing and decision to discontinue new vehicle sales in the continental United States, Mark Jacobson Suzuki has been converted into a Toyota Truck Center.
The Durham Arts Council has created an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to help support 16 local artists have been selected to receive Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grants in 2013. The Arts Council’s goal is to raise $7,500 by March 21, 2013 for the Emerging Artists program.
The Powerhouse building at 300 Fuller St. in downtown Durham has been sold for $2.275 million to Durham Realty, which is a support corporation for Duke University, according to property records.
NC Wesleyan College President James Gray III and Durham Tech Community College President Bill Ingram will meet at Durham Tech Jan. 3 to sign a memorandum of understanding that will formalize a transfer partnership between the two schools.The purpose of this transfer partnership is to promote completion of both the associate’s degree at Durham Tech and the baccalaureate degree at Wesleyan.
Thomas Petes, a professor of molecular genetics and microbiology at Duke University, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal for lifetime achievement in the field of genetics. Petes specializes in the study of yeast as a model for understanding genomic instability and chromosomal abnormalities commonly found in cancer cells.
David Levi, the dean of the Duke University School of Law, has been named to a list of the most influential figures in legal education by the National Jurist. Twenty-four educators and one legal education public policy advocate were named to its 2012 list out of 85 nominations.
Durham attorneys at Thomas, Ferguson & Mullins, L.L.P. have been notified that their firm has been included in the 2013 U.S. News Media Group Best Lawyers list of “Best Law Firms” for 2013.
Details of the honor were released with the U.S. News and World Report’s Money Issue.