Monday, March 31, 2014

Duke Engineers Develop Infection-Preventing Catheter

Duke University engineers have developed a catheter that could prevent infection-causing biofilms to form.

Duke Researchers Quantify Impact of New Guidelines for Blood Pressure

New guidelines that ease the recommended blood pressure could result in 5.8 million U.S. adults no longer needing hypertension medication, according to an analysis by Duke Medicine researchers.

Triangle Curling Club Breaks Ground on Curling Center

The Triangle Curling Club has broken ground on a new 14,000 square foot curling rink.

RDU Plans to Open Terminal 1 April 13

The Raleigh-Durham International Airport plans to open the renovated Terminal 1 on April 13.

Prodigal Farms Plans Addition

Prodigal Farms, a goat cheese farm in Durham County is planning to raise $45,000 to build an addition onto the dairy to age hard cheeses.

Duke to Commemorate Late Professor

Duke University will commemorate long-time science professor James S. Bonk at French Family Science Center hall by naming  room 2231 the James S. Bonk Lecture Hall.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Duke Institute Discovers Lupus Antibodies May Hold HIV Cure

Researchers at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute recently found that a patient diagnosed with both lupus and HIV produced antibodies that limited the effects of HIV.

NCCU Opens Food Pantry

North Carolina Central University has opened a food pantry to help feed students, staff and faculty.

Duke University Receives $10M Pledge for Student Union

Duke University has received a $10 million gift from the Crown family for the newly renovated student union on Duke's West Campus.

Chubby's Tacos Changes Name to Guacamaya

Chubby's Tacos has changed its name to Guacamaya, which means Macaw in Spanish.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

Durham Distillery Looking for Downtown Space

Melissa and Lee Katrincic of Durham Distillery are seeking a downtown Durham space for their gin-producing business. They plan to distill 230-liter batches and to bottle and sell the gin through a distributor, while also maintaining a small cocktail bar for tastings and tours.

East End Connector Construction to Start in Late 2014

N.C. Department of Transportation engineers are on track to launch construction of the long-discussed East End Connector in late 2014 that would connect 147 with 70.

Insurance Agent Named Top Agent in 2013

Patrick Walls, Durham County agent for N.C. Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company, was named among the Top 75 Agents for 2013.

Play it Again Sports Franchisor Wins Award

Play It Again Sports franchisor Chad Guise of Durham received the Excellence Award at the company’s annual Conference and Trade Show Feb. 16-20 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.

Google Helps Fund Soar

Google has pledged $15,000 to Soar, a new program in Durham that seeks to help female entrepreneurs close the gender gap in securing startup money.

RTP building sells for $17M

The owners of the 332,000-square-foot building at 2400 Ellis Road in Durham has been sold for $17 million to a real estate investor group from Texas.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Automated Insights to Move to Downtown

Durham’s Automated Insights will move into the Diamond View 1 building in downtown Durham.

Duke Engineering School to Expand

The Duke University Pratt School of Engineering has planned a number of significant changes to guide the school’s progress over the next five years, including hiring faculty and making renovations to its buildings.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Durhm's Eboo Selected by Michael J. Fox Foundation

Durham's Eboo Pharmaceuticals Inc. is one of three U.S. biopharmaceutical companies selected by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research for its Partnering Program.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

West End Billiards to open Thursday

West End Billiards will hold its grand opening at 7pm on Thursday at 601 W. Main St.

Old Chatham Golf Club to Offer Rooms

The Old Chatham Golf Club in Durham  will finish construction of the first of three planned “cottages” at the club site that will offer overnight accommodations.

Durham's Phononic Devices to expand manufacturing

Durham's Phononic Devices plans to expand manufacturing of its refrigeration systems.

Mystic Bourbon Liqueur Expands to SC

The makers of Mystic Bourbon liqueur are expanding their distribution to South Carolina.

SMT to provide live NCAA game statistics and timing

Durham-based graphic design firm SMT will be providing live game statistics and timing for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament for the 15th year.

Durham County will share restaurant inspection data with Yelp

Durham County is among four early adopters who will share restaurant inspection data with Yelp, a popular website/app that rates dining establishments based on customer reviews.

Duke Alumna Chosen to Clerk for Supreme Court

Duke University 2012 School of Law graduate Jenn Bandy was chosen as a clerk for Associate Justice Clarence Thomas for the 2014-2015 Supreme Court Term.

WISER Graduates First Class

The Women's Institute of Secondary Education and Research—a Kenyan organization for community development that is partnered with Duke—graduated its first class of 28 students from its secondary school March 7.

UDI to Start Urban Farm

UDI Community Development Corp. plans to turn about six acres on Cornwallis Road into a year-round farm with 14 greenhouses, producing fruit, vegetables and fish.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Duke engineers build world’s first 3-D acoustic cloaking device

Using little more than a few perforated sheets of plastic and a staggering amount of number crunching, Duke engineers have demonstrated the world’s first three-dimensional acoustic cloak. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

US News & World Report Ranks Duke Graduate and Professional Schools

Duke University's graduate and professional schools have received the latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

Straw Valley Restaurant to Open Tomorrow

Straw Valley Food & Drink will open The Black House restaurant on March 12

Durham Student Earns Chance to Compete in National Spelling Bee

Bettie Closs, of Little River Elementary School in Durham, has won the Duke Regional Spelling Bee and has earned an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.

Boston Firm buys buildings at Durham's Imperial Center

Longfellow Real Estate Partners, a Boston real estate firm has acquired four research laboratory buildings within Durham's Imperial Center business park for $23.6 million.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Carrboro Coffee Roasters Opens Pop-Up Shop in Golden Belt

Golden Belt Art Complex has welcomed Carrboro Coffee Roasters in a pop-up coffee bar. The new location serves brewed coffee and other drinks, Monday through Friday, 8am – 2pm. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Two Durham start-ups to pitch at Google

Two Durham start-ups, Automated Insights and Windsor Circle have won the chance to make pitches at Google for Entrepreneurs Demo Day, which will be held in Mountain View, Calif., on April 2.

Plato's Closet Coming to Northgate

Scott Cline, owner of Plato’s Closet stores in Durham and in Cary plans to open a new store at Northgate Mall.

Cinco de Mayo Restaurant to Open

Juan Rossi, owner of the two local Cinco de Mayo restaurants is opening a third location in Durham at the intersection of N.C. 55 and N.C. 54, near the entrance to the Parkwest Crossing shopping center, in the the site of the former El Agave Mexican Grill.

Perkins + Will Buys Freelon Group

Perkins+Will, one of the world's largest architecture firms has bought Durham-based The Freelon Group.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Duke Researchers Discover Brain Injuries Without Symptoms

Duke Medicine and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs researchers have discovered that veterans exposed to explosions who do not report symptoms of traumatic brain injury may still have damage to the brain's white matter comparable to veterans with traumatic brain injuries.

Duke Medicine Yearbooks Now Online

The Aesculapian, the Duke University School of Medicine yearbook, has been digitized and is now available online.

Sally Kornbluth Named New Duke Provost

Sally Kornbluth, James B. Duke Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, will succeed Provost Peter Lange when he steps down on June 30, 2014.

Brain Tumor Collaboration Led by Duke Receives Team Award

 A team of brain tumor researchers led by Duke Medicine scientists will be presented with the Eighth Annual AACR Team Science Award at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in April.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Scynexis Files $55M IPO

Durham pharmaceutical company Scynexis filed to go public with the intent to raise $55 million through an initial public offering.

Kirk Named Chair of Surgery at Duke School of Medicine

Allan D. Kirk, M.D., Ph.D., has been named chair of the Department of Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine and surgeon-in-chief for the Duke University Health System.

Durham Dentist Wins Award

Ellis K. List has received the Academy of General Dentistry's Mastership Award.

Durham Tech and NCCU Create Transfer Agreement

Students will soon be able to take Durham Technical Community College classes while living on N.C. Central University’s campus and then be able to transition to become NCCU students.

Smashburger to Open March 12

Denver-based burger chain Smashburger will open in the Pavilion East at Lakeview complex on Erwin Road on March 12.