Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Peruvian Restaurant to Open on University Drive

A new Peruvian restaurant, Mi Peru, will open at 4015 University Drive.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC Plans to Expand Durham Office Buildings

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina plans to expand one of its office buildings and add a parking deck in Durham on University Drive.

Duke Chapel to Close for Renovation in 2015

The Duke University Chapel will close in 2015 for renovations to the chapel's original copper roof, restoration of stained glass windows, and restoration of the wooden pews.

Duke Hospitals Receive Top Scores for Hospital Safety

Duke University Hospital and Duke Regional Hospital have been awarded “A” scores for hospital safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

Duke University Receives $7.5M to Support Graduate Fellowships

Duke University has received a $7.5 million donation from the Duke Endowment to support graduate student fellowships.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

City of Durham Installs New Pay Stations

The city of Durham is installing new pay stations at the Centre, Chapel Hill, Church, and Corcoran Street parking decks to streamline payment and collection of parking fees on June 1.

Durham Doctor Named Patients' Choice Award Winner

Dr. Jason Miller of Durham's Renewal Body Contouring has been named the Patients' Choice Award Winner for 2013.

Monday, April 28, 2014

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Makes it to Science Bowl Elite Eight

A team from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics made it to the Elite Eight, but not the Final Four, in the Department of Energy National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.

Triangle Land Conservancy Receives $1M Gift

The Triangle Land Conservancy has received a $1 million gift from the estate of Hildegard Ryals.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Art Institute Hires Culinary Leader

The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham has hired Leslie Eckert  to lead the school's culinary department.

Quintiles and Biogen Announce Partnership

Durham's Quintiles and Biogen, two biopharmaceutical companies with major presences in the region have announced a five-year collaboration agreement in order to improve Biogen's clinical development process.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Duke Professor Appointed to National Humanities Center

Hwansoo Kim, assistant professor of religious studies, is one of 41 fellows appointed to the National Humanities Center (NHC) for the 2014-15 academic year.

Four Duke Facult Members Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Four members of the Duke University faculty have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The new Duke inductees are Susan C. Alberts, a Bass Fellow and professor of biology; Michael Barry Kastan, executive director of the Duke Cancer Institute and the William W. Shingleton MD Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology in School of Medicine; Paula D. McClain, dean of the graduate school and a professor of political science and public policy; and William M. Reddy, the William T. Laprade Professor of History and a professor of cultural anthropology.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Solar Project Coming to Durham

Sunlight Partners, an Arizona company plans to erect a solar-power array in the northern part of the county off Red Mill Road in a vacant, 50-acre parcel near Falls Lake.

BioAgilytix Labs Hires Vice President of Business Operations

BioAgilytix Labs, a leading provider of contract bioanalytical testing services, has hired Dominique Gouty as Vice President of Business Operations, where she will hold key roles in both technical and commercial biopharmaceutical services.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Duke Law building to be renovated

Summer renovations will occur in the Duke University Law School building to convert room 3000 (the Burdman Lounge) into a workshop and conference facility that will also be available for small classes and room 4000 (the Braxton Craven Room) into a mid-sized classroom. Both projects are expected to be completed by mid-August in time for the beginning of the fall semester.

Kramden Institute Receives $25,000 from MetLife

The Kramden Institute in Durham, a charity that provides refurbished computers to students who don’t have access to a computer at home, received a $25,000 donation from MetLife.

Tunisian Journalist Makes Donation to Perkins Library at Duke University

Tunisian Journalist Olfa Riahi donated nearly 30 Arabic and French-language books to Duke University's Perkins Library about the Tunisian uprising, along with a copy of the new Tunisian constitution personally signed by Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa; Mustapha Ben Jafaar, speaker of the national assembly; and more than a dozen other assembly members.

OrgSpan Acquired By Interactive Intelligence

Interactive Intelligence, an Indianapolis call center software firm will acquire Durham-based OrgSpan to help improve its current cloud offerings. The company plans to keep all 40 of OrgSpan's current employees in place at the facility in Durham.

New Women's Boutique to Open on Broad St.

Jo's Boutique on Broad will open on May 5 at 721 Broad Street, Suite 102, which is the site of the former Step shoes.

Duke Chapel Hires New Organist

Duke Divinity School and Duke Chapel announced that Kit Jacobson has been named the new organist for the Divinity School and Duke Chapel. The appointment will begin on July 1.

Two Duke Students Named 2014 Truman Scholars

Duke University juniors Dominique Beaudry and Jamie Bergstrom were among 59 students selected as 2014 Truman Scholars.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Durham Academy Teacher Wins Singing Contest

Elizabeth South, a music and drama teacher from Durham Academy has won Ryan Seacrest Productions’ “March Music Madness” contest where viewers voted for their favorite YouTube rendition of "Let It Go."

Duke Awards Five Employees Presidential Award

President Richard H. Brodhead has honored five Duke employees with the Presidential Award for outstanding service in 2013.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bayer CropScience Opens Bee Care Center

Bayer CropScience has opened its $2.4 million North American Bee Care Center in Research Triangle Park.

Honeygirl Meadery to Launch this summer

Honeygirl Meadery plans to launch in Durham this summer in a location on Hood Street, selling honey-based wines made with seasonal fruits, flowers and herbs.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bull City Ciderworks to open in May

Bull City Ciderworks, located at 113 South Elizabeth Street is planning to open in May and will make three different styles of cider.

Duke University Dedicates Two New Buildings

Duke University has dedicated two new buildings, the $40 million Duke Environment Hall,  a 70,000-square-foot building and a $23 million expansion the School of Nursing’s Christine Siegler Pearson Building.

Duke Football Coach to receive Neyland Award

Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe has been awarded the Neyland Award, an honor presented annually by the Knoxville Quarterback Club to a major contributor to college athletics.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Construction Firm to Open Durham Office

Cumming, an international construction management and cost consulting firm, will open a new office in Durham in the Venable Center led by Sandy Gray.

PurThread Hires Doctor from Dr. Oz Show

Dr. Russ Greenfield, a physician and contributor on The Dr. Oz Show, has joined Durham-based PurThread Technologies as its medical director.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cree Honored With Energy Star Awards

Durham-based Cree Inc. was honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy with 2014 Energy Star Awards.

Growler Store to Open in South Durham Near RTP

The Glass Jug, a beer growler store using counter pressure filling technology, is slated to open in late summer/early fall in South Durham's Greenwood Commons shopping center off of highway 55 near RTP.

Duke Chief Information Officer Receives 2014 Internet2 President’s Leadership Award

Tracy Futhey, Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Duke University has won Internet2's President’s Leadership Award.

Cohn Reappointed Director of Duke University Press

Steven Cohn has been reappointed for a new five-year term as director of Duke University Press beginning July 1.

VA Official To Join Duke University Faculty

Tommy Sowers, assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will join the faculty of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy this summer.

Duke Researchers Discover Copper Blockers May Be Used For Cancer Treatment

Duke Medicine Researchers have discovered that drugs used to block copper absorption for a rare genetic condition may find an additional use as a treatment for certain types of cancer.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bella Bean Organics Expands Delivery Services in May

Bella Bean Organics an online NC farmer’s market, will expand their farm-to-door weekly deliveries throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC.

Duke Arts & Sciences Classes Redesigned for 2015

Trinity College of Arts and Sciences will introduce new and redesigned classes in 2015 in which Duke professors team-teach with research partners at other universities.

Duke University Forms Physics Institute

Duke faculty in the physics and engineering departments are developing an applied physics institute, tentatively named Program in Future Technologies, to turn fundamental physics into viable technological prototypes.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New adult housing development to be built

AV Homes is planning to build 650 units on 325 acres at Page Road and Chin Page Road for an active adult community it will call Creekside at Bethpage.

Book TV to Air Interviews with Duke University Professors

Book TV will air the 12 interviews it completed with Duke University professors on their books in April and May.

Duke biomedical engineers implant advanced muscle in mice

Duke University biomedical engineers have have made a recent breakthrough which allows them to grow and implant skeletal muscle in mice more advanced than any previously synthesized tissue.

Sam's Bottle Shop to Open April 10

Sam's Quik Shop will open a new location, Sam's Bottle Shop in South Durham on April 10.

Durham Food Bank to Expand

The Durham location of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina will open a new 29,000-square-foot branch at 2700 Angier Ave. The new location will increase capacity by 60 percent.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

Duke Receives $1.9M Gift for Jewish Life

Duke University trustee David M. Rubenstein is giving $1.9 million to Jewish Life at Duke University to expand programming, fund building renovations and enhance the college experience for Jewish students.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Durham-based Windsor Circle Wins Google Demo Day

Windsor Circle was selected from among ten startups to be voted best company to pitch on Google Demo Day. Windsor Circle received a Demo Day prize pack and the interest from prospective investors.

Sushi Restaurant Coming to Diamond View III

Basan, a Sushi restaurant concept will open in Diamond View III at the end of 2014. The restaurant will be managed by Raleigh-based Eschelon Hospitality.

RDU to Offer Temporary Non-Stop Flight to Bahamas

Raleigh-Durham International Airport will offer temporary non-stop service to the Bahamas August through October.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Former Museum House to Become Art

Local artists will use portions the Lavender house, the former start-up site of the Museum of Life and Science for art after Parks and Recreation deconstructs the building. The base, porch and chimney of the home will remain as a type of sculpture and to be used as seating during community events. Deconstruction work is scheduled to begin on April 7.

Smashing Boxes to Move to Diamond View III

App developer Smashing Boxes plans to move from its current location in American Tobacco to Diamond View III.

Scynexis set to go public

Durham Drug developer Scynexis plan to go public this week.

Straw Valley Food & Drink to Launch Wine & Raw Bar April 11

Straw Valley Food & Drink dining complex will launch Wine & Raw Bar at the Straw Valley Cafe, which includes launching a full menu and evening hours at the café on April 11.

Luxury Apartments Near RTP Complete

A luxury apartment community called Phillips at Research Park has been completed by Jacksonville, Florida-based LandSouth Construction for $19.8 million.

Investor Purchses Office Building for $6.4M

A Durham office building anchored by VCE Company has been sold to Northridge Capital LLC, of Washington, D.C., for $6.4 million.

Rose Butler Browne Honored With NC Highway Marker

Rose Butler Browne, an educator, civil rights activist and community leader is being honored with a North Carolina Highway Historical Marker in Durham.

Chimerix Appoints Lisa Ricciardi to Board of Directors

Chimerex has appointed Lisa Ricciardi to its Board of Directors.