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Monday, March 25, 2019
Cavanagh to chair Brody’s Department of Biochemistry
Dr. John Cavanagh has been named chairman of the Brody School of Medicine’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, effective April 1, 2019.
Cavanagh currently serves as founder and chief scientific officer for Agile Sciences, a Raleigh-based company focused on providing solutions to antibiotic resistance. He also is an adjunct professor in North Carolina State University’s Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry. He has served since 2009 as director of the Jimmy V-NCSU Cancer Therapeutic Training Program.
“Dr. Cavanagh’s expertise will play an integral role in helping Brody grow its research enterprise,” said Dr. Mark Stacy, Brody dean and vice chancellor of the Division of Health Sciences. “He brings a dynamic blend of experience and leadership that align closely with our mission of excellence.”
From 2012 to 2014, Cavanagh served as N.C. State’s assistant vice chancellor for research development. He was interim president of the David H. Murdock Research Institute at the North Carolina Research Campus from 2014-2017, and he held the post of William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor in N.C. State’s Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry between 2008-2016.
Cavanagh also has taught in Purdue University’s Department of Chemistry and served as director of the Structural Biology Facility at the Wadsworth Center, part of the New York State Department of Health. He was a senior research associate in the Department of Molecular Biology at the Scripps Research Institute.
Cavanagh earned his PhD in chemistry from Cambridge University in 1988, after which he completed an NIH post-doctoral fellowship at the Scripps Research Institute.
Cavanagh’s honors and awards include a 2017 RTI International Career Author Award, 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year at N.C. State, and an N.C. State Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award, among many others. He is the author of numerous international publications.
Family Foot & Ankle doctors honored by peers
Family Foot & Ankle Physicians has announced that the North Carolina Foot & Ankle Society presented the inaugural Eleanor Flowers Upton Volunteer of the Year Award to Amy M. Pitzer, DPM, on Feb. 2. The honor is given to those who have dedicated their volunteer efforts to podiatric medical education and promotion of the profession of podiatric medicine.
Pitzer served as the society’s scientific seminar chairwoman for four years, including during their centennial celebration in 2018. The award acknowledges Pitzer’s service and commitment to her colleagues.
The award is named for Eleanor Flowers Upton who served as the society’s executive director for more than 30 years. Pitzer currently serves as a member of the society’s executive committee.
Family Foot & Ankle Physicians also announced that the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Foot & Ankle Society on Feb. 3, 2018, approved the nomination of Aaron Leshikar, DPM to serve as scientific seminar chairman for 2019. As chairman, Leshikar is responsible for organizing content and speakers for continuing medical education. Leshikar’s first event was held Jan. 31-Feb. 3 at the Pinehurst Resort, with more than 245 doctors of podiatric medicine attending.
Brody to serve as Duke Graduate Young Trustee
The Graduate and Professional Student Council’s General Assembly has elected William Brody to the position of Duke Graduate Young Trustee. He will be an observer for the first year of his term on the Board of Trustees and then will serve as a voting member for his second and third years.
Brody is the son of Hyman and Stacy Brody of Greenville.
"I am incredibly grateful and humbled by the fact that the graduate and professional community believes in me to take on this role," Brody said.
Brody is an alumnus of two Duke schools,. He graduated from the Fuqua School of Business in 2018 with a master of business arts and received his undergraduate degree from Duke's Trinity College of Arts and Sciences in 2012 with a major in economics and a concentration in markets and management studies. He serves as a managing director at BlueDot Properties in Durham.
"I've worked hard over the past several years to make a positive impact on Duke, and I look forward to continuing to do that and working with the graduate professional community to voice their concerns and working with the Board of Trustees to push the University in a positive direction," he said.
In addition to serving as a senator in Duke Student Government as an undergraduate, Brody was co-president of the Fuqua MBA Association for a year, where he managed a budget of more than $550,000.
“I’m a big believer in Duke’s vision, and I see the University as a driving force for good—both in the people it serves and in the community it’s a part of,” Brody told The Chronicle last week. “That’s not something that just happened, it’s the result of folks working hard year after year.”
The undergraduate Young Trustee is chosen by the undergraduate student body in a popular election, which began Tuesday at noon and will end Wednesday at noon.
Donna, Worth Williams complete farm management program
Donna and Worth Williams of Worthington Farms Inc. in Greenville recently completed the Executive Farm Management (EFM) program.
In this program, participants focus on all aspects of management needed to successfully manage today’s large, commercial, family-owned farms across the southeast. The 12-day program is delivered over six weeks.
The program is in its second year and is offered by N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and its partners; N.C. State Cooperative Extension Service, Poole College of Management, Clemson Cooperative Extension, ECU College of Business and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.
All participants are put into teams on the first day of the program and work within their teams throughout the duration. The program implements a fictional, but fact-based case study to teach all of the management tools emphasized during the program, allowing the opportunity for the participants to practice applying these tools.
During the 2019 program, 28 individual participants representing 21 unique operations and organizations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia were exposed to new tools and practices in areas of strategy, innovation, financial management, human resources, labor management, risk management, succession planning, market research, marketing, social media and crisis management and communication.
Randall get Circle of Success recognition
Jon Randall, a Certified Master Coach with Ameriprise Financial in Greenville, has qualified for the company’s Circle of Success annual recognition program and will be honored for this achievement this year.
To earn this achievement, Randall established himself as the company’s No. 1 franchise consultant. Only a select number of high-performing consultants earn the circle of success distinction. He has spent 20 years as an award-winning financial advisor, and for the last 15 years has focused on being a coach and consultant for many of the top financial advisor franchises in America.
Ameriprise Financial has a network of 10,000 financial advisors and asset management, advisory and insurance capabilities.