Thursday, June 30, 2011

Duke Students Unveil Smartphone App That Automatically Tags Photos

Students from Duke University unveiled TagSense, a new Smarthphone app that automatically tags photos, at the ninth Association for Computing Machinery's International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services (MobiSys) in Washington, DC. The current application is a prototype; researchers estimate a commercial product could be available in a few years.

Coach K Honored With Naismith Good Sportsmanship Award

Duke University's Coach Mike Krzyzewski was awarded the Naismith Good Sportsmanship Award in a ceremony hosted by the Naismith International Basketball Foundation and the NC Sports Hall of Fame.

Durham Ranks Among Forbes' Best Places for Business and Careers

Durham, NC was ranked #31 on Forbes' list of The Best Places for Business and Careers.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Duke to Overhaul Humanities with Mellon Foundation Grant

Duke University plans a new initiative, the Humanities Writ Large, to overhaul the role of humanities in Undergraduate curriculum with funding from a five-year, $6 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Durham Wins Bring Back the 4th

Durham has been selected as a large city/town category winner of Liberty Mututal's Bring Back the 4th - an online contest encouraging people across American to rally together to earn $10,000 grants to support their cities' official Fourth of July celebration.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

G Data Software Ranked Third in Top 10 Paid Antivirus Programs

Durham-based G Data Software, one of the world’s first antivirus providers, rands number three in PC World’s popular Top 10 Paid Antivirus Programs for 2011.

Weekend Showing of Community Support Will Keep WNCU's Signal Alive

After a weekend of fund-raising, WNCU has raised the necessary funds to replace its 16-year-old transmitter. The station's Keeping the Signal Alive Campaign raised more that $20,000 which ensures that WNCU can continue to broadcast jazz, blues, reggae and modern African music without interruption. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has promised WNCU a $80,000 matching grant.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Computerworld Names Quintiles a Best Place to Work in IT

Durham, NC-based biopharmaceutical services firm Quintiles ranks 52nd on Computerworld's list of Best Places to Work in IT.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Duke Math Department Earns Top 10 World Ranking

Times Higher Education has ranked Duke's mathematics department amongst the top programs in the world, placing Duke above institutions such as Columbia University, Cornell University and MIT.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Seven Durham Schools Honored by Clinton's Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Seven Durham schools are being honored by The Alliance for a Healthier Generation -- funded by the William J. Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association -- for their efforts to curb childhood obesity. The schools being honored at various levels, from Bronze to Platinum, include: Morehead Montessori, Hope Valley and Mangum elementary schools; Neal and Brogden middle schools; and Riverside and Southern high schools.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Durham Makes Paste Magazine's List of Top 5 Most Influential Music Towns

Durham, together with Chapel Hill and Raleigh, made Paste's list of the top five most influential college towns in music. The magazine gave special shout outs to Durham music heavies Merge Records, Megafaun, Schooner, The Carolina Chocolate Drops and of course, Duke University.

Expedia Names Washington Duke Inn A Top-Ranked Hotel

Expedia has named the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham to this year's Expedia Insiders' SelecT list which formally recognizes recognizes individual hotels worldwide that consistently deliver excellent service, a great overall experience and a notable value.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Durham Designated First Gold Level SOAR Community in North Carolina

Durham has been designated by the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness as the first Gold Level Certified SOAR Community in North Carolina. SOAR, or SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery, is an approach that helps communities increase access to mainstream benefits for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

East Durham Children's Initiative Receives Largest Gift to Date from Swiss Philanthropic Organization

"The East Durham Children's Initiative, a program working to create a pipeline of services for children birth through early adulthood in a 120-block area east of downtown Durham, has received its largest gift to date from the Oak Foundation, a Swiss-based philanthropic organization. The amount awarded to EDCI for their "cradle to career" approach to changing East Durham for the better has not be released at the request of the Oak Foundation."

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Urban Planet Mobile Recognized for Urban English Language Learning Program

Urban Planet Mobile, a Durham company that provides educational programs for mobile phones, has been named a 2011 Cool Vendor in Education for its Urban English Language Learning Program.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Hillside High and Y.E. Smith Elementary Awarded School Improvement Grants

Hillside High and Y.E. Smith Elementary have been awarded School Improvement Grants by the North Carolina State Board of Education. They were two of only 17 schools in the state to receive the three-year grants.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Appia Named an OnMobile 100 Top Private Company

AlwaysOn has named Durham-based Appia to the first annual OnMobile Top 100 Companies - the top emerging companies that are transforming big industry and creating viable business models for the mobile marketplace.