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September 22, 2016 | Staff

RTI International names 2016-2017 class of University Scholars

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina — This year’s class of RTI University Scholars includes, for the first time, researchers from North Carolina State University and Fayetteville State University.

The RTI University Scholars Program supports highly talented academics who take scholarly leave from their home institutions to collaborate with RTI researchers.

The six scholars, who will spend up to one academic year at RTI working on strategic research projects, are Owen Duckworth, Ph.D., Sylvia Nassar-McMillan, Ph.D., and Nagui Rouphail, Ph.D., of N.C. State; Rakesh Malhotra, Ph.D., of Fayetteville State; and Crystal Cene, M.D., and Ilene Spizer, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

They represent a variety of specialties and will work with RTI researchers on the following projects:

Each academic year since 2014-2015, RTI has hosted University Scholars. Two scholars participated in the program’s inaugural year, and seven in 2015-2016.

“The University Scholars Program is an asset to RTI,” said Don Bailey, Ph.D., an RTI Distinguished Fellow and early childhood development researcher. “By inviting talented researchers to work with us, we create new opportunities for both RTI and the many outstanding academic institutions in our area.”

Bailey and other RTI researchers working on newborn screening hosted a 2015-2016 RTI University Scholar, Cynthia Powell, M.D., of The University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

“Her time here directly contributed to the success of two major proposals, and further solidified an already established working relationship,” Bailey said.

The program is currently open to faculty members from Duke and all 16 campuses of the University of North Carolina.


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