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DeLauder Named American Council on Education Fellow at Duke — Former NIEHS Summers of Discovery Participant

By Jerry Phelps
August 2006

Saundra DeLauder, Ph.D.
Saundra DeLauder, Ph.D. (Photo courtesy of NCCU)

Saundra DeLauder, Interim Chair of the Department of Chemistry at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), has been named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow. She will spend the 2006-2007 academic year at Duke University preparing for administrative leadership opportunities.

Delauder participated in the NIEHS Summers of Discovery Program from 1999-2003. She worked in Sam Wilson's laboratory with Bill Beard and Rajendra Prasad focusing primarily on the steady-state kinetics of DNA base insertion catalyzed with beta-polymerase.

DeLauder received her Ph.D. in chemistry from Howard University in 1992. She was an Association of Engineering Education Postdoctoral Fellow and a Faculty Fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. from 1993-1995. She joined the faculty at NCCU in 1996.

The ACE was founded in 1918. The Council provides leadership for higher education issues and policy such as life-long learning programs, international initiatives, and racial and ethnic equity in education. The ACE Fellows Program is a leadership development opportunity for senior faculty and administrators in academic settings. It provides professional development through training and on-the-job experience, with a focus on skills for institutional change. The program started in 1965 and has trained more than 1,500 higher education leaders.

More than 300 fellows have gone on to serve as chief executive officers of colleges or universities, and more than 1,100 have served as provosts, vice presidents, and deans.

DeLauder said "I thoroughly enjoyed and valued the opportunities extended to me at NIEHS through the Summers of Discovery Program. Drs. Wilson, Beard and Prasad were all very supportive, and I consider the research experience a valuable part of my career."

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