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The Best and the Worst of the Week 

The NORD/NOBA Center for Dance
has received a $10,000 presidential award for excellence. The program, a partnership of the New Orleans Recreation Department and the New Orleans Ballet Association, recently won a 2002 "Coming Up Taller Award" from the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Fifteen-year-old dancer Jarrell Hamilton was chosen to accept the award, presented by actress/choreographer Debbie Allen on Dec. 2 in Washington, D.C.

Kay C. Dee ,
an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Tulane University, was named Louisiana's Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The award is the latest in a string of honors for Dee, who teaches a course on biomedical themes in science fiction and was honored in 1999 as one of Gambit Weekly's 40 Under 40. Her research explores how cells respond and adapt to their environment.

Local celebs
lent their time, money and star power to recent Thanksgiving food giveaways. Saints running back Deuce McAllister participated in an Albertson's/Coca-Cola turkey giveaway in Mid-City last week, where he signed autographs and distributed food baskets. Cash Money Records and Fubu Records also held turkey giveaways last week; label artists distributed more than 3,000 birds and holiday dinners.

Carl Williams ,
a former sociology professor at Southern University-Baton Rouge, improperly used federal money intended for violence-prevention and crimes-against-women programs he had run, according to Legislative Auditor Dan Kyle. The audit says Williams, ex-director of the Family and Community Violence Prevention Program and Southern's Crimes Against Women Program, misused or misrepresented about $15,000 for both programs.

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