New Hire Staff Spotlight
P&N welcomes new staff member Sarah Broz as its Research Administration Specialist, a new position within the department. Broz was hired during the time of COVID-19 and she shares a bit about her first weeks at Duke along with a bit about her personal interests.
Can you describe your first weeks at Duke?
“I started during COVID-19 when the majority of Duke employees worked from home, so it was an unusual start. I immediately video-conferenced with my new colleagues and spoke directly with Stella Powell-Williams and Diane Masters via telephone. I’ve received tremendous support from various staff within the department to help me get started.”
What were you doing prior to your arrival to Duke?
“This is my second time working at Duke. Prior to this occasion, I worked as a prep cook and baker in a local restaurant, pursuing my passion for cooking.”
What is your hometown?
“I’m originally from London, England.”
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
“I like cooking. I create my own dishes such as haggis, pizza, or Asian style nachos with tofu. I also try to keep my trees, plants and shrubs alive in my yard. I enjoy traveling independently and visiting friends, either in the U.S. or elsewhere.”
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“This is not advice, but it’s a line from a book by John Donne, best known as a poet: ‘No man is an island, entire of itself.’”
Is there anything else you’d like to share with the community?
“Durham is my home and I love North Carolina barbecue! When on road trips around the state, I track down authentic NC barbecue to eat.”