In Brief: March-April 2008

April 1, 2008
  • Lindsey Harding '07 had her number 10 jersey retired during halftime of a women's basketball game against N.C. State in January. Harding, now a rookie guard for the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA, is the second women's basketball player to receive the honor.
  • John Kerr '87 has been named head coach of the men's soccer team. A two-time first-team All-ACC and All-America during his playing days, Kerr won national player-of-the-year honors as captain of the 1986 national championship squad. After leaving Duke, he played for the U.S. National Team and professional clubs in Europe, Canada, and the U.S. For the last nine years, Kerr served as head coach at Harvard University, where he amassed a record of 81-57-13, finishing with two consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament.
  • Toril Moi, James B. Duke Professor of literature and Romance studies, has received the Modern Language Association of America's fifteenth annual Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies for her book Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism: Art, Theater, Philosophy. The prize is awarded annually for an outstanding scholarly work that is written by a member of the association and that involves at least two literatures.
  • Nancy A. Nasher J.D. '79 and her husband, David J. Haemisegger, pledged $1 million to the Nasher Museum of Art to endow a curatorship named for Nasher's late parents: the Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curatorship of Contemporary Art. Raymond Nasher '43, who died in 2007, was the museum's founder and namesake. In addition, the university's board of trustees voted to name the museum's lecture hall the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Lecture Hall, in recognition of their continued support of the museum.
  • Arlie O. Petters, professor of mathematics and physics and the subject of a feature story in Duke Magazine's January-February 2008 issue, has been designated by the Queen of England as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. The award cited his "services to science and education." 
  • Edward Skloot, a pioneer in the field of social entrepreneurship and former president of the Surdna Foundation, will join the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy this spring as the first director of the new Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society. The center's goals are to enhance the decision-making and impact of America's foundations, and to develop philanthropic and governmental strategies to remedy critical problems in areas such as global health, energy, and the environment.
  • At its December meeting, the board of trustees approved a $9.5 million plan to construct two new housing facilities for animals at the Duke Lemur Center. The buildings, totaling 20,000 square feet of enclosed space, will triple the number of lemurs allowed to range free year-round, according to center director Anne Yoder Ph.D. '92. The enclosures will also eliminate the costly and energy-inefficient seasonal enclosures that workers have constructed out of plastic in years past.
  • Wallace Wade Stadium will soon undergo some changes. The board of trustees has approved the first phase of a long-term renovation plan. The initial project, expected to cost about $5 million, will add new restrooms and a concession stand as planners study other possible improvements.
  • The School of Nursing plans to launch a new doctoral program that focuses on putting research and scientific findings into practice to improve health-care systems. The three-year Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program plans to enroll eight students next fall, and expand in each of the next five years. Duke is the first university in North Carolina to offer a DNP program. There are fifty-nine in the U.S. The program is distinct from the traditional Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Science degree programs, which prepare nurse scientists for careers in research and academia.
  • The undergraduate admissions office received more than 20,250 applications for admission to the Class of 2012—the largest number in school history. Applicants are vying for about 1,665 total spaces. Prior to the January application deadline, Duke announced new financial-aid policies that may have encouraged more students to apply, says Christoph Guttentag, dean of undergraduate admissions. As a result of the announcement, the university extended its admissions deadline by two weeks to allow students who otherwise might not have considered Duke to apply. In December, 472 of 1,247 early-decision applicants were accepted. Regular decisions are expected in late March or early April.
  • Duke's department of Germanic Languages and Literature plans to join with
    the German faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to offer a Ph.D. program called "The Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies." Department officials say the new program will allow two small but nationally respected German-studies faculties to create a top-ranked program.