- The Crown family of Chicago has contributed $5 million to Duke to support scholarships and summer fellowships for undergraduate students. The gift will provide $4 million in endowment for need-based undergraduate scholarships, $750,000 in endowment for undergraduate summer fellowships, and $250,000 in endowment for athletic scholarships.
The Crown Family Lacrosse Scholarship will support male and female lacrosse players who demonstrate academic and leadership qualities, including service; Keat Crown '00, a former co-captain of the men's lacrosse team, is the Duke Annual Fund's national chair of young-alumni leadership giving and a member of Duke's New York Young Alumni Development Council.
- Earl H. Dowell, William Holland Hall Professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, has been awarded the 2007 Walter J. and Angeline H. Crichlow Trust Prize by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The prize, presented every four years, honors excellence in aerospace materials and structural design, analysis, and dynamics.
- Lindsey Harding, a senior guard on the Duke women's basketball team, was named the 2007 Naismith Trophy Women's College Player of the Year. The Naismith Trophy is given annually to the men's and women's college players of the year and is the most prestigious national award in college basketball. Harding also earned the player of the year award in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
- Paula McClain, a professor of political science, public-policy studies, and African and African-American studies, has been elected chair of the faculty's Academic Council. Effective July 1, McClain, who has been on the faculty since 2000, will succeed law professor Paul Haagen and become the council's first African-American chair.
- Noah Pickus has been named the new Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics, effective July 1. Pickus, previously the institute's associate director, and interim director since July 1, 2006, is widely recognized for his scholarship and policy work on immigration, citizenship, and national identity. He teaches in the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy and the Fuqua School of Business.
- The board of trustees has approved naming the $15.2 million Center for Athletic Excellence for men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski. The 56,000-square foot center, now under construction next to Cameron Indoor Stadium, will expand space for tutoring, computer resources, one-on-one counseling, and team study for Duke's 600-plus student-athletes. It will also include two full-court practice areas for the men's and women's basketball teams, a weight and conditioning room, a large event gathering space, and an outdoor plaza.
- Duke ranked ninth in the country among colleges and universities in money raised from donations in 2006, according to the Council for Aid to Education's annual Voluntary Support of Education. Stanford University was first.