Nov - Dec 2009

Creative ventures: Alex Andon, Ben Zulauf, Breck Yunits, Andrew Kitchell, and Erin Kitchell, from left, in their apartment-cum-business center. Credit: Peter DaSilva
A few days into his new position testing a cholesterol drug for a San Francisco biotech company, Alex Andon '06 realized that the job stank. It... Read more
 Tim Profeta M.E.M. '97, J.D. '97, director of Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, arrives one April morning at the... Read more
 On a late afternoon in September, with summer very much in the air, the Duke Symphony Orchestra has just finished its traditional opening... Read more
Bring it on: Cutcliffe savors a decisive Blue Devil win over Virginia in 2008, breaking Duke’s twenty-five-game losing streak in the ACC. Jon Gardiner
It's not yet 8 on a sweltering July morning, and David Cutcliffe is in his oak-paneled office on the third floor of Duke's Yoh Football Center,... Read more

Nov - Dec 2009

Departments

Gazette

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Strike a pose: Warhol’s photos of Grace Jones, Jack Nicklaus, and Rick Ocasek, from top. Courtesy Nasher Museum of ArtAndy Warhol, who reveled in mass-produced art and instant celebrity, was well...
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 Page from history: 1903 edition of community magazine published by North Carolina Mutual. Courtesy N.C. Mutual LifeDuke and North Carolina Central University (NCCU) have entered into a partnership...
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At the annual gathering of the Garden Writers Association, more than 400 horticultural scribes and shutterbugs enthusiastically crowded into Duke's Sarah P. Duke Gardens for an afternoon and evening...
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   Duke has joined a group of leading research universities in launching Futurity (www.futurity.org), an online research channel covering the latest discoveries in science, engineering, the...
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Catherine L. Gilliss  B.S.N. '71, dean of the School of Nursing, was appointed president of the American Academy of Nursing. She has served two terms on that organization's board of directors.Paul...
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Two high-profile speakers came to campus this fall, and each gave an impassioned plea for a favored cause. But that is where the similarity ends.New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof told an...
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Healthy growth: artist renderings of new cancer center. Courtesy Duke MedicineThe Duke University Health System will build two new buildings, a cancer center and what is being called the Duke...
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Hepatitis C affects 170 million people worldwide and is the leading cause of cirrhosis of the liver in North America. Treating the disease is particularly grueling: a forty-eight-week course of the...
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Joseph Mitchell, a staff writer for The New Yorker for almost sixty years, became famous for his captivating, carefully constructed stories about ordinary people. His keen interest in his subjects...
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With the antibiotic Vancomycin, long considered a last resort in fighting infection, now plagued by the first signs of bacterial resistance, new research into an antibiotic known as Ramoplanin A2 is...
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Jazz legend Sun Ra was born Herman Poole Blount in Birmingham, Alabama, but told audiences and critics that he came from outer space. He was an avant-garde musician who—together with his big band—...
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Duke's home on the Internet has a new look.The university's main website, www.duke.edu, was launched this fall, and now more easily integrates original videos, feature stories, and other material...
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Polar opposites: Other ads go better with Coke. Courtesy Coca-ColaFor at least fifty years, TV advertisements have been ordered randomly within commercial breaks. But owing to the spread of digital...
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Associate Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito taught a week-long seminar in constitutional interpretation at Duke Law School before the court's session began this fall. This is the justice's second...
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Before the telltale sore throat, fever, and muscle fatigue appear, Duke researchers say they can tell who is infected with a common upper respiratory virus, like the cold or flu. They have...
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Honored: Brodhead with Lo. Les ToddOn Founders' Day, the university celebrates its roots and its supporters, honoring those who have served Duke exceptionally. The 108th celebration, held in Duke...
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Anne Corpening Morrison Welsh. Courtesy Orbis BooksWhen I learned of the death of Robert S. McNamara last July, I was moved to tears. My tears were for all those who had suffered or died as a result...
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Even as the university is looking to ever-tighter budgets, Duke University Health System seems to be a model of good financial health.Fitch Ratings, a financial ratings service, recently reported...
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iStockPhotoAt Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, Provost John Etchemendy's office isn't far from signs pointing to "Earthquake Engineering" and "Turbulence Research"—ironic indicators of...
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All is not grim for Duke and other research universities in the current financial climate. In February 2009, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), commonly called the...
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Photodisc by Getty Images     Created at Duke in 2005, the Nicholas Institute for Environ-mental Policy Solutions aims to be a resource for finding solutions to critical environmental problems. Its...
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Invertebrate investment: Andon eyes Blue Jellyfish specimens as he prepares to transfer them to a holding tank. Peter DaSilva.Jellyfish are like ocean-dwelling kudzu—fast-growing, pesky, and hyper-...
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  This January, Duke will hold its inaugural Winter Forum, an annual three-day program aimed at increasing awareness of global issues among undergraduates. The forum, which grew out of the...

Biblio-file

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Released: Military personnel join former Iranian hostages at Wiesbaden Air Base as they prepare to head home. Credit: Johnson BabelaThirty years ago, a group of Iranian students stormed the U.S....

Forum

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Roger ManleyLiars for Hire?In "Going, going ..." [May-June 2009], Stuart Pimm claims that every scientist who disagrees with him is lying for personal gain. This is obviously absurd, and one wonders...

Q&A

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We invited readers to share their experiences with the Rhine Institute and Dr. J.B. Rhine. Here are a few of the responses we received. If you'd like to share your tale of ESP, e-mail us or use our...
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 Concentrating on parapsychology: Horn with Zener cards at New York’s Municipal Archives. Yunghi KimJ.B. Rhine investigated ghosts, telepathy, poltergeists, and other unseen parapsychology phenomena...

Campus Observer

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Turf pros: Jamie Fuqua paints lines on the field. Credit: Megan MorrThree days before Duke's football players are scheduled to take the field for the first time this season, Scott Thompson and his...

Syllabus

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Lisa Kern Griffin. Courtesy Duke Law SchoolIn an effort to persuade the jury that O.J. Simpson was guilty of murder, Christopher Darden, one of the prosecutors, introduced a dark brown, extra-large...

Mini-profiles

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Photos courtesy Ed NixonMost of his classmates are well into retirement, but Ed Nixon '52 keeps adding to his résumé. Already president of the trade and investment firm Nixon World Enterprises and...
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 Pam KnechtMarfé Ferguson Delano has written more than a dozen children's books for the National Geographic Society, ranging from award-winning biographies of Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, and...
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Jimmy RyanWhen pianist Jeb Patton began playing with the Heath Brothers—saxophonist Jimmy, bassist Percy, and drummer Tootie—it took some time to develop a comfortable rapport. As a twenty-something...

Updates

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 In late October, the Duke herbarium threw open the doors of its new digs for members of the university community to see. There, visitors mingled among 400,000 pressed angiosperms, or flowering...

Alumni Register

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The Duke Alumni Association (DAA) and the Annual Fund have awarded Charles A. Dukes Awards to six alumni for outstanding volunteer service to the university. The awards, named for the late Dukes '29...
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 Through the ages: From left, Sandra Mikush, Katherine Mikush, Barbara Hardin, and Alta Stone Russell, seated, represent four generations of Duke alumnae. Elizabeth Gillikin JohnsonWhen Alta Stone...
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 Shared connections: From Braxton Craven, top, to Carl (Sr.) and Mary Eskridge King, to today’s students, multiple generations of families are woven into the history of Duke. Credit: Duke University...
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 Sweet send-off: First-year students, their families, and alumni from the Jacksonville area enjoyed confections, conversation, and bonding with classmates during one of the DAA’s numerous parties....
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 What does power look like in women's lives? How does power affect women physically, emotionally, and financially? How can women leverage their power to take bold risks and support others to do the...
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Students on campus. Photos by Jon GardinerNearly 3,500 graduate and undergraduate students, faculty and staff members, and alumni converged on Chapel Drive for the annual Forever Duke Block Party in...
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 The Duke Alumni Association has named the first winners of the new Forever Duke Award, created this year, to recognize excellence in alumni volunteer service to the university, the alumni...

Between the Lines

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 One of this semester's campus highlights, for those interested in the interplay of images and words, is "Picasso and the Allure of Language" at the Nasher Museum of Art. As the exhibition catalogue...

Books

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 The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind By James Boyle. Yale University Press, 2008. 336 pages. $18. Copyrights, patents, trademarks, and the other various legal devices we have come...

In Focus

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Human beings have harnessed energy from nature for all of recorded history, but one potential source remains largely misunderstood and therefore unused: ocean waves.Brian Mann, assistant professor...

Student Snapshot

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 The long line of cars, once allowed to enter the quad, inches slowly along the side of East Campus. Curving around near Baldwin Auditorium, the cars come to a stop in front of Pegram dormitory....

Gallery

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Spirit Wife (Blolo Bla), twentieth century. Wood and pigment.16 x 4 x 5 inches.Nasher Museum of Art.Gift of Andrew and Vera Laska.The Nasher Museum of Art's African collection includes more than 400...

Retrospective

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  View of East Campus looking west toward Ninth Street and Erwin Mill, 1919.Duke University ArchivesTrinity College relocated to Durham in 1892 on a sixty-two acre tract known as Blackwell Park that...