Jan - Feb 2007

In the fall of 1972, Jeff Howard and his father drove the family's blue Chevrolet Impala to the Minneapolis airport where the younger Howard boarded... Read more
One day early in the semester, around three o'clock in the morning, Mike Schneider, a sophomore, found himself in desperate straits. He was violently... Read more
Ethnomusicologist Paul Berliner. Michael Zirkle
 From the ceiling of Paul Berliner's office hangs what, at first glance, appears to be the prehistoric skeleton of a pterodactyl. The imposing... Read more
Nuanced perspectives: pollsters Newhouse, left, and Hart deliberate about factors contributing to uneasiness among the electorate. Danuta Otfinowski
 When young Democratic pollster Peter Hart came to speak on the Duke campus more than three decades ago, junior Neil Newhouse '74 was so... Read more

Jan - Feb 2007

Departments

Mini-profiles

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The popular television counterterrorism adventure series 24 stretches things, according to Dave Tittle, an intelligence community insider. "It's really unrealistic," he says. "But it's my favorite...
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It's not every day that you meet a corporate attorney who sidelines as a salsa purveyor. But Nick Lampros, a Virginia lawyer who co-owns Gunther's Gourmet, a line of marinades and salsas, wears the...
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 Michael TackettWhen it was blueberry-picking time, young Dilsey Davis would join the migrant workers on her family's farm in Pender County, in southeastern North Carolina. One day, when she was...

Gazette

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Megan MorrFor more than three decades, a former mechanical-engineering lab on East Campus served as the drama department's primary venue. Originally named for trustee William H. Branson, Branson...
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The board of trustees has approved elevating Duke's African and African American Studies (AAAS) program to departmental status, and, as part of the university's strategic plan to enhance the arts at...
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Antar Dyal Daniel D. Richter Jr. Ph. D. '80, professor of soils and forest ecology at the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, has received a $425,000, five-year grant from the...
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Business visionary: Sheppard's areas of expertise include organizational behavior, personnel management, and corporate strategy. Butch UseryBlair H. Sheppard, an internationally recognized expert on...
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Between 4.3 million and 6.5 million Americans are likely to know someone who has been killed or injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to new estimates by a Duke sociologist.Although...
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Patet HinceA gene that controls the development of taste buds has been discovered by scientists at Duke Medical Center. The gene, SOX2, stimulates stem cells on the surface of the embryonic tongue...
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Levi: from chief judge to Duke dean. Jon GardinerDavid F. Levi, Chief U.S. District Judge of the Eastern District of California and a national leader in legal reform and civil procedure, has been...
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Katharine T. Bartlett, dean of Duke Law School, received Equal Justice Works' Dean John R. Kramer Award for 2006. The award honors Bartlett's dedication to nurturing an outstanding spirit of public...
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Duke's department of economics has revived its ranks with a hiring coup that administrators see as a model for boosting other departments.James YangThe economics department hired nine new faculty...
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A three-dimensional ultrasound scanner developed by Duke engineers, which could find application in various medical settings, might eventually enable surgery to be performed by robots without actual...
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Gentle touch: Untitled (Next day continuing care), captures a midwife in Albany, Georgia, in 1952. Photo courtesy of Robert GalbraithReclaiming Midwives: Stills from All My Babies," a traveling...
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Patients with severe coronary-artery disease live longer if they receive coronary artery bypass surgery as their initial treatment instead of artery-opening angioplasty or heart medications,...
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The Duke Management Company (DUMAC), which manages Duke's $7.5 billion in investments, including the endowment and the employees' retirement plan, has a new head. In January, Neil Triplett '93, M.B....
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Scholarship winners: from top; Salmen, Soni, and Walton. top, middle: Jon Gardiner, bottom: Megan Morr[/caption]Several Duke students and recent graduates have been awarded prestigious scholarships...
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To mark Duke Medicine's 75th Anniversary Science Symposium in September, the Duke Health System established a $280 million academic fund to support research and education programs at Duke's medical...
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Duke has received almost 18,500 applications for the 1,665 places in the class that will enter Duke this fall—the second-largest applicant pool in the school's history.The total of 18,495 applicants...
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Many students are well educated in reading and writing but are not visually "literate," says Hans van Miegroet, chair of the department of art, art history, and visual studies. To help address the...
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Field work: first day of practice for men's lacrosse. AP Photo / Gerry BroometeamIn mid-January, Michael B. Nifong, the district attorney leading the prosecution of the Duke lacrosse sexual-assault...

Forum

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Kay SingerA student who didn't want to go to medical school once admitted to me that her father had completed the common medical-school application, signed her name to it, and submitted it. Another...
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Ideological ConcernsRobert Bliwise ends his excellent article on "leftward leanings" in academe [September-October 2006] with a comforting quote from an engineering professor at the University of...

Biblio-file

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Description de L'Egypte. While Napoleon Bonaparte's 1798 military conquest of Egypt was short-lived, Description de L'Egypte is an enduring legacy of the brief French occupation. Napoleon authorized...

Campus Observer

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Poetry in motion: one by one, students make the written word come alive; from top, Alex Apple, Cindy Blohm, Eric Jones, Allison Hauser, and David Thian. Megan MorrY'all are going to laugh at me...

Syllabus

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Deborah GoldNot every nineteen-year-old is ready to confront his own mortality. "My estimation is that the students who take this class are the most courageous students on campus," says Deborah Gold...

Retrospective

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Duke University ArchivesAs their architecture might suggest, the fourteen houses that line Campus Drive did not always serve as home to administrative departments. In fact, the residences were...

Updates

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In 2001, William T. Cavanaugh Ph.D. '96 took part in Duke Magazine's inaugural Campus Forum, talking with his former professor Stanley Hauerwas about fame, the modern church, and September 11.During...

Alumni Register

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The Duke Alumni Association and Duke's history department presented a special on-campus educational conference, "Still Fighting the Civil War?" in February. Covering what is arguably the most...
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After ten years in business, I've acquired a reputation as a highly competent, workaholic leader. But now that I'm about to have my first child, I see the world differently. I want to take three...
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Duke University ArchivesAlthough he came to love his alma mater, William Styron '47 was initially unhappy when he learned that the U.S. Marine Corps had assigned him to Duke for officer training. "I...
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Tom Clark '69, president of the Duke Alumni Association, will serve as a voting member of Duke's board of trustees from 2007 to 2009. As DAA president-elect, he has been a non-voting member since...
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Questioning the war on terror: national-security panel discusses media access and government transparency since 9/11. Megan MorrWhen the Duke Magazine Editorial Advisory Board and The Chronicle...
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The Duke Alumni Association is requesting recommendations and nominations for membership on its board of directors. The DAA board comprises current students and alumni from each of the university's...

Between the Lines

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It's an inescapable sign of our age of instant communications: students walking to their next class or waiting for an East-West bus or checking out eating options and reaching—eagerly, reflexively—...

Books

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Higher Ground: Ethics and Leadership in the Modern University By Nannerl O. Keohane. Duke University Press, 2006. 284 pages. $24.95.As a signal of its confidence and ambition, Duke University swept...

Student Snapshot

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Megan MorrAlthough Cryptococcus neoformans can make people sick, to Felicia Walton the fungus is also a work of art when captured microscopically. In one image, the cell walls of a malformed strain...

Gallery

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Disc with Bees c. 700-600 B.C.E. Gold, diameter 1 5/8 inches, depth, 3/4 inches. Anonymous giftThis extraordinary disc was probably worn as a pendant by a woman in the ancient Greek world. The disc...