Jan - Feb 2009

The Duke Alumni Association plans to honor alumni who died while on active duty in the military.We are in the process of adding names to the existing... Read more
By land or by sea: Duke's satellite campus in Beaufort combines classroom learning and aquatic exploration. Scott Taylor
Pirates are pervasive in Beaufort, North Carolina, their evil essence  committed to wax mannequins and  cardboard cutouts at the North... Read more
 (Note: On January 20, 2009, Kevin Martin stepped down as chair of the FCC to join the Aspen Institute in Maryland as a senior fellow. )If Kevin... Read more

Jan - Feb 2009

Departments

Gazette

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In BriefJames Applewhite '58, A.M. '60, Ph.D. '69, professor of English, was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. He is the author of twelve books of poetry.William L. Chameides,...
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Courtesy John W. Hartman CenterInspired by the popularity of the AMC television series Mad Men, Perkins Library mounted an exhibit this fall that highlighted the real-life careers of 1960s...
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Less than two weeks after hosting a crowded and passionate election-night watch party, the Sanford Institute of Public Policy was the site of a panel discussion that took a more measured approach to...
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Safer stenting: arm entry optimal. MedicalRF.com / CorbisWhen it comes to stenting—using metal tubes to prop open blocked arteries—physicians often choose to gain entry to the circulatory system...
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Kevin "KAL" Kallaugher Widely known for his satirical editorial cartoons, Kevin "KAL" Kallaugher spent five days as an artist in residence at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy in November...
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Lisa HoodCataracts. Trachoma. Corneal blindness. They aren't killers, but they create misery for millions of people—mostly in the developing world.How to provide proven treatments for these diseases...
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Breadth and depth: Friedlaender's photos help visitors to Sant Ocean Hall grasp complexity of marine life. Chip Clark/Smithsonian InstitutionAs a child, Ari Friedlaender loved visiting aquariums and...
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In a mid-December letter to the Duke community, President Richard H. Brodhead highlighted the current economic uncertainty, but noted, "By many measures, Duke continues to enjoy great strength and...
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Ouch: gout pain incarnate. Corbis Bettmann Standard RMGout, a debilitating form of arthritis, has historically been referred to as "the disease of kings," afflicting rich old men who eat and drink...
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Calling Michelle Rhee, chancellor of the Washington, D.C., public school system, an "educational reformer" is like calling a bulldozer "something that moves dirt." The term doesn't begin to do...
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During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama proposed an economic plan that would create five million jobs in environmental industries. And despite some ambiguity in the campaign literature, these...
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Something's amiss: Tilted London skyline serves as menacing backdrop for Sweeney Todd. For theater-studies professor John Clum, it was now or never to see one of his dreams come true. "The theater-...
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 Blacks and whites with heart disease are both likely to experience depression, but blacks are only half as likely to receive treatment for the disorder, according to a study from Duke Medical...
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  Duke is undertaking a new undergraduate global-citizenship initiative through its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)—a major element of its upcoming reaffirmation of accreditation by the Commission on...
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Off and running: Duke's newest Rhodes, pictured in Vietnam. Peter LemieuxJulia Parker Goyer '07 became Duke's forty-second Rhodes Scholar when she was chosen from among 796 applicants from across...
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Follow the bouncing ball: scene from The Soccer Project. Courtesy The Soccer ProjectGwendolyn Oxenham and Luke Boughen have played pickup soccer with inmates in the San Pedro Prison in La Paz,...
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Illustrious in any language: Schroth, also known as "Su Ilustrísma." Michael Naclerio / The ChronicleSarah Schroth, the Nancy Hanks Senior Curator at the Nasher Museum of Art, was knighted for her...
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Immigration is a hot-button political issue, but two recent exhibits at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) provided insights into the human dimensions of America's changing demographics.“...
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Ensuring affordability: trustee emerita Sally Dalton Robinson '55, co-chair of the Financial Aid Initiative development committee, with President Brodhead and students at November celebration. Chris...

Forum

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John F. Burness. Credit: Les ToddU.S. News & World Report published its first annual ranking of the nation's best colleges in 1983. In the years since, the publication has spawned a cottage...
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Safe: Werber steals third during eighth inning of 1939 Reds-Dodgers game. Diamond Images/Getty ImagesField of MemoriesI wanted to thank you for the excellent article on Bill Werber '30 ["Oldest...

Biblio-file

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 Soviet snapshots: Eichelberger's focus included Manchurian women, top, and Siberian train station, bottom. Americans in the Land of Lenin: Documentary Photographs of Early Soviet Russia, 1919-1930...

Campus Observer

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Insidious species: Flora experts Gwinn, in uniform, and Reynolds, left, help citizen scientists identify invasive plants such as tree of heaven (ailanthus altissimus) and black walnut (juglans nigra...

Syllabus

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Nicholas Gessler. Les ToddTo most people, the tiny squares blinking red and green all over Nicholas Gessler's computer screen are nothing more than a blinding mess of color. For Gessler, a research...

Retrospective

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Chrissy DiNicolaIt's easy to miss if you're not looking—rushing from your car to class or to a football game at nearby Wallace Wade Stadium—but tucked into one of the Blue Zone parking lots on West...

Updates

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  Over the past three years, Duke political science chairman Michael Munger, who has been quoted in the magazine talking about the political leanings of the faculty, has driven tens of thousands of...

Alumni Register

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Four alumni have been nominated to Duke's board of trustees by the executive committee of the board of directors of the Duke Alumni Association—one for the first time, and three for renewed terms....
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Lasting chords: Mary Lou Williams Center today hosts weekly jazz concerts. Michael ZirkleAlthough crowds converge on the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture every Wednesday night to hear the...
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Pay it forward: Winston-Salem club volunteers pack high-protein meals for Guatemalan families. Cameron HowardFrom networking breakfasts to sports-viewing parties, the Duke Alumni Association (DAA)...
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Laughs and legacy building: Revelers at President's Dance. Megan MorrNeither rain nor chill—and certainly not gloom of night—deterred the nearly 1,400 stalwart and loyal Duke alumni, family members...

Between the Lines

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In the November 1941 Alumni Register, Duke President Robert L. Flowers pondered the war raging overseas. "[W]hatever may be the outcome," he said, "the world as we know it will not be the same."...

Sports

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Engineering exercise: Needham, playing in fall championship match, demonstrates how a simple game of darts requires complex mathematical calculations. Photos by John RipleyOn a desktop computer in...

Books

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Harvest of Blossoms: Poems from a Life Cut Short. Edited by Irene and Helene Silverblatt. Northwestern University Press, 2008. 147 pages. $18.95.Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger, a Romanian Jew, died in a...

Mini-profiles

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Lindsay FranceRobert H. Jackson never went to college and couldn't afford law school. But inspired by a Democrat grandfather who loved politics, a rigorous work ethic instilled at a young age, and a...
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Fred Andrews '60. Credit: Frank FournierAfter twenty-five years as a reporter and editor at The New York Times, Fred Andrews, now seventy, may have seemed an unlikely candidate for the Southampton...
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 Courtesy Bil LeppPoor eye contact and fleeting smiles often give a liar away, experts say. Yet Bil Lepp, a man of steady eye contact and easy smiles, is not just a known liar, but a champion liar....

In Focus

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Speed limits, four-way stops, traffic lights at regular intervals. These things make driving safer, right? Wrong, says John Staddon, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of psychology and neuroscience....

Q&A

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Goldstein: Tracing historical patterns of migration and disease through genomics. Ken Cedeno /The New York Times/ReduxOver the last several years, as the human genome has been mapped and analyzed,...

Student Snapshot

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Megan MorrKathleen McClancy is not your average comic-book reader. Unlike the legions of fans who developed a love for comics in childhood, McClancy, a seventh-year graduate student in English, didn...

Gallery

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May Company, 6067 Wilshire Blvd. (Parking Lots series, 1967-1999) Ed Ruscha, American. Portfolio of 30 silver gelatin prints, ed. 26/35, each 15 x 15 inches. Promised gift of Blake Byrne '57 in...