Jan - Feb 2010

To cap its twenty-fifth anniversary year, Duke Magazine organized a campus forum that explored what it means to create, transmit, and absorb the... Read more
If x: excerpt of problem B2 from 2007 competition.
The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition may be the most intensely difficult intellectual contest ever designed for undergraduate college... Read more
Shell game: Quigley, a curly-coated retriever, follows cues to find hidden treats. Credit: Chris Hildreth.
Buffy is having a good day. Just four years old, she isn't shy around strangers. She shows the energy of a wind-up toy, bumping into chairs with... Read more

Jan - Feb 2010

Departments

Mini-profiles

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At the center of Pressure Cooker—the feature-documentary directorial debut of Jennifer Grausman—is a captivating recipe. One that Wilma Stephenson, the longtime culinary-arts instructor at Northeast...
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Fred Campbell Jr. may be living proof that when Mad Men retire, they don't necessarily become less so.A successful Duke athlete and a U.S. Marine, Campbell made his professional career on New York's...
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For most people, a shark bite would be catastrophic. But Jim Toomey is one of the few who might profit from it."Actually, I lather myself up with chum whenever I go into the ocean," Toomey deadpans...

Gazette

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 When Yale University Press published political scientist Jytte Klausen's book The Cartoons That Shook the World, about the impact of the 2005 publication of cartoon images of Muhammad in the Danish...
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Administration plans to merge the International House and the Center for Multicultural Affairs have been put on hold following an outcry from students, faculty and staff members, and alumni.In...
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Vann Bennett, James B. Duke Professor of cell biology, was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in October. He studies the biochemistry of spectrin-based membrane skeletons and...
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 Art's guiding lights: from left, Nancy A. Nasher J.D. '79, Semans, and museum's curator of contemporary art, Trevor Schoonmaker. Dr. J. CaldwellAlthough the Nasher Museum of Art is less than five...
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Although much remains unknown about the causes and possible treatments for autism, Duke genetics researchers believe they have found a clue to better understanding the disease.By observing a region...
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Mouse tumor cells stain red, showing penetration of anticancer drug after 24 hours. Ashutosh ChilikotiA new nanoparticle that targets tumors, releases its cancer-killing payload, and then dissolves...
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The Duke Lemur Center is nearing the end of its first major expansion since opening in 1966. Two new buildings are being added to the center at a cost of $8.2 million, the last large construction...
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A record crowd of nearly 300 high school students traveled to Durham in late October to participate in the annual Duke Math Meet (DMM). Organized by the members of the Duke University Mathematics...
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Imagine: Virtual architecturee, sets stage for Emergence quest. Credit: Philip Lin/© Emergence game project, 2009Imagine this: 200 years in the future, an entire race of androids—created by humans...
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A commemoration of playwright, novelist, essayist, human-rights activist, and Chilean exile Ariel Dorfman's twenty-five year association with Duke began this fall and will continue through the end...
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Men who voted for John McCain or Bob Barr in the 2008 presidential election watched their candidates chances dwindle as the night wore on. At the same time, say Duke researchers, the voters'...
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Stanislas ColodietArtists and artworks from a variety of fields came together in early November for Duke's first annual student arts weekend. Exhibitions of painting, photography, and sculpture,...
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Muhammad Yunus. Levy Bruno/SIPAMuhammad Yunus, a Bangladeshi banker, economist, champion of the poor, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, will deliver this year's commencement address.Yunus, a former...
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Millions of Internet users have been enjoying the fun—and free—services provided by advertiser-supported online social networks like Facebook. But Landon Cox '99, assistant professor of computer...
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Douglas Feith, former undersecretary of defense for policy under President George W. Bush, spoke on October 27 at Duke Law School. Feith, widely considered one of the chief architects of the Iraq...
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 Emil with Snow on His Eyelashes, Öskjuhlídarskóli, Reykjavik, Iceland 2007. Mary Ellen Mark/Courtesy Center for Documentary Studies Alexander at Home with a Paper Bag on His Head, Reykjavik,...
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Clean Steam: Coal plant gets makeover. Megan MorrBy the 2024 centennial of James B. Duke's $40 million bequest, which turned Trinity College into Duke University, the campus will have brought its...

Biblio-file

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The controversy over the publication of caricatures of Muhammad in a Danish newspaper in 2005 and the U.S. Supreme Court's recent review of Hillary: The Movie have generated renewed discussion about...

Forum

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Spencer Platt/ Getty ImagesCrisis MismanagementI found it disturbing that you would run the article "Crisis Managers" [September-October 2009] with the congratulatory tone that "A statistically...

Campus Observer

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Remains of the page: book conservators, front to back, Rachel Ingold, Mary Yordy, and Erin Hammeke. Duke University LibrariesA professor's dog uses a book as a chew toy. A volume falls down a...

Syllabus

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Credit: Les ToddBruce Lawrence doesn't want his students simply to understand the Qur'an; he wants them to befriend it.In the first few weeks of his Focus seminar on the Qur'an, Lawrence assigns his...

Retrospective

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Waterworks: Roney fountain in the 1920s. Duke University ArchivesHiding among the magnolias alongside the East Duke Building on East Campus is one of our early school landmarks: the Roney Fountain....

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...

Between the Lines

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In The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age, Sven Birkerts writes about reading as "a dynamic condition." Readers look for plot and character, but what they really want, he...

Alumni Register

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Recognizing veterans: Shinseki, top center, spoke of alumni courage and dedication. Chris HildrethThis October, Duke honored alumni who died while on active military duty with a rededicated campus...
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Jon GardinerDuring fall Homecoming festivities, the sixth annual President's Dance brought young revelers, costumed dancers, and a cappella singers together under one rockin' roof. Other weekend...
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All hands on deck: Alumni across the country tackled a range of service projects, including cleaning Durham’s Walltown neighborhood. Jared LazarusIn Philadelphia, Duke alumni cleaned, painted, and...

Sports

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Adrianne Soo began running track in sixth grade to stay in shape for soccer. Thousands of miles and two knee surgeries later, she's still running, breaking records in cross country, and earning...

Books

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The Suicide Run: Five Tales of the Marine Corps By William Styron. Random House, 2009. 194 pages. $24.    Letters to My Father James L.W. West III, editor. Louisiana State University Press, 2009. ...

In Focus

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The lotus leaf has long been studied for its water-repellant properties. Its surface is pockmarked, filled with tiny crevices and hairs that trap air inside, forcing any moisture, or even a pelting...

Student Snapshot

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Credit: Jon GardinerIn late January, when the radiant smiles of Miss America's fifty-one contestants beam across a packed theater in the Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas, Mandy McMichael M.Div...

Gallery

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Kellylike, 1984,Felrath Hines, American, 1913–1993 Oil on linen. 50 x 56 inches Gift of Dorothy Fisher.Courtesy Nasher Museum of ArtKellylike is one of three abstract paintings by Felrath Hines...