Jan - Feb 2012

 Bright ideas: In his first two weeks at Carnegie Mellon, von Ahn was awarded a MacArthur "genius" grant and named one of Popular Science's... Read more
Something was missing in Mike Krzyzewski’s yard. A gap between the William Penn barberry and an English holly created a discordant note in the... Read more
 [caption]Embers of the fire: In her photographs of River Country, Welty felt the distant force of the abandoned monuments. Reprinted by the... Read more
 Photos Duke Photographyby Elissa Lerner >Duke's new rules for allocating dorm rooms revolve around smaller living communities called "... Read more

Jan - Feb 2012

Departments

Biblio-file

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  New frontiers: John Wesley Powell's Second Colorado River Expedition, Green River Station, Wyoming Territory, May 22, 1871Photographer UnknownThe scent of sun-warmed leather teases the senses as...

Campus Observer

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 Duke's largest student production is a showcase of unbridles talent.Dress rehearsal: Members of the Class of 2012 run through the Senior Bhangra, Awaaz’s closing number.In the wings of Page...

Syllabus

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  The television shows Battlestar Galactica and The Wire would seem not to have much in common at first blush. The former is a science-fiction space opera set during a futuristic war between humans...

Retrospective

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Campus Club evolves from tea and lace. Social graces: A Campus Club tea in 1966Duke University Archives In 1914, Mary Reamey Thomas Few dreamed of an organization that would bring women together...

Mini-profiles

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  In India: Cook, far right, and producer Megan Hryndza interview Air Force pilot Anupama Joshi, left.Steve HillerLate in 2009, Rachel Cook made a split-second, middleof- the-night decision that...
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  One for the books: Ma with his record-breaking catchJean-Francois HeliasThe murky waters of the lake in Theerasart, Thailand, had begun to reflect the setting sun, and Michael Ma knew that his...

Between the Lines

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  Back in its November-December 1997 issue, the magazine's cover story looked at how Duke got so hot so quickly—how it evolved from a strong regional university to a national (these days, one would...

Alumni Register

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Call for Nominations for Board of TrusteesThe Duke Alumni Association seeks your help in identifying alumni for nomination to the Board of Trustees of Duke University. This ongoing process relies...
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DEMAN weekend caps off celebration of campus arts.View from the top: Kara DioGuardi ’93, songwriter, record producer, and former American Idol judge, delivered the keynote address for the Duke...

Sports

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Three Amigosby Taylor SiskThe Plumlee brothers revel in college life—and each other's company.Dunking and driving: Miles, Mason, and Marshall Plumlee, from leftAsk Marshall why I'm driving the van...

Gazette

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   Nasher exhibition explores a master's influence on contemporary artists.Up in the air: Calder's Bird (c. 1952), made of coffee cans, tin, and copper wire, draws from his earlier experience as a...
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 Ketchup-packet-like pouch may deliver lifesaving drugs to newborns.Transmission prevention: Engineering student Caroline Gramache holds an HIV drugdelivery pouch as engineering professor and pouch...
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   Two major gifts boost financial aid, colleges.Scholarly promise: The Karsh gift will benefit programs such as the Karsh International Scholars, which admitted its inaugural class, above, this...
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  Pastoral ArtDivinity explores theology in creative expression. When the latest issue of Divinity, the divinity school's alumni magazine, came out this fall, readers may have thought they were...
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   Bio-art pioneer ponders a new audience for his work.When Eduardo Kac first visited Duke in 2000, few people had heard of "bio-art"— art that relies on biological technologies and phenomena to...
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  Admissions introduces student bloggers to dish on Duke.In the picture-perfect world of many universities' admissions websites, a genuine reflection of campus can be rare. How do prospective...
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   Jewish, Muslim students put social connections before politics.In the summer of 2011, Kevin Lieberman B.S.M.E. '12 was facing a challenging senior year as president of the Jewish Student Union....
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  International Association's FoodFest becomes a savory tradition.Culinary adventures: Hokkien noodles, pikliz, and baklava were among the international delights available for sampling.Dovina Qu '...
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  Duke senior wins scholarship to study genetics. Cambridge bound: Daphne EzerLes ToddEven before arriving at Duke as a freshman, Daphne Ezer '12 had set herself apart. As a high-school student in...
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   Wells to become vicar of St. Martin-in-the-FieldThe Reverend Samuel Wells, who has served as the dean of Duke Chapel since 2005, will leave Duke this summer to become the vicar of St. Martin-in-...
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  Study reveals surprises on teenage drug use.  Despite what television shows and prison incarceration records would have you believe, a new analysis of teenage drug use finds greater problems...
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 Software developed for mine dectection may held doctors spot cancer cells. Hide and seek: Cancer cells can’t elude new software.When Duke engineer Larry Carin took on a project to develop software...
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  Intestinal bacteria may determine whether statins lower cholesterol. Statins can be effective at lowering cholesterol, but they have a perplexing tendency to work for some people and not others....
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  New app can sniff out doctored files. Is this real?: Software detects doctored images such as this morphing of two photographs.Photoshop fiends, beware: YouProve, a new application developed by...
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  Tropical birds, trees may not be adapting fast enough to climate change. Higher ground: Tropical birds like the blue budgie may need to move faster to adapt to climate change.In response to...

Books

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  Better Than Human: The Promise and Perils of Enhancing Ourselves by Allen Buchanan. Oxford, 2011. 208 pages.In sports, it has become unfortunately common for athletes to use anabolic steroids and...

Q&A

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 Kimberly Jenkins Senior adviser to the president and provost for innovation and entrepreneurship Chris HildrethKimberly Jenkins '76, Ph.D. '80 has one of the most interesting titles at Duke—senior...

Student Snapshot

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  Inspired by Title IX: Isard explores the intersection between sports and social activism..Megan Morrn the fifth grade in Phoenix, Arizona, Risa Isard started a drive to collect toiletries for a...

Gallery

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   Marble Chair, 2008. Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China. Purchased with funds provided by the Estate of Wallace Fowlie, 2011.15.1.Peter Paul GeoffrionConceptual artist, architectural designer, and social...