Jan - Feb 2011

Eye on evolution: Churchill, with casts of fossil forebears looking on, oversees BB gun experiment. Chris Hildreth
 In a basement laboratory with walls lined with casts of human skulls, paleontologist Steven Churchill watches his student assistant pick up a... Read more
Island life: Duke relished the relaxed pace and natural beauty at Shangri La, the Honolulu estate that she had designed and built beginning in 1937, which she filled with Islamic art and architecture acquired during from her travels throughout Persia.
Photos courtesy Doris Duke Photograph Collection, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation HIstorical Archives; Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special... Read more
Historical perspectives: Modern humanities scholars urge students to consider Herodotus and Thucydides in a variety of contexts. © Bettman/CORBIS
 It's 8:30 on a Wednesday morning, with the chorus of leaf blowers reaching a typical October crescendo on the main quad. In a windowless... Read more

Jan - Feb 2011

Departments

Biblio-file

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 Alex Haley’s 1964 interview with Martin Luther King Jr. for Playboy magazine. Eighteen items, including correspondence, interview notes, and manuscripts. Franklin Research Center. During the 1960s...

Forum

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 Queen in Question • Class Profiling • The Hookup Angle Queen in Question Maybe it was prophetic that the first words in the 1970 Chanticleer quoted Led Zeppelin: “Been dazed and confused for so...

Campus Observer

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Fertile ground: Antliff eyes Gaudier-Brzeska’s Hieratic Head of Ezra Pound sculpture.Megan MorrGreeting visitors just inside the entrance to the Nasher Museum of Art’s recent exhibition on Vorticism...

Mini-profiles

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  Sharp photographed during Highland Games in VirginiaBeth Ann KoelschMany in the Duke community associate the Allen Building’s second floor with the university’s senior administration. But for...
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  Doing the right thing: left to right, Major General Robert Brown, Feagin, and Duke orthopaedic surgeon Dean Taylor at leadership forum.Courtesy Duke Sports Medicine John A. Feagin Jr. might well...
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   Krzystzof Lisiak Whenever a person or organization embarks on a risky venture, there’s a moment when it becomes apparent that the venture has succeeded or failed. For musical conductor Viswa...

Syllabus

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 Breaking it down: scene from Homicide: Life on the Street.Michael Ginsberg/NBCU Photo BankEveryone consumes TV, but very few know how it's made,” says Ted Bogosian '73, visiting filmmaker in Duke's...

Retrospective

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 Building boom: grading work for new East Campus buildings, August 1925University Archives Engineering students who spend late nights in the Teer Engineering Library might curse the name, but if...

Alumni Register

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 International man of music: Grad student Garner composed work performed by Ciompi Quartet during fall trip to Europe.Megan MorrWhen the Ciompi Quartet played three European concerts in October, the...
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 Brothers for life: 1980 letter that launched annual traditionFor more than three decades, a group of Kappa Alpha (KA) fraternity brothers—many of whom served in World War II and attended Duke on...
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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. Robin A. Ferracone '75, William A. (Bill) Hawkins B....
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 Multimedia: student artwork on display in the Bryan Center during DEMAN weekend.Jim WallaceFrom Hollywood studio insiders and independent-film directors to first-time authors and professional...

Sports

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 Relentless abandon: Mike Bell catches his opponent in Cameron showdown.Jon GardinerWhen I tell people I’m the wrestling coach at Duke University, the first thing they say to me is: ‘That’s great! I...

Gazette

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 When renowned Haitian artist Edouard Duval-Carrié visited campus in December, he followed the familiar lecture, dinner, and class-visit routine. But his stay also included an added twist: He...
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  Putting down roots: miscanthus grass field.Tinkering with a single gene may give perennial grasses used to make biofuels more robust roots and speed up their growth, according to researchers at...
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  Staggering: Eggers shares insights into latest nonfiction work.Megan MorrDavid Brooks, columnist for The New York Times, political pundit, and former Duke visiting professor, at the Sanford School...
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 Anil Potti, the embattled Duke cancer researcher charged with falsifying academic credentials and research findings, has voluntarily resigned from his positions in the medical school and the...
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 Heading in the right direction: early prototype of the SmartHat.Jochen Teizer/Georgia TechThe hardhat—a ubiquitous, low-tech presence at construction sites for some eighty years—may soon be...
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 Researchers at Duke are trying to understand why teenage girls who suffer from major depression are at a greater risk of relapsing within five years than their male counterparts.While nearly all...
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  Hot spots: The map’s rainbow shading represents varying degrees of biodiversity. Researchers used statistical models to make predictions about marine life in areas that have not been well explored...
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Seniors Nicolas Altemose, Katherine Buse, and Alessondra (Allie) Speidel have been awarded Marshall Scholarships to continue in their respective fields of study after graduation.Altemose, an A.B....
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  Dunnmon: Oxford bound. Les ToddDuke senior Jared Dunnmon has been selected for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship—the forty-third student in Duke’s history to receive a Rhodes. Dunnmon is an A.B....
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 The influence of John Hope Franklin, the acclaimed late professor emeritus of history, remains strong after his death, and thanks to his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a foundation operating in...
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 Short-lived tradition: Tailgate veered from harmless fun to dangerous excess.Larsa Al-Omaishi/The ChronicleAfter a fall full of publicity about several embarrassing incidents—widespread sharing of...
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 The Veil. Julie Chen’s piece, “published” by her own Flying Fish Press, contains text from the preamble to the U.N. charter (2001).Papaya Lesson. C.J. Grossman fashioned this work from women’s...
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 Nigerian playwright and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka visited campus this fall to work with students producing his play Beatification of Area Boy. Soyinka, a scholar and activist, wrote the play in...
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 Your brain on art: inside Caron's neuroanatomy installation. Erik DaenitzA performance-art installation titled Waves of Mu stimulated brains on campus during the fall semester. The installation was...
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 Indian cinéaste Nandita Raman won the Project Prize in this year’s Daylight/CDS Photo Awards, given jointly by Daylight Magazine and the Center for Documentary Studies, for her collection of...
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 This coming fall, the university will launch its first master of fine arts program. The program, which will focus on experimental and documentary arts, will bring together faculty members and...

Books

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 A Force for Nature: The Story of NRDC and the Fight to Save Our Planet By John H. Adams J.D. '62, Hon. '0 and Patricia Adams with George Black Chronicle Books, 2010 400 pages $24.95In 1969, John...

Q&A

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 David SchanzerMegan MorrThe past year has seen near misses by terrorists—most recently, the thwarted cargo-bomb and Portland plots. It’s also seen intense controversy surrounding Islam’s place in...

Student Snapshot

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Megan MorrWhen Nic Meliones, a senior majoring in economics, was a student at Riverside High School, a Durham public school, he observed two of his principals address issues such as poor class...

Gallery

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 Lamb of Man/Atom and Eve/Americana Materia Medica, 2006-07 (detail), Dario Robleto, American. Colored paper, cardboard, ribbon, foam core board, glue, willow. 60 x 60 x 4¾ inches.Purchased with the...