Jul - Aug 2003

News from the front seat: journalist Harris in seven-ton ammo truck. Photos courtesy CNN.
Nasiriya, IraqHarris, get your ass in the truck!” barked the nervous Marine sergeant. “MOVE OUT!” There was no moon to light up the night as we raced... Read more
Grand entrance: a new team emerges. Jon Gardiner.
In late August, there is still a feeling of anticipation for fans of Duke football. When the season is young, they come to Wallace Wade Stadium... Read more
In Beijing they didn’t say SARS at first.Feidian is an abbreviation for feidianxing feiyan, a phrase that translates as “atypical pneumonia.”... Read more
[caption]Fire Island (New York), 1995, 107 by 55 inches.[/caption]Orrin H. Pilkey, a geologist, met Mary Edna Fraser, a batik artist, in 1993 on a... Read more
Net work: Scott Loarie of Stanford, left, weighs birds, while Costa Rican Dionisio Paniagna-Castro tags them at Las Cruces. All photos by Chris Hildreth.
Nature rules this place, and with a mahogany fist. She has decreed this forest to be no gentle glade, but a biological battleground, where each... Read more

Jul - Aug 2003

Departments

Student Snapshot

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 The Boy Scouts is a way for many boys to learn how to tie knots and build pinewood derby racecars. Yet, for Daron Gunn of Sioux City, Iowa, it was a way to begin clay-pigeon shooting—a sport in...
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  When Eric Overton comes to Duke this fall, he will leave behind his mother, father, and younger brother and the dairy farm in Speedwell, Tennessee, that members of his family have worked for seven...
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    Mike HatchJunior, premed, 2-Time NCAA all Region, all-ACC cross-country and track runner, volunteer with Health Careers Internship Program in Duke HospitalDescribe yourself in three words:...
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 Growing up in Birmingham, Michigan, Caroline Watnick found plenty of opportunities to fall in love with ice-skating. She started when she was four-years-old, practicing on the backyard ice rink her...
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 If Andrew Thaler’s accomplishments as a Duke student are anything like what he’s already done, they will be nothing short of wet, wild, and maybe even a little Scottish. The list includes playing...

Gazette

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 The depreciation of the U.S. dollar abroad is having a less positive impact on capital spending and hiring than it is on sales, says John Graham, a Fuqua School of Business professor of finance who...
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 The absence of fathers in early life appears to be a more significant risk factor for girls’ early sexual activity and adolescent pregnancy than previously believed, according to researchers at...
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 Beneath the veneer of sorcery, scary effects, and fancifully named characters, the Harry Potter series is appealing because the stories are tales about morality and choosing between “good” and “...
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 The past success of Uganda and Brazil in fighting AIDS suggests that government openness and widespread education campaigns may help prevent the spread of the disease, according to a Duke professor...
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 Six new trustees began serving July 1 on Duke’s thirty-seven-member board of trustees. They are: Anne T. Bass of Fort Worth, Texas; Paula Hannaway Crown ’80 of Chicago and Aspen, Colorado; J....
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 Outstanding scholarship, moral leadership, managerial skill, and a deep commitment to the values of liberal education are among the characteristics Duke is seeking in its ninth president, according...
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 In an international effort to share education strategies, research, and health care know-how, Duke Medical Center and the National University of Singapore have formalized a partnership to establish...
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 Eyes on the surprise: Sweeney with HeliconiusJim Wallace.Researchers have discovered that some iridescent butterflies use the polarization of light refracted from their intricate, prismatic scales...
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 B. Hofler Milam, former senior vice president, chief operating officer, and chief financial officer at QualChoice of North Carolina, is Duke’s new vice president for financial services. He oversees...
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 The Fair Labor Association released a report in June on its yearlong effort to monitor the safety and working conditions at seven of its twelve member companies, some of which make apparel and...
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 For its 2003-04 Broadway at Duke series, the Duke University Union will present Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet; three hit Broadway musicals, Fame, Saturday Night Fever, and Kiss Me, Kate; and a...
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 Duke has been named the winner of the American Football Coaches Association’s 2003 Academic Achievement Award in recognition of the 100-percent graduation rate of its football squad. The award is...

Forum

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 L’Affaire Blair”—as The New Yorker literarily labeled the misconduct of reporter Jayson Blair—produced a media self-feeding frenzy. How could the world’s journalistic gold standard, The New York...
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 ACC AsidesEditors:I’m a Duke alumna and parent and was an ACC fan long before I went to Duke. I am very much opposed to the proposed expansion of the ACC, and I appreciate President Nan Keohane’s...

Gallery

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 Equestrian Figure, 1990s, Lamidi Fakeye, Òróó mahogany wood, 15 1/2 by 4 by 6 inches,gift of the family of Joseph E. Sokal, M.D.During the months of June and July, East Campus is enlivened by the...
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    Light and geometry: shadows play through a lecture at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy. Jon Gardiner.

Campus Observer

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 Weeding wonders: the Coles keep Duke Gardens free of invaders. Les Todd.In a recent May morning in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, fifty-five brilliantly blooming acres at this time of year, oxalis had...

Mini-profiles

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 Students who head to college primarily to prepare for a career could learn a lot from someone like Edyth Hull Schoenrich. She’s had five of them at least, not counting marriage and motherhood—or...
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 State and church: Ogle greeted by South Korea’s President Kim Dae-Jung.Every detail of that day in December 1974 still stands out vividly to George E. Ogle: his arrest by South Korean police, the...
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 Matthew Dean.It’s the first day of a new round of classes at Scratch DJ Academy in Manhattan, the world’s first school for hip-hop deejays. Rob Principe welcomes sixty students of all shapes, sizes...

Syllabus

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 The hot many sea turtles ever make it to the sea. The ones that do are con-sidered delicacies by the greater oceanic world and are mostly eaten up in a gulp or a chomp. The few that do make it,...

Updates

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  Nine years ago, Luke Dollar ’95 was chasing lemurs with a dart gun and a burlap bag. Then a rising senior, he was a fledgling member of a Duke Primate Center project in Madagascar’s Ranomafana...

Q&A

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 What occurred in the museum lootings in Iraq and how significant is this on a historical scale?  There is wholesale looting day and night and illicit digging at major sites, and it marks one of the...

Between the Lines

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 Where do you find your story ideas?” That’s probably the most frequent question we are asked, with the possible exception of, “When’s my class note going to appear?”Often the stories are the...

Alumni Register

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  Chadwick: seeing about seniors.A longtime advocate for the rights of nursing-home patients, Laurel Rosenbaum Chadwick B.S.N.Ed. ’53, received the Duke School of Nursing’s 2003 Distinguished Alumni...
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 After a certain Miss Madge of Durham married in April 1909, my grandfather, John N. Cole Jr., pasted the wedding invitation and her photograph into his new scrapbook. She’s married now...!” he...
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 With an ever-changing economy, employment is a big concern to Duke students—and Duke alumni. When your job is to help find them jobs, you’ve got your work cut out for you. As the director of Duke’s...

Sports

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  Ready to rumble: eleven-year-old Matthew Hamm gives 110 percent in a tackling drill. Jon Gardiner. In the first day of the fourth annual Duke Youth Football Camp in early summer, forty-two eight-...
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 Scout’s Honor: A Father’s Unlikely Foray into the Woods Peter Applebome ’71. Harcourt, Inc., 2003. 330 pages, $24.The Treatment: The Story of Those Who Died in the Cincinnati Radiation Tests By...
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 Walt Whitman was not just the great American poet and author of the groundbreaking Leaves of Grass; in the years before the Civil War, he was also an accomplished journalist. One of his early...

Books

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 Reading ListWe asked professors of foreign languages and literature: What is your favorite book by a foreign author and which English translation is best in capturing the true spirit of the...