Jul - Aug 2004

Neo Nan: pre-inaugural photo session, 1993. Photo: Jim Wallace
When Duke's eighth president, Nannerl O. Keohane, delivered her Founders' Day address last October, something annoying happened. The Duke Chapel... Read more
On March 26, 1989, in East Rutherford,New Jersey, the Blue Devils won the East Regional Finals of the NCAA Tournament, defeating Georgetown 85-77 in... Read more
Charles Ogburn has a surprising answer for people who want to know where he took his family for vacation this year."I took them to the Persian Gulf... Read more
“One of the things I have really tried to do is to encourage everyone  who works here to remain aware of this marvelous balance between our history  and our rootedness in this region and in our community.”
In the third annual Duke Magazine Campus Forum, retiring Duke President Nannerl O. Keohane had a public conversation with Frank H.T. Rhodes, a... Read more

Jul - Aug 2004

Departments

Gazette

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  Pilobolus: Making six equal two. Photo: John Kane The American Dance Festival celebrates its seventy-first season June 10 through July 24, featuring forty dances by seventeen dance companies;...
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Even small amounts of alcohol boost the pleasurable effects of nicotine, inducing people to smoke more when drinking alcoholic beverages, according to tests conducted by Duke Medical Center...
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Duke has renewed its trademark license contract with Lands' End, following the resolution of complaints about labor practices at an apparel factory in El Salvador that produces clothing bearing Duke...
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Engineers from Duke say they have made progress building so-called "smart nanostructures," including billionths-of-a-meter-scale "nanobrushes" that can selectively and reversibly sprout from...
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Two Duke rising seniors have won Truman scholarships, which recognize academic accomplishments, leadership potential, and commitment to a career in public service. Philip Kurian, a public-policy and...
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  Top of his game: Piva, right, with the late Edmund T. Pratt Jr., engineering’s namesake. Photo: Jim Wallace  In November of 2000, The Washington Post Magazine wrote about the growing reputation of...
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Current efforts to disentangle whales that become trapped in fishing gear, although essential, are "really only a Band-Aid," says a Duke marine-mammal expert who has participated in past whale...
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In the decades following the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, racial isolation in the nation's schools declined markedly. But as federal courts have begun to step back from active...
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Duke's board of trustees, meeting in May, created the Nannerl O. Keohane University Professorship to honor the university's eighth president, who steps down June 30. In announcing the award, trustee...
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Kimerly Rorschach, director of the University of Chicago's David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, has been named the first director of the new Nasher Museum of Art at Duke. The $23-million museum,...
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In the spring, Duke officials unveiled a proposed fifty-year plan for the development of Central Campus before an audience of area residents, neighborhood leaders, and business owners gathered at a...
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Duke has been in the news for getting rid of eight o'clock classes and fighting sleep deprivation among students. Both facts are true, but the two actions actually have nothing to do with each other...
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Dzau: medicine’s new leader. Photo: Chris Hildreth  Victor J. Dzau, a distinguished physician-scientist and academic and administrative leader at HarvardUniversity's medical school and the Brigham...
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Every year, Trinity College and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Writing present awards to recognize excellence in teaching undergraduates.This year's winners are: Christina Askounis Lecturer...
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May’s day: New graduates. Photo: Chris Hildreth Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright urged Duke graduates to be "doers ... able to chart your own course and unafraid, when necessary, to...

Forum

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  Photo: Les Todd Two days before the Iowa caucuses, Dick Gephardt was waiting awkwardly offstage while Michael Bolton prepared for a rousing rendition of "Go the Distance" from Disney's Hercules....
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WWJD Greg Holcombe's letter ("Lessons in Christianity," March-April 2004) was exactly on the money, and it expresses perfectly my feelings about Duke's sad status of spiritual shipwreck.Ray...

Gallery

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Paper trail: New York World,August 13, 1911, top;Chicago Sunday Tribune, April 23, 1923, above. Writing for The New York Times in celebration of its 150th anniversary in 2001, the novelist and...
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Portrait of Mary Lillian DukeBy Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, 1911Oil on canvas83 x 44 3/8 inchesGift of Nicholas Benjamin Duke Biddle, 1991 The Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923) was...

Campus Observer

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 Devil’s delight: dancing at fund-raising celebration. Photo: Les Todd You're on the beach, and you've just realized you're naked!" This was among the scenarios given to each of the seven...

Syllabus

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From 1958 to 1962, Italy was booming. "Everything grows," wrote the novelist Luciano Bianciardi. "The rate of internal production, per capita income, relative and absolute employment, the number of...

Mini-profiles

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 In March 1999, John Hillen testified before the House of Representatives' Committee on Armed Services. "It is well worth thinking now about how to handle an Iraq on the brink of developing nuclear...
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Sharks have always fascinated people, and fictionalized horror stories such as Jaws have fueled America's sensationalized view of these ancient predators as bloodthirsty man-eaters. This depiction...
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With three advanced degrees between them, Amy Hackney Blackwell and Christopher Blackwell are anything but dummies--they just write for them.The Greenville, South Carolina, couple two years ago...
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Peter LangeProvost, political scientist, avid learner, team builder, music lover Describe yourself in three words:Humorous, direct, analyticDescribe Duke in three words:Ambitious, entrepreneurial,...

Retrospective

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Old beginnings: In 1913, a car drives away from Craven Hall, the primary post-graduation gathering place on campus in the Trinity College era, below; Above, the graduating class of 1915 passes the...

Updates

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A little more than six years ago, Orin Starn, associate professor of cultural anthropology at Duke, went looking for Ishi's brain. Ishi was the last survivor of the Yahi, a small Native American...

Books

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Reading List We asked ocean-sciences professors in the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences: What is your favorite beach read--literally, a book about the ocean?-The Sea Around Us,...

Alumni Register

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I just graduated from Duke and I don't have a job. Help!You're not alone. There's an unspoken assumption that, by May of senior year, every student will know exactly what he or she wants to do, and...
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Duke's Medical Alumni Association recognized eight distinguished graduates and faculty members during Medical Alumni Weekend last fall.Recipients of the Distinguished Alumnus Award:Richard A. Schatz...
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The Pratt School of Engineering's alumni association honored alumni and volunteers at its annual awards banquet in April. Alan L. Kaganov B.S.M.E. '60 was presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award;...
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 Photo: Jon Gardiner A record-breaking number of people--4,085--came to campus in April for Reunions Weekend, surpassing the previous reunion attendance record of 3,458, set in 2001. "We had...

Between the Lines

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 One of the behind-the-scenes traditions of graduation weekend is a dinner for honorary-degree recipients. This year's gathering had a certain familiarity--and a certain poignancy, with the...
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Mendelssohn: A Life in Music By R. Larry Todd. Oxford University Press, 2003. 683 pages. $31.50. When Felix Mendelssohn died suddenly at the age of thirty-eight in 1847, he was mourned throughout...
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   Drill bit: workers prepare bandstand for Big Dance during Reunions Weekendphoto:Jon Gardiner 

Q&A

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 Snyderman: repositioning the medical center. Photo: Chris Hildreth Ralph Snyderman steps down this summer after fifteen years as chancellor for health affairs and president and CEO of the Duke...

Student Snapshot

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 Composed and awarded: from left, Mallonée, Schimmel, and Mayrose. Photo: Les Todd  John Mayrose, Caroline Mallonée, and Carl Schimmel, students in the Ph.D. program in music composition, couldn't...