Jul - Aug 2006

Any connoisseur of post-1950s American popular music would welcome the rare opportunity to sit at the feet of Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn, listening... Read more
A given: By most Americans' standards, Ali Hamza Ahmad Sulayman al Bahlul is probably a bad guy. To believe that requires only a certain perspective... Read more
Top of the world: Matt Burney perched on edge of Dark Canyon near Hite, Utah; Carl Hulit races his mountain bike, opposite, top; Burney, shoulder deep in Escalante River in Utah, bottom. © Andrew Gombert /epa/Corbis
 Over fall break of his junior year, Chris Davis '06 went whitewater kayaking on the Narrows of Western North Carolina's Green River. He had... Read more
Pioneering spirit: Afrika Bambaataa, left, Bronx DJ credited as the godfather of hip-hop, on stage with rap artist Flavor Flav in 1990. © S.I.N. / Corbis
 Earlier this spring, the movement to institutionalize the study of hip-hop in academe received a boost. The Smithsonian's National Museum of... Read more

Jul - Aug 2006

Departments

Gazette

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Oral historian and audio artist Judith Sloan, along with her husband and collaborator, Warren Lehrer, embarked on a documentary project in Queens, New York, in 1999, that spanned four years and...
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The Untitled Pink Corset Book New York artist Tamar Stone addresses women's body images as viewed through historical, social, and feminist lenses in a one-of-a-kind book acquired recently by the...
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Les ToddOfficials at Duke expect 2006 to be among the most selective years on record for undergraduate admissions, despite the extensive media coverage of the men's lacrosse program. According to...
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Four-year-olds show activity in the same brain region during numerical tasks as adults, according to Duke researchers, who used comparative brain-scan studies to explore the earliest glimmerings of...
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Students in the Duke music department's graduate composition program are typically required to fulfill a teaching assistantship--presenting lectures in undergraduate classrooms, guiding discussions...
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Any good brawler knows that the power of a punch depends both on his muscle and the extra heft he attaches to his mitt.Similarly, engineers and medical-center researchers have discovered that by...
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A team of British and American scientists has completed the detailed genetic mapping of human chromosome 1, the largest single unit of genetic material in the human genome and the final chromosome...
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The Fuqua School of Business has made a commitment to purchase renewable energy certificates to offset 100 percent of its electricity use, making it one of the first business schools in the country...
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Monte D. Brown has been named vice president of administration for Duke Health System and associate dean of veterans' affairs for the medical school. Brown has served seven months as chief operating...
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Duke's total economic impact on the city and county of Durham is estimated at $3.2 billion a year, according to a new study.The study--the fourth of its kind--found that local spending by the...
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Subject to revision: brave new braneworld. Deborah Betz Collection/CorbisScientists at Duke and at Rutgers University have developed a mathematical framework they say will enable astronomers to test...
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On wings and pointe: The Paul Taylor Dance Company, which opened ADF's 2006 season, performs Troilus and Cressida. Megan Morr.The American Dance Festival, now in its seventy-third year, took center...
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Home visits: While at Duke, Helen Chu M.D. '05 worked with AIDS and HIV patients in Tanzania. Chris HildrethIn April, at a campus symposium featuring prominent international experts on global-health...
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 Jon GardinerThe Duke men's lacrosse program will resume this fall under a strict new standard of behavior drafted by the players, including stronger administrative oversight of the program,...
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The law school's Children's Education Law Clinic, together with the North Carolina Justice Center in Raleigh, successfully represented two of thirty high-school students suspended from school for...
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Cloaking device: schematics for Star Trek's Romulan WarbirdIf the efforts of Duke researchers and their English colleagues come to fruition, Harry Potter may no longer possess the world's only known...
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This year, all incoming first-year students will read My Sister's Keeper, the story of a teenager who was genetically engineered to be a bone-marrow donor for her older sister, who has leukemia....
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Flags of hope: Bergman displays her work. Jon GardinerOn display in the Smith Warehouse this spring were the works of nine students enrolled in "Image, Text, and Visual Poetics," a class taught for...
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In his May 14 commencement address, John Hope Franklin Hon. '98 advised graduates to take time to improve society and, in particular, to assist the nation's schools and help combat racism. "The...

Forum

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Vivek Wadhwa Is America about to lose its competitive edge to India and China? University deanfs, business executives, and political leaders have cited statistics showing that these countries...
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Darwin v. Intelligent DesignWith the recent "In Defense of Darwin" article [March-April 2006] in addition to the "Evidence of Evolution" article that appeared in September-October 1999, Duke...

Campus Observer

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Landscaping: From left, Tilley, Goolsby, and Herbert Williams prepare bed at entrance to West CampusLes ToddTerrence Williams maneuvers his truck slowly along Towerview Drive, heading toward Duke...

Syllabus

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Frank L. BorchardtFairy tales take the world inside us and push it into the outside world, so we're really looking at ourselves," says Frank L. Borchardt, a professor of Germanic languages and...

Retrospective

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 Duke University ArchivesBEAT ARMY!" was the lead headline on the front page of the October 15, 1954, issue of The Chronicle. Stories focused on the upcoming football game and homecoming festivities...

Updates

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Last year Duke Magazine examined the effects of the university's revolutionary giveaway of iPods to first-year students the previous fall. According to administrators, Duke had initiated the...

Mini-profiles

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There are out-of-state alumni who fly to Durham for their class reunions, and there are those who opt to drive. But there is probably only one person who pedals in, at least from more than 1,000...
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Star turn: Mulroney, left, with champion curler Jennifer Jones and Canadian Idol correspondent Jon DoreWhile his friends dreamed of landing jobs after graduation on Wall Street or at high-powered...
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Mary Beath is drawn to places, both real and imagined, where predictability erodes: unexpected encounters with nature during her long, solo hikes through New Mexico's deserts and mountains; the...

Alumni Register

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Camera ready: journalist Harwood. Megan MorrPolitical journalist John Harwood '78, who has reported on each of the last five American presidential elections, has received the 2006 Futrell Award for...
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 I'm a recent grad who has not yet found work. I'm looking for an events-management position in New York. Employers seem interested, but I don't get called back after the interview. What am I doing...
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Engaged and engaging: historian of science Mauskopf. Les ToddSeymour Mauskopf, a historian of science affectionately known to his students as "Sy," has been his own best advertisement for the...
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Presidential pose: Clark, new DAA head. Les ToddThis summer the Duke Alumni Association inaugurates a new president. Thomas C. Clark '69 takes over from William P. Miller '77 in July, beginning his...

Between the Lines

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For better or for worse--largely for worse--the detainee camp at Guantánamo Bay has been a newsmaker. Over the last few months, European leaders sharpened their calls to shut down the detention...

Sports

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Steady hands: Janangelo goes for the green during ACC championship. Jon GardinerTitle DefenseThe names change, but the results stay the same. Led by a pair of freshmen, the Duke women's golf team...

Books

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Louis Armstrong's New Orleans By Thomas Brothers. W.W. Norton and Company, 2006. 386 pages. $26.95.If pressed to come up with modern jazz's birth certificate, most critics would single out the 1928...
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The Apparitioners By George Witte '82. Three Rail Press, 2005. 86 pages. $19.50.This first book of poems from Witte, a former student of English professor James Applewhite '58, M.A. '60, Ph.D. '69...

Student Snapshot

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Josh Sommer. Jon GardinerWhen Josh Sommer '09 and his mother began suffering from strange symptoms in the fall of 2001, they initially thought it was stress. Plagued by headaches, nosebleeds, and...

Gallery

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Ausgang (Promenade), 1929, Paul Klee, Pen and ink drawing, 30 x 45 centimeters. Bequest of Nancy Hanks '49 Paul Klee was born in Switzerland and studied in Munich, but it was only through his...